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  1. #41
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    I have been nursing for 19 months tomorrow. I went to my WIC appointment today and got PRAISED for still breastfeeding my son. It was so nice I almost wanted to cry. My DH is very supportive of BF and says we should BF until he is 3 or before then if he is ready to stop, and he is pretty much my only support system these days. Before I had the baby, I didnt have much support. "It hurts, it will ruin your booobs, you will never get a break, you might not be able to do it" I didnt have alot of people saying "Good for you" after six months everyone started asking "are u gonna switch him to formula now?" then a year came around "You're STILL breastfeeding??" Now at 19 months nobody really brings it up anymore, and when it is brought up there is shock and horror haha that we are still breastfeeding, I guess people just assume we aren't doing it anymore, and yes, I am super tired of defending it, so I don't bring it up. I dont hide it... really, I dont lie if I am asked, but I do avoid the subject. But I feel so much better today after my WIC appointment and getting some validation, I havent been on LLL for a while but I jsut wanted to get on today especially and connect with some other moms who are going through the same thing!
    Still nursing strong since 1/11/09! ! Still sleeping in the family bed Expecting Baby #2 5-29-11!!!

  2. #42
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    I never really talk about nursing in general so I won't be advertising it (she's almost 12 months). People have been asking me and I've been telling them 18-24 months sounds about right. My BFF really wants me to wean so that I can have some relief. I try to explain that nursing is not hard but she had a really tough time nursing her 2nd (she lasted 5 days). No amount of explaining can tell her that nursing a newborn is NOTHING like nursing a 11 month old. She really thinks I will be less stressed if I didn't nurse. Honestly that is the least stressful part of my life! Getting out of bed to make a bottle sounds way more stressful. So does weaning for that matter

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    My 3 1/2 year old just weaned and everyone knew I was still nursing her, along with her younger sister. I never tried to hide it and am a proud public nurser, but I did try to be more discreet in the toddler years as I didn't want any rude remarks made to me in front of dd. No need to make her feel bad for doing what's always been natural for her.
    ~Brandi~

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  4. #44
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    Default Re: Do you hide the fact that you are still nursing?

    DD is 22 months, and I don't hide it, but no one has criticized me either. I'm sorry you're getting that. You're doing the best thing for your child. Don't stop just because other people are criticizing you.

  5. #45
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    I don't mention that I am still nursing when I am at work. I work with two other women who have both breastfed, but for a much shorter time. I feel a little weird talking about how I've pump weaned but still nurse all night, in part because I don't want to get into "Mommy Wars" topics with them, you know? I don't want them to feel like they have to defend their decision. At home, I don't hide the fact that I am nursing at all, although I do get some snide questions about whether I plan to nurse Joe "until he's five or something"? So I can definitely see why otherwise big lactivists would just feel beaten down after a while. It sucks!


    You can call me JoMo!

    Mom to baby boy Joe, born 5/4/09 and breastfed for more than two and a half years, and baby girl Maggie, born 7/9/12.

  6. #46
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    I officially hide the fact that I'm nursing. I try to avoid nursing in public mostly because I'm sick of the comments and stares. I don't know what it is that people feel like they have a right to make "You're STILL nursing?!" comments at me. It's as hurtful as going up to someone and saying "Wow, you're fat." You don't just walk up to someone and say stuff like that! And besides, it's NO ONE'S business what you do with your life and your kids.
    Courtney
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    Lyric 12.26.08 (Holy sheep! Nursing at 30 months and counting!)


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