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Old 11-17-2006, 11:45 PM   #1
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Extended Nursers.....???

So what do you say?? My ds is almost 17 months old and I keep getting the "when are going to wean him" thing and more often then normal because I have to cut all dairy and most soy out of my diet. So like for example my mom said lets go get ice cream. I said I can't. She goes "now really how much longer are you going to nurse him?? Until he is in kindergarten?? Oh I am just kidding I really admire you, BUT it has been a long time" Wtheck is THAT suppose to mean?? Anyway just wondered what you say....then I hear the "oh well you're not ready" uhh isn't it about my child?? I don't know I am just a little frustrated. Just curious what you all say/get.

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Old 11-17-2006, 11:49 PM   #2
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Well I imagine once he goes off to college we'll have to stop....jk but then it'll make them mind thier business.
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Old 11-18-2006, 12:50 AM   #3
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Re: Extended Nursers.....???

"Everything is just fine, thank you. When (dc) does wean I'll be sure to let you know."

I ebf dd until 2 yr 4 mo. You can imagine the comments I got. Especially since I come from a non-bf family. They did finally give up after a while and stop asking. Good luck to you. It takes a thick skin to ebf.
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Old 11-18-2006, 01:48 AM   #4
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DD is 15.5 months old and shows no signs of wanting to lead weaning. I usually say when asked, "I'm shooting for 4 years old, do you think I could go longer and not be arrested?" People get the hint and shut up, well, except my MIL who keeps buying us formula! No matter how many times I throw the cans away RIGHT IN FRONT OF HER, she still doesn't "get it". She did NOT bf either of her 2...30 and 36 years ago. How sad!
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Old 11-18-2006, 08:00 AM   #5
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Hardly anyone knows I'm breastfeeding my 21 month old. Because you know everyone has assumed he's weaned by 1 year old (6 months, 10 months, whatever) so it never crosses their mind to ask if he's still nursing. My family knows and a few close friends know, that's it.
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Old 11-20-2006, 06:20 AM   #6
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I'm surrounded by a lot of supportive people, at my church and through LLL. My family knows that it doesn't matter what they say, I'll do what I want. I had a huge blowout with family almost exactly 4 yrs ago (on Thanksgiving) when an aunt asked me to cover up while trying to bf my 3 wk old son. I was so new to bf and was afraid he'd suffocate and blah blah and I refused and it turned into a while drama and the end of me being with that family (lots more to the story, but that was the start of it). I will not compromise what I believe so strongly to be the right and best thing I can do for my child.
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Old 11-20-2006, 07:53 AM   #7
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My dd is 17 months old, and while she's cut back some with the introduction to solids, she still nurses at least 4 times during the day and once during the night. I've had the "your STILL nursing?" questions asked a few times, and I just answer that as long as she's still asking for it, she'll be nursed. She'll know when she's ready.

If they don't like it, too bad......she's MY child.
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i have only had a few people ask me about it, but my guys only just turned one, so im sure the comments/questions will pick up as the months go by. the most recent answer i gave was "when they don't need it anymore". i have also said "unti they are done". i have a few others at the ready though! one is "as long as i can-i want to reduce my risk of breast and ovarian cancer as much as possible!". no one can argue with wanting to reduce the risk of cancer. i also have said "when they go to college", and a variation of that~ "i imagine i'll have to go to college with jonas!" i just told my aunt the other day that im glad the boys are still nursing because we are flying and they will get some protection from all the germs. i try and work the benefits of extended nursing into casual conversations so people will realize 1) the benefits of it and 2) that it is not something i am thinking about stopping anytime soon. it can be hard to have your beliefs and parenting questioned/challenged. we have to be strong!
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I'm not expecting to room with him when he goes to college. That's what I always say!!!!
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I say something along the lines of *at least until he is 2, like the medical community suggests * or if the person is just being a smarta$$ I say *no time soon, my dh likes it too.*
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