Yes, we’re still at it. We are in the weaning process and according to some, it may take years before he completely stop! At this point, Z is nursing to put himself to sleep and for comfort. He’s actually learning to nap on his own when I leave him with my parents. My dad says he just lies down on the bed and sleeps. No fuss whatsoever. Our strategy when I leave him is that he should be awake and I say my goodbyes properly, but I don’t let him see me walking out the door. So far, there hasn’t been an issue with him. Once we tried leaving a sleeping Zoren with my parents. Two hours later, my mom was calling because he woke up and was looking for me. From there we learned that Z would be best left with my parents while he’s awake, and they would be the one to put him to sleep, so that when he wakes up, he knows that I wasn’t there at all.
I use our breastfeeding sessions for our teachable moments especially when he’s on a tantrum spree. Which is quite often. There’s really a connection whenever we nurse and I feel that he takes in everything I say to him. Sometimes, I also use these moments to read him a book because when it is our book time, he’d rather read on his own or would want me to ask him where an object is.
If not for our helper, I wouldn’t be reminded of the benefits of breastfeeding. She noticed that since she started working for us on January, there has not been an instance of Zoren getting sick. Not even coughs and colds. Staying in a non-heated pool for more than hour is also not an issue. Breastfeeding does wonders to a little child’s body!
Breastfeeding is not limiting at all. I get to drink alcohol again, yay! But I make sure that I’m not going to get tipsy or would not be in control of my body or else I’d be putting my son at risk. A bottle of San Mig light or a serving of wine would do. Dressing up is also not a challenge anymore! There are a lot of cute nursing clothes available in the market. Of course, my favorite would be the ones from Elin 🙂
Breastfeeding certainly is rewarding for both mom and child! This is one of my proudest achievement as a mom! Breastfeeding rocks!