Frankie, fast approaching 22 months, is not yet weaned, despite my best efforts. Well...efforts, anyway. I have tried taking away one nursing session gradually, working our way down to zero, but find that she ends up in a full-blown panic as I decrease. And, as I have always given 2 years as the age at which I absolutely
must stop nursing a child, I just don't have the gumption to deny her when she seems so desperate.
Today was another of those days. It was only a few hours since she had nursed, and suddenly I had a tear-streaked, pitiful toddler tugging at my shirt wailing, "Nursie...nuuuuuuuuuurrrrrrrrssssssssiiiieeee...peeeeez mama, peez." Finally, I gave up and sat down with her. I am such a sucker for a good "peez". She latched right on, took a few draws, then pulled her head back to give me a huge grin. Then she, I am not making this up, clapped my breast between her hands and shouted, "Boo-yah!"
You might be wondering how I can be so sure that she actually exclaimed "Boo-yah" given the tendency of toddlers to mangle words and all. Her latest non-stop request for music? The Naked Mole Rap (lyrics)
. Ron always
gets a Boo-yah when Frankie's in da house. And if you're curious to hear the song itself, the Amazon page has a link for a sample
(in which you will notice that he raps "girls" not "girlies." Hmmm. I guess Ron is a budding feminist? Also you can hear the voice of Bart Simpson as Rufus, the Naked Mole Rat. Also I notice that in the new 2005 edition they have cut the track Work It Out
from Brassy. Are they crazy? That turntable action in the middle of the song is the best part of the whole damned soundtrack. You can get an inkling of it from this live performance at SXSW '01
But back to my breasts. This is all just further evidence that Frankie needs to be weaned. Anyone else have experience with a child stubbornly attached to the breastfeeding experience long after most nutritional value has been superceded by said child's tendency to sit in your lap and graze from your plate (thus taking the breast as middleman right out of the equation)? And did you ever succeed in breaking suction?