It’s Week 8 of the Breastfeeding Blog Hop
**There's a new format, please check out the details below**
This Week’s Guest Host:
Here are the guidelines for this blog hop:
1. Add yourself to the linky below. You may link up your blog homepage OR link directly to a post related to this week’s topic.
2. Grab the button (code can be found at Life With Levi) and display it on your blog.
3. Show your hosts some love – follow them on GFC. Leave a comment that you found them through the BFing Blog Hop so they can follow you back!
4. Check out some of the other blogs that linked up – the more blogs you follow (and comment on), the more followers you’ll gain.
5. The Guest Host will be chosen by Random.org from the participants in the previous week’s blog hop.
6. Linky will be open two days – Thursday, 02/24 & Friday, 02/25.
This blog hop came along at just the right time in my life, because we have been thinking and talking a lot about breastfeeding in our house. Tomorrow, PJ will be 15 months old and is still nursing well past my original goal of 12 months. That goal of 12 months was pretty concrete- baring unforeseen complications, I was going to make it to a full year of nursing and I am so happy and proud that I did! My plan for after 12 months? Not so concrete.
For the first 365 days of PJ's life, there were a thousand little milestones along the path of breastfeeding. He latched on! MILESTONE! My milk came in! MILESTONE! Ha, I just squirted him in the eye for the first time! MILESTONE! It might sound silly to say, but in those days when my son was changing so quickly and he depended on me solely for food, getting through each day was it's own milestone!
Of course we eventually started PJ on solid food and I am not his only source of nutrition. Apples, meatballs, peas and cookies help to fill his little belly now, and breastfeeding has become something he turns to in order to sate his emotional needs, not his nutritional ones. We nurse when he wakes up, before and after naps, when he goes to bed, and any other time he needs to. I know that eventually, he will need or want to nurse less and less. Now that my original goal of 12 months has come and gone, I am not sure when the next milestone- the completion of our nursing routine- will happen.
So the next round of milestones might be a little more vague. My new goal is 18 months, and that is right around the corner! After that, who knows? For now, it's very tiny little milestones in my breastfeeding adventure, and my heart loves every single one!