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November 23, 2006

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In June of 1996, chez Domaine du Val des Rois, in Valreas, I tasted a 1969 rose that my host, Romain Bouchard, had made, from Grenache, Syrah, and Gamay, and it was breath-taking! Only very slightly past its prime, but still vivid and precise, and riveting. After which we tasted a Tavel, from...1968--a terrible year--and it was more tired than the Bouchard wine, but amazingly still quite interesting.

Nice that so many moms are returning to what is healthy and natural for their child. Putting the childs needs first is more important than most things in the modern world.

i breastfeed my daughter untill now and she is 40 month old and she didnot want to stop and i can not say no to her because i think that milky breast is a geft from god to our kids not us or our men

it cool keep it up

i breastfeed mine, they grew up good and heathy, if i had a little one again i would do the same,thanks

Hi, longtime lurker here... Just chiming in to say my daughter and I just weaned (a mutual decision) at 26 months. You and your little girl should just keep doing what you're doing for so long as it makes BOTH of you happy. Who the heck cares what anyone else thinks?! But I will warn you, as soon as you drop that last nursing session, those extra calories immediately start sticking, so an unwelcome change in eating habits becomes a necessity, waaaaah...

I breastfed my son until he was 23 months...

That last pic of boobs? How did you find mine on the internet LOL!

M&Co, one of the main reasons doctors encourage people to stop giving their kids a bottle at one year old is that use of a bottle past that point can cause dental problems in the future (misalignment of teeth). Because the sucking action needed to get milk out of a breast is different, it does not affect tooth alignment in the same way. (I think you could still cuddle in the morning with a cup, though. As could I have, but it would not have helped my underweight son, who had trouble with solid food after a surgery, and refused to drink formula, gain weight).

You are perfectly entitled to your opinion, but I do ask you to consider this: I shared your opinion, to an extent, before I started nursing, and so did Kristen, as she mentioned in the post. We both changed our minds after we actually had experience with nursing.

I think it's very difficult for most of us to get over our culture's twisted aversion to nursing until you've actually done it for several months. I can only tell you that after you've been nursing a while, nursing your baby, and yes, even your toddler, seems like the most natural and normal thing in the world. Because it is.

The fact is that for the tens of thousands of human history before the widespread adoption of the domesticated cow, mothers nursed their children until the age of two or three. They had to: it was the only way for their children to get adequate protein and calcium. Children who did not get to nurse that long were sickly and did not grow well. The only reason people can get away with not nursing their kids that long now is that we have developed substitutes for breastmilk that give kids similar nutritional benefits-- supplemented, pasteurized cow and soy milk. This is a great development, because it allows kids like yours who need good moms like you to thrive in their adoptive homes without a wet nurse, and it allow the babies of all mothers who have trouble nursing to survive. But it doesn't make nursing any less normal or natural.

We stopped breastfeeding a few weeks ago at 18.5 months. I was ready for it to be over and I think he was too, because as soon as I stopped offering, he never asked for it again. The other day I missed it and asked him if he wanted to nurse. He lifted up my shirt, but couldn't remember how to latch on. I guess we're done.

Amen, Sister.

Eek. The kid just hit "post" for me prematurely. Gee, thanks.

Anyway, I was getting ready to say that had I stuck a hunk of plastic in my kids mouth THAT would have been acceptable. Instead, people are weirded out the fact that yes, sometimes, my kid nurses for comfort, not nourishment. What's wrong with that? I am his mother and it is only natural that I would be #1 source of comfort.

Great post, I'd also like to add that UNICEF recommends at least 2 years, too.

I am still breastfeeding my 13 month old and have no plans to quit in the immediate future, unless he wants to, of course.

The ironies of society criticizing breastfeeding crack me up. And most of them are obviously tied up in the fact that people can't get over the fact that breasts weren't really made for sex, but rather for babies. I also love how it would have been okay for me to s

i breastfed the boss lady until she was two and a half. mostly because it was the only thing that would shut her up so i could get peruse the wonderful time suck that is the internet. after i stopped the baby weight dropped off like a stone and my boobs are better than ever. dear fast acting karma: thank you so frigging much.

I guess this is the whole thing I don't get about breast feeding.

Yeah it's great when they are babies and they are getting all their nourishment from Mom. But when they are up walking and talking and eating real food and drinking from a cup. What is that about really?

My children are adopted and I did not breast feed. When my son was twelve months old and still on the bottle a couple of times a day, I got criticised from all fronts; the doctor, the dentist, my breast feeding advocating friends. Oh they didn't say, "you are a bad mother because you still snuggle with him in the early morning or last thing at night with a bottle." Instead they said, "you mean he's not off the bottle, you need to get him off the bottle by a year old."

So yes, when the child is eating real food and getting most of his nourishment elsewhere, can walk, can talk. Then I think it's time to examine why you are still doing it and who you are doing it for.

Not a popular opinion, I know; but my own.

Couldn't have said any of it better myself. I know many people who breastfeed their children until their two. One friend breastfeed her child until she was almost four, and honestly, I did have a hard time dealing with that. She did it for herself, not her child. It was her last of four and she would say "she was premature so it's better for her". Okay, her daughter was born two weeks early.

Anyway! Once again, I love your post. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Is your huband going to make it home?

Yeah, I once said that they were too old to nurse if they could ask for it. Mine asks for it - and gets it.

Well if someone hadn't quit her job at BRA HEAVEN (or HELL) to take some freaking position helping raise money for needy folks instead of helping the world find tight panties and the right bra then MAYBE I wouldn't have to worry about this SHIT. I love you Hills!

Wow.

While I am excited and flattered to be the first to comment on the LOVELY blog (I'll save the itsaboutfuckingtime comment for later...), I'm just not sure how to respond to this particular decision.

You know, gorgeous, eventually you're gonna have to face the facts - your boobs are not going to stay big and full and perky forever. I recommend the following to help deal with this harsh reality:

1. Victoria's Secret "Very Sexy" push up bras (STILL never leave home w/out one)

2. Push ups and bench presses (supposedly building the chest muscles helps tighten the skin and lift the "girls") at the gym, or,

3. If all else fails, suggest to your loving husband that, as repayment for giving up the job, the bod and the frivolous spending tendancies, you feel a boob job is a perfectly reasonable request!

Hmmm...I can almost hear Douglas screaming from here...

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