To The Rescue
From: NEW BEGINNINGS, Vol. 18, No. 2, March-April 2001 p. 49
My second daughter and current nursling, Natalie, age 26 months, had a nighttime mishap a few weeks ago. Natalie's mattress and boxspring are on the floor, with a bedrail on one side and her bedroom wall on the other, but nonetheless she made her way down to the foot of the bed and fell to the ground. I heard the boom and her scream, and I scrambled to scoop her up into my arms and hold her tight to reassure her. As I made my way back up to the pillows and lay back down with her still cradled in my arms, she snuggled in to me and nuzzled against my breast. The next thing I heard from her was a heavy sigh of relief and the sweetest, most innocent two-year-old voice saying, "Ahhh, there you go," as she started to nurse. All was well with the world once again, and the rest of the house remained sound asleep and undisturbed, and we were both able to fall back asleep within minutes.
Breastfeeding is a wonderful way of nurturing a baby both nutritionally and emotionally, and it can become a convenient parenting tool in the toddler years. I have breastfed my children for comfort before but that had to be the most touching incident I have ever experienced. To see all of my parenting efforts summarized in such a sweet and simple manner was awesome, and it was heartwarming to have my daughter be able to comfort herself so quickly at the breast because that is what she had come to expect as normal and natural. It is one of my many cherished breastfeeding moments and one definitely worth sharing!