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Natural Childbirth Education, Doula, Photographer – Bossier City, LA / Shreveport, LA


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Our 25 Month Breastfeeding Journey

So the day finally came… about 2 weeks ago (July 12th to be exact), Bradley self weaned after 25 months of nursing! I’m proud to have provided the best nourishment for so long and happy that it came to a peaceful and gradual end for both of us.

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Nursing my son at 18 months. Photo by Stephanie Lynn Photography

The plan was only to breastfeed for a year but once we reached that milestone, it was clear that he was nowhere ready to be done with his mama milk. I decided to let him take the lead and continue nursing on demand until he decided it was time to be done. I did have a fear in the back of my mind… envisioning nursing my high school senior because he never decided to wean lol.

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A Toddler Nursling

I never imagined nursing my son past a year, but here we are at a year and a half with no end in sight. A part of me is ready to move on from this stage but the other is just cherishing these precious moments of bonding with my toddler.

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Nursing my son at 18 months. [Photo by Stephanie Lynne Photography]

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Yummy in your Toddler’s Tummy

Let’s face it, most toddlers are picky eaters and it can be a stressful job trying to make sure they are consuming all the “right” nutrients. I don’t claim to be an expert or have the magic potion to make your toddler eat a bowl of kale but here are some tips that seem to be working for my little guy (17 months)!

1. Prep their palate early.

Did you know that exclusively breastfed babies tend to be less picky as eaters later in life? The flavor of your breastmilk changes depending on what you eat which exposes your baby to a variety of flavors from day one. Also, waiting until 6 months to introduce any solids has been shown to reduce food aversions. (Read more here)

2. Don’t push the issue. 

Forcing your toddler to eat can backfire. Don’t let them develop a negative association with eating or sitting in their highchair. As soon as they start throwing food or pushing food away, it’s time to take a break. Perhaps they aren’t hungry or they’re just not in the sitting and eating kind of mood. Continue reading