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    I have three children aged 4.5, 2.5 and 4 months. I weaned my first at 3 weeks and my second at 3 months. At that time I knew very little about benefits of extended breastfeeding. I was breastfed as an infant but growing up I saw so many babies with bottles that I guess i thought bottle feeding was somehow better. I am having such a wonderful experience breastfeeding my third child I hope to continue until he weans himself. My question is would it be weird to offer my older children breastmilk on their cereal or in a cup? They cuddle with me when I breastfeed the baby but I've been thinking about how weird it is to give cows milk to children, when their own mother has a plentiful supply of milk. Just wanting to do more for the two who missed out cuz of my ignorance.

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    Join Date
    Oct 2007

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    I have given my 3 year old BM in a cup when she was sick, so I would say no it is not crazy. It doesn't taste much like cow's milk so the older one may not take to it.
    SAHM mom to 5 daughters-16,15,13,3,10 months Happy Wife to stressed out, overworked husband

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    Join Date
    Feb 2008

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    If they will take it, why not? It certainly couldn't hurt them.
    Proud mom of 2 boys, both weaned gradually and with love.

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    Join Date
    Jul 2006

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    My 4yo (weaned at 1) won't drink breastmilk. She doesn't like the taste. But it wouldn't hurt to try.
    Just one more fanatical cloth diaper convert...
    Mom to Morgan (01/10/04) and Zachary (07/12/06)
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    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Carrollton, Missouri

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    I say why not!
    They give pedisure to children, is just like formula, formula a sub for bm.
    Well then if they will drink it, i would give it to them!
    Kristina Jeremiah since 2-18-1998
    Mother to
    Gavin 1-03 Nursed 2.5mo
    Keean 5-04 BCLP
    Alexis 12-06 Nursed 12mo THEN
    Relactated after 5mo(due to her dairy intol.) and ended up making 30oz a day
    Now we are Weaned! AGAIN!
    Kason 6-2-10
    Birth..8 lbs 5.9 oz
    4 wks.... 10 lbs 12 oz
    9 wks.... 13 lbs 14 oz
    15wks... 16 lbs 4 oz
    17wks... 17 lbs 2 oz
    6 mo..... 19 lbs 6 oz
    7 mo .....20 lbs 3 oz

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    Jan 2006
    New Orleans, LA

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    My 2 1/2 yr. old LOVES her cup of BM, but she did nurse for 16.5 months....not weird at all.
    Mother - Wife - Artist - Cook - Writer - EnvironMENTAList - Cloth Diaperer (but we are soooo done with diapers) - Organic Health Nut...I'm sure there's more.

    DD1 - 12/15/05 Breastfed for 16.5 months
    DD2 - 8/6/07 Breastfed for 3 whole years and 3 little, extra days.

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    Join Date
    Feb 2008

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    When my ds was 2 months old I started manually expressing about 1/2 to 2 oz per day-depending on if I had time to do so or not- and then giving it to my 2 year old dd the next morning mixed with her regular milk. She gets either milk with olvatine or milk mixed with pediasure in the mornings because she'snot a good eater. But anyway, she gets about 6-14 oz of BM per week. The week after I started giving it to her my husband and I got the flu and it was the worst flu we had ever had. All she and ds got were runny noses!!!
    So I say go for it! Even if you have to disguise it. (I have to-she won't drink it straight)
    Miranda, married to my best friend, Tony 10/19/02.
    Mommy to dd, Elliotte 5/17/06, ds1, Lane 3/7/08, ds2, Levi 6/16/10, and ds3, Lachlan 5/18/15

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