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post #221 of 335
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Originally Posted by Peggy O'Mara View Post

It's amazing how proud everyone is of nursing for a long time. When I was a young mom, I was conflicted about nursing for a long time with my first and got more comfortable as we went along and with future kids. It was just so uncommon at the time.

 

I also think there's a kind of ambivalence that is part of the mom's weaning too. Do any of you feel ambivalent about nursing for a long time even though you know it's cool or do you feel totally relaxed about it?

 

My number (33 months with my one kiddo) does reflect a lot of pride, but there's a lot it leaves out, too. Like the fact that I got a breast infection almost right away and my nursing relationship with DD was very touch-and-go for the first four months. Like the fact that as a full-time working mom, I was overwhelmed by the demands of pumping and all-night nursing (my DD reverse cycled) and I occasionally supplemented with a little formula just so that I wouldn't lose my mind. Like the fact that I was very ambivalent about weaning. I felt ready to wean at about 18 months, but DD didn't wean until 33 months. There were lots of baby steps along the way, lots of reasons that I continued even though I wasn't loving every minute of it, lots of reasons that I put a lot of boundaries around it with my DD so that I could continue even through my ambivalence.

 

So, yes, the numbers say something, but behind every number there are a whole lot of stories!

post #222 of 335
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Originally Posted by shiningpearl View Post

35 + 40 (still counting)= 75 months. 

Hoping to be done soon though.  It will be a bitter sweet day.

 

I hear that. Part of me is going to be so sad when my last child weans. But, another part (a bigger one, to be honest) can't wait. I really wish she were a bit easier to distract.

post #223 of 335

10 + 46 (and still counting) = 56 so far!

post #224 of 335

36 months with 1 child so far :)
 

post #225 of 335
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Originally Posted by Peggy O'Mara View Post

It's amazing how proud everyone is of nursing for a long time. When I was a young mom, I was conflicted about nursing for a long time with my first and got more comfortable as we went along and with future kids. It was just so uncommon at the time.

I also think there's a kind of ambivalence that is part of the mom's weaning too. Do any of you feel ambivalent about nursing for a long time even though you know it's cool or do you feel totally relaxed about it?

There's always ambivalence in my opinion. It's just a question of the source of that ambivalence. Do I care what people think? No, not at all. Would I like to have my body back--to have that autonomy again? Yeah, sometimes.
post #226 of 335

5 kids, 72 months and counting. 

post #227 of 335

I breastfed my toddler until he was 24 months. :)

post #228 of 335
42 months with my bio daughter, 5 (illegal) weeks with my newborn foster son, and hopefully many, many more with my bio son coming this Autumn smile.gif
post #229 of 335

46 + 20 + 22 =  88 months and still going with #3!
 

post #230 of 335

This is so cool. I wonder when we add up the total of breastfeeding months from this thread, how many we will have.

 

And, what if we put a value on it? I know we moms don't think of it that way, but I've been playing with the economic value of breastmilk as a political argument for encouraging it. 

 

So, for example, a breastfeeding mother produces 25 ounces a day for the first six months.

That is 750 ounces in a 30 day month.

750 fluid ounces are equal to 23 fluid quarts.

US milk banks pay $96 to $160 for a quart of donated breastmilk.

At $96 a quart, 23 quarts would have a value of $2208.

Therefore, one month breastfeeding in the first six months has a value of $2208 a month.

 

I wonder how much milk is produced on average per day after the first six months.

 

It would be fun to determine that out and then figure the economic value of the total breastmilk produced by Mothering Moms on this thread.

post #231 of 335

46 + 24+ 22 + 36 (and counting) +8 (and counting)...........I get 136 months!!

post #232 of 335

Add a 15 for us!

post #233 of 335

I was very relaxed about nursing, nursing in public, nursing at my workplace when there with my family on my day off (that's working at a museum for you)

And about letting it go?  I always felt that my body was my own, so I didn't "get it back" as some people say.  maybe I'm just out of touch with what this is supposed to mean.  I did all the same things with my body while nursing, as I did before and after nursing. Maybe that helps, not making a lot of changes, but just adding nursing and taking nothing else away.  I even went to wearing fully ordinary clothing and well fitting undergarmets after 6 months, you just fold those cups diagonally in half for a bit , nothing special.  Ending pumping at work was a day of rejoicing, but it did not mean ending nursing morning and night. Spreading out all these changes, clothes, then underclothes, pumping, then not pumping, then eventually no longer nursing perhaps made the break with nursing not seel like a break at all.

 

So I think of ending nursing as -- adding.  Figuring out how to have all three do together what was before just two.  When we did that, we found we were ready for the challenge of more "three of us" time. 

post #234 of 335

I have exclusively breastfed DS for 5 months and then exclusively pumped for 16 months after being told DS was FTT and wasn't reaching milestones. I am still pumping for him..he is 21 months and is thriving well. love.gif

 

BUT those 5 months of breastfeeding him...well, I kinda miss those days. greensad.gif

post #235 of 335

53 months for us so far (44 months for DD, and 9 months and counting for DS)

post #236 of 335

5 mo :( + 14 + 119 (6 children, overlapping and still nursing 17 mo old twins) = 138 mo

post #237 of 335

I haven't read the posts to be able to follow all the discussions.

 

 I nursed my bio-son for almost exactly 60 months. When he was 31.5 months we adopted a newborn girl. I started nursing her at almost exactly 6 hours of age. I tandem nursed for 29.5 months. My son weaned himself and I kept on with nursing my daughter. She will be four in a couple days.

 

So I have continually nursed for 79.5 months.

 

If you want to add it up together, 60 months + 48 months = 108 months.

post #238 of 335

17 months and going strong!

post #239 of 335
31 months here. I see tandem-ing in my near future, however.
post #240 of 335

54months for ds1 plus 40mths for ds2 plus 6mths so far with dd =100mths so far and continuing.

 

Thats $220,800  !!! 

 

My ambivalence is more about introducing solids than extended breastfeeding.  My baby  has been cruising since 5mths and gets over to the table, pulls herself up without a problem, and demands to have  meals with us, so she's getting some solids now. She wants to do the same as her big brothers. My  first wasnt as enthusiastic, my 2nd was also a foodie.

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