She lets out a little cry to let me know her tummy is ready for food. As soon as she feels my hands on her she quiets, she knows her mama has come to her. I lift her, kiss her gently on the cheek then hold her against me, she lays her head on my shoulder while I sit down preparing to nurse. -
We instinctively assume our position, I take her from my shoulder and lay her across my lap, one arm tucked along her body against me and her other arm lifts up to find my finger, she wraps her tiny hand tightly around and then she finds me in the dark and feeds.
All this is in the pitch dark, and in silence - a familiar exchange by mother and babe. l feel the breath from her nose against my skin as she takes what she needs. She gently turns her head away and settles when she's had enough and returns to her slumber.
I place the full bellied sleeping babe back into her bed and that's the end of our nightly exchange. It's my most favourite time, no mater what time of the night it happens because I know soon enough, it will end. Soon enough she won't require the extra nourishment at night, soon enough she will sleep through the night. But until then, I will with tired eyes but abundant love, be there to nourish my babe. -
What she will come to learn is that even when she doesn't need me to fill up her little belly at night, she will know that I will always be there for her, day or night. -
As #worldbreastfeedingweek concludes I wanted to jot this down as a reminder to why I don't complain (much 😏) about the fact that my baby doesn't sleep through the night yet, I savour these moments. I remember watching as Max's legs would start to drape over my lap, and I knew our nighttime seasons were coming to an end. I've already watched Madi's feet go from the crook of my arm, to now draped across my lap. I breastfed Max for 28 mos, we stopped as per the recommendation of our acupuncturist who suggested I needed to conserve energy in order to conceive. I was happy to give him a good start, boost his immune system, lower his chance of a myriad of diseases, help prepare him to have a healthy gut, but mostly, I am happy for those extra minutes of bonding we got over the 28 months.