I've been either working full time/student part time or vice versa since DS was six months old; he's now three and weaning is definitely a long way off... I pumped (often in the car, bracing the flanges against the steering wheel to have my hands free to eat or write... steering wheel and dashboard would end up splattered...) until he was about eighteen months, when he lost any interest in breastmilk that didn't have the breast attached and developed a taste for raw cow's milk in a cup. He's never had formula. I'm so grateful to know that there are so many other moms who've done this! I'm so grateful, too, to know that I've given my son what I believe to be his birthright (human milk for the duration of time that it's biologically normal) and practice AP in general, even with the demands of our very not-biologically-normal modern lifestyle. I think that for working moms who are on the fence about the commitment this takes, the reduced illness rates, because of the antibodies etc., are an especially beneficial advantage when you have to be at work or school- my son is almost never sick, even since starting preschool, and when he is, he bounces back so quickly, meaning not only does he feel better, but I miss way less work/class...
Well, dd is now 7 and weaned, but I nursed her until age 4, and was a WOHM the whole time. By the end, she was only nursing 1x a day (mornings when she woke up). I weaned her at 4 because dh really needed her out of our bed (and so did I, because she'd kick all the covers off when she was hot, which meant that she spent a lot of the night kicking us)). I think she would have nursed until 5+ if I'd let her.
I nursed my 5YO until a couple of months ago, and am still nursing my 2YO. I've always worked full time, so after I stopped pumping for the kids (around 1 YR for both), we just nurse after I pick them up, at bedtime, and sometimes in the morning. This has worked pretty well for us. None of my friends at work have nursed for more than a few weeks after birth. I don't really advertise the fact that they've been nursing so long. Probably should though, maybe it would help convince people that it is more normal.
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I think that for working moms who are on the fence about the commitment this takes, the reduced illness rates, because of the antibodies etc., are an especially beneficial advantage when you have to be at work or school- my son is almost never sick, even since starting preschool, and when he is, he bounces back so quickly, meaning not only does he feel better, but I miss way less work/class...
This is such a good point. I experienced this, too. You'd think that employers would catch on and bend over backwards to accommodate pumping and encourage extended breastfeeding. But sadly, that doesn't seem to happen.
Living in Wisconsin with my partner of 20+ years and our DD(Born 10/09/08 ). Why CI Mama? Because I love contact improvisation!
I am a medical resident and still nursing my 19 month old. Cosleeping and night nursing helps us stay connected when I work long hours. I stopped pumping at 13 months, except for when I'm working more than 14 hours--and that's just to keep up supply and stay comfortable.