Nursing a toddler is not like nursing an infant.
An infant nurses for nourishment, comfort, and security.
A toddler nurses for nourishment, comfort, security, and FUN!
- Toddlers engage in "walk-by nursings" wherein they sneak in a sip while literally still walking by.
- Toddlers like to play "peek-a-boobie."
- Toddlers know how to lift up your shirt and get at what they want--by themselves.
- Older toddlers can unhook the bra by themselves as well.
- Toddlers think it's funny when the milk shoots across the room, and they will pull off repeatedly just to see it do so.
- Toddlers get so excited about nursing that they laugh and then milk comes out their nose.
- Toddlers like to drink from one side while cuddling the other (without that pesky bra in the way, thank-you-very-much!)
- Older toddlers like to switch back and forth to the 'udder one' every few minutes (or moments!).
- Older toddlers justify this switching behavior by pointing back and forth and explaining "I yuv [love] dis one, and dis one, and dis one, and dis one!"
- Toddlers give lup-bats* to the breast. *Wolf's toddler pronunciation of 'love pats' (so-named because pats on the bottom are obviously not little spanks...)
- Toddlers like to nurse while climbing, standing, sitting, rocking, playing with blocks, or otherwise wiggling a LOT.
- Toddlers like to nurse upside-down.
- Toddlers like to give breast-zerberts in between sucks.
- Toddlers say "nurn!" and sign "milk" while nursing, and then afterwards smile and say "doo!" [thank you]
- Older toddlers say "mommy I need some nurn peese" and when they are done they grin and say "sank oo for da nurn"
- Toddlers run and run and run and run...and then climb into the big bed (by themselves) and lay down and start signing 'milk' because they are ready to nurse to sleep now.
- Older toddlers can understand that they need to wait just a minute before we nurse.
And when it does come time to wean them, an older toddler can look you in the eye and say "mommy, I yuv da nurn, but I don't need it" and then pat your face and snuggle anyway.
Here are the other entries in the "This is what nursing a toddler looks like" carnival:
- Comfort in Sick Times (home base/host)
- The Joys, Humors, and Struggles of nursing a toddler
- Calm in the Midst of the Storm
- I Never Thought I'd Nurse a Toddler
- The Pros and Cons of Nursing a Toddler
- Nursing a Toddler in a Ring Sling
- This is what a Nursing Toddler Looks Like
- A Nursing Toddler Story
- A Breastfeeding Toddler Photo Shoot
- This is what Toddler Nursing Looks Like
- Nursing a (and around a) Toddler Creates Cute Stories
- This is what Nursing a Toddler Looks Like
- This is a Nursing Toddler
- Beautiful at Every Age