He seems to think this is awesome.
He doesn't want to nurse when he does it. He just wants to look at them. With that "YAY BOOBIE" look. :
For my younger son, I love seeing his chubby rolls, his bright eyes, his healthy glow and knowing that he's nourished from me and me alone and I have grown this beautiful boy into what he is today. I love how he makes eye contact with me while nursing and starts to giggle so much he comes unlatched and then he feverishly roots until he latches again and then he sighs with contentment. I love when I wake in the middle of the night to find this beautiful boy nursing away, cozy and warm, snuggled up against me.
My older son is a blast to nurse! The way he talks about it - "Mama, I want to nurse... just a wittle bit, just for a minute... or two!" "Hold me like a baby, Mama!" "I want the big milk from dis boobie!" I love how it's an instant tantrum or bad mood fixer. I love how he stirs in the morning and whispers "I wan nurse, Mama" before he even opens his eyes. I love how he describes the sweetness of my milk and tells me he wants to nurse even when he's all grown up like daddy.
Also, we had houseguests this past week, and I loved having a polite reason to go upstairs- "so he can nurse off to sleep"!
Christian wife, busy happy mama to 4yo DS, 3yo DD, 15mo DS, and #4, expected next spring!
[FONT="Comic Sans MS"]I loved the way my daughter would encourage my breast to let down more milk by kneading it and waiting patiently!
I loved how we could go anywhere and if she was hungry, in just a few minutes of nursing, she was ready to go!
I loved falling asleep for a quick nap while nursing, my son and daughter just loved it and always woke so very happy!
Even tho I am well past my nursing, when I serve at the birth of a nursing mom I feel let down when they achieve the perfect latch!!
Kathy wife to Danny and Mom to Ian and Kamala
Well, DD had her own ideas -- nippies wasn't good enough for her. She decided, from that moment on, that whenever she wanted to nurse, she would ask for *Yippies*! How fabulous is that?
I love the way my daughter sings when she nurses.
I love it when we both doze off together while nursing lying down.
I love how before my daughter was even mobile, she would fall all over herself trying to get to me if she caught a glimpse of boob.
I love how nursing calms her when she's upset.
I love looking at the milk dripping from my breast and thinking about how it's full of antibodies and stem cells and cancer-killing compounds. My body makes magic!
Then when I would finally get it in there she would glomp on it like it was the only thing that kept her attached to the earth and would pull her fists up to her cheeks and squeeze them tight as if to say "OOOOHHH YESSSS!! That is sooooooo gooood! That's just what I wanted! Mmmmnomnomnom!"
She wold have milk in her eyes and all over her clothes and in her hair and it would be running down into my pants and I'd just crack up at how hilarious it all was :
I love it when we lie down to breastfeed and she puts her little feet on my thighs. I love it when she’s super tired/hungry and roots like a newborn, shaking her head back and forth across my nipple before she latches on. I love the gulp-ahhh-gulp-ahhh sounds she makes while she’s eating. I love how when I feed her at night, when she’s done, she pulls off, groans, and falls asleep again. I love it when she puts both her hands on my boob like she’s chuggin a 2L bottle of coke. I love it when she kneads me like a cat. I love it when she does these “ronde-de-jambe” with her arm – when she’s tired and nursing, hitting my chest or my arm, and when she’s trying to wake me up, each circle ending with a palm slapping my face. I love it when she pulls off and just looks up at me with a huge grin on her face. And I love love love taking a nap together, curling up face to face and then drifting off into a milk-fed, hormone-soothed, body-warmed sleep as she nurses and I hold her.
Now my ds is 3 months old and I am loving all these moments all over again.
Amy, mom to (almost) 4 yo DD and 3 mo DS
Right now he is so verbal so we talk about nursing.
My favorite is when I get hurt. He starts to cry. "I need milkies." or he tells me to have milkies.
I've always told him, "Milkies make everything feel better." He got hurt once so started to nurse. He said, "Milkies make me feel better."
I asked him how milk tastes, "Yummy."
I make milk, cows make moo. I asked him which tastes better, milk or moo. He said, "Milk," meaning what I make.
Today he told me how to roll my t-shirt so it would be out of the way.
Often, when he's done nursing, he'll say, "Close your milkies" and will pull my shirt down.
He asks to take baths together so he can nurse in the tub.
Still, my all time favorite has always been when he looks up and smiles at me while still holding my nipple in his mouth. I don't think anything in life can compete with that moment (moments, actually.)
Created an instant family (7/89 and 5/91) in 1997. Made a baby boy 12/05 adopted a baby girl 8/08. Ask me about tandem adoptive nursing. Now living as gluten, dairy, cane sugar, and tomato free vegetarians. Homeschooling and loving it.
I love when I'm tandem nursing my 2.5 yr old and 5 month old boys, they hold each others hand
I agree w/ so much that's been said. The connection, the soothing, the convenience. It is an amazing experience and I am grateful to have enjoyed it for coming up on two years. All that cuddling I get to do. And for us ( because of his food intolerances and allergies) it has meant saving over $100 a can on prescription formula (the only alternative), which is made of soy that has been chemically "pre-digested" and (I have heard) smells like burnt rubber. It has been invaluable to be able to use myself as a tool to produce custom formulated nourishment, and as we found he has a reaction to a particular food, I cut it out of my diet and eliminate the problem. He's in the 95th percentile for height, very happy and healthy...I feel nursing has been indescribably important.
when ds holds my face or mouth while he nurses.
he also "hums" mmmmm mmmmm mmmmm sometimes while he nurses.
Oh, and bf baby breath,...nothing else like it.
jamie. crinkly (not quite crunchy) mama to 3 amazing little girls, an awesome little boy, and a baby girl making her debut at the end of this summer.
We've only been at it for two months so I don't have a lot to add to this thread yet, but one specific thing I love about it so far is the little sigh of relief and the way his whole body relaxes when he latches on after a fussy spell. It's clear that it's just the thing he needs and wants and I'm so glad to be able to offer it.
I'm planning to nurse as long as he wants and I'm really hoping that I'll have some more of the great BF experiences you all have described in the posts below... Thanks for sharing!
Plus, the other night, my now 3 week old was nursing in bed and had fallen asleep, but was still sucking every once in a while and stayed latched on. I still had to brush my teeth, so I tried breaking the latch. He started half growling/half grunting and started sucking again like crazy. All while still asleep! DH couldn't stop laughing! It was so funny!
I do love the newborn head-bob thing! And when he tries putting his hands in his mouth while I'm trying to latch him on because he's in the "nursing position" and smells the milk. LOVE IT!!!!!!
I also like the look on my M-I-L's face when she asked 'how will you be able to BF (after I had a c-section) now? Only to have my l'il one answer before I could - by attempting to latch on:
When DS had a checkup at four days old, and already weighed 10 lbs! (he was 9lbs 5oz at birth, down to 8-14 on day 2)
MILK BREATH!!!! My definite favorite! I'd hold him extra long after he fell asleep just so I could stick my nose close to his mouth and smell that baby smell!
Poop that smells like buttered popcorn!
I for one find looking at my daughters chubby little thighs and double chin quite confidence inspiring. My body did that. I did that as a mother. My baby is healthy because I am feeding her the best way I know how. It gives me the confidence to handle other things as a mother as well.
today he told me, when I put my skin next to your skin, thats skin to skin!
and then we nurse!
knowing he has the best protection against obesity (and about a million other things) I have a friend in her 70s who nursed all 4 of hers (admittedly briefly) who was told she was risking her babies health because she had asthma, but her instincts prevailed, of course now we know she was PROTECTING them from asthma!
The way it helped me fall asleep when he woke to nurse when I came to bed (doesn't happen now that he's older )
I thought it was simply amazing when DS turned one year. He didn't eat really at all or drink anything. It was my breast and my body that grew him and sustained him for the first year of life. Powerful stuff!
I loved the nursing sighs, the drunk nursing look, the smiles and giggles while nursing. The hand wrapped around my nursing tank or bra. The frantic head bob when they want to nurse so badly but you just aren't getting it out fast enough. How it always soothed him. I could go on... I can't wait to nurse again!