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We love when celebs stand up for breastfeeding (big hugs to Selma Blair and Beyonce) so we were happy to hear that Kelly Preston is still nursing her 16-month-old son Benjamin, according to People. And we so relate with her reluctance to wean him.
"When I stop, it's going to be really hard on me. I love nursing so much," Preston, 49, admitted. "I love the closeness and knowing that I’m giving him the best as far as nutrients and antibodies. And he really loves it, too."
I feel for her. I nursed my first son for 14 months, and I loved the experience. I was lucky enough to not have any breastfeeding problems, and for the first time in my life, I felt like my boobs were overachievers: life-sustaining, nourishing orbs of greatness. When I stopped, it seemed like the right time for both of us. My little guy adapted quickly and without much fuss, and I was happy to have my body back.
Now, I'm now nursing my 9-month-old, with no plan to wean him anytime soon. Yes, he's starting to bite, and yes, he seems more interested in solid food these days than anything my boobs have to offer -- except in the wee hours of the morning, natch -- but the thought of stopping? Well, that just makes me sad. Like Preston, I know that whenever I quit breastfeeding my son, I'll miss that closeness, that automatic excuse to stop whatever I'm doing, wherever I'm doing it and snuggle him close. I'll miss the feeling of knowing I'm doing something really good for him.
Not too long ago, my husband made some crack along the lines of, "enjoy it while you can, kid -- not much longer!" And I thought, "What the hell are you talking about?" His assumption that I'd stop nursing sometime soon made me bristle. To be honest, I'm not sure how long I'll nurse. I'm not sure how long my son will want to nurse. Maybe he'll be ready to move on before I am. What I do know is that last nursing session will be bittersweet. And unlike crawling, walking, talking or any other milestone that we parents so eagerly anticipate, I'm just not ready to rush this one.