Am I somewhat happy about the fact that my daughter is 23 months old (today), and still breastfeeding?
Not at all.
I'm freakin' ecstatic! LOL!! Seriously, I could dance. I feel like we've won some kind of battle. Little Daughter is now officially the child that has been breastfed the longest of all the kids. Her brother was weaned at 22 months because I was pregnant with her, and it was a high-risk (no sex) pregnancy due to my history of preterm babies.
I know that for some of the moms out there, my 23 months is laughable. For us, this is a milestone.
When she was born they scooped her up and had to take her to suction out her throat and nose with a tube-suction thing, but within a couple of minutes, she was returned to me. Immediately I asked if someone could help me a bit, so I could breastfeed her.
The nurse (oh...she's a story for another day...) told me that it wasn't necessary. I insisted. She told me that she may not nurse much, but "I guess you're welcome to try."
She latched like a champ. She knew what to do. (Well, she knew how to do it well enough for me to be happy...for a while...let's not forget my Damaged Boobies.) She proved the nurse wrong.
Wonderful, touching moments. After the nightmare we lived through with the birth of our twins, and the months of tears trying to teach them how to breastfeed on my own, at home, this was a very very very welcome change!
Over the past 23 months, we have had our share of ups and downs. More than a few times she's bitten me. Badly. (HERE is a story about that.) But we kept on truckin'. She deserves nothing but the very best, and because she is the last one, will never have to be pushed off the breast for any reason. She will get to wean on her own time.
The truth about her is that she is certainly more...attached...to her boobie than our son ever was. By 22 months he put up no real fuss when I told him that his bubbies were all gone. He was only nursing before bed, really, so didn't care when it was gone. Instead of falling asleep on the boob, he'd fall asleep laying on my chest, while I lay on the couch. But Little Daughter is still on the boob about 15 times a day. Or more! I'm obviously more than a milk supply...I'm comfort. Which is why I can't see this ending any time soon. And that's okay with me. Like I said before, she's our last child. She'll get all the time she needs to stop on her own.
I don't really have much more to say other than we're going to celebrate. I'm going to sit on the couch and give her the one thing she likes better than cake. Bubbubs. : )