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Old 02-23-2011, 09:15 AM   #21
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When I first read it, I thought maybe I misread. I thought it said 15 months, which I could understand a little more. I had tons and tons of people telling me it was time to stop as I approached DS first birthday. But never at 5 months!!!! That is just ridiculous!

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Old 02-23-2011, 09:46 AM   #22
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So, yesterday, my sister (with whom I am VERY close :-)and best friend (since we were 5) called me (on three way) as an intervention to get me to stop breastfeeding DS. Their arguments were 1) He is too big to be breastfeeding still (granted, he is the size of a 12 mo but he is still 5 mo) 2) After a certain point there are little to no nutritional advantages (I explained to them they were correct-even though that doesnt apply at 5mo, but nutrition is not the only reason I am doing it-also emotional and psychological reasons). They had some other superficial arguments, but when it all boiled down, I think they are just 1) uneducated about BF and 2) a little jealous-they both have children, but none of them have jobs that really supported BF or the lifestyle/support that would allow them to BF even if they wanted. I simply explained to them that I was going to BF for as long as DS is interested-maybe age 1, maybe 2 or even longer, and that they need to get used to it-lol...to which they responded "thats just disgusting." I lauged it off and still think its kind of funny. Has anything this crazy happened to you mamas?
Maybe someone already commented on this but I skimmed and didn't see anything. I just wanted to say that, no, they are NOT correct! Breast milk never stops having nutritional advantages. Here's a really interesting link you should check out...

http://www.kellymom.com/bf/bfextended/ebf-benefits.html

I'm lucky that my DS is not a picky eater, but if he were a picky eater like many toddlers are, I don't think I would be as stressed out about it as many parents are because I know that he is getting all kinds of good stuff from my milk still.
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Old 02-23-2011, 12:30 PM   #23
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Maybe someone already commented on this but I skimmed and didn't see anything. I just wanted to say that, no, they are NOT correct! Breast milk never stops having nutritional advantages. Here's a really interesting link you should check out...

http://www.kellymom.com/bf/bfextended/ebf-benefits.html

I'm lucky that my DS is not a picky eater, but if he were a picky eater like many toddlers are, I don't think I would be as stressed out about it as many parents are because I know that he is getting all kinds of good stuff from my milk still.


Your milk still has TONS of nutritional value and is all your little one needs until at least 6 months (no cereal, no oatmeal, nothing) and even at that point you don't have to start solids. My son didn't actually start getting into solids until he was 9 months old.

Keep up the good work mama - you know what their issues are, don't make them your issues too.
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Wow, how rude! I would BF until he was 3 just to prove them wrong You handled it really well BTW! I would have been mad.
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I'm with the others who would be seriously ticked off! That's insane!

and to call you for a boobin intervention... wow!
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Sounds EXACTLY like my sister even down to the unattached problem and deceased mother. Those two were two peas in a pod and while I love them both my sister still has the detachments issues that my mother had. I got no support either.
Kudos to you for laughing it off! You just go right ahead and do what you want to
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Re: Intervention to end BFing?!

Hopefully just by doing you will give them a different perspective, and maybe it will take the edge off their "disgustedness."

My IL's are quite uneducated about it. No one said anything directly to me, and the older my nursling got the less breastfeeding, nutritional benefits or lack thereof, even were mentioned. Now with nursling #2, I think they just leave well enough alone or can see how ODD has thrived and have adjusted their opinions slightly.
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Old 02-23-2011, 06:43 PM   #28
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Re: Intervention to end BFing?!

Wow, when I read the thread title I expected to read about an intervention over BFing a 3- or 4-year old. But only 5 months??? That is totally crazy!!! People think I am nuts when I say my 17-month old DS nurses before bed... Oh well!

Good for you, OP, for laughing it off and continuing to BF.
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I have family that would do the exact same thing *if* they were smart enough to think of it. but honestly i read this and good for you mama!!
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Old 02-23-2011, 08:51 PM   #30
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wow!! I was waiting to read that you were still B****** your 5 YEAR old...but at 5 months?! I have to say though it sounds like you are a very understanding patient person, I would be so mad!!
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