maybe some formula and cows milk before i was 1!!!
* i do totally understand where my mom was outta luck, 22 years later i had NO nursing support and did EVERYTHING wrong in the first month and ruined me and DS BF relationship (still feel sick about it) (relaction was a no go)
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Me ('84): Sometime between 21 months and two years, I got less and less interested in it when I mom was pregnant.
Younger sister ('86): A mixture of mother-led/child-led weaning when she was 2.5. We were about to move overseas (to England) and my mom wanted her done before that.
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She grew up in a family of 15 (1940s-60s) and there was some reason my GM couldn't BF, so my GM made her own formula out of powdered milk and Karo syrup. Lovely! Somehow all those kids turned out to be strong, smart farm kids.
My mom BF my older brother and one time she was too embarrassed to BF in public and fed him a bottle of formula, which he promptly threw up everywhere. "That was the last time I ever used formula!"
She says she BF me for 6 months, but in my baby book it says she started me on fruits and vegetables at 6 weeks.
She BF my little brother until he was 11 months old, but I don't think it was exclusive BF.
I'm so glad she did BF us bc it was a big influence on me, and she was the ONLY one who taught me how to get my DD to latch on correctly. She showed me a trick that none of the LCs even mentioned.
Oh and my Mil bfd all 10 of her kids 9 and 10 are twins in the 50's and 60's for at least three months each. Of course I am the only dil who bf's
My grandmother on my Dad's side nursed all 8 of her children for about 3 months each. She pumped milk for my dad when he was born since he had to stay at the hospital longer when he was born and she was home with his brother. My grandfather ran the milk to the hospital and to pray for my father while he was in the hospital.
she said pumps in those days (1971) were not that good so during the day i was formula fed. at night, i was breastfed HOWEVER, i supposedly slept through the night at a very young age (yeah, it helped that my crib was put in the kitchen. another urg!). so really, i am not sure how much i was breastfed. i have always had a "sensitive" stomach.
oh yeah, and my mom is a doctor...
update: asked my mom when she started feeding me solids. three months! urg.
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younger bro- breastfed until 10 months. he bit my mom while nursing, she yelped, he refused to breastfeed after that. talk about a sensitive little guy! i'm not sure what she did after that. formula i'm guessing.
NAK dozing 18 month old =D
on a side note, DB the booby baby absolutly frowns on my BF his nephew, I think this is so ironic when he was so into it as a babe
She also started rice cereal when I was about 3-4 weeks. Then mysteriously right around the same time, I developed horrible "colic" and would scream all night long. Oddly nobody made the connection between these two things. : The eventual cure for my colic? My great-grandmother suggested putting a few drops of whiskey in my bottle, so they did, and I slept for "12 whole hours!"
And, I had chronic ear infections as a child and have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes as an adult, so I'm definitely not one of those that "turned out just fine"! (Although of course the diabetes and ear problems might have happened anyway -- both run in the family.)
But now that I'm nursing my daughter, and my older sister nursed both of her kids, my mom is a huge lactivist. I think she has some regrets, because my oldest sister and I both had some health problems in infancy that probably would have been lessened had we been breastfed. But she honestly didn't know, so I can't fault her for it. She did the best she could with the information she had at hand, and she's very supportive and just soaks up all the information that I give her now.
She was supportive of me when I started with dd but as she neared a year....less so....as dd neared 2, even less...as she neared 3......"when are you going to wean that child....isn't it about time...blah blah blah started..."
DD weaned herself very gradually just before her third birthday but I think that's more bc I was 4 months pregnant (7 months now) and nothing was there....even for a bit before that it was once here and there when she got hurt, was sick or just extra tired....
DD has already claimed the right side (i used to call it the chocolate side bc it seemed to have more, pumped more etc...) and that her baby sister when she comes end of summer can have the left side....so I am sure I will hear comments again when the new baby is here and dd at 3.5 wants to nurse again.....
We were really poor and my mother said she couldn't afford formula. But, she says she just couldn't "bring herself" to bf, either... wtf? For a while she found goat's milk for me, which I can't imagine was cheap... but, I bet before long (maybe a month or so), I was getting powdered cow's milk in my bottle.
I believe she did the same with my 2 brothers and 2 sisters.
We all have weight problems.
My older brother: Chronic sinusitis, multiple allergies.
My older sister: Multiple upper resp infx as a child. Multiple ear infx.
Me: Chronic ear infx. 80% hearing loss in left ear. Multiple childhood illness. Abx resistance.
Younger brother: Multiple upper resp infx.
Younger sister: Died at 7 weeks. SIDS.
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That was in the early 70's. She did it because it is best.
ETA: When she ran out of milk with my brother, he got apple juice for a few days then, then skim milk. With me, I got homemade soy milk.
My mom was formula fed and my dad I believe was breastfed at least somewhat. His mom was something of a health nut for the time (good for her!)
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I'm actually a dreadful advertisement for the problems of formula as I am really healthy with no weight problem. DH was nursed until 8 months and he has asthma, poor guy. I'm still nursing at 11 months and the kids are super duper healthy. One fever so far (teething related, I think) and a couple of minor colds and that is it.
My three younger brothers were all breastfed about a year, give or take a month. I thought that was pretty cool, considering that the advice in the 80s was to nurse for 6 months, and she never went to LLL meetings or anything... I haven't met many people IRL who were breastfed more than 6 months during the 80s. She did supplement w/ formula from time to time because, in her words, "breast pumps back then were terrible." She says my brothers all pretty much stopped nursing on their own at around 12 months of age.
We all had jarred baby food - blech!
My dh and his sister were both breastfed for a month or so, but the doctor told MIL to switch to formula since they weren't gaining well... it sounds like she didn't have much support
She BF'ed my brother till he was 6 months and she "had" to wean. I guess that's as old as they would "let" a baby breastfeed back then. She said that she cried and cried when she weaned him.
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My brother was exclusively breastfed for 6 months and then weaned at 9 months because my mothers nipples were painful from pregnancy with my sister. She exclusively nursed my sister for 6 months and then continued to nurse her till she was 18 months and "weaned herself."
I was exclusively breastfed for 6 months and then ate food and nursed till I was 18 months when I got sick and was unable to eat anything but breastmilk and was then exclusively breastfed again for another 18 months until I was 3 at which point I started being able to eat again and then I weaned when I was almost 4.
Breastfeeding most certainly saved my life and contrary to what many doctors say, breastmilk IS enough to sustain a toddler.
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