So you may not even be able to tell in this picture, but General Leia is nursing here. In fact, it’s a picture of the last time my oldest ever nursed.
This was a hard time for me (and for her). I became pregnant with her sister when she was about thirteen or fourteen months old. At first, I had no problem with continuing to nurse her while pregnant. In fact, that was easier because it kept her still, and I didn’t have the energy to chase her!
And then came nursing aversion.
Eventually, things changed though. I started feeling really annoyed almost every time General Leia wanted to nurse. I was determined to “power through,” though, because I knew breastfeeding until at least two is recommended by the World Health Organization and I knew it was good for her development. I even continued nursing her after her sister was born. Ideally, I wanted to let her nurse as long as she wanted and then to let her wean on her own.
The negative feelings continued though. Almost every time General Leia nursed, it made my skin crawl. Seriously, it felt weird and gross and creepy. But not with Bella Bean, though! I had no problem nursing my infant, only my toddler.
How it felt to have nursing aversion
Nursing Leia didn’t hurt. In fact, at the time I wished it did hurt. Hurt I could deal with. Pain I could handle. But this intense feeling of annoyance, even rage, was something I couldn’t battle. Continue Reading