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How Long Do The Amish Breastfeed?

post #1 of 51
Thread Starter 
I don't know why but I've been wondering about this lately. I tried to google it and came up with nothing.

Does anyone know?
post #2 of 51
I don't think it's really a set in stone thing?

My friend Marian nursed all 5 of her kids, for anywhere from 1-4 years .. But her sister used formula.
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post #4 of 51
Interesting question.
post #5 of 51
I have wondered this myself. I can't believe they could use formula in good conscience. That seems odd to me. I mean don't they avoid technological things? Formula is produced on machinery and you would have to go buy plastic bottles to feed with wouldn't you?
post #6 of 51
That would be interesting to know! I'm sure Penny Armstrong would know that...
post #7 of 51
Thread Starter 
Hmmm...maybe I can ask my midwife. She worked in Amish country doing births for a while. It was a really interesting experience. She told me all about it. Perhaps she found out how long they nurse.

I can't imagine them doing formula and bottles either. They do everything pretty natural.
post #8 of 51
My midwife had an amish apprentice a while ago, when she delivered my little sister. Next time I talk to her I'll see if she knows and I'll pass it on if you haven't already found out by then. Good question, though. Now I'm curious!
post #9 of 51
There are such things as glass bottles...

I'm curious too.
post #10 of 51
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Originally Posted by willjenn
I have wondered this myself. I can't believe they could use formula in good conscience. That seems odd to me. I mean don't they avoid technological things? Formula is produced on machinery and you would have to go buy plastic bottles to feed with wouldn't you?
LOL...I always see Amish people getting out of cars (in the back seat) and going to Wal-Mart, so I suppose if they needed bottles, they'd get them there.

I would imagine that they'd nurse as long as possible though. I wonder if they make their own formula if needed?
post #11 of 51
Not everyone is able to breastfeed due to medical reasons, so maybe that's why some use formula? Hmm, that's the only thing I can come up with. lol
post #12 of 51
Almost every time I go to Walmart I see Amish people with carts full of disposibles and formula. And the babies are little most of the time. There is no way all of the Amish I have seen cant bf.
post #13 of 51
I'm curious too! My midwife also worked in an Amish community for 13+yrs doing homebirths, so I'll ask her when we see her on Wednesday (if I can remember.... darn preggo brain! )
post #14 of 51
That's interesting. We don't have a lot of Amish in my area, but down in middle TN there is one particular community that is prodominantly Amish. I have a good friend that lives there. I'll see if she knows. I am surprised they use formula and bottles when if it isn't absolutely necessary.
post #15 of 51
I don't think Amish = Natural Family Living.

I've seen many Amish applying chemical fertilizers and pesticides on their fields -- drawn by a horse, yes, but still spraying the crops.
post #16 of 51
I live about 40 minutes from the Amana Colonies in Iowa.. Many of the Amish birth in the same hospital that I have.. I have heard they love coming into the hospital for their births .. Sign up for the epi's right away.. And just love their stay with technology.. I also see them just LOADING up their carts with sposies.. So.. I know that alot of the ones we see at Walmart use sposies.. Haven't seen anyone breastfeeding, but haven't noticed carts full of formula either..

I have to agree that Amish doesn't = NFL.. I found out that most of the puppy mills in our area are Amish owned.. And the same for many dog fighting rings.. Sad..

Warm Squishy Feelings..

Dyan
post #17 of 51
I was surprised to learn there are Amish shopping at Walmart and applying chemical fertilizers to their crops. Wow!
post #18 of 51
So are the people seen at Walmart and such Amish or Mennonites? We have a few Amish around here, but the only place I see them is at the Farmer's Market. I see more Mennonites in stores or at the library.
post #19 of 51
My dad lives near a small Amish community in upstate NY - Stone Arabia, for anyone familiar with the area. We always saw them at RiteAid and Ames buying Pampers ..
post #20 of 51
ROFL! No offense, guys but you've been seriously misled if you think that just because a mother is Amish she breastfeeds as long as possible. My midwife attends primarily Amish mothers. She told me most of them nurse for a few weeks and then say give the typical oh, I didn't have enough milk, excuses. She told me this when she was talking about an Amish woman who has a baby about every year and I was surprised because I figured they'd be spaced further due to LAM. She said, oh, no, that this was typical of the Amish in the area.

Amish certainly does not automatically mean natural family living. After all, anyone heard of rumspringa? If you're curious, do a google search on "devil's playground."
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