I was in the NICU, no oral feedings for almost 2 weeks. Mom hand-expressed that whole time. They fed her colostrum and milk to the preemies in the ward (can you imagine? times sure have changed re: bodily fluids.)
She weaned really abruptly, though. Got really stressed out during her divorce, and left me w/ grandparents for 2 weeks, then told me it was all gone. I have a vague memory of trying to bargain w/ her for one more try, probably 6 months after that.
She breastfed my sister for about 20 months but felt she had to wean her early because she became pregnant with my brother and was having a lot of pain/discomfort with nursing. My brother nursed until he was two.
My sister (76') and I ('74) were breastfed for about 9 months. My mother didn't have any help BFing, and she would have given it up except for a neighbour who had 6 kids who came over, taught my mom how to latch on correctly, breastfeed on demand, etc.
My mother weaned us when we started getting teeth, because apparetntly we had 'bitten' her a few times. She started us on cow's milk and then 'formula', but both of us had allergic reactions to them and she ended up just feeding us homemade solid food (which she now admits wasn't the best thing she could have done).
Both my parents were/are SUPER supporters of me BFing my children for as long as I want to. They even read my copy of 'A Womanly Art of Breastfeeding' from cover to cover.
Single mama to a 5yo and 8yo
Talking to my greataunt the other day, she said my great grandmother bf'd all 9 of her children for 3 years! I couldn't imagine bfing for 18 years straight :
I was nursed for two months, and my sister was nursed for a few days before my Mom gave up. I am the younger one, so I think she bullied some more support out of a few nurses, but wasn't able to make it work.
ETA: I was born in 1972, when bfing was decidedly uncool.
Postpartum doula & certified breastfeeding educator, mama to an amazing girl (11/05) and a wee little boy (3/13).
I was born in 72, and my mom was an early LLL member. She BF'd me until I was slightly over 2, and she was pregnant with my sister. She asked me if I'd mind stopping, since it really hurt. I shrugged and said, "OK" and stopped. She also used CDs and made a lot of our clothes.
She BF'd my sister as long as she wanted, but she self-weaned earlier and made my mom sad. Mom still has close friends from when she was in La Leche. I think that's so cool.
My MIL was also in LLL, I think SIL was born in 68, so VERY early on. I don't know how long she BF'd SIL and DH. She went to a meeting with me when she was visiting.
My mom was also BF'd in the 40's, as were her siblings. She said her mother was most likely BF'd also, because great grandma was very poor and a single mother.
Dad was FF, though because he was a twin and according to grandma's doctor, she wouldn't have enough milk for twins (didn't even try). Her other 3 children were also FF and all of my aunts and uncles have trouble with weight, teeth, diabetes, heart, and/or something else like that. Darn doctors, we should know better than to believe such things!
L'lee ~ C ~ E May, 2006 ~ R12/29/2011!
My brother was born in '85 and breastfed for about 7 or 8 months. She stopped because he was nursing so much it was wearing her out. His first full day on formula he drank 64 ounces!!
I was cloth diapered! (For financial reasons.)
(we were all born in the 80's, and my baby sister in '04)
Unfortunately, my brothers were born when she was 16,18,and 20, and they were all formula fed. She tried bf'ing my oldest brother but she hemmoraged at 3 days pp and was in the hospital for 4 days, and they wouldn't let her bring the baby to the hospital. She didn't even try the other 2 brothers.
CPST & mom
My mother was breastfed (1949!) until she started table food
My grandmother was breastfed (1920) until she
and so on and so on and so on.
On my father's side, the record is not as good. Even though my father is a total jerk, he encourages every single pregnant woman he sees to nurse her baby. One interesting thing about my dad's family is that only one of the three children was breastfed, and he is the only child who turned out to be even remotely loving toward his own family.
Married to DH 7 years and have three fantastic kiddos! DS 6, DD 4, and DS 2 ...... lo and behold another is on the way!
I think she nursed the other three of us around 6 months or more. That was in the 1960's ('62, '64, '67, and '69).
I am pretty sure her mom nursed all her sibs (8 kids!!!) because they were are poor as dirt and could not afford formula.
I was born in 84 and bfed until mom went back to work then she ff during the day and bf at night until I was about a year. With my two younger brothers born late 80's they were nursed until she went back to work and then ff and she says they quit nursing way before they were one because they prefered the bottle. She thinks it's nuts to bf much longer then a year......she already asked me with my ds who is 13 months if I was going to be one of those crazy moms who breastfeeds until they are 3.....she said you wouldn't do that would you : .....I am working on her.
DH was born in 80 and ff from day one as were his older sisters. His mom never had any desire to bf and still doesn't regret it. When my ds starting having food intolerance/allergy issues she was sure to point out to me that he was bf and that even bf babies have these issues. I said well he'd be hell of a lot worse if I wasn't nursing : . She hasn't commented since she said something about weaning a couple months ago and I said "NO we aren't weaning anytime soon.....it comforts Jackson and since he can't tolerate any milk plus niether of us are ready and I don't think will be anytime soon."
I think she's rather sad about it (especially after seeing me nurse her granddaughter and my SIL nurse her two), but we turned out smart enough and survived to tell the tale and it was just a different era. She drank martinis while pregnant and both parents smoked and her doctor ordered her to diet while pregnant and we didn't have SEATBELTS in their first car, let alone carseats. Nobody knew!
I do wonder if I wouldn't have had as many allergies as I do if I'd been fed differently, but there's no way of telling.