Originally Posted by neverdoingitagain
OK, first how awesome that your brother was so cool about it
Mine would have freaked out about her being too old and ZOMG! why are you doing THAT in front of ME?!!!(you're my sister! I don't want to know you have boobs!!!)
My two kids are so different nursing wise. My first loved to stand and nurse, she was a little acrobat
my second, well, she doesn't care for standing while nursing. I mean, if its absolutely necessary she will but otherwise loves to be held while nursing.
Yeah, I don't remember my older 2 having the same toddler nursing style.
My brother is okay as long as I don't totally expose myself. He is the oldest of 6 and my mother breastfed all of us, and she'd plop her breast out in front of all of us. Now, I shared the story on facebook and my younger brother said "OMG, Good Grief! That is just so wrong on so many levels" LOL, I told him he just didn't get it.
I have an 11 year old son who is totally indifferent, but my soon to be 13 year old daughter will rush to cover me a little more if she thinks I'm too exposed.
The trouble is, after the baby is a certain age, it is hard to be discreet--you never know when they will detach or yank back the covering (or pull off to say "MOO"). I'm not ashamed, but I do try to be discreet for the comfort of others.
I just LOVE breastfeeding!!!! There are mothers at my church with kids less than a year who are giving their kids formula and I want to shake my head and ask "WHY?" but I know many of them weren't as determined as I was to breastfeed and overcome issues (and breastfeeding doesn't always come naturally--this was my 3rd baby to breastfeed and I still had the lactation consultant called to my room so often I was almost embarassed, but was glad I had a c-section so I had time in the hospital to get established!).and also I think maybe everyone doesn't enjoy it as much as me? I get the feeling that some people find it more convenient to mix up a bottle of powdered formula. I know breastfeeding is somewhat confining--I'm limited to what clothes I can wear and have easy access in, but I think the benefits far outweigh any inconvenience.
I don't know what to say to the other mothers, I try to make non-threatening inquiries--one mother is down to 2 feedings a day because it looks like her child is weaning himself, so how can I argue with that? But other mothers had problems getting enough milk into the babies to get them to gain enough weight. I asked if she was feeding "on demand" and she said, "Yes, every 2 hours!" So, I wonder if I should try to offer advice. I guess it is enough if I EMPHATICALLY tell every new mother--IF YOU HAVE NURSING PROBLEMS (and you can expect them), CALL ME AND I'LL TRY TO HELP!!" and then the ball is in their court. It is a personal decision, after all, and I don't think they'd like me pushing them to breastfeed any more than I would want them pushing me to wean.