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Old 10-30-2011, 08:20 PM   #1
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Am I the only one who doesn't think it's a big deal?

My daughter is 2.5 years old and still nursing to sleep. This is the only time she nurses and dd and I are completely happy with this arrangement. My neice is almost three and has came into the room and saw I was nursing. Now she is trying to nurse her baby doll. My sister just informed me that I am not allowed to nurse in front of her anymore because she does this now. I don't see the big deal. If dd would do this I would tell her that this is what you do when you get older and become a mommy. I think it's the difference between me nursing and my sister barely nursed my neice. I just don't think nursing is a big deal anymore as in inappropriate or anything negative. I will respect my sisters wishes but refuse to act ashamed or hide that I nurture my daughter in a different way.
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Old 10-30-2011, 08:49 PM   #2
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Re: Am I the only one who doesn't think it's a big deal?

I don't think there's anything wrong with a 3 (or 4, 5, 6, 7 or older) year old pretending to nurse a doll. Acting like it's not appropriate gives the message that nursing is dirty. (However, if pretend nursing involved removing or lifting up her shirt in public, I would tell my DD that she had to keep her shirt on to "nurse" her baby when we weren't home.)
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I'm with you. I would just tell your sister it's her responsibility to moniter where her daughter is when you're nursing then. Really, it's dumb. There's a small difference if it's a teenage boy, kwim? I could see the possible issue there, but a 3 year old little girl seeing a mom nursing? Ridiculous to be upset about that, imo.
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I also don't see a problem you you nursing you little one to sleep either! That's how my LO's have gotten to sleep until they were at least nearly 2 yrs old.
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Not only do I not think its a big deal but I think its good for her to see. little girls need to be exposed to breasts doing what they are meant to do. They should know that its normal. Kids mimic adult behavior. And bfing is just normal adult behavior

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Old 10-30-2011, 09:03 PM   #6
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I just reread the text she sent and she actually went so far to tell her that they didn't do that and dd doesn't do it anymore cause she's a big girl. Grrr. It's aggravating. I am proud that dd and I have that connection. And she will not be ashamed of that when she is a mother if I can help it.
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Old 11-09-2011, 01:51 PM   #7
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Not only do I not think its a big deal but I think its good for her to see. little girls need to be exposed to breasts doing what they are meant to do. They should know that its normal. Kids mimic adult behavior. And bfing is just normal adult behavior

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Exactly. Both my nieces started nursing their dolls after I had dd and now dd does it too. It is totally normal and I prefer that to playing with dolls.
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Tell her that she needs to keep a better watch on her DD if she's going to barge in on you will nursing!

And good Good you. I agree, little girls and boys should be exposed to healthy nursing relationships.

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Your sister probably just doesn't want you to teach her kid something that she's not comfortable with. Just have a talk with her and talk to your niece. Your dd can probably help to.

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Re: Am I the only one who doesn't think it's a big deal?

my little girl is almost 5 and every single time I sit down to nurse my 8month old she "nurses" her babies too. Not odd.
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