Tuesday, January 1, 2008

YES, I am still...

Why is it that the holidays can bring out all of the retarded comments? Just so no one else asks, let me just clarify for everyone that I am indeed still breastfeeding my almost-9-month-old. And I love it. And I plan to continue. And you'd better believe there will be a longer post about it soon, but right now I'm just tired. You can blame this little rant on a MIL.

10 comments:

Rhinehart Land said...

LOL! I thought it was YES, I am still alive. Not breastfeeding. WHY does it really matter? I mean if that's what you want to do, then you do it. I admire your dedication for doing what you feel is best for your family no matter who chooses to comment on it. :) You're a strong girl! I'm sorry MIL wanted to start a battle about breast feeding. Didn't you feed your other children the same length, longer even? Does she think it's going to dwindle down after each child? Hm.... weird!

Ann-Marie said...

Happy New Year, Wendy! Just wanted to let you know I'm still here and reading! Love your blog...as always!

Anonymous said...

What? You're still breastfeeding? What do you think this is? A free country? And I suppose you're for balanced nutrition for your older children, too. Shame on you.

Leah

The Ellcey's said...

I just published that, and then I realized that maybe I don't know you well enough to be sarcastic. Anyway, don't let your MIL's comments get you down. Breastfeeding is one of my HUGE soapboxes and I could talk/write for hours and hours on the subject. Just keep doing what you are doing and know that there are at least as many, if not more people who suppport you in your decision to continue breastfeeding little Oliver.

WendyJanelle said...

Hahaha, Leah, I knew you were joking. And I'm not a person who gets easily offended. ;-)
I did think it was from a different Leah, though, until you wrote the second comment.
I didn't know you were on the breastfeeding soap box with me. Yea!
Happy New Year!

thejoyfulchaos said...

oh, so with ya. but i agree, didn't you nurse your first 3? i can't believe they're not on board YET. i've gotten much fewer comments on this one. my mil is actually very supportive, it's just all the other people! and i plan to nurse this one til he goes off to college. he he.

WendyJanelle said...

Yes, I nursed my first three. Isabelle weaned at 10-months and I cried. Ethan was 18-months and Trevor was almost 2-years old and I weaned him because I was pregnant. You'd think she would be used to it by now. No one else says anything. Leave it to family! ;-) Luckily, I don't care. It can make me feel more tired, though, when I'm in an already tired mood.

Mandy said...

This post sounds familiar. ;) I'm with ya... and I'll be with ya in the future. Doing attatchment parenting, I believe in child led weaning for the most part. I definitely don't see me every ripping my 12 month old away from the breast just b/c he's a year old. That's crazy to me. So, I'm sure people will just assume I've weaned down the line... and i probably won't voice that I'm STILL nursing b/c ppl, in general, don't get it. They see it as something you choose to do "just because" and not something that an infant AND TODDLER actually needs. Knowing that breastfeeding is about SO much more than nutrition (and good grief the nutrition factor alone is reason enough!) is why I choose to nurse well past a year if he wants to! Not to mention that it can help me keep my weight down and keep the hag away for a LONG time.. who doesn't want that, right? lol God clearly designed us to nurse for a good long while since he gave us those great benefits! tee hee

WendyJanelle said...

Yep, Mandy, I bet it does sound strangely familiar. What makes people do and say things like that? I thought it was all over for me. I thought the evil eye was enough to ward off trouble. Apparently someone got wind of my comment on yours and decided to test me. Ah, well.

And, you're right...God designed us to nurse, and He never set a time limit to it! The benefits of nursing don't just disappear at 1-year (or whatever time frame some people assume should be the cut-off.)

Mandy said...

I would actually argue that God designed us to nurse to 3yrs or more to be honest. If you look back on Biblical times, that was the general time frame it seems. It was good birth control (God knew we needed space between babies for both our physical health and our sanity lol) and it protects both infants AND toddlers from a host of diseases. Can you imagine how quickly a child could die back them from a stomach flu? Seriously... God knew what he was doing when he gave a toddler the usually intense desire to stay close to the breast. We let society tell us we're wrong for satisfying that in our children... and we shouldn't.