In the mornings, when the sun begins shooting gentle rays through the cracks in the blinds, my 19-month-old begins to squirm beside me. I look at the clock and the hands tell me it's still a little early yet. So I lay a gentle hand on her back, "Shhh...Mama's got you." Her body curls into mine and she latches on comfortably, relaxing into me.
We wake up at 8:00 on most mornings; 7:30 occasionally. My older daughter was the same at this age. Breastfeeding is my secret sleeping-in tactic.
It's also my favorite defensive and offensive strategy against sickness. Breastmilk is the ultimate medicine for every ailment. I've never once taken my youngest to the doctor for being ill [that milk is magic, I'm telling you].
With my older daughter, I felt a little uncomfortable that she was still nursing after age 1. This time around, I feel confident in our decision. Not in an "I'm-going-to-talk-about-it-a-lot" way. Most people don't even know she's still nursing, actually. It's just a quiet confidence in knowing that this is what is right for our family.
Did you nurse (or are you currently nursing) beyond age 1? If so, what are the benefits for you and your toddler?