Meg Nagle is nothin' if not honest. Anyone who follows The Milk Meg on Facebook will be familiar with her genuine, knowledgeable and compassionate style. She is also funny.
When I first became pregnant, I assumed I would breastfeed for at least 12 months. Most people I knew had breastfeed about that long (or less), I had been breastfeed for 14 months alongside my twin. I grew up with stories of how we would ‘drive by feed’, as my mum would be feeding one of us, and the other would come along for the other side. So feeding a walking toddler was an image that seemed normal. But I thought you HAD to wean at some point.
This is a really interesting question.
My first response is: a couple of years.
In my own experience and in observing other mothers, the weaning process seems to take years. Not days or weeks. Years.
"At the hospital they told me I have to..."
Why is it that I am still fielding questions beginning like this!
Whether it is an intervention in the lead up to birth, during birth or post birth, questions starting with this set off alarm bells.
Evolutionary Parenting is a highly recommended resource. This particular post is worth a look. This is not a typical post for this website, but it (the whole post) needed to be said:
Kim Lock is a writer, a feminist, a mother, a breastfeeding advocate and published author. Kim's debut novel Peace, Love and Khaki Socks was released in 2013 to rave reviews and she launched her blog due to popular demand. Kim is a natural story teller, in this story she bares her soul (but nor her actual breast) to highlight some of the issues that are often misunderstood and even ignored in motherhood.
Originally published on The Little Leaf in August 2012, reproduced here with permission.
Find out more about Kim: http://kimlockauthor.com/ and read her blog: http://the-little-leaf.blogspot.com.au/
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