It was mostly subtle. People would ask how much longer I planned to continue. They would say things like, “Oh! I can’t imagine breastfeeding a baby with teeth! Doesn’t it hurt?” and “Once a baby can walk/talk…it’s weird.”
But…it wasn’t weird for us. Nor is it weird for parents across the globe. On the contrary, nursing a toddler is a beautiful thing – a gift of health, comfort, and closeness.
Now that my second baby is almost one, I don’t feel that same pressure. Perhaps some of it was self-imposed. If people make comments like the ones listed above, I feel confident enough to humbly and truthfully share our experience…or to just smile and bypass the controversy. Every mother – every family – makes different decisions for different reasons. I choose to nurse my babies longer than the “American norm”…and I gently, assuredly stand by that choice.
Bella Materna is a Seattle-based, mom-owned company that offers beautiful nursing and maternity bras, camisoles, sleepwear, loungewear, and lingerie. I particularly like the French Lace collection (so sophisticated).
I have the Anytime Nursing Gown [pictured left] and it is luxuriously soft and silky. The gown gives me enough support that I don’t have to wear a bra (hallelujah!), but it’s also refreshingly free of underwire (not a nursing mama’s best friend). I’m not currently pregnant, but I can definitely see how it could expand gracefully over a burgeoning belly.
Up next for the company? I’m *hoping* for sleepwear in brighter and deeper colors and an above-the-knee robe for those first few postpartum days/weeks.
WIN IT! One winner will receive an Anytime Nursing Gown ($98) by Bella Materna. To enter, leave any topic-related comment on this post prior to Tuesday, March 9th at 11:59 p.m. (Don’t forget to follow the rules…all generic comments like “Enter me!,” “Love it,” and “Cool stuff!” will be disqualified.).
* I received a product for review purposes.
*UPDATE* The winner is #74 jennifer. Congratulations!