Thursday, August 1, 2013

the milkie dance: breastfeeding memories {World Breastfeeding Week}

This World Breastfeeding Week comes at interesting timing - it appears that we are now "weaned." It just kind of happened. I was really tired and didn't want to get up at 5am, so I sent Daddy in to do some comforting. It morphed into a "mommy's milkies are all gone" and then, true to my word, it happened. I'm totally grieving now, but partly relieved. It's the most bittersweet feeling. So for this WBW, I'm going to process this whole, too-short weaning experience and share some of my favorite memories. 

I'll always remember my girls' "Milkie Dance." Since they were about 18 months old, if they ever asked/signed for "milkies" or if I said, "do you want some milkies?" they'd drop WHATEVER they were doing and squeal and get so excited and dance around in circles. Sometimes I would do it just to see the look of sheer glee on their faces. I always joked to Andy that I'm pretty sure breastmilk has some component of liquid valium in it, or something, because it calms like nothing else.

Their milkie dance was the most precious thing and if I was ever really tired or touched out or just didn't feel like doing it, their little jigs and jumps helped soften my heart and made me laugh, and gave me the extra boost I needed to cuddle down with them and have some special time, if even for only 5 minutes.

More recently, they would unlatch in the middle of nursing and say, "Mommy! Mommy!" and then show me the sign for milkies. "Yes, you're having milkies," I'd say, and they'd nod or laugh and happily pop back on and keep going. Or, "Mommy, Mommy!" (sign for milkies) "Sissy?" and point to their sister. I'd say, "Yes, Sissy is having milkies now, too," and they'd nod or laugh and resume.

Now when Ruthie asks for milkies or tries to look down my shirt, I say cheerfully, "oh, mommy's milkies are all gone, you and sis drank them all!" And she smiles and nods as if to remind herself, oh yeah, we did do that! OK! 

I can't count or tally up how many times I've been incredibly thankful we nursed as long as we did, the times they were not feeling well or teething or just needed some quiet time. And just getting to experience the happy milkie dance made two years worth it.


  1. OMG, your girls are so cute. What a sweet story. I don't remember what nursing was like but I hope I was as grateful and excited to my mom for the 2-ish years she nursed me! Nursing is such an amazing power we have!

  2. Breastfeeding is such a special experience. I never thought I would have been able to do it for two months and now here we are at two years. As much I have loved it though I am finally ready to wean my daughter only I don't know how. Oh well, I'll figure it out somehow.

  3. So sweet! Love that they seem to understand completely.


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