I know some women want to breastfeed for an extended period, but that was never an intention of mine. If you told me that I’d still be nursing at 26 months before I had Olive, I never would have believed you.
When breastfeeding didn’t work out with Charlie, I ended up exclusively pumping, so if it hadn’t worked out with Olive, I would have had no problem pumping with her too. But our first year nursing went great, and I really hoped for the natural, gradual and easy weaning like Mrs. Yoyo, Mrs. Train, Mrs. Tic Tac Toe, and Mrs. Pen all had around the 15 month mark.
The 15 month mark came and went, and Olive showed no desire to wean. Olive has always been small (<5%), so I continued to nurse her because she wasn’t even walking yet, and still seemed like such a baby. We were also planning on making our yearly trek to visit my parents in California and then Mr. Bee’s parents in the Philippines when Olive was 22 months old, so I decided to put off weaning until we returned from the trip. Traveling is so much easier when you’re nursing because I can get Olive to sleep on the plane, in the hotel, in the airport, anywhere.
Now the 2 year mark has come and gone. There was always a good excuse to postpone weaning. It was hectic with the the kids going back to school, we moved, and now the kids will be home 2 weeks for Christmas. Ultimately I keep postponing weaning because of two reasons:
- It’s so easy. Olive naps great and sleeps through the night, and having a good sleeper is the holy grail of parenting. You don’t want to fix what isn’t broken! I can even squeeze an extra hour of sleep in the mornings because Olive goes back down for an hour after she wakes up thanks to nursing.