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Poll From: 06/19/2014

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How old is too old to breastfeed? Submitted By Team Swagbucks, CA
6 months
12 months
18 months
24 months
It's really up to the mother/child
Other - let us know in the comments
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guggie
on 06/19/14
pattybluebird and 8 others liked this  
Still breastfeeding my 5 year old...3 year old, 2 year old and 9 month old.

Most people don't realize, when they get older, they don't breastfeed all the time like a little baby. It becomes infrequent, just a stabilizer for times when they are sick, or late at night, scared, etc.
petartist8
on 06/20/14
char431 liked this  
Please know that I am asking this without any kind of criticism. I am just very curious to know this. I know that breast feeding is natural. But do you still let your 5 year old "breast" feed? Or do you pump and give him the milk? Same with the 3 and 2 year old? Most children don't have the memory of "breast feeding" because most women do stop at a year old. Wouldn't there be sexual implications if a child remembers "breast feeding" at 5? Meaning that would there be sexual hold backs on a man if he remembers doing to his mother what he would do with his wife? (I know this is stated weird, but I didn't know how else to put it). These are just questions going through my head. I am a mom of a 21 year old girl. I have never breast fed nor did I have the urge to do so. She was completely healthy and thrived her entire life. I so admire those who can and do breast feed. These questions were not meant to offend, upset or accuse. I was just curious about
majormanafemale
on 06/29/14
Children don't have concreate memory till 3 before that its abtract and all visual. Between 2 and 4 they.loose the concious visual memory and have verbal memories. A 1 yr old veiws boob as food that is it.
sweetpeajaysmom
on 06/20/14
LadyRadagu liked this  
Google it. Why would she need to pump? It's much faster and a heck of a lot easier to nurse a child than pump. I can't pump worth anything but I actually tend to have an overabundant supply. If breastfeeding is treated normally, why would sex come into it at all? Sex isn't involved in brestfeeding. I always wonder why people force that issue. I don't know that anyone has the "urge" to brestfeed. I just do it because it's best. Even the formula companies say that. Look up Dr. Jack Newman. He has a few books out, a website and a Facebook page. He's one of the only doctors I've ever heard of who has actually made the effort to educate himself on breastfeeding. Doctors aren't typically educated on the subject much at all. That's probably why everyone else is so clueless about it I guess.
Maiasaura2001
on 06/20/14
Love love LOVE! Great comment, guggie.
HeatherDodd
on 06/19/14
LadyRadagu and 5 others liked this  
Other: I know the research that breastfeeding has incredible benefits for two years.

I believe the amazing benefits in the brain alone is worth two years of breastfeeding. For those who believe nursing is "dirty", the Mother is typically dealing with pain along with the bonding with their child. Can you imagine how rough and even painful it could become? She is providing this child with benefits found *no where else* on Earth. (Or otherwise, unless aliens are hiding it from us.) <-- that was a joke, btw! (Just about the alien thing.) LOL ~ We have to be so PC these days, I am overly careful at times. =^..^=
pattybluebird
on 06/19/14
cueball1965 liked this  
Dealing with pain? What pain?
Tigrera
on 06/19/14
Babies get some of their teeth after a couple months. Sometimes they bite. And let me tell you, those little teeth hurt like you would not believe!
majormanafemale
on 06/29/14
I know cause sister 8 yrs younger then me when was 18 month randomly tried to get stuff out of my buds when I was 9 going on 10. Despite fact she had been being bottle fed for few months do to motjer being pregnant. Ouchy
pattybluebird
on 06/20/14
My son nursed for four years and bit me ONCE during those four years. Yep, it hurt and startled me. My immediate reaction was a yelp of pain and removing him from my breast. I stayed calm and settled him back to nursing and he never bit again. He was such a great nurser and we had such a wonderful relationship then.

Still do.
SnapdragonT
on 06/19/14
Nolabb2 liked this  
Well it can be a bit a painful at first, and if you miss a feeding it can be really painful.
CrazyHedgieMom
on 06/19/14
Maiasaura2001 liked this  
There can be pain with nursing... that much is definitely true... at least until the mother is used to nursing!
Trin13
on 06/19/14
majormanafemale and 3 others liked this  
lol omg the comments are ridiculous!! I liked this poll, and find it really awesome that the top answer was mother/child led weening. I've stopped producing milk as I'm expecting my second and it just kinda shut off, but I still nurse my first born who is now almost 2 1/2 years old for nap-/bedtime.
majormanafemale
on 06/29/14
That makes sence its comfort to child
pattybluebird
on 06/20/14
I have a friend who nursed her children while pregnant.
rachelmeglio
on 06/19/14
majormanafemale and 2 others liked this  
Up through 18-24 months gives the child the healthiest chance in life. I believe that if you continue beyond this you should probably pump it into a cup rather than going fresh just to reinforce some normality. Otherwise, Junior may need some counseling later on.
pattybluebird
on 06/20/14
LadyRadagu liked this  
Counseling? Hmmm. My son nursed up to the age of four and he's never needed counseling about it. He's a very well adjusted and sensitive young man. Normality? It was normal for us to have our nursing relationship. For me, it would have been abnormal to stop at 12 months.

He drank from a cup, used a fork and spoon and did all of the developmental stages ahead of many of his preschool friends.
majormanafemale
on 06/29/14
Why did you choose to nurse him past 24 months? I only mind ppl who expose it all to comfort 3-4 yr olds who are pros at fake crying
CrazyHedgieMom
on 06/19/14
LadyRadagu and 3 others liked this  
Nursing IS normal. Thanks!
Pirate1980
on 06/19/14
Swaggurnaut191 and 1 others liked this  
When a child is old enough to eat solid food, the child does not need to breast feed any longer. When the child is a toddler it starts to look a little awkward to see a toddler breast feeding. I am speaking as a mom who breastfed 2 children.
pattybluebird
on 06/20/14
bunnymama liked this  
If it looks awkward, then please don't look.

I love seeing moms in public nursing their children. My son used to point them out to me when he was still nursing. It's a beautiful thing, it's not gross or sick or horrible.
majormanafemale
on 06/29/14
I only hwve problem when mom exposes it all to comfort 3 yr old or older. Ya know kid fainin upset to get their way
AngelaChase
on 06/19/14
Swaggurnaut191 and 2 others liked this  
Breastfeeding is natural and healthy. Moms should feel comfortable breastfeeding in public when necessary. I do believe there's an appropriate age limit. In my opinion it's two years. If the child is old enough to be forming memories, having conversations, and so forth, they're old enough to be weened. Speaking as someone who remembers being breastfed (yes, because I was breastfed at 3+ years) it is an embarrassing memory. One I wish I didn't have!
majormanafemale
on 06/29/14
Its ok for 2 yr old in public not so much 3 yr old
pattybluebird
on 06/20/14
Why is it embarrassing for you? Is it hard to think about your mother having breasts and using them to nourish you and comfort you? I wonder how old you are and if you're too young to appreciate what she did for you.
Pepin909
on 06/19/14
AngelaChase and 1 others liked this  
Yep... my mom used us kids to demonstrate for her La Leche League talks and, on some level, we all resent her for those memories!!!
savefor4
on 06/25/14
Zoesmama03 liked this  
Breastfeeding is an individual's choice. That's the reason God gave women breasts'. NOT just for a man's pleasure to look at but for a purpose-to feed your infant, toddler or however, one chooses to further feed so long as you can still produce milk. If people are offended then that's their problem.
Too many women today get "implants," not realizing unless their INSURED due to breast cancer. Otherwise, look at paying for a higher price when they need to be replaced. So far as breastfeeding with "implants," Good Luck! It RARELY doesn't happen. This of course is NOT my personal experience just what La Leache Legue will inform you.
majormanafemale
on 06/29/14
The further feeding ppl need to leafn to be more discreet
majormanafemale
on 06/29/14
And its ok to breast feed a 24 month old.
MairaNirossian
on 06/26/14
I weaned my sons at 15 months, 18 months, and 18 months. My goal for my daughter is 2 years. The benefits of breastfeeding don't stop at some arbitrary age- and there are more benefits than just "a form of milk to feed your baby"!
Moneyme12
on 06/26/14
Zoesmama03 liked this  
It's up to the mother.
Disneyfangirl
on 06/25/14
More than 2 years.
tanasiatlc
on 06/21/14
I breastfed my oldest daughter until she was 3 and 1/2. She stopped on her own at that time. I did not wean her, she weaned herself. She also chose herself to be potty trained at 3 and 1/2. She never had an accident, not once. My daughter is now 18. She is extremely smart and has done very well in school including taking college classes while in high school. She is an extremely independent young woman and does not need her mother for anything, but has a close bond with me and likes our bond. I believe that allowing her to decide when she was ready for things such as weaning from breastfeeding and choosing when she was ready to wear big girl underwear, was definitely the right choice and actually helped her to be a well rounded independent person. I will also note that she has beautiful teeth, never once used a bottle or took a pacifier, only the breast and then cups. She never had an ear infection in 18 years,had only about 4 colds her whole life and the flu once in 18 years.
petartist8
on 06/24/14
My daughter was never breastfeed and had only one ear infection in her entire life and is now 21. She is the same as your daughter. I never felt the urge to breastfeed. She was a bottle baby all the way on formula. She continues to be in good health, our relationship is as close as can be and is very independent. Her teeth are straight as an arrow and thank goodness for that because braces are expensive and uncomfortable! I admire your being able to breastfeed. I just never felt the urge. I understand that breastfeeding is natural and good for a child. However, Children can thrive and be just as healthy and bond just as well on a bottle and formula as those that are breastfeed. Although, my daughter was using a cup at 13 months and potty trained at 2. That is the only difference.
DarkSpiritWolf
on 06/21/14
majormanafemale liked this  
If that child is old enough to feed and wipe it's own ass, then maybe it's time to stop.
jaznak
on 06/23/14
Ain't that a bit rude?
sadiesocute
on 06/23/14
majormanafemale and 1 others liked this  
to the people who said 6 months you have to be kidding!this is the best milk a baby can get.
tryninc
on 06/22/14
time to let go
swaguser64673110
on 06/21/14
RachaelMarieD and 1 others liked this  
This question was drafted in very poor taste.
Breastfeeding is profoundly beneficial for both mother and child.
It does everything for the child from boosting immunity to boosting IQ.
For the mother it helps prevent breast cancer.
To imply that mothers should wean their children before they are both ready because "it's time, your child is now too old" is offensive.
chapinboy
on 06/21/14
good
Jacquiea280z
on 06/20/14
I think after 2 years old is too old. Pumping and giving a child the milk that way is acceptable to me for as long as the mother feels it is advantageous for the child.
BittenUsagi
on 06/19/14
Zoesmama03 and 8 others liked this  
Wow. Completely ridiculous. Feeding a child is what breasts are for. Get over it. This shouldn't even be something to bring up on polls. Shame on you Swagbucks.
SouthernLace66
on 06/19/14
Lynda5 liked this  
Ur being a little prudish! IMO
pattybluebird
on 06/20/14
HARLIED liked this  
Prudish? I don't get that comment.

A prude is someone who is hung up on what society expects and is modest and not presumptuous. I don't see that in BittenUsagi. I see someone who isn't afraid of the truth.
Lynda5
on 06/20/14
I think she was referring to the chiding of swagbucks for having the poll, and I agree, that does show prudishness.
sweetstar
on 06/19/14
PenguinKaty and 4 others liked this  
I"m curious why this is even a question on the daily poll. Usually it is for things that are inconsequential like, what kind of car do you drive or do you celebrate Valentine's day. Eating is a necessary function for life, and breastfeeding is the way that humans (all mammals) are made to eat. Are there questions such as, do you eat foods that contain artificial colors? Do you choose soda over water even though it contains toxic chemicals?

Further, having six months as an option (and 12 months while we are at it) shows a lot of ignorance. Weaning at 6 months is against the recommendations of the AAP, and the WHO. A child who weans before 12 months has to supplement with formula, which is not the same as a mother's milk. Both of those organizations recommend breastfeeding for as long as the mother and child agree on the relationship. I am encouraged to see so many responses for this option. But I am still stunned at the ignorance of this question.
www.llli.org
Lynda5
on 06/20/14
and yet a lot of mothers do exactly that.
pattybluebird
on 06/20/14
Maiasaura2001 liked this  
I loved La Leche League meetings and books by Dr. Sears and his wife, Martha.
proudmomma8
on 06/19/14
pattybluebird and 2 others liked this  
In the past it was the only way, and then everyone began using formula, now it is popular again but it is difficult for some mothers because there are those people whom think it is wrong to nurse in general or past a certain age, and force these mothers to hide the fact that they choose to continue to nurse their children, even if it is just to put them to sleep.
KarCrazy
on 06/20/14
majormanafemale liked this  
I think around 2, 1 is still okay
maybelle61
on 06/19/14
PenguinKaty and 6 others liked this  
America is so ignorant to nursing, it really is appalling to me as a mother of two that are now in their 30's & nursed until they were 3, get educated before lashing out with such ignorance...
majormanafemale
on 06/29/14
That is finr i just wish ppl who nurse past that where more discreet
requestline
on 06/19/14
pattybluebird liked this  
Good for you! It's terrible seeing the public backlash to something so very normal. Hopefully we'll see more education in the future, but I think the formula companies need to have more regulation on what/how they can advertise before we see any real return to what nature intended. At least they can no longer legally say that their formula is better than/equal to breastmilk! (It's a start)
pattybluebird
on 06/20/14
The book is out of print now, but "Milk, Money and Madness" is an excellent book that exposes the practices of companies who make artificial baby milk. Nestle is the worst offender.

When I left the hospital after having our son, the hospital gave me a "Breastfeeding Success" bag and it had bottles of artificial baby milk. I was furious and left the bottles and coupons on my hospital bed. I kept the bag and a book that was in it (book was for my baby). My husband totally agreed with me that giving a new mother a "Success" bag with bottles of artificial baby milk was NOT going to help any new mom with nursing her child. The baby milk manufacturers give those bags to hospitals.
ikarelm
on 06/20/14
Swaggurnaut191 and 1 others liked this  
Baby formula isn't always bad y'know.. sometimes it's better than nothing. As the child of a pediatrician, I have witnessed many mothers who are physically incapable of producing enough milk right after birth, and it's not always due to pregnancy complications and/or stress. Without formula, those babies would have starved and suffered brain damage. So be lucky you had the option of receiving "success bags" -- i know a lot of mothers who would have benefitted from them.
tanyhugh
on 06/20/14
Silkpitt liked this  
I've seen people breastfeed until their kids are 8 years old....because they want the child to wean themselves off. What?! A child is not going to wean themselves off, you as parents know whats right for the child. Or else they will breastfeed till the cows jump over the moon.
Silkpitt
on 06/20/14
When they are old enough to ask for it using words, it's time to stop.
KBartlett30
on 06/19/14
char431 and 1 others liked this  
I don't believe in breast feeding period.
sadiews
on 06/20/14
msxJalite liked this  
formula is one of the worst things you can give your child. breast feeding is natural and how we as a species evolved. If it was wrong then we wouldn't have evolved that way
SnapdragonT
on 06/19/14
majormanafemale and 7 others liked this  
Well it does exist - it is not imaginary like unicorns. Maybe you should say I don't believe breastfeeding is a good idea (though that statement is just as silly - for other reasons) or maybe you should say I don't believe breastfeeding is right for me if that is want you meant.
yophi
on 06/19/14
majormanafemale and 15 others liked this  
I don't believe in giving my child factory made, chemical laden substitutes for the food that has been adequate to supply all the nutrients that a baby needs since the beginning of mankind. Period.

Okay, I realize there are some women that despite great effort are still not able to produce enough milk for baby, but unless a mom falls into that category or has a serious illness that requires medication dangerous to the child, science proves beyond a doubt that breast is best for baby and mom.
Allie00p
on 06/19/14
shetibo liked this  
It's up to each mother and child though. Just because breast feeding is the best option doesn't mean that every woman has to do it.
pattybluebird
on 06/20/14
Nobody is saying she HAS to do it. Yophi is saying that it's best for mom and baby. Read her comment again.
Allie00p
on 06/20/14
I did read the comment, so I don't really appreciate being told to re-read what she wrote.

It's not as cut and dry as unless A.) if a mother doesn't produce enough milk or B.) illness/medication that could be harmful to the baby then all mothers should be breastfeeding. Nursing isn't just a black and white kind of thing, there are gray areas that sometimes need to be considered, too. That's all I was trying to say.
TriplePurple
on 06/20/14
No clue, but if it were me, definitely not after the kid has teeth!
cheeralicia
on 06/19/14
msxJalite and 2 others liked this  
I nursed my twins until they were a year and one month :) i wished i did it longer but it was hard with twins
pattybluebird
on 06/20/14
I can't imagine nursing twins, although when my son was a year old, I nursed him and a girlfriend's baby a couple of times. It was easy at that age because they could each hang onto me.
justme2424
on 06/19/14
It seems the mother might have a harder time stopping than the child
pattybluebird
on 06/20/14
That's silly, IMO.

Child-led weaning gives a little one the chance to decide when it's time to wean. It has nothing to do with the mother wanting to smother her children and not letting them stop.
KalosKraft
on 06/19/14
Swaggurnaut191 and 6 others liked this  
Nutritionally I think babies need to nurse until they can nourish themselves with real food. If people are nursing older toddlers who are on a solid food diet they are probably encouraging an unhealthy emotional attachment. Way to pick a controversial topic for the poll today.
pattybluebird
on 06/19/14
KaliErin and 1 others liked this  
Unhealthy emotional attachment?

I nursed my child until he weaned at four. We did not have an unhealthy emotional attachment.

Now he's 15 and developed normally, was healthy and is emotionally wonderful. He's a sensitive and loving young man and he knows how to respect others and be responsible.

So, how do you prove that a child and mother would have an unhealthy emotional attachment versus a healthy and loving emotional attachment?
stacey1472
on 06/19/14
majormanafemale liked this  
I think this was a really great comment and right on. I agree with the attachment issue as far as nursing. I also feel that breast milk is such a wonderful, healthy thing to give someone, I often wonder why we drink milk from cows, etc. There should be no time limit as to how long breast milk is given, but in a sippy cup, etc. :)
majormanafemale
on 06/29/14
I agree between 2 wnd 3 that should be switched to giving them breast milk in sippy or regular cp if what child juses.
pattybluebird
on 06/20/14
You make wise statements (IMO) and then you say BUT.

There doesn't need to be a BUT.

A child doesn't need a cup for his or her milk. It's already prepackaged and ready to drink.
neutle
on 06/19/14
msxJalite and 8 others liked this  
The first year provides all the nourishment the baby needs, while the second and beyond builds a child's immunity. It also fills in all the gaps left by a toddler's picky diet.
savanuhh
on 06/19/14
They're called vitamins? I took vitamins as a child and I still do - gummy vitamins. How could a child resist gummy vitamins? Mine also have immunity support. Technically, if the mother isn't eating a 100% healthy diet with all the proper vitamins, then the breast milk won't provide them with all the vitamins they need either, and if the mother takes medicine, that's going into her breast milk too.
pattybluebird
on 06/20/14
Human milk provides all of the nutrition a child needs during the first year. My son didn't eat table food until he was 12 months old and was curious to know what was on our plates.

He never needed vitamins and was a healthy child. He still is.
homeschoolmom67
on 06/19/14
luann18 and 6 others liked this  
Nope, not the same thing! A mother's milk actually adjusts to the child, proving antibodies when they are dick, vital nutrients for brain development, and physical closeness that has shown ho have incredible psychological and physical benefits.
savanuhh
on 06/19/14
And this: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/04/is-breast-feeding-really-better/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0
savanuhh
on 06/19/14
That's not what I've read. Why would my sister's doctor tell her that taking her medication would affect her breast milk? Why would they tell her that a baby can have an allergic reaction to a food you've eaten that has made it's way into your breast milk? Why would they recommend you take iodine supplements and prenatal vitamins? I could go on, but there are tons of websites devoted to healthy diets for nursing mothers. What you intake affects your breast milk. It's not magic.
Here's one article on that: http://kidshealth.org/parent/growth/feeding/breastfeed_eating.html
Here's another about how different drugs affect breast milk: https://www.health-e-learning.com/resources/articles/40-social-drugs-and-breastfeeding
pattybluebird
on 06/20/14
majormanafemale and 1 others liked this  
There ARE some medications that cross into mom's milk. There are books about what a mom can take safely...can't think of the titles right now, but if a mom is concerned about medicine, she can research and find out the truth.

I think that http://kellymom.com has information like that. If not, she has links to guide a mom.
Kenzi420
on 06/19/14
tiredmom and 1 others liked this  
Did you even read your own links? One stated that your diet doesn't have to be perfect, while the other link is about social drugs (aka weed, meth, coke, etc) SMH
Kenzi420
on 06/19/14
sweetstar and 1 others liked this  
Educate yourself. http://kellymom.com/nutrition/mothers-diet/mom-diet/
Kenzi420
on 06/19/14
majormanafemale and 7 others liked this  
"Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond." - From The World Health Organization (WHO). It's short, sweet, and to the point without stipulations. Nowhere does it state an adjusted timeframe according to how developed your country is.
pattybluebird
on 06/20/14
Kenzi420 liked this  
Nor does it say to stop at two years. It says "or beyond" because that's what mothers and children chose to do.
momoftwinsplus1
on 06/19/14
majormanafemale and 1 others liked this  
I pumped and nursed twins (and also a singleton son) until they were a year and one lost interest and the other is special needs and the doctor made me put her on a formula that would help because she finally put on weight but too much weight! I wish I had fought the doctor on that would have loved to continue to pump for her as long as I could provide it, she is fed by feeding tube and at age 9 gets all food from a powder based formula, makes me sad when mother's milk would have probably been better in the long run. They put her on a formula that almost killed her giving her ulcers and she need several blood transfusions to save her life.
pattybluebird
on 06/20/14
Momoftwinsplus1, you did what you could in a hard situation. Don't beat yourself up. We do what we can. I'm sorry that your daughter went through that and that you did, too.

I hope that your daughter is okay now.
katemonster23
on 06/19/14
pattybluebird and 1 others liked this  
I am currently breastfeeding my 15 month old daughter. I see no sign of stopping in sight and that is just fine! She doesn't eat table food very often so if I didn't nurse her then what would happen to her?? A woman's milk adapts to the child and is the absolute best thing she could ever give.
stacey1472
on 06/19/14
I agree that breast milk is a great option for your child. But what about pumping rather than having her nurse directly from you at her age? I know it will be hard, but at the age she is, if you don't consider weaning her soon, it is going to be even more difficult later on. When do you think is a good time to start teaching children independence? Is it possible that you are more afraid to wean her because of the bond you now have with her while nursing? I just wonder what inspires a mother to continue allowing her child to nurse directly from her after a certain age rather than continuing the health related benefits of breast milk through pumping and giving it to their child in cups to help them learn to become independent from their mothers a little at a time? In no way am I trying to offend you. But I'm very curious to know, as a mother who nursed, why are you choosing to do it for so long? Help me to understand, please.
pattybluebird
on 06/19/14
msxJalite and 1 others liked this  
Independent?

I was told that my son wouldn't walk because he was held so much and was nursing and was attached to me. Like being attached is wrong?

He walked at 9 months. Actually he ran. He was very independent. Still is.

"Extended" nursing is not easily accepted in this country but moms all over the world nurse for at least 3-4 years. Pumping milk is difficult and a child can get more milk from a breast than a machine.

The World Health Organization recommends TWO years and beyond. These are professionals. They know what they're talking about.

I nursed because I knew it was beneficial to my child emotionally and nutritionally too. We are still close to each other and he grew up knowing he is an important person.
sweetstar
on 06/19/14
pattybluebird and 1 others liked this  
You might be interested to know some of the benefits of nursing: http://www.llli.org/faq/advantages.html

or this

http://www.llli.org/nb/nbnovdec96p164.html

When do you think is a good time to teach children independence? Do you have children? Mine, although breastfed, are VERY independent. Our culture is too focused on independence and as a result has many people who are unattached and have a difficult time forming meaningful relationships. Children nurse for a very very short time. Please don't take that away from them.
pattybluebird
on 06/20/14
bunnymama liked this  
I like you, sweetstar! You are smart and share the knowledge. Hopefully some people will learn from you.
lizard3731
on 06/19/14
Unless you live in a third world country, there aren't any benefits breastfeeding beyond the first year.
majormanafemale
on 06/29/14
2 yrs have proven health benfits past that we dk.
swaguser64673110
on 06/21/14
princessnpeas and 1 others liked this  
FALSE. So painfully, painfully false.
pattybluebird
on 06/19/14
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KaliErin
on 06/19/14
Surion and 7 others liked this  
What strikes me about this whole thing is how many of these people are setting the tone as if accusing mothers of something. Like, "If you breastfeed past X point, YOU ARE UNHEALTHILY INTERESTED IN YOUR CHILD IN RELATION TO YOUR BREASTS." Like they've caught them out at something wrong. It's really, really creepy that people are viewing breastfeeding this way.
pattybluebird
on 06/20/14
RachaelMarieD and 1 others liked this  
I like you, KaliErin and love your support of nursing moms and their children! People need to pay attention to your words.

But then, if they do, they might learn that their thinking is all wrong!
KaliErin
on 06/20/14
RachaelMarieD liked this  
I like you very much as well :)
sweetstar
on 06/19/14
RachaelMarieD and 1 others liked this  
I'm curious where you found this information? That is a myth in American culture.

You might be interested to know some of the benefits of nursing: http://www.llli.org/faq/advantages.html

or this

http://www.llli.org/nb/nbnovdec96p164.html
pattybluebird
on 06/20/14
RachaelMarieD liked this  
Love La Leche League!
JTan
on 06/19/14
RachaelMarieD and 1 others liked this  
Saving money is a benefit
MountieDad
on 06/19/14
RachaelMarieD and 3 others liked this  
Breast feeding is good for First World kids, too
RVmama
on 06/19/14
savanuhh liked this  
I think when the child can rip up the mother's shirt and announce he wants to be fed, it's gone too far. Breastmilk has very little benefit for children over 12 months. Once the kid can walk and drink from a cup, let him.
pattybluebird
on 06/19/14
msxJalite and 3 others liked this  
Rip open?

Wow. What are you talking about?

My son nursed until four years of age and never ripped my shirt open. He didn't pull my breast out of my shirt either. He couldn't open my bra for one thing.

You have a false idea of what a nursing relationship is.
char19481
on 06/19/14
Swaggurnaut191 liked this  
Sounds like you didn't want to let go.
pattybluebird
on 06/20/14
Let go of what?

A healthy and beautiful relationship?

He weaned when he wanted to. If he had self-weaned at two, it wouldn't have been a big deal to me. Same for three years old. Or even at one. I would have "survived" because I know in my heart that he needed me and I was there for him. Am still there for him.

I think you need to look in the mirror and judge yourself and not me. Your opinion is sad.
KaliErin
on 06/19/14
pattybluebird and 2 others liked this  
Oh, I just realized I read this wrong and you're judging this mother for letting her son wean on his own schedule. Allow me to facepalm and shake my head at you.
KaliErin
on 06/19/14
pattybluebird liked this  
Mass ignorance and the power of it to judge and subjugate is worth arguing with consistently. For my part I wouldn't want to let it go.
KaliErin
on 06/19/14
pattybluebird liked this  
HULK BABY RIP. (I'm not trying to stalk your comments, but the image with your question was too funny to pass by XD)
wjwalters
on 06/19/14
majormanafemale and 5 others liked this  
I think a lot of people commenting on this poll need to be educated. Breastfeeding past a year is not only normal but it is extremely beneficial to a child.
pattybluebird
on 06/20/14
and the mother!
milly1122
on 06/19/14
LadyRadagu and 1 others liked this  
What kind of idiot says 6 months is too old
pattybluebird
on 06/20/14
I wouldn't go so far as to call someone an idiot for disagreeing with me.

I think that so many people aren't educated about nursing their children. That's what I'm seeing here. Or people who have no children yet but still have opinions. Before I had my son, I thought I knew everything about children because I had been in college studying child development. So much of the reasoning for raising my child was based on instinct. Thankfully my husband agreed 100% and we had a very attached baby (attached to both of us) and he's grown into a healthy and happy and well adjusted 15 year old.
yumdrum
on 06/19/14
I've seen a 10 year old being breastfeed
majormanafemale
on 06/29/14
Eww
pattybluebird
on 06/19/14
Where? On YouTube?

Yep, you can believe everything you see on the internet.
JaguarXing
on 06/19/14
It is recorded that some Israelite women use to breastfeed their children up to the age of 12, as it was customary. But that was a very very very different time. Diet was much healthier back then.
s13w
on 06/19/14
Swaggurnaut191 and 4 others liked this  
pattybluebird,

I agree with you 100% on the issue of breastfeeding. However, please be polite to others. Using sarcasm to try to educate people usually backfires on you.
pattybluebird
on 06/20/14
LadyRadagu liked this  
It's irritating when someone posts something outrageous and the words just fly out of my fingertips. What you saw was my frustration talking.

I'm not seeing a lot of people who want to be educated.

If you were offended by my sarcasm, s13w, I apologize.
AuntieTiff17
on 06/19/14
Swaggurnaut191 and 1 others liked this  
I think if you pump and put it in a bottle or sippy cup then the longer the better but to actually have you child suck from your nipple I would say 12 months. I couldn't imagine my chatty 18 month old latching on.
pattybluebird
on 06/20/14
LadyRadagu liked this  
My four year old didn't have any latching problems. He was a pro.
CrazyHedgieMom
on 06/19/14
LadyRadagu and 2 others liked this  
I can't pump... my 23 month old CHATTY daughter still latches on quite well!
momoon
on 06/19/14
LadyRadagu and 7 others liked this  
Saved me tons of money on formula. Never had to "pack" any to go bottles. Allowed me to be in awe of my own body. Made me feel better physically as it helped with healing after giving birth. Saved time, lots of time for a sleep deprived new Mom. Was an awesome experience. I was so grateful I was able to breastfeed and I would have done it for longer if I didn't have people in my ear saying 9 months was wayyyy too long. I stopped after a year and have regretted listening to others because that was special time I can never get back with my child.
pattybluebird
on 06/20/14
I'm sorry you were surrounded by people who weren't educated enough to know that a mom and child ought to nurse as long as they can. I really get how you were in awe of your body. Wow, we carry a baby for nine months, give birth and then we are the ones who can nourish and cuddle them. God made us incredibly perfect for these jobs.

Some moms can't nurse their children and that is just the way it is. I used to bash moms who were anti-breast but have learned that they are doing the best they can.
BrandyFineGirl77
on 06/19/14
majormanafemale liked this  
However long as they see fit as long as they have some modesty. And I'm not talking about blankets or cover ups. Although I am tired of being at outdoor events or restaurants etc that aren't paying attention to the child and the child is just laying there not eating and the mother has her entire breast exposed.
The purpose is feeding and bonding and when they don't even pay attention that the child is done the meaning is lost.
SnapdragonT
on 06/19/14
angelique315 and 3 others liked this  
Oh who cares it is a boob get over it.
pattybluebird
on 06/19/14
LadyRadagu and 4 others liked this  
I've never seen a mother expose her entire breast.

I must be going to the wrong places haha!
BrandyFineGirl77
on 06/19/14
Well if you go to public parks, outdoor concerts, poetry in the park, restaurants with them sitting less than a foot from you etc you will see it on a daily basis. Anywhere families gather here in Hot FL you will see it.
pattybluebird
on 06/20/14
I've been to lots of places in my life - I'm almost 53 - and have yet to see any moms "exposing" themselves.

I went to La Leche League meetings - which are very casual and relaxed - and never saw a mom "exposing" herself to the group while nursing her child.

I never nursed my son with my shirt over my head. He could tug on my shirt and ask for "milkies" but he never did anything that I would deem embarrassing.
SouthernLace66
on 06/19/14
tarheel4ever liked this  
Some people are just crazy!!!
tarheel4ever
on 06/20/14
I'll take that a step further - most people are just crazy!! :P
FaireMom
on 06/19/14
LadyRadagu and 7 others liked this  
I told my kids that they couldn't nurse once they turned 7. One stopped nursing at 5, 2 at 6, and 2 waited until the 7th birthday to stop. We stopped nursing in public at 3.
majormanafemale
on 06/29/14
I understand that and you had deceny to keep it at home between 3 and 7.
Abbyka
on 06/19/14
LadyRadagu and 4 others liked this  
In response to the negative comments: Don't like it? Too bad it's not your kid(s). When and if you have kids you get to make the decision about their needs according to what you think is right because it's your kid. Until then keep your negativity to yourselves.
PamsPoshPretties
on 06/19/14
Becvis and 7 others liked this  
Comment Under Review
pattybluebird
on 06/19/14
Are you a psychiatrist? Mental health professional?

Where's your research? Put your words out here for all of us to learn what you're talking about.
lizgood22
on 06/19/14
MahriStedwell and 2 others liked this  
Who are you to judge, PamsPoshPretties?? It's her kids, her breasts, her business. Period. I find your comment extremely disturbing from a common sense perspective.
kimbow702
on 06/19/14
tarheel4ever and 7 others liked this  
@lizgood22: So you go and judge Pams. It is OK for you to judge her, but you tell her it is not OK to judge someone else. So what does that make you?
sweetpeajaysmom
on 06/19/14
pattybluebird and 1 others liked this  
Are you some sort of mental health and breastfeeding professional?
sweetpeajaysmom
on 06/19/14
pattybluebird and 3 others liked this  
Really? I find it funny how people are so disgusted by anything they didn't do. You remind me of my MIL.lol
pattybluebird
on 06/19/14
sweetpeajaysmom and 1 others liked this  
Sweetpeajaysmom, don't listen to the people who sit in judgment. My son self-weaned at four. I'm sure he's healthier because of that. And he's pretty darned smart, too.
sweetpeajaysmom
on 06/20/14
pattybluebird liked this  
That's awesome. Don't worry, I don't listen to my MIL. I've just nursed 5 babies over many years and I hear this nonsense all the time. Thanks so much for the encouragement though. I'm glad there are encouragers like you out there. Thankfully I've known lots. :)
Woonnie
on 06/20/14
hat isn't true. And just because someone is breast feeding doesn't mean they shouldn't respect others personal space as well. And there are some breast feeding women that just do it anywhere. And some do have breasts exposed. They should think about young kids that are impressionable. I had one woman do it while I was a cashier. I mean where am I supposed to look? You have to respect the customer, etc, etc, After a certain age the kids aren't getting an nourishment from the boobs. And some women don't put the right things in their bodies as well. I have no problem with the breast feeding, but I wouldn't go by the kid deciding. Some would do it forever, laughs. I would say a normal amount of time when they are small, then slowly weed them off.
DonSloan
on 06/20/14
OH NO!! Someone said they are offended!! Ban polls! Ban boobs! Ban babies! What ever happened to majority rules? Just because ONE person says they don't like something it has to stop or br banned? WTF,!! Get real people.... Feed your kids how ever you want, as long as they are healthy...
Scabrose
on 06/19/14
AuntyKissy liked this  
I don't ever intend to have kids and I hope that never changes.
Maiasaura2001
on 06/20/14
It might! I felt the same way...then I had my first and only at 41yo :)
Ljbanks
on 06/19/14
SwagPittsburgh and 8 others liked this  
Once they can use a sippy cup, breast feeding should wind down. They can pump and put the breast milk in the cup.
CrazyHedgieMom
on 06/19/14
LadyRadagu and 6 others liked this  
not every one can use a pump... I know I never could... There is ZERO reason they can't nurse once they can use a sippy cup!
cat5578
on 06/19/14
LadyRadagu and 10 others liked this  
Why? This is ridiculous.
jfjordan
on 06/19/14
dirtylittle87 liked this  
See my reply to shinshawols100.
indiegrrl83
on 06/19/14
majormanafemale and 19 others liked this  
Do you realize what a pain pumping is? I had to when I returned to work, but didn't produce nearly as much when I pumped (quite common).
momof2angels88
on 06/19/14
Jrdoom liked this  
Pumping sucks... the trick more water you drink more easy it gets
Magpiezoe
on 06/19/14
firepraiser liked this  
You can express it yourself like they do in China with their hands.
Kenzi420
on 06/20/14
pattybluebird liked this  
I just pumped for 30 mins and hand expressed for 10 mins. All I have to show for it is 4 oz when my son drink 5 oz bottles. So I can work my @$$ off for 40 mins for not even a full bottle or let my son drink straight from the source in 20 mins and be completely content. Which would you choose? Not to mention how you are going to entertain your infant while you are strapped up to hoses that they are pulling on or using both hands to manipulate milk out of your breast that squirts everywhere. Oh just put it in a cup... It's not as easy as everybody thinks. People need to educate themselves!
deannacastro
on 06/19/14
LadyRadagu and 10 others liked this  
Yeah, no thanks. Breast feeding is simple, why make it so complicated?
KatieKat
on 06/19/14
Kenzi420 and 4 others liked this  
That's even more difficult than using a pump.
sahmof388
on 06/19/14
sweetpeajaysmom and 5 others liked this  
What about the women who cant pump? Or the babies who have tongue or lip ties and cant suck from a bottle or sippy cup? What are they supposed to do then?
majormanafemale
on 06/29/14
That is different situation
laurendj08
on 06/19/14
angelique315 liked this  
Lip and tongue ties can also be revised. Donor milk is always an option as well. According to WHO, artificial breastfeeding milk (abm/ formula) is actually the 4th recommended food for a child under 1.
pattybluebird
on 06/19/14
A good lactation consultant can help moms to get a baby to latch in case of tongue ties and lip ties. Or a mom can go to La Leche League for support and education, too.
Allie00p
on 06/19/14
RobinStanton liked this  
This isn't always the case though. I tried for months to nurse my son but even with lactation consultants and La Leche League and all the reading/experimenting/trying it just didn't work for us. I pumped for a while, but as a couple posters already stated, pumping sucks and can be incredibly painful so we gave up in favor of formula.

I know that breastfeeding is natural and is mostly the best option, but it isn't always the right choice.
majormanafemale
on 06/29/14
If ya have brave hubby next time expectin lo he can pump and produce milk mamost men can lactate. I totally understand why ya gave him formula
Maiasaura2001
on 06/20/14
LadyRadagu and 2 others liked this  
See, but this is exactly what formula is for. It's made for mamas like you, who tried your hardest. Hugs, mama.
Lindy6
on 06/19/14
It really depends on the baby since some tongue ties are pretty serious.
pattybluebird
on 06/19/14
yes, sometimes they are pretty serious. Sometimes they aren't and it takes time for a mom and baby to learn to nurse. I like to refer to it as the dance. Mom and baby learn to dance together - learn to nurse together.
GettingFreeGifts
on 06/19/14
Are they babies as in infants or toddlers who can handle solid foods?
CrazyHedgieMom
on 06/19/14
LadyRadagu and 6 others liked this  
does it matter? Nursing is natural... My almost 2 yr old eats solids quite well... and still nurses!
goofylookalike
on 06/19/14
LadyRadagu and 2 others liked this  
Why?
Maiasaura2001
on 06/20/14
LadyRadagu and 3 others liked this  
Because nursing is not just about nutrition. Nursing solves boo-boos, helps calm, helps sleep...nursing is the cure-all for babies. It's extremely comforting for them.
Jajh
on 06/20/14
LadyRadagu and 8 others liked this  
Little-known fact: a baby's saliva is "interpreted" by sensors in the mother's breast as baby nurses, every time. The brain receives info as to what the baby needs for the next meal. More antibodies to fight off a cold virus or other sickness? More fat for colder weather? More protein for a growth spurt? More carbs for more energy?
If you let breast milk sit in a clear bottle for a while (in fridge, if you're going to use it)...it separates into three layers, each slightly different in color (from bluish white, like skim milk, to creamy yellow) - carbs, protein and, on top, cream, which is pure fat. God is beyond incredible for the unfathomable genius of everything He creates, and breast milk is one of His countless miracles. It's the original Perfect Food.
doreen253
on 06/19/14
That is between the parents and child.
happymouse
on 06/19/14
tarheel4ever liked this  
have a good day
bryannag93
on 06/19/14
pattybluebird and 5 others liked this  
I can't believe that 5% of people on here are ignorant enough to say that 6 months old is too old to breastfeed. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding until the child is AT LEAST 6 months old, with a full year being optimal. Beyond that, it is really up to the mother and child how long they breastfeed.
swaguser13958107
on 06/19/14
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