lessons in acrobatics

June 4, 2010

when i was pregnant i wasn't sure if i would nurse.  i didn't know many people who had and i hadn't been exposed to breastfeeding hardly at all beyond the few glances they squeeze in on tv.  but i wanted to give it a try and we were blessed that everything has gone swimmingly well.  with such a limited experience  the only thing i was familiar with was the traditional cradle-hold position.  it never occurred to me that as jude got older things would... change.

i was not prepare for, as experienced nursing moms call it, the acrobatic nursing.

jude is no longer content with the laying-down boppy-style cradle hold unless he's pretty sleepy.  for one thing he is outgrowing his pillow- his feet hang off the end and it nearly pushes him up too high.  so he  has been branching out so to speak.

he likes to crawl over of his own accord when it's milk time and help himself on his knees, standing up, downward dog, bouncing up and down, you name it.  when he nurses in the bed he'll sit up on his knees and drape himself over my chest like a tiny boy throwing himself over a barrel.  our new go-to position has been him sitting facing me next to my legs so he can eat sitting up.  it's the big boy eating.  he just sits there like a little person, gets his food, pops off for a laugh, gets his food, and then off to play again.

i'm torn, because i'm not used to not cradle-hold nursing and it feels a little off-putting.  it dips into that area where people get all preachy.  if he can sit up on his own to eat– would people be scandalized?

...but it's also REALLY REALLY hilarious.  he's very serious about it, proud of himself, and so very happy.

7 comments:

jess [the bottle chronicles]

HAH! That sounds hilarious lmao!

Dionna @ Code Name: Mama

I love the acrobatic nursing stage :) It can be annoying at times, don't get me wrong. But for the most part, the hilarity and novelty of it far outweigh everything else.
And ignore the preachy people. They are generally also the uneducated people. They also happen to NOT be the mother of YOUR child.

Momioso

:) I love acrobatic nursing. It makes me smile. I truly cherish the memories. I even love to watch other mamas nurse their acrobatic little nurslings. They just love their milk so much, yet they can't sit still for a minute! Enjoy mama, enjoy!

Jennifer

I remember watching a friend nursing her baby a few years ago, and the little girl truly appeared to be doing yoga - it was hysterical! I have a 4 month old who nurses in cradle hold oh-so-sweetly, but I'm sure we'll get to the acrobatic stage soon enough.

navelgazingbajan

Acrobatic nursing is hilarious! Honestly, I think it's one of my favorite things about breastfeeding. One of these days I hope to get a picture of my son doing it.

the grumbles

yes! i hope to get a picture some day (when i remember)

Amber, The Unlikely Mama

Alexa is the same way! She will lay in my lap if I sit Indian style on the ground. The boppy if she's about to go to sleep. When she nurses in bed she spins. Starts out on her back, then side, then tummy (butt up in the air). All the while nursing strong. Then pops, spins, starts over!
She will nurse sitting up like Jude too...or draped over me (specially when we first wake up in the morning and I want to lay on my back). Ahhhh fun times.

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