It happened again. As I lifted up my blouse to nurse the nearly-2-year-old Anton, I got an incredulous response: “You’re still breastfeeding him?” I merely smiled and kept right on nursing.
On hindsight, I should have done better. It was a perfect opportunity to educate another woman about the benefits of breastfeeding beyond one year. In fact, the woman I was with is a registered nurse and yet she didn’t recognize the importance of breastfeeding my toddler.
So I’ve been thinking of what I wish I had said, or what I will say next time this happens. I think it’ll be something like, “Yes, of course. As far as breastfeeding is concerned, the longer a mother breastfeeds, the better it is for her baby and for herself.”
And if the person I’m talking to is still interested, then I will give the juicy details: