Yes, I nursed two children at once!

This is a question that I get frequently from friends and from mothers when I’m leading La Leche League meetings. Many moms and expectant moms are curious about how (and why) I tandem nursed our two silly bears, Abbey (now 5) and Joe (now nearly 3).

Amywilla.com: Yes, I nursed two children at once!

Amywilla.com: Yes, I nursed two children at once!

Here is a post that I wrote a while back to discuss tandem nursing. It may not be a goof fit for everyone, but for us, with some reflection and adaptation, it worked to our advantage and to our children’s great benefit. Abbey weaned naturally at 4 years and 11 months – and Joe, now nearly 3 years old, comes to my breast an average of twice per day (surrounding sleeping times).

Navigating a Tandem Nursing Experience

When I became pregnant with our second child, Joseph, I was elated. Instantly, I thought forward to tandem nursing Abbey (who would be 2.5 years at Joseph’s due date) and our new baby, and I was really looking forward to enjoying the experience of nursing two children and the bond that it would form!

When the actual tandem nursing experience came to pass, elated wasn’t quite the right word for the feelings that surfaced. At times I found myself feeling like a mommy dog, nursing a litter of pups! But it still was wonderful, and it’s been an interesting and beautiful experience, and a stunning example of how our bodies are made to mother and how our mothering is meant to evolve.

 

Tandem Nursing During the Newborn Period

 

One of the first things that Abbey said about her baby brother was “Mommy, you need to give my brother Mamas. He wants mamas to drink!” and she started to undo my nursing tank and gently nudge Joseph’s head toward my breast. Sharing was not an issue for Abbey. She constantly wanted to “share mamas” with Joseph, and was happy to do so. But she wanted to share with Joseph every time that he ate. . . and as a newborn eats upwards of 12 times per day, I had to tell Abbey that sharing with him every time he nursed was just not feasible nor was it a comfortable thing for me.

 

When planning to tandem nurse, I urge you to do some meditating on the newborn stage, and prepare some appropriate limits and explanations for your older child about why a newborn baby nurses so frequently, and how that is different from the pattern of nursing that they use as an older child. For example: You’re not a baby; you’re my big girl: For Abbey, it was vital that I explain to her that she just could not nurse all day long. . . statements like “Babies drink mamas all the time because they’re growing really really fast. You’re a big girl, and big girls drink mamas sometimes AND eat food to grow tall and strong!”

 

Abbey still enjoys eating her snack and then running around the house showing off her strong muscles and long legs. Feeding Abbey a snack while Joseph nursed in mid-morning or mid-afternoon was also helpful. I’d preface her snack with “Wow, won’t Joseph be excited when he is old enough to have this yogurt like you! What a special snack!” and then when she was settled with her snack, I would settle down to nurse Joseph.

Tandem Nursing an Older Baby and a Preschooler

Simply saying “No thank you” and asking Abbey to respect my words when she would ask me for “mamas” started to happen more and more as Joseph grew into a crawling infant and would need to nurse for reasons other than just sustenance.

When he would [and still] “ask[s]” to nurse by rooting at by breast or signing for milk because his gums were sore from teething pains or if he fell and bumped his body while trying to learn a new gross motor skill, I would scoop him up and nurse him. . . and Abbey wanted me to do the same for her.

At this point, I just had to start saying “No thank you” to her requests to nurse. . . evolving my child-led-weaning ideals to save the happiness of the household, and do best by both of my children.

I was feeling touched-out and challenged by Abbey’s intensity and demanding nature regarding my “mamas”. And mommy off balance is not good for a family.

Teaching Bodily Integrity:

I needed to come back to a place of balance and peace, and setting limits with my nursing preschooler allowed me to reinstate balance and peace in our tandem nursing relationship and in our household.

I had planned on letting Abbey naturally wean and not imposing my feelings on her requests at all. But this type of all or nothing approach just didn’t work out for our family, and so I taught Abbey a respect for my bodily integrity right alongside teaching her about her own.

Committing to and explaining bodily integrity: I told Abbey, “This is my body, and these are my “mamas”. I choose to share them with you because I love you, and I know you need to nurse sometimes. But I can’t nurse you all the time, and I feel so unhappy when you throw a fit over nursing. Ask me calmly about nursing, and then mommy can enjoy nursing you!”

If you find yourself feeling touched-out by tandem nursing, I urge you to contemplate the WHO’s recommendation on breastfeeding past infancy, and meditate on what it means for you.

They recommend breastfeeding to 2 years of age and then after that, as long as is mutually beneficial and desired.

I asked myself, “I know that breastfeeding my older child is normal and healthy for both of us. But I am having a hard time. What would make this nursing relationship desirable once more for me? What can I change to make it beneficial for ME?” So that I could provide a peaceful and comforting nursing relationship for Abbey instead of one filled with strain and struggle.

Finding Peace:

What I needed was peace in our nursing sessions. With some work, establishing and enforcing nursing limits for Abbey, we have once more come to a place of peace in our tandem nursing story. Now, Every day when Abbey comes downstairs from her nap, she asks to nurse on the sofa – she offers her brother one breast or the other, and takes the other “mama” for herself. Switching after a couple minutes, holding hands, playfully tickling and tugging at each other, my little toddler and beautiful child tandem nurse at my breast . . . and I am finally, actually elated about tandem nursing, just like I dreamt I would be.

This post was originally published on www.amywilla.com.

Wordless Wednesday- Nursing, nursing. . . Everywhere!

Though I have definitely nursed both of my children in numerous places, including church, on a hike, on airplanes, and whenever needed. . . these are the only photographs that I can scrounge up today for our picture post to raise up all nursing mamas during Breastfeeding Week, 2013. All of them are of Joseph nursing. Abbey recently weaned (I think) naturally at the age of 4 1/2.

BreastfeedingYork, Maine after Joseph’s birth.

Asleep after nursing - dec 2011A milky slumber at a Christmas Party in Kittery, Maine

Nursing Joseph as a toddlerPortsmouth, New Hampshire

Wearing Joe, safe, snuggly, and dry, on a walk during which it started pouring down rain!Nursing in the Ergo, in the rain, on a walk from the library with Abbey and Joe. Kittery, ME

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IMG_1955Kittery, Maine. Recovering from a tummy bug.

IMG_3333Kodiak, Alaska! Nursing in our new home

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You rock!

Where have YOU nursed your baby or child?

Here’s Looking at YOU, Mom!

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Joe turned 2 this past Saturday. I feel like this picture says “Here’s looking at YOU, mom! I’m two and I love my milkies!”

Breastfeeding Support Blog Party!

Feeding JoeLast Thursday, bloggers from around the world came together in a show of support for breastfeeding mothers. New mothers have enough challenges without having to feel guilty for how they feed their baby, especially when they are choosing the most natural of means – breastfeeding.

Over the last few days there has been a lot of heated debates, controversial posts, and social media outcry against the position that the Weston A. Price Foundation takes on breastfeeding. While they do present sound information on the ideal diet for a human adult, they do so in a manner that brings about guilt, fear, and confusion for mothers.

The bloggers who participated in the Breastfeeding Support Blog Party are not trying to create a divide between mothers. We simply want to offer support, in the form of blog posts, as to why breastfeeding should always be the first choice both for baby and mama.

We hope you take some time to read the posts that were written as part of the Blog Party. There are also over 140 posts linked up as part of this. Take some time to check them out here or link up your own breastfeeding support post!

Dionna at Code Name: Mama has come up with 40 ways that family, friends, coworkers and employers can support mothers who pump breastmilk, along with a ton of resources for you and the pumping mom in your life. There are also some fun graphics you can print and pass out, with 70% of all proceeds going to buy pumps for moms in domestic violence shelters!

Destany at They Are All of Me writes about ten common breastfeeding myths that scare women out of breastfeeding.

Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama discusses how her diet wasn’t WAPF perfect, but she still breastfed a perfectly healthy baby.

Christine at African Babies Don’t Cry is passionate about breastfeeding, here are her 101 reasons why!

Kelly at Becoming Crunchy discusses the question of whether you should still nurse – even if your diet isn’t ‘right’.

Jorje of Momma Jorje has enough pressure in her life, she is glad she doesn’t have to worry about what, when and how much food she feeds her son since he is also still nursing.

Angela at EarthMamas World discusses a few of the most common problems that a mama may encounter while breastfeeding. Angela also shares natural remedies for each of these breastfeeding problems!

That Mama Gretchen reflects on the beautiful bond breastfeeding has created as her two children have transitioned from their womb experience to their earth side one.

Julia at A Little Bit of All of It shares ways breastfeeding and breastmilk are unique and special in a way only they can be.

Amy W. at Natural Parents Network shares 5 scientific reasons that mother’s milk is an unequaled form of nutrition and nurture: so awesome, and so unique!

Laura at Authentic Parenting shares solid information on iron intake for the breastfed baby.

Charise at I Thought I Knew Mama shares the questions (and answers) about breastfeeding she wished she had a friend to answer for her before becoming a mama.

Abbie at Farmer’s Daughter choose to breastfeed her children in part because it’s easier than bottle feeding, not to mention that it is the best nutrition for babies, that it has health benefits for both mother and child, that it encourages bonding, and of course that it’s free! Basically breastmilk is the ultimate convenience food.

KerryAnn at Cooking Traditional Foods shares how the rush to recommend raw milk formula actually harms mothers.

Starlene at GAPS Diet Journey shares her experience with nursing and why she feels it is an important piece of the your baby’s health.

At Living Peacefully with Children, Mandy draws a connection between how formula companies market and how women are treated by society.

Amy at Anktangle outlines a few of the many ways breastfeeding benefits both mom and child—aside from providing excellent nutrition.

Adrienne at Whole New Mom shares Part One and Part Two of 100 Reasons Why Breast Is Best.

Dawn at Cultured Mama shares her personal breastfeeding journey and how she overcame low supply issues and successfully tandemed nursed with only one breast.

Mamatography Week 11

This week has been rather crazy, with two illnesses (Abbey’s quite swift, and Joseph’s quite startling and sad), news that daddy is headed home from his boat with a broken foot (from playing street hockey with the guys from the boat), and me getting sick, too! In between all the craziness we had some fun play dates and dinners with our friends from the neighborhood, so all in all it was a good week.

I could have done without the sickness, though.

Oh, and I could have done without the snowstorm. I’m done with snow.

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Abbey and Joe making faces and giggling incessantly while I worked on papers for my college classes.

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Abbey making a funny face at our lunch date after Mass on Sunday. She and Joe love to make their own salads. Maybe her face is saying “Don’t steal my carrots!” LOL

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Silly Joe and his friend Larry hiding with their juice cups

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Our whole neighborhood gang of ruffigans showing off their table manners

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Silly Kiddos dancing Dance Central on the X-Box at a friend’s house.

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they were having so much fun!

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I should have known we were destined for a sick-day when Joe was yawning like this at 8:10 AM.

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Catching some comfort at mamas breast

(for the next 24 hours, he refused to nurse because it caused him too much pain to suck. Poor guy!)

He’s nursing again now

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Toddler falls asleep at 9:00 AM. Theeeeeere’s your sign that he’s not feeling well.

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Poor feverish boy

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Abbey playing a Sophia the First game on my iPad while Joseph napped

(subsequent days of the illness, he did NOT nap. . . )

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All wrapped up in three blankets after a warm comforting bath

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Playing and starting to feel better.

That was our week! How was YOURS?!

mtbadge2This post is part of the Mamatography 2013 Project with Diary of a First Child and Momma Jorje.

We are taking (at least) a photo a day to keep a record of our year. Join us at any point during the year and start sharing your own daily photos!

Normalize Breastfeeding with Your Signature!

Nursing Joe on photo shoot 19 Months (Nov. 2012)Here is a frequent comment that I get when the conversation turns to breastfeeding and my experience with advocacy for nursing freedom (and the right of every mother and baby to nurse in public at will):

“Why is it such a big deal for mothers to do what mothers have done for their children for hundreds of thousands of years?”

I do an inner happy-dance when I hear that kind of response, because it indicates that the person speaking respects breastfeeding as a normal occurrence. YESSSSSSS! *happy dance*

I always respond with “I’m so glad that you see nursing as normal! Unfortunately, many others in our society misunderstand the normalcy of nursing and think that it is in some way inappropriate. Would you like to hear of some ways that you can help to re-educate people to understand that nursing is normal?”

So, what about YOU? Are you interested in some ways to educate to the normalcy of nursing and it’s importance for our culture’s public health? Here are a couple things you can do RIGHT NOW:

 

  • Please take a few moments and sign the petition to develop and line of postage stamps that normalize breastfeeding!
  • And while you’re at it, take just one more minute of your time and join with the United States Breastfeed Committee in welcoming a new session of Congress and reminding Congress that “breastfeeding saves dollars and makes sense!”

Thanks for your support! Normalizing nursing is so important to our culture’s public health and to our little ones and families. I hate hearing of even one mother looked down upon, given false information, or harassed because of their gift of nursing their baby. Let’s make a world where we don’t have to hear those stories anymore!!!!!

Mamatography: Fall Catch Up

I have gotten SO behind in my Mamatography posts. So, here’s a catch up of what we’ve been up to for the past few weeks – the end of Fall, 2012.

At the tail end of the Fall season up here in Maine, we had a photo shoot with a friend and fellow Coast Guard wife, Kim Howell. You can follow her on Twitter @KimHowellPhotog

She captured some really fantastic photographs of the family, and we enjoyed the shoot a lot!

Abbey even got to clicking. . . capturing this iPhone photo of our feet as we posed for some pics sans kids.

Ah, the token nursing pic. Thank you, Kim, for snapping this one! So sweet!

After this beautiful (warm) fall day, it started getting windy and cold! On into the Winter season for us transplanted Mainers!

That was our last week of fall. How have your weeks been lately?

Nursing In Public – Normal & Necessary.

I was skeptical when I clicked over to the Stir article about a Luvs Diaper Commercial starring breastfeeding as a punchline. But when I watched it, I was overjoyed that the ad showed a realistic and positive take on breastfeeding at a restaurant (gasp) without a nursing cover.


Nursing a child is totally normal, necessary, and not at all distasteful. I nursed Abbey and still nurse Joe on demand, without a cover, wherever he needs to nurse. I have even been known to nurse Abbey in public, without a cover, as a preschooler – when she needed to be nursed.

 

Only twice have I ever had a negative experience with nursing my Silly Bears wherever they needed to be fed. But the experiences of other nursing moms like Michelle Hickman of Texas, who was harassed in a Target store for breastfeeding her infant during a shopping trip, my friend Dionna Ford, when she was asked to “turn around and face the wall” to nurse her infant daughter, or Dawn Holland, who was told “finish breastfeeding in the bathroom or leave!” at a Georgia Applebee’s restaurant.

 

Cover If You Want To

If mothers feel more comfortable nursing while wearing a cover 1 then that is their choice. If mothers feel more comfortable nursing in a separate area from others, they are empowered to make that choice for themselves. But choosing to locate oneself away from others or nurse under cover should be a personal choice due to personal reasons, not a requirement, expectation, or a personal choice made in duress because of others’ opinions about a child’s right to nurse and a mother’s right to fulfill her child’s need. “Cover if you want to” is my general take on the to cover or not to cover issue. It is a personal decision of the breastfeeding dyad 2 . . . and is ethically entitled to a lack of coercion from others.

A mother should NEVER be told to move, turn around, or cover up (much less to go to the restroom to nurse!) in order to satiate her child’s needs by nursing at her breast. Doing so is discrimination against a breastfeeding mother, and though not illegal (yet!), the behavior is rude, unethical, and ignorant. Those who make these statements either don’t know about and understand the importance and natural nature of nursing. . . or they don’t care. Either way – ignorance.

Proposed Legislation to Protect Nursing in Public

And soon, it won’t be blissful ignorance. Cities are starting to see that a woman’s right to nurse in public is a right that should be adequately protected.

The City Council of Seattle, WA announced this spring that they will be considering a Breastfeeding Discrimination Ordinance to prevent discrimination of breastfeeding mothers. This kind of legislation goes to show that breastfeeding discrimination does exist, and is a serious issue in our culture. . . and I hope that it passes, and that people are held accountable for discriminating against women on the basis of motherhood and lactation 3

What do you think about the City of Seattle’s proposed legislation to protect nursing mothers and their children from discrimination? 

Have you had any experiences with nursing that you’d like to share? Share in the comments below!

 

  1. and their children will cooperate with being covered, which neither of mine would
  2. mom and baby
  3. I feel strongly about this both because I am an advocate for breastfeeding, full-term nursing, and breastfeeding families, but also because this is part of a larger Public Health issue. Discrimination against breastfeeding moms and their children feeds a societal stigma that breastfeeding is inherently distasteful, a stigma that is absolutely incorrect and harmful to children’s health.

Demands of a Nursing Kind

Welcome to the Carnival of Weaning: Weaning – Your Stories
This post was written for inclusion in the Carnival of Weaning hosted by Code Name: Mama and Aha! Parenting. Our participants have shared stories, tips, and struggles about the end of the breastfeeding relationship.

*Update* Our first child, Abbey, recently weaned all on her own at the age of 4 years and 10 months. This post details some of the the amazing moments we had at the breast, in addition to the way we made nursing to a natural age of weaning work for us – I believe in nursing and nurturing my children until it is no longer needed by my child, which is a biological norm, though not a social one. Thank you for reading with an open mind!

Our Breastfeeding Back-Story

I started breastfeeding Abbey with the knowledge that breast milk was simply the way you fed babies. Formula feeding really didn’t even occur to me as a choice, which was wonderful for my commitment to breastfeeding Abbey and pumping during her NICU stay.

I continued breastfeeding Abbey while learning about human lactation and child development through my recruitment and work as a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor for the WIC Program in Texas.

When Abbey reached the age of 12 months, it seemed so silly to me to arbitrarily stop nursing her or even cut down on nursing her just because of her age, so I decided to keep nursing her on demand even though she was well into eating solid table foods. I knew of the benefits to “extended” breastfeeding, and so I decided to breastfeed Abbey past infancy.

And I’m so glad I did! Abbey’s first “I love you” was at the breast. Her first “thank you”, too. Breastfeeding her was a part of mothering her. It seemed silly and cruel to take it away, and I was still happy to have her at the breast. . . so we nursed. On and on through the months, we nursed. Just like Abbey needed to.

Going With The Flow

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At 18 months, we experienced a big move – our military PCS (Permanent Change of Station) from Texas to Maine. The previous six months had been without daddy, who was away at training before our PCS. Abbey benefitted immensely from nursing as a form of comfort and intimacy. She developed the word “mamas” for mommy’s milk, and wasn’t interested in drinking cow’s milk at all. She actually had some skin reaction to it, so we limited her dairy intake till a little while into her third year. Every night, there was rocking, singing, stories, and “mamas”. Naptimes were sweet, milky cuddle times, that I was sometimes able to sneak away from. Her little hand on my chest was precious and loving, and I loved nursing her. Even if it meant that no one could put her to bed but me.

When we became pregnant with Joseph, I did some research and determined that there was no reason to stop nursing Abbey – even though she nursed 4-5 times a day at the time that I became pregnant. I fully intended to continue nursing through the pregnancy and I really looked forward to being a tandem nursing mama!

I succeeded in nursing throughout my pregnancy with Joe, and here I am today – a proud tandem nursing mom to a three-year-old and a one-year-old (update – Abbey nursed to 4 years, 10 months, and Joseph is currently still nursing at 2 and a half). But what I would like to share is not just my pride and delight in meeting needs of both of my children through my mothering “mamas” – but my experience and hindsight about a mother’s comfort in nursing a toddler and older child, especially one as intense and spirited as our dear Abbey!

Demands of a Nursing Kind

Because I just wrote “I loved nursing her, even if it meant that no one could put her to bed but me” this will come as a bit of a shocker. . .

But at a certain point,  I started to loathe nursing Abbey to sleep.

If I remember correctly, I started struggling with nursing her to bed at nap and bedtimes around the beginning of my second trimester of Joseph’s pregnancy, but in hindsight, I struggled with it earlier on in toddlerhood, too.

It wasn’t that I thought that I was training Abbey to be dependent on the breast to sleep, or that she was attached to me all night. Abbey’s slept in her own bed since she was a young toddler, and there were nights when she only nursed a few minutes and turn over and drifted off. My discomfort with sleep-time nursing was the intensity of Abbey’s demand for breastfeeding at those times of day, and my changing physical and emotional needs during Joseph’s pregnancy. I needed nursing to be enjoyable, and to be demanded to nurse her wasn’t comfortable for me.

We got to a point in our nursing relationship where Abbey really only needed a few minutes of nursing to calm her and allow her to drift off for nap time or bedtime. So, at that point, I introduced a new limit: We would nurse until the end of a certain set of songs that her musical stuffed animal played – and then mommy would put her “mamas” away. I could tell that I was starting to need more personal space with my growing belly, and I thought that this would be a good agreement to help me get some independent rest, in my own bed, instead of staying with Abbey until she was solidly asleep and then unlatching her from the breast.

Well, needless to say, this didn’t go exactly as I’d hoped. Abbey caught on to the fact that I was trying to shorten our nursing periods, and as she got older, she could tell the difference between fore milk “little milks” and hind milk “big milks” and she demanded that I allow her to have “big milks!” every time that we nursed. This meant that I was nursing her for 30 minutes or more sometimes, as my body was changing during the pregnancy and my let-downs and milk supply was up and down and in between and rarely consistent. It didn’t happen every day, but on some days, after 30 or 45 straight minutes of nursing at nap time, my nipples were sore and my body was achey, and my tolerance was really really low. So to have Abbey wake and screech “but I want big milks!!!!!” when I’d gently detach her sleeping form after a marathon toddler nursing session . . . it was completely and totally deflating and frustrating and led to far too many arguments and failed attempts at gently coming to a compromise that worked for both of us.

Eventually, a few months after the arrival of her brother Joseph, this struggle led me to wean her of her bedtime and nap time nursing sessions. Wakeful nursing is far more peaceful and mutually beneficial for the two of us, and now that I am not anchored to nursing her as a part of her sleep routine, I enjoy our continued nursing relationship with pride and purpose, and no negative feelings.

When Twiddling Goes Too Far

Twiddling mother’s nipples and massaging mommy’s breast are normal, natural, and functional nursing toddler behaviors. But with us, when twiddling went (literally) too far, it caused a problem for me. My baby’s sweet little hands quickly became explorative child’s hands, and that became a huge discomfort. I wish that I had set firmer limits earlier on in our nursing relationship to encourage Abbey to twiddle and knead something other than my body — because by the time she was two and a half, she had developed a keen interest in massaging my armpits with her fingers to help my let-down while I nursed her.

This started as a massage on my breast when her arms only reached that far, but as her arms grew, so did her reach, and thus, her strange affection for my armpits. I mean, really, I know I’m the only mother that I know whose daughter says “I love you, and I really love your armpits, mommy.” Picture explaining away that scenario in public! I have felt embarrassed plenty of times by Abbey putting her hands in, grabbing for, or trying to kiss my underarms while out and about – - and I know that for her it makes total sense. . . for her, armpits are the gateway to getting “mamas” to flow and for her to enjoy the comfort of my milk! But when I think back, the benefit of my comfort level and bodily integrity would have greatly outweighed the miniature challenge of providing Abbey with an alternative to twiddling and kneading. A nursing necklace perhaps. . . or introducing a lovey for her to cling to and squeeze as she nursed.

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When Abbey was an early toddler, I was falling headfirst in love with Attachment Parenting and Natural Parenting, and at that time, I didn’t realize that AP an NP are not all or nothing parenting camps. I was really interested in doing the best I could for my daughter, and I thought that that meant allowing breastfeeding to take it’s natural course, and not interfering with the natural weaning process at all – - by obstructing Abbey’s desire to twiddle and cling to my body or by setting firm limits on nursing etiquette and timing at sleeping time.

I realize now that doing these things to achieve an appropriate comfort level for me would not have undermined either my conviction as a natural and authentic parent, nor would it have harmed Abbey in any way. At 3 and a half, Abbey is perfectly fine nursing a time or two per day, while keeping her hands to herself (or on her lovey, “pup pup”) and has become accustomed to our new nap and bedtime routines that do not include nursing. In hindsight, I probably could have set these limits earlier in her third year, and with Joseph, I am already starting to introduce some limits to prepare our nursing relationship for when we get further into toddlerhood.

Now that I have made my limits clear with my daughter about what is and is not comfortable and appropriate for our nursing relationship, we continue to nurse joyfully and will do so until she finishes her weaning process.

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Abbey at two months into our nursing relationship

Abbey at the age of natural self weaning.

 

Thank you for visiting the Carnival of Weaning hosted by Dionna at Code Name: Mama and Dr. Laura at Aha! Parenting.
Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants (and many thanks to Joni Rae of Tales of a Kitchen Witch for designing our lovely button):
 

 

Wordless Wednesday: iNursling