Just read a message on a website about a lady nursing her almost 3 year old daughter. I have to say I was a little shocked. It’s not everyday that you hear about a mom nursing that long. I know some people had a negative reaction to it but, I thought well if it works for them, cool. In her message she said she noticed not many people nursing that length of time and wanted to find other parents who support child-led weaning. I nursed my son for nearly 11 months and only stopped because the milk stopped flowing. I was really disappointed and felt (for a minute) like I had failed him. I really wanted to make it to the one year mark. I guess working full time and pumping most of the day took its toll on me and my body gave up. I’m not sure though if I would have kept going almost three years though even if my milk did keep up. I was already feeling like I needed a break less than a year in. It’s so much pressure to nurse a child, especially when you work outside the home. I needed to eat in a timely fashion and make sure I was making healthy choices and I was always hungry and drink, drink, drink. All that drinking made for a million restroom trips! It’s hard to keep up with all of that when you have meetings to run to and a crazy schedule that doesn’t lend itself to your nursing needs. At one point, I had a shoot for our network and I just returned to work. Of course, nobody is thinking that I’ll need to pump. Why would they? So I needed to make provisions to make sure there would be an area available for me to pump. Picture it, we’re doing a shoot at a loft in downtown L.A. and the only room available for me to pump was a roof-top conference room with floor to ceiling windows. Oh and there wasn’t a lock on the door. It was pretty crazy but I got the job done! So while I felt like a failure at first later I was more relieved. I was glad to have my body back and be able to wear a regular bra! For all of its challenges, I’d certainly nurse again. Did you nurse and if so how long?
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