Little man is 18 months this month. Although I still see him as a baby he is getting more and more toddler like. Not least in his stubborness at not wanting to give something over if he really wants it. Result? Tantrums! He is far easier to soothe out of tantrums though thanks to magic boobie which he often requests.
Feeding now is strange. It’s so different to those early days. I helped one of my friends recently feeding her newborn and was discussing positioning etc. you try positioning a 18 month old who wants to stand between your lap, or be up on all fours! Gone are the days of holding him snugly against my body.
Equally now I no longer have to look for the signs he’s hungry. Now he tells me. It has been by him pulling at my top and screeching but now instead of screeching he says boob as of last week!
He does still ‘feed’ quite often but I think that’s because my supply has dropped and he’s not so keen. I’ve gone to feeding off one breast as we went through a phase of toe curling splits and thrush so I got to a point where I knew the only way one side would heal was to stop. It had always been his least favourite side anyway as I had surgery on an abcess as a child and my milk supply on that side was never the same as the other side and he frequently refused it. We’ve been feeding off just one side for a few months now and its working just fine.
There’s also the hilarity of toddlers in general. A couple of times recently where he’s been playing with my nipples and has managed to express a bit and he gets totally freaked out by it. Like he’s confused that something comes out of them. The puzzled look on his face makes me giggle every time. And then if you offer him boob he turns his nose up at it! So funny!
I still plan to feed him until 3 or when he self weans. Whichever comes first. I don’t see him self weaning anytime soon though and that’s fine by me!