5 Reasons Why Breastfeeding a Toddler Rules

5 Reasons Why Breastfeeding a Toddler Rules

It may not be the norm, but breastfeeding a toddler is awesome. Here’s why.

By Maria Mora

While more and more women in the U.S. are embracing extending breastfeeding, they still only make up 25 percent of all nursing moms, according to the CDC. We asked moms who are a proud part of that minority to share exactly what they love most about breastfeeding their toddler.

1. It encourages toddlers to take a much-needed nap.
“[It promotes] forced naps,” says Jennifer G. from Florida. “When I stopped nursing Elizabeth, she never napped again. It was the only way.” Alexandra R. from Wisconsin agrees, saying that her toddler would instantly fall asleep while nursing.

2. It’s a beautiful way to connect with an active toddler.
Kim B. from Texas loves it when her toddler pats her face while she nurses him. “I also love when he gets off to tell me something in his broken speech, smiles, and pops back on,” she says. “It is a great excuse to sit down together and take a few minutes to reconnect with my sweet baby.”

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3. It makes Mom laugh.
Jenna F. from North Carolina says she loves the antics of breastfeeding toddlers. “Standing on my lap on one leg with the other leg kicked out while nursing,” she explains. “Toddling up to me while I’m sitting down, pausing and taking a drink, running off giggling. Talking while nursing, holding my breast with both hands like it has sippy cup handles.”

4. It allows for the beauty of tandem nursing.
Diana J. from Pennsylvania loves the opportunity to spend quiet time with her toddler son. “But my absolute favorite thing is tandem nursing with him and his 2-month-old sister,” she says. “She looks at him and he strokes her face and holds her hand. I feel so privileged every time to be a part of such special bonding between the two of them.”


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5. It gives mom some bonus cuddle time.
Gena G. from Indiana recalls, “It was one of the only times they'd snuggle up to me and I'd feel like they still had some baby left in them.”

As a mom who breastfed both her children into the toddler years, I totally agree with Gena. My favorite part? To this day, my kids still climb into my lap for comfort. Even though I’m well past my breastfeeding years, I treasure our moments of cozy bonding time.

How long did you nurse your babies?

Maria Mora is a single mom, editor, and hockey fanatic. She lives with her two sons in Florida.

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