Friday, August 5, 2011

Tips for Nursing Toddlers

I was reminded recently that this week is World Breastfeeding Week! Not sure how I could have forgotten, but I share nutrients with another person still, so that may be part of it. Here's a list of helpful tips for your nursing toddler to make their your nursing experience even more enjoyable!
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If you are a toddler, this handy guide will assist you in all your nursing endeavors. These quick and easy tips will make for a mutually rewarding experience between "nurser" (that's you) and "nursee" (your mom).
My inspiration for this post- between nursing sessions. ;-)

  • Please refrain from pinching. This includes but is not limited to breasts, belly, arms and face. Repeat this mantra: "Pinching HURTS mommy!"
  • Nursing sessions must be a minimum of seven minutes in duration, with no less than 15 minute intervals between sessions.
  • Mother's blouse must not be lifted up while she is attempting to nurse discreetly in the presence of your grandmother.
  • If a cover is used in public, it is there for a reason. Please do not attempt to remove it at church, in the food court at the mall, the library or any other place where mother may not particularly want to expose her naked flesh. (Yes, it's natural, but your mother may still be the inhibited type).
  • Mothers typically do not like to nurse while using the bathroom. Don't ask!
  • Further, please don't attempt to nurse while standing upright.
  • If your mother gets up to prepare a meal or do housework after sitting for a prolonged period of time, it is not a signal to you to initiate a feeding.
  • While engaged in the act of breastfeeding, it is important to stay focused on the task at hand. There will be plenty time later to identify parts of mommy's face, people walking by, or pictures of babies on the computer monitor.
  • Your feet do not belong in mommy's face. Even if she does try to bite them when they are there.

As a toddler, nursing can be a great way for you to stay connected to your mother (in more ways than one)! It also still provides plenty of important nutrients- especially on those days when you only want to eat toast. Not to mention all the great benefits for mom! Keep it up, toddler!

Moms: Is there anything you'd like to add?