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Monday, December 3, 2007

You Can Call Me A Freak If You Want To! (repost)

One of my favorite lines from a movie is, "He can call me a flower if he wants to!" For those not familiar with the movie "Bambi", I will explain that the speaker of this line is a Skunk. The cutest little skunk ever...but truly a skunk....a stinky smelly skunk. Bambi is learning to identify things, and when the little skunk pops up amongst the flowers, Bambi calls him a flower.

I have loved this line since the first time I heard it. I love how the skunk seemed to present itself as a flower, when in fact it is so much the opposite. At this point in time...I find myself in much the same position. To many people I am presenting myself as a FREAK, when in truth...I am much the opposite. The best part in all this is....I just don't care. You can call me a FREAK if you want to!

Extended Breast Feeding.....what does that mean to you? If you are like might think, "breastfeeding WAY too long!" If you are like me, you think, "A blessing to both the mother and child!"

On May 10th, Sugar Bear and I will celebrate our 28th month in our breastfeeding journey. When I first decided to breastfeed, my goal was to make it 6 months, then....9 months...then a year. I most certainly never imagined making it this far. I honestly, thought it was strange, odd, and actually quite freakish for a person to breastfeed a child past a year. I didn't get it.....and didn't know that I didn't get it.

Now I do....I look at Sugar Bear and I get it. She is my baby, and she always will be. I don't see an independent toddler. I see the child that completes me. I firmly believe in the mother/child bond, and that our nursing relationship has only strengthened it. Before I experienced Breastfeeding, I looked at it strictly as a means to feed your child. I didn't realize that it was so much more. I cherish those close, tender, quiet moments. This is the journey that only Sugar Bear and I will travel together. It was meant for us.

So you can call me a FREAK if you want to. I'll just smile, and know that if this makes me a freak, then I want to be the main attraction at the "Momma Freak Show", because I wouldn't change a thing!

This was originally posted on April 26, 2007. I had to really keep myself form editing it. tee hee....I am posting this one in particular as I will readdressing this issue soon!

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3 for school said...

I breastfed my twin boys until just short of their third birthday. I was not going a full three years! :-)

Then as my daughter passed her three year mark, the doctor told me she was not yet able to process food effectively and to please continue breastfeeding. I did several more months.

Children are still independent even if they breastfeed, but it "completes" their nutrition as well as continues providing their "security" while they are pushing their limits in every other way.

My boys are 11 and I have no regrets.

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

28 months? WHOA, I bow down Corey. I made it to 14 months. It was so incredibly bittersweet.

Breast milk truly is liquid gold and I applaud you for going to 28.

Megan Cobb said...

You'll get no judgment from me, sister. I struggled to get Bean and me through 6 mos, sadly, but have friends who are nursing their kids well past 3. I hope you guys keep it up until you're both ready to move to the next phase... that's the way it should be.

Unknown said...

I guess you can call me a freak, too! Bridget is nearing 2.5 and we're still going strong!

Jo Beaufoix said...

Miss M ouldn't breast feed as she had an immature valve andjsut simply couldn't get what she needed. After two and a half weeks of trying, with M losing weight, me feeding constantly, and M not even having a change in motions, we called it a day. My midwife and health visitor breathed a sigh of relief. But I wish it had been different. I breast ed Miss E and it was wonderful. No judgment here sweetie.

Rachel said...

We're on month 14, going on 15, with no sign of stopping!
Woo Hoo!!
Love this, FREAK! I'll join ya in that acceptance of the name!

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