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Tired of the pressure from family especially my dad when I breastfeed my toddler

by Charlisa Riley
(South Carolina)

I am still breastfeeding my 21 mth old. Every time I'm at my parents home and my daughter wants to nurse he is always saying things to discourage me or her...it's becoming annoying, and I feel no one should have a problem with it but me if so...

Sometimes I want to yell dad please it's a natural thing and she will wean when she's ready...How do you deal with the criticism? I'm African American, and it's sad, but I'm only encouraged by Caucasian women to keep to continue to nurse...

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Jun 28, 2012
what to say
by: Tracy

Hi!

At least you know you are doing the best for your child, they are just uneducated on the matter...so how about you educate them!

I wrote a page on this...

Breastfeeding criticism

Jun 28, 2012
You're doing great!
by: Katelin Granados

You are doing something amazing for your child! Do not become discouraged whatsoever! Take advantage of being the only one who can provide breastmilk to your daughter. Maybe try to educate your family on the incredible benefits breastmilk has. Even the formula cans read " experts agree breast feeding is best"! Good job girl!! Keep it up and keep going!!!!

Mar 12, 2015
still nursing...
by: Anonymous

Still nursing my almost two years old also. And I'm not Caucasian — good job on keeping up on your beliefs. No one can share the bond between you and baby. Just educate others. You're not alone.

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Breastfed for two and a half years

by Carrie

Your award is the happy 3yr old your feeding, well done and much respect from a diamond who didn't get beyond 2.5 yrs :)

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Extended breastfeeding

by vilma congrejo
(sabah,malaysia)

My son is two year and six months old, and he still taking breastmilk from me.

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Jun 26, 2012
breastfeeding an older baby
by: Tracy

Hi Vilma

That's wonderful! Congrats, it's a great achievement.

My goal is to make two years at least if baby allows it, but would love to get to three years! I struggled to breastfeed my first baby and so this time around I've made it a year and am still breastfeeding.

You should be proud of yourself for giving your baby something so precious for so long. It's a gift that only you can give your son ;-)

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A child has mainly three demands. They are warmth in the arms of mommy, nourishment, and security in the knowledge that she is there. Breastfeeding satisfies all three of these needs.
(originally a quote from Dr. Grantly Dick-Read, but I modified it a bit ;-)

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What about 3 years?

I've hit the 3-year mark. What award do I get?

carrie

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Jun 21, 2012
3 year breastfeeding award
by: Zelda Behr

Well so far I have not found anything for three years, but the ladies on my social network site are thinking of rainbow or titanium.

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Past 5 years old is too long

I have an 11-year-old, a six-year-old and a 19-month-old. I am breastfeeding my 19 months old but not my older children.

I understand the mothers saying that the nutrition from breastmilk helps their kids stay healthy when they are older, but I don't think it is psychologically healthy for kids to breastfeed when they are in middle school or high school.

When my older children have been sick with the flu or a virus I have put some milk in a cup and mixed it with some regular milk, so they don't know it is breastmilk to help them, and I think it really did help them get over their illness quickly, but I would never actually breastfeed them.

I think the mothers who do this to older children need to pump the milk and give it to them in a cup and stop breastfeeding teenagers.

It seems like the moms who do this just don't want their babies to grow up but they are already way past being babies and need to learn how to get comfort and relaxation in healthy ways for a teen and older child.

I think it can cause mental damage to continue when they are nine years old and older. I hope you moms consider stopping for the good of your children. They need to learn how to eat healthy foods for themselves and comfort themselves by these ages.

Good luck to you all and I am praying for you and your kiddos that you make the right choice for them, not yourselves.

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Concerning extended breastfeeding.

by Mary Kelly

Hello All. I have read all the comments concerning extended breastfeeding.

I must admit some of the comments dealing with the time and age of the child being nursed leave me wondering.

I have no problem with those mother's who extend breastfeeding, even in a rather late age, but in my mind, there should be consideration of what might occur in the near future and beyond.

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