I worried how I would explain breastfeeding to our toddler son. Would he ask a lot of questions? Would it be awkward? I admit with topics like this, my embarrassment tends to make me giggle a bit juvenile-ly (if that is a word).
Turns out, I should not have worried. Too much. First, I have some great nursingwear that allows me to be discreet even in our house when needed.
Then, it seems son takes it all in stride, saying things like:
“You will feed him?”
“He’s drinking milk?”
“He’ll drink on the other side now?”
and the hilariously imperious: “Mommy! E___’s crying – FEED HIM!”
I try to answer him as simply, and medically accurately as possible. I try not to giggle (be an adult, Julie!). He listens, then satisfied, goes back to his playing…
Sometimes, I catch him glancing at me nursing, and I see the wheels turning in his head. I brace myself for an awkward question…but… turns out Hot Wheels and Thomas the Train command more of his interest than mommy’s nursing.
Phew! For now…
Were your kids curious about your breastfeeding? Did they ask a lot of questions? How did you tactfully explain breastfeeding to young children?