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Old 01-09-2008, 07:25 PM   #121
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Re: Did your mom breastfeed?

My mom wasn't able to breastfeed me (I was the oldest) but she exclusivly breastfed my sister who until she was three!!

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Old 01-09-2008, 07:54 PM   #122
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Till I was 13 months!
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Old 01-09-2008, 07:59 PM   #123
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Yep, I'm the oldest of four, all breastfed. We all self-weaned, also, though we all weaned fairly young... between a year and 18 months, I think.
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Old 01-09-2008, 09:45 PM   #124
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Re: Did your mom breastfeed?

I had one aunt by marriage that breastfed on my mom's side and one aunt by marriage on my dad's side that breastfed. I vaguely remember my one aunt pumping when I was a very young child and thinking it was odd. I was never around the other aunt. Everyone in my immediately family thought it was weird but accepted it. My mil was really uncomfortable with it for a long time. But she's uncomfortable with most baby related things. I don't know why I decided to breastfeed. I never wanted kids, never thought I'd have them. I got pregnant at 17. I tried to nurse my oldest and everyone around me discouraged me and fed me so much misinformation that it didn't work out for me. I was even more determined with my second and I was married and nowhere near my family so I had the support of my dh. Once I breastfed one you couldn't have paid me to use a bottle. I still don't know why I ever wanted to breastfeed to start with. Nobody I knew had ever done it. No one encouraged it or supported it and I wasn't real mothering or crunchy or anything, I guess maybe it was because I've always done things differently than my family. Probably I had read about the benefits who knows.

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Old 01-10-2008, 07:18 AM   #125
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My mom didn't breastfeed my brother (born in 1963) and only breastfed me for about 2 weeks (born 1977) because she got an infection and they told her to stop nursing.

The reason I chose to breastfeed my children (1st child 5 months, 2nd child still BFing at 13.5 months old) is the ONLY time I EVER remember seeing ANYONE breastfeed a baby, my mom's friend had a baby. When we went to see the baby (I was about 10 I think) and while we were there, sitting around talking, the baby started crying and she just started breastfeeding her. She asked my mom if she had breastfed (mom gave above answer) and then her friend said "Isn't it the most amazing feeling in the world!" She was so excited about it, so sincere and enthusiastic in her statement that it left THAT big of an impression on me!

Plus add that I read of all the benefits! No way I was giving my baby formula instead of at least trying to breastfeed. I just wish I had known more when my oldest went on his nursing strike. I thought he was self weaning at 5 months, I know now we could have made it past that. But I know now and I'm still breastfeeding my 13.5 month old with no end in sight, and I plan to let him self wean.
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Re: Did your mom breastfeed?

Mine did too! She's the one who encouraged me the most.
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Old 01-10-2008, 09:08 AM   #127
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I breastfed my kids because I assumed I was breastfed! I read all I could about it, did my best - first child I had to express milk until he was 8 months and my second latched-on just fine and so I breastfed her until her 1st birthday.
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the funny thing about my mom...
She had the four of us, I was the youngest/only girl. She was always very supportive and would brag about my efforts to breastfeed and stay-home to do so...
I told her, "Well, I work so hard because you did for us."
And she says, "I breastfed all your brothers, but by the time you came along, I finally agreed to use formula because you latched-on so hard, my nipples were raw."
I am extremely glad she kept quiet as long as she did.
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LOL tmries! That's funny!
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I'm the oldest and my mom didn't breastfeed me. She did breastfeed my sister and brother for about until they were about 4 months old, and supplemented with formula the whole time. After they were about 4 months old they were on only formula.
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Old 01-10-2008, 10:36 AM   #130
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My momma BF all her 4 children.We were all nursed untill we were 3 or 4 years old. Yup thats more than 15 years of BFing!!!!!!!!!
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