I breastfed @futurefarmers #1 for 18 months until the milk started turning clear. I was pumping at work to keep the flow going but 18 months is it.
With the 2nd futurefarmers, she breastfed for 15 months and stopped because I got pregnant with #3.
After #3 was born and I had plenty of supply, she joined the boobie bandits wagon and breastfed for another 2 and a half years.
I guess I can say I got milk.
2nd futurefarmer nursing after a homebirth. I think I look better here than at the hospital with the first one
I joined a workshop for expecting mothers and we had a nurse speaker about breastfeeding.
She breastfed all 6 of her babies until they were done. She was pregnant with the 7th when she did the workshop. Amazing huh?
Her husband had allergies and their children hardly have any. And that's because of the level of immune system they have compared to their daddy who wasn't breastfed.
With that remarkable testimony, who can argue against breastfeeding?
You can disagree and that's ok. But I'm strongly advocating for mommies who can breastfeed should breastfeed their babies.
The boost to their developing bodies is incredible. Not to mention the fact that you burn calories when you're breastfeeding.
And oh, did I also mention, it's a natural way of birth control? Why you ask?
I can vouch for it. The longest time I didn't have my monthly period is 18 months.
1st futurefarmer nursing a few minutes after he was born...and continued nursing for 18 more months
So, how long should you breastfeed?
Just like the mommy who came and talked to us:
For as long as you can
I know there will be trying times. I know there will be painful times. Ouch... yeah, babies do bite.
But express on pun intended.
These little beings won't be little forever and they need all the boost we can give them to the best of our ability - nourishment, love, care.
When they're done, they're done. And I kid you not, you will miss the moments that you are nursing.