The 10 Commandments of Breastfeeding a Toddler

At a recent summit of the UNBFT (United Nations of Breastfed Toddlers), representatives from all nations agreed upon the following ten fundamental rights for all members. The UNBFT has set a modest goal of 100% compliance, in the absence of which they reserve the right to hold a generalized tantrum in accordance with international law.

1- Thou shalt be available to breastfeed at the toddler’s discretion. Service does not shut down during showers, bathroom breaks, meal preparation, grocery-store trips, hikes or minor home repairs.

2- Thou shalt accommodate the chosen nursing position of the toddler. Be it standing, sitting, kneeling, lying down or upside down, the toddler knows best.

3- Thou shalt accept all manner of comfort objects during nursing sessions. This includes, but is not limited to, kittens (plush and live), Optimus Prime, the largest board book in the home library and any matter of found stick, rock or leaf.

4- Thou shalt not wear turtlenecks nor any other clothing item that impedes self-service.

5- Thou shalt not use nursing sessions as opportunities to accomplish irritating grooming tasks, including but not limited to nail cutting, hair brushing, nose picking and ear cleaning.

6- Thou shalt not unlatch and roll away from the toddler without his or her express permission.

7- Thou shalt not pronounce the dreaded four-letter word¹ within earshot of the toddler.

8- Thou art required to change thy seating position in order to afford the toddler full view of Paw Patrol while nursing.

9- Thou shalt not drop foreign objects upon the toddler’s head, such as crumbs, cell phones or books.

10- Thou shalt cast out those who ask: “Isn’t she getting a bit old for that?”

Any commandments to add?

¹ wean

8 responses to “The 10 Commandments of Breastfeeding a Toddler”

  1. Paloma Hernandez

    Thou shalt not keep the toddler from sticking their hand in your shirt to twiddle or restrict them from any other body part they may wish to pinch, pull or poke, such as; your hair, your eyes, your nose, your nipple, your arm, your ear or any body part they deem necessary

    1. Roxane

      I was about to add this one!

      1. Ashley Kewayosh


    2. Krista

      Yep! 🙂

  2. Ashley Kewayosh

    I love this!

  3. Coby

    I love these! Definitely can relate!
    And I love the Funky Fluff diaper! We have the same Ice Ice Baby for our 13 month old and wouldn’t do anything other than cloth!

  4. Miranda

    The words cup or bottle are also forbidden by my nursing toddler.

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