I was born in Toronto in 1974. I was breastfed for 9 months. My mother says she nursed me due to 'pressure' from her LLL friends. She weaned me because she was getting recurrent mastitis and didn't think that I should get the antibiotics through her milk : . She did not breastfeed my brother or sister for more than a few days. With her I think it was mostly a personality thing but LLL definitely had its affect on her since she did breastfeed me past the 6 month mark!
My grandmother also nursed all of her kids for about 6 months each in the late 40's. All of her female grandchildren and all but one of her GCIL nursed their babes so the cycle was definitely broken
mom to 3 home-born children, wife to a great guy
My DH was FF as was his sister because his mom was told "her milk never came in". My SIL claimed she couldn't BF because her milk never came in either (just like mom) but she managed to BF for 3 weeks. If you have no milk, how do you BF for 3 weeks?!
I've had GERD since 1999, and had problems with an ulcer in 1994, amongst numerous other serious health problems. I can't imagine why!
DH was never BF. His mom says she wanted to, but her husband wouldn't let her. Add that to the list of reasons why I hate my FIL. On a happier note, his second wife beat the living crap out of him a few months ago for hitting her. She knocked his teeth out, blackened his eyes, and left.
I was FF fed from day 1 basically i think they actually told my mom to not even try. I was born 3months premature in 1982.
I think dh was FF MIL ust seems like the type of person that wouldn't even try:
ETA~ My mom was born in 66 if im correct my grandma says she bf'd my mom and my one uncle for a few wks maybe a few months.
I think me bf'ing my daughter for 18months helped my mom choose to try and bf my little brother born in 05 she nursed/pumped for 3months, i now also have a little sister*born july06* and she's going to try harder to breastfeed longer this time.
My dh was breastfed until he was around three (born in NY in 1975 & a preemie). He was my mil's sixth child and I think she gradually nursed each child more and more because she only nursed her oldest (who is now 42) for 6weeks. Dh's younger 2 siblings were also nursed for 3 years.
My mother was not breastfed. She was born in 1948 in PA and the FP that delivered her told my grandmother that she didn't have to breastfeed. She only made mothers that didn't want their babies breastfeed so that they'd bond. Do you see the irony : ?
I'm kind of an old mom (35,) and I wasn't BF. Actually, my mom really wanted to. Her spinal was botched, and she was in excruciating pain where she couldn't even lift her head. She tried latching me on, but was struggling. Her doctor watched for a minute, said, "This is ridiculous. Formula is just as good," then gave her a shot to dry up her milk. My poor mom cried when she attended a seminar on the benefits of bf'ing with me. I really am a poster child on the detriments of FF: constant ear infections when I was a kid, a lifelong weight problem, and allergies.
wife to Sasha, mom to Marlena, nursed for 3.5 years, aunt to 3 adorable nephews
Dh was FFed... but he was adopted... soooooo...
DH was only bf for maybe a few days. MIL was told she didn't have any milk.
Jessika, wife to Turbo, mommy to Codi (12/04), Kayce (8/08), Colten (10/10), and a new little coming 12/13 .
ETA: I don't know if my MIL ever nursed DH. Her oversupply was so extreme she used to have milk running down her legs and would bind herself. I think if someone had helped her she probably would have nursed. DH was on formula but had intollerence to the cow milk. He was switched to soy and was primarily raised on soy formula.
ETA again: My mom was raised on canned milk. Most of her teeth are falling out. She has GERD, hyperthyroid and constant sinus infections that she can never get rid of. She and I constantly wonder what her health would have been like if she had just been nursed. My maternal Aunt, canned milk too, has asthema, hyperthyroid, obesity, and had one of the valves replaced in her heart. Poor things!
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Dh and his siblings were all nursed for a year or more.
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