For me, personally, the situation has not come up, but I think I might be okay with it? :shrug What's the difference between having your friend give your baby a bottle and having her give him her boob? Our culture sees breasts as a "private" thing, but that's not true in other cultures.
I've read that in muslim cultures, the same rules against incest apply between children breastfed by the same woman as children of the same woman. So that shows both how common it was for women to breastfeed other people's children, and also, how that was in itself considered an important relationship (the relationship between a child and his/her nurse was considered biological in some respect). So you could have "milk siblings."
I think that if I had to be away from DD for a while, Id rather someone I trust nurse her then offer her formula (when she was a baby). I wonder at her age of almost 2, would she even care to nurse from someone else? Or just wait for me to get back? But I agree that our culture would look down on that.
I THINK I would nurse someone elses baby if they asked me to:shrug...not sure, but I do think I would. anyone else????
When the placenta is removed in childbirth it signals you body to produce colostrum and to make milk for a newborn so it's not simply a newborn nursing, it the placenta hormones.
Also if you tandem nurse different age groups the older kids get the same milk as baby needs but they do not really use it up.
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I know my mom and her sisters sometimes in a pinch nursed each others kids and I would definitely nurse my niece and nephews if it was needed and my sisters wanted me to but some of them would probably think it was gross.
And of course most of them think I am crazy for still nursing my 2.5 yo 37lb son.
I would nurse someone else's baby no problem :)
We actually heard an Arabic "news of the weird" type item about that... It was a story about a couple that was married that found out that they were technically forbidden from marriage because they had nursed from the same woman when they were babies. I think in this case they were also cousins which is also very common in the Arab world, so I can see how that could easily happen that 2 cousins could nurse from the same woman and then also get married without realizing it.
I have been fed by my aunt when my mom had to undergo surgery to remove her uterus when I was 3 years old. I still remember the nursing sessions with my mom and my aunt.I think in some cultures its done on a need basis.But even after my mom recovered some nights I did sleep with my aunt and ended up feeding from her. My DH nursed till he turned 5.Both of us have very good memories of nursing. And also his sister nursed from her aunt because my MIL lost her supply when she conceived my DH who was 12th child of the family.I really don't think it made difference to our relationship with our parents/aunts.
Interestingly enough...I have actually done a bit of research into this as well as talking to one of the main LLL Leaders here in the UK who also did some extensive research into the topic for me. My reasoning is that I plan to lactate permanently because I (and my husband) much prefer my milk to cows' milk as well as the health benefits of it and wish to continue having it as well as having it around for our son as long as he wishes to drink it (I am :pump ing so it's not like I'll have a teenager latched onto the breast anyway). Well the long and short of it is, as long as you take care of yourself and empty your breasts regularly then your breasts will continue to express milk. Menopause won't stop it, either. Wild, huh!
I nursed my niece and my sis nursed my son. The kiddos are 6 months apart. :love.
I would nurse someone else's kid no problem and if I know the mom is not drinking/smoking/taking drugs/healthy/.... I would have no problem if my child nursed w another mom. Iow, I would love to have Jenna as my next door neighbor. :)
I must point out, I believe lll officially disapproves of x nursing.