|View Poll Results: How long did you mother breastfeed you?|
|About 6 weeks||26||8.07%|
|6 weeks to 3 months||17||5.28%|
|3 months to 6 months||30||9.32%|
|6 months to 1 year||77||23.91%|
|1 to 2 years||49||15.22%|
|2 to 3 years||15||4.66%|
|3 to 4 years||5||1.55%|
|5 years of more||0||0%|
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How long did your mother breastfeed you? I don't think I can edit it!
The other day in my mom's group we discussed whether we were breastfed or not. Most of us weren't, but some were. Of those who weren't, a few expressed resentment towards their mothers. I'm just curious about the current mom generations' breastfeeding family histories. Were you (and your partner) breastfed. If so, how long? Do you have any stories or remember it? Do you know if you parent's were breastfed, or the last person in your family who was? If you have any siblings, do they, or their partner, breastfeed? Also, if you weren't, or only for a short period, do you attribute any sicknesses/disorders (physiological or psychological) to your formula-fed infancy? How does your extended family feel about your decision to breastfeed? Lot's of questions, share what you want. I'm just curious!
I was not breastfeed and neither of my parents were breastfed. I have one sister, and she FFs. I don't resent my mom because I think she did the best she could with the information presented to her at the time, and I feel that she was very nurturing in other ways. I do have allergies, and had a lot of respiratory illness as a kid--I believe if I were breastfed I probably wouldn't have been as sick.
My dh was breastfed for six weeks.
My family doesn't disapprove, but I wouldn't say they're supportive. It's just another one of my things to them. My sister is quite defensive because she's felt attacked because of decision to FF. It's a complicated, interesting dynamic.
despite being breastfed, i had a lot of food allergies as a child and i still react to dairy.... so does my cousin, who was breastfed until he was over two. my husband has jaw problems, which i have heard can be caused by being bottle fed. but in all, we are healthy people.
I know DH was, but have no idea for how long.
My dh was never BF, has some food sensitivities.
My sister and I both BF our kids, for a long time, and our extended family is not very supportive but we don't get a lot of flack because we (like our mom) won't just keep our mouths shut, and they think we are great moms in general. My dad is the one who encouraged my mom to BF as she had never even thought about it. I am thankful for that. My in-laws are supportive of my BF even though they had no previous experience with it.
NO ONE else in my extended family breastfeeds, they think we are weird (especially me because I homebirth, cloth diaper, etc.)
I have no resentment. The doctors told my mother formula was best.
Jam 7, Peanut Butter 5, and Bread 2.
Both sides of the family (including extended family) are very supportive of BFing now, though
Wife to J, SAHM to W (03/06) at 32w4d, C (10/08) , and H (02/11)
My mom bf'ed me for 3.5 years. Dp's mom bf'ed him for just under 3. Neither of us remember it but we both grew up thinking that babies eat breast milk and that anything in a bottle was breast milk. Both our moms were nursed, no idea how long. I don't think our dads were. Dp and I were really healthy kids...nothing but a common cold/ear infection. Neither of us have had a broken bone. Both of us score well on IQ tests. :
I hear that Dp's mom got flack from the family for bfing her boys as long as she did and for bfing Dp's bro as she was pregnant with Dp. I've thanked her already for paving the way for my 'crazy' ways.
ETA: I also think that Dp's exposure to nursing made him have the idea that there's a part of pregnancy/birth/child raising that NEEDS to be about doing things you may not want to do for the benifit of the kid. When talking about women who chose not to bf he's less about the kid not getting breastmilk and more about what else that mom isn't doing because she doesn't want to.
Cindy, joyful SAH mama to William & Katherine Forever missing Amelia 7-12-09 Ask me about my natural cesarean!
In love with their dad . mom to (dd 5/20/07), and (ds 3/27/09) ,and (dd 5/9/11) , and (ds 5/14/13)
I bf my oldest for 12m, 2nd for 2y 9m, and the baby is 5 mos. Not sure how long we'll go. Couple of years, most likely.
Brother2's wife has breastfed or currently breastfeeds their 3 kidlets. She's expecting #4 soon and has tandem nursed #1 and #2, then #2 and #3, and probably will do the same for #3 and #4. #1 and #2 are both fully weaned now, they're 5 and almost 3. For #1 she overcame inverted nipples and relactated and hasn't had a problem since.
My mom has real issues w/ us nursing in public and nursing without covering up. Both of us just do what we need to do to feed our kids, though. My mom is supportive, otherwise, though.
My mil is very supportive. DH was bf for 18 mos.
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Everyone in my family except two of my cousins' wives breastfeeds. And both cousins asked their wives to please do so.
Dh was never bf, neither was anyone in his family at least going back to his grandparents. They have tons of medical issues. Except *maybe* his aunt bfed her two kids, but we never see her but she's a "hippie".
AP Mom to 5
DH wasn't breastfed at all. His mom says she couldn't because she's a Type I diabetic (I have no idea if that's accurate - that she couldn't, I mean. I know she's Type I diabetic).
My family supports it, although my younger sister is a little squicked out that Katie gets bm at this age. My grandma recently made a comment about how I don't have to worry about what Katie does or doesn't eat if she's still getting breastmilk, and how great it is for her. DH's family, outside of his father, does not support breastfeeding. His mother and sister have commented on how gross it is, and how formula is "good enough for them". His father, a very wise man , hasn't said anything to me one way or the other.
DH was BF for a year and all three of his siblings were breastfed for at least a year.
Both of our families are supportive of breastfeeding and extended breastfeeding.
always missing our (11/04, 4/07, 8/07, 5/10)
DH was nursed, but I'm not sure how long. He was definitely NOT nursed into toddlerhood.
We are generally healthy people, aside from needing to lose a few lbs. DH sucked his thumb for a long, long time, into his pre-teen years, I believe... which may be due in part to premature weaning... but his sibs are very close in age and there are also a lot of them, so self soothing could have had much to do with that, as well.
Ruth, single mommy to 3 quasi-adults
Both of my grandmothers FF their babies. My mom's mother really wanted to breastfeed her last baby but was unknowingly given a pill to dry up her milk following the hospital birth:. My dad's mom said she didn't make enough milk.
My mom went on to nurse all 7 of my younger siblings, most well into toddler-hood. All of my aunts breastfed their babies. A couple of them credit my mom for her example and expertise.
My DH is adopted so he was definitely FF. His mom didn't BF the babies she gave birth though. Like my grandmother, she mysteriously didn't have enough milk. So glad I didn't give birth in the 50s!
My DH wasn't breastfed at all.
First, the docs were no help b/c formula was king. She told me her bfing was considered counterculture.
Second, the bfing mythology/popular ideology set her up to fail. Bfing is natural, but not easy and can be stressful for the first few weeks/months and my mom was not prepared and had no support.
Third, she hated sweating and sitting in clothes that smelled like sour milk (I was a summer baby) and they had no a/c.
She is amazed I've lasted as long as I have with my DD. So am I!
I know that my family will be supportive. I have an amazing family. Even my inlaws (although nuts) love me. Plus everyone says my MIL is a "hippie". That and they know I'm a headstrong bioch.
A pill to dry up your milk?! WTF.... I've seen some of the "recipes" that they game women in the 50's for homemade formula... kyro syrup... *grumble*
I'm crunchy... Like a Dorito.
Mama to Sprout 4.09 and Bruises 7.11 handfasted to 9.07
Me. With 1 spouse, 4 kids, 16 chickens, 74 matchbox cars, 968,562+ legos, a dishwasher waiting to be emptied, a washing machine waiting to be filled and a lost cup of tea in the house.
I will say that I do have an amazing immune system, I was hardly sick as a child, and I only have occasional seasonal allergy issues.
I actually am lucky, quite healthy. I don't know how long I was on formula. Didn't they switch to table milk sooner back then?
I guess I attribute my health to luck (my cholesterol and bp run good on my mom's side only), and to the amount of exercise I got when I was younger- I was always outside and running around until we moved up north. Even then, it was ok to bike ride without a helmet on back country roads and you'd never see a car! Nowadays it's different- kids aren't allowed to do as much for safety reasons. Plus, we probably are much busier and more likely to feed to make the baby less fussy...just my guess.
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