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My breastfeeding goal, this time around with number three arriving shortly, is until…

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about the duration of breastfeeding, it’s that there’s no way to predict it. So, so, so many things go into the equation. Baby’s temperament, mama’s temperament, mama getting pregnant again, baby getting sick, siblings, etc. I would have never guessed I would nurse my first until she was over three, just as I would have never guessed my second would be done at barely two. There are just too many factors.

So, I’ve come to the point where I don’t really have a goal. Sure, there are the obvious ones like nothing besides mama’s milk for 6+ months and making sure mama’s milk is still in their system until AT LEAST 2, but beyond that it’s anyone’s guess.

I’ve just learned to go with the flow. And really, that’s what makes the most sense to me. Breastfeeding shouldn’t be this big thing we have to fight to protect (though obviously we’re not there yet) or make goals to continue doing. Breastfeeding should be, and is, just a normal and natural part of parenting. All babies should do it (not that it’s always the case, I know, but biologically all babies should get breast milk), but it also doesn’t need all the hoopla.

It’s my dream that one day we’ll get back to the point where breastfeeding is just feeding your baby. No one fighting for or against it, no one having to make goals to reach, no one even worrying about weaning because it just happens. A natural part of childhood like learning to walk, talk, write, ride a bike, and so on. I know we’re a far way off from that being realized, but I trust that we can make it there.

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