MIL ... not sure exactly, she passed away several yrs ago. FIL said she tried for awhile but they gave formula when DH started crying non stop. They lived in Europe at the time & paid big $$ for formula (it wasnt common there then) ...makes me sad they didnt know he would have been fine BFing
The only person I ever knew who breastfed before I had children was my SIL and I thought it was gross then. She helped set me straight when I got pregnant with my dd.
MIL, no, four kids.
My family is pretty BF friendly. My brother's first wife BF both of their kids, and I'm BFing DD who will turn one next week.
As far as DH's family is concerned, the only person who has BF besides me is a SIL, who BF her son until he was two, but she got no support from the family and even some sniffing disapproval from MIL. I'm sure I'm in for the same treatment but, luckily, we don't live near her so her oppertunities to dissaprove are few and far between.
My baby is almost three months old and they can't believe she isn't eating anything but boob juice!
I never knew anything about breastfeeding until I was a nanny for a breastfeeding mom.
My MIL breastfed my husband and his older brother for a few months each before she weaned them.
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my entire in-law side of the family formula fed and thinks bfing is nasty. i think they're nasty....hehe
My MIL breastfed all 4 of her kids, for about the same time. I have 3 SILs, with 8 kids between them. All breastfed.
But, the old advice is pretty funny. My mom gave me the washcloth advice, too, and she was told to wipe off her nipples with sterilized water before each feeding. And, she had to give 1 ounce of water after each feeding. She's always shocked when I just stop and nurse anywhere, without a big production. And MIL told me all about the best advice she ever got was to have dh eating 3 meals ( meaning breastmilk) a day by the time he was 2 months old. : She's kind of a food nazi anyway, so I was able to easily blow off that advice.
Did your mom/MIL breastfeed their children and did that influence or not influence you?
My mother nursed as did her sister, SIL, mother, grandmother...apparently my whole maternal line nursed.
My mil did not nurse any of her children and was very negative about nursing baby....I wouldn't make it, wouldn't have enough, what would I do in public, etc. etc.
Because of my mom, I knew that I would nurse, because of MIL I was adament to be successful at nursing.
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My mom BF me and my brother and sister (twins born at 32 wks I think). When my brother was in the NICU for a bit after birth, she pumped for him, and got up to 1/2 -1 gallon a day!! Then used the SNS until he was strong enough to feed from the breast.
However, she did try to start cereal at 2 mos because that was the advice then-- we didn't like it, so she waited. We then weaned ourselves before a year as I recall her saying.
My MIL bf all of her 5 children (after having them naturally-- and this was the 60s) until self-wean, when they went straight to the cup. I don't know when she started solids.
Oh, and it didn't influence me-- I was already determined to bf, but the support was really important, especially in those first weeks after my milk came in.
Ok, reading the thread-- i did nurse my dolls as a kid, so i bet my mom's nursing had a big effect on me, even if I don't realize it.
My adoptive mother did not breastfeed her biological children. When I asked her about whether or not she BF'd she said something like, "No way, I never intended to."
MIL BF'd DS #1 for 6 weeks. She spoke very negatively about her experience of BFing while I was pregnant. She didn't BF my DH (her DS #2) at all because she thought it would be too difficult to run around after her fist son and BF. She did express some feelings of guilt about not BFing DH.
All that being said, everyone (in my family) has been very supportive of my breastfeeding. My mom (adoptive) suggested that I attend BF support groups. MIL is horribly uninformed re: Breast milk (she kept trying to get us to give DD water and has said other silly things), however is supportive of me BFing. It's actually stunning to me how uninformed people in general are of Breastmilk. We educate, We educate!
What influenced me to BF? I just always thought if I ever had a baby I would BF. In fact, I thought that was one of the bonuses of having a baby. I have always had a romantic view of breastfeeding. What could be more cool than to nurture a whole other human from your breast?