Ben can talk. He calls it milkies. He loves to peek into my shirt to make sure they are still there and sometimes jokes about having milkies again even though he knows it’s not for him anymore. I know he still loves how it made him feel and I’m sure if I encouraged him he would start breastfeeding again.
My first daughter very clearly said, “nurse” starting at about 10 months. She also signed the sign for milk to say she wanted to nurse. I vividly remember her holding my face in her hands when she was about 22 months and saying, “mama, listen with ears, I WANT TO NURSE”. My second daughter is 22 months now and does the sign for milk to say she wants to nurse. And she says “durse”. Sometimes she just says “mama” when she wants to nurse.
My son is 34mths old when he was younger he would simply ask for milk. Now he differentiates between my milk and cow’s milk by asking for Mommy Milk. My daughter is only 6mths old, she has only just started this, if I am holding her and she wants to nurse she turns into me and starts rubbing her face into my chest. I know this is similar to a newborn’s rooting. When my son was small he started playing with my other breast while he was nursing, but when I was pregnant with my daughter I couldn’t handle him touching my breasts, so he started to just hold the one he was nursing from. Now he also likes to play with his sister’s hair while they’re both nursing to sleep at night.
I talk to both my children about it, mostly because I am still breastfeeding my daughter. My son has seen photos of him nursing when he was three, and that is completely normal to him. They like seeing other babies nursing as well. I will ask my daughter what it tastes like to her and she’ll describe the taste to me (tastes like pasta, tastes like milk, honey, etc). Both of them called it “nurshing” for nursing.
I taught my daughter the sign language for milk. So when I ask if she wants milk and I do the sign for it, she will say yes and do the sign language for it as well.
They talk about their “milkies” and frequently point out crying babies that apparently need their milkies or any nursing mammal. They see it as the normal way to feed a baby. They like to squeeze my breast when they nurse or smack my breast lightly like they are playing with it. One of my daughters enjoys hugging my breast and kissing it and tell me she loves my “milkies”.
My baby is 15 months. He signs “more” while saying “mama” when he wants milk. Just recently he’s started to pop off when he’s done one side and then sign more for me to switch him to the other side. I love it!
Whenever is around feeding time, I put him sitting on my lap and he promptly starts waving his arms towards my breasts while babbling always in the same tone and the same “words”. It is funny how almost every time after he is full; he starts babbling the same sounds in slow motion. It sounds like he is meditating after satisfaction, saying a mantra. The tone of his voice and the sound are always the same and exclusively done at this particular time, when he finishes feeding.
My older child ‘helps’ me clean my breast shields, asks about the pump and likes to lie on the bed and talk to us when we are feeding. She also ‘breastfeeds’ her dolls regularly. My son communicates he is hungry by licking his lips, looking at my chest and should he get to the point of fussing before I can attend to him, his cry sounds like ‘nahlaahh’ exactly the same as his sister’s. So our family calls breastfeeding ‘nalaahhs’. He likes to check in with me while he is feeding so he looks up regularly (presumably to ensure no one else has stepped in?) with milk dripping off his face and gives me his gaping grin. It is messy but very endearing.