This is Exley

Abby Theuring, The Badass Breastfeeder, breastfeeding her son

This is Exley. He is 20 months old. He breastfeeds a lot. Like 7,582 times during the day and 10,498 times during the night. We share a bed so he wakes up, latches on and goes back to sleep. He nurses to sleep, to wake up, for comfort, before he eats, after he eats, when he’s resting and all other times too. He is loud. His voice booms in your chest and pierces your ears. He likes to follow his big brother around. Exley thinks he can do everything his big brother can do and falling on his head never holds him back. People often wonder if I get criticized for breastfeeding both Exley and his big brother, Jack (4.5 years old). I do online, but not in my real life. I wouldn’t keep critics in my life anyway. My close friends and family support my decision. Extended family and acquaintances seem to keep comments to themselves if they have any. I plan to breastfeed both of them as long as they want. It’s not always fun, but it works for us. It’s far more than food; it’s comfort, security, attachment, bonding and nurturance. I believe that allowing them to wean in their own time will lead to independence, high self-esteem, health and a sense of connection to their family and the world. I don’t think nursing Jack takes anything away from Exley. I think Exley gains a unique relationship with his brother along with all the other “perks” of breastfeeding.

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  1. Chris Gibbons says:

    Plz,pkz,pkz unsubscribe me from this presentation. No children. 68 yrs old. Plz, plz, plz gimme a break. Thank you

  2. You are an amazing mama doing an amazing job! I have been reading all of your tandem nursing posts and your boys are so much like mine! I have been struggling on and off with nursing aversion towards my 2 year old (love feeding my 3 month old though) and i swing between wanting desperately to wean but also wanting to continue as he relies on it so much. Did your aversion completely subside? And if so how long did it take?

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