Re: Nursing an 8 year old...
I know LLL groups vary from place to place, but I agree that in some groups, or at least some zip codes, it helps to "normalize" breastfeeding to ease new mommies in slowly by separating the groups out.
I had no problem with the idea of breastfeeding in general as I thought formula was for orphans or adopted kids (I was SO freakin' naive) but had never actually been around a nursing mother. When I went to my very first LLL meeting I was SHOCKED to see 1. tandem bf'ding and 2. 3&4 year olds nursing. I left with the idea that that was the biggest group of hippies I had ever been around (and to be honest, they kind of were ). But then, 2 years flies by, and there I was sitting in a meeting with a 2 year old nursing realizing there is a new mom of a 6 week old giving me a look.
Knowledge changes all preconceptions, and I am willing to bet money in 2 years that lady will be sitting in my shoes. The more people are exposed to it, the more "normal" it becomes.
I'm not really sure how long we would have gone without the pregnancy hormones, but I think I was reaching my limit with sharing my body for so long. I definitely could not have made it to 8 years that's for sure!
Emily, mommy to
Jeremija Charles - 5/30/07 - nursed 26 mo, and
Aleksandar Hayes - 12/13/09 - nursing strong!
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