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February 23, 2014

WHOLE FAMILY: Time to put breastfeeding days in the past

Since it is later than 3:14 a.m. Feb. 22, 2014, I am done. Done. It is over. Over.

No, likely I am not dead, but still alive, annoying someone somewhere, but I am all done — finished, through — with nursing a baby.

Forever.

Wait, I know you don’t say “forever” or “never” or whatever-ever-ever in life, but really, my surprise-at-39 baby boy just turned 3 years old Feb. 22, and I cut him off, cold turkey, on this third anniversary of his sweet birth.

No more “milkies.”

I know some of you just balked. “Breastfeeding?! Still?! At age 3?!” Maybe you followed up with a “Gross!” or “That’s weird!” or something in that genre. I’ll get to that in a paragraph or two, but if you’re a “That’s weird” responder, you should know there are people on the other end of the spectrum.

These would be my super-crunchy-mama pals, the ones whose 5-year-old kindergarteners sometime start nursing again when Mama has a new baby: “Now, why stop breastfeeding just because of an arbitrary number, an age? Doesn’t she know children will self-wean when they’re ready? That’s just cruel.”

Seriously, I get both responses.

So on this solemn-but-gleeful day, the day my breasts become mine once more, I’ll tell you what I know.

• I know breast milk is good for babies, toddlers, and even the occasional abrasion, skin rash or irritable eye of my 10-year-old. Breastfeeding itself, as in physically putting a little one to a breast to nurse, is appropriate for babies through toddlers for sure. The American Academy of Pediatrics calls for breast milk exclusively through 6 months old; the World Health Organization says keep up breastfeeding through age 2 for good results. Plenty of experts say nurse a little one as long as it’s mutually agreeable. Breast milk is awesome. I’m happy my body made it and I shared it.

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Three Goshen elementary schools — Chandler, Chamberlain and West Goshen — are providing free meals to all students during the school year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Nearly 80 percent of students at Chandler, 89 percent of students at Chamberlain and 78 percent of students at West Goshen already qualify for free or reduced-price lunches based on their family income. How do you feel about the new lunch program?

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