I am interested to hear if there are any adults here whose mom did CLW. Can you remember nursing? I want to know about this!
I feel like I should add that i was a 33 weeker and had open heart surgery when i was 18 days old...the NICU nurses in the hospital where I had the surgery sabatoged nursing and by the time i was released my mom's milk was gone. she is SO supportive of me nursing Jake though and she doesn't even ask me when I will wean anymore
"Au milieu de l'hiver, j'ai découvert en moi un invincible été."
She did CLW w/ my little bro and he nursed until 3yo.
My MIL also did CLW w/ both her boys. DH weaned at about 3yo (when she got pregnant again) and BIL was over 3yo.
Mama to DS(7), DS(4), DD(1) and #4 due 8/2014!
My very first memory is of nursing to sleep. I remember a little milk drooling down my cheek and something about that seemed to spark a neuron to make a memory because that is what I remember the most. I remember feeling warm and happy.
when i told her i was pg with dd1 one of the first things she told me was to take two doses of the meds to dry up my milk when i told her i was planning to bf, she was shocked. now after two grandchildren who have clw and new baby currently nursing she is a great supporter of bf. to her credit, after i told her that i was planning to bf she told me i had to contact LLL. i guess she realized she was not going to be too much help.
She wanted to bf my younger brother 3 years later, but she had an emergency c-section (one of those truly necessary ones that saved both of their lives), and the nurses sabotaged their nursing relationship while she was recovering. : Again, she had no support, so didn't try relactating.
That said, she has always been one of my biggest supporters!! I think that seeing me nurse my babes for so long has acted as a kind of balm for her own mothering wounds. I'm always amazed that she knew bf'ing was a good, natural thing, given the environment in which she grew up -- fanatical religion coupled with the idea that only poor, uneducated women or hippies nursed their babes. Of course, she was raised by her great-grandmother (an herbalist/naturalist county nurse) until she was 8 years old, so maybe she learned some of it from her.
Army wife - Mama to Liam (9/07), Laine (5/09), and Eliza (7/11)
i do have a couple memories of nursing from different ages, but funny enough, i don't remember nursing with a sib although she says i did alot.
i am clw'ing with my dd (although i would probably pull the same trick if seh was still nursing past 5) and currently nursing through a pregnancy (the shock and horror!)
Happily married to my DH Step-mom to a very smart 5yo boy and a mommy to a 3yo princessPregnant with my second baby due 7/27/11 Planning on my second too!
I have a twin, so when we turned two she decided she couldn't take both of us anymore and quit breastfeeding. I remember being really sad when she'd refuse to let me nurse. She says that both my twin sister and I weren't very happy when she wouldn't let us nurse. haha
Though she gives me so much grief about my bf relationship with my DS and it's such a touchy subject between us, I still think that it's cool that she bf'ed me until 6 mos, seeing as she went back to work when I was 6 weeks.
But even with FF, she had to have stand-up rows with my grandmother to resist the pressure of 'on-the-clock feeding when my grandmother was insistent that she leave me to scream myself into a synaptic tack and simply close the door on a three week old infant until the clock gave her permission to feed.
My other grandmother was a horse of an entirely different colour and BF'ed on demand, 5 out of 6 of hers (the 6th being a premie who didn't make it) until they were toddlers - in the ultra-conservative 1950's.
Much to the outright disgust and horror of her "sophisticated" neighbours who all used formula - which meant that such "advances" meant women didn't "need" to do that anymore.
my mom breastfed me for 10mths - my sister was born 3mths later
this was in 1971/72 - her friends all bf too even back then
mama to callum (april 8,07) and everett (sept 24,09) - blessed to be married to my life's love since '98.
My mom, however, was given cows milk straight from day one because this was back when women were keep away from their babies for two weeks in the hospital. She often says that she doesn't know how she survived!
I was born in 1982 in Ontario. I asked my mom a few months ago how long she nursed us for and her response was that she breastfed me for "only just over a year" and my brother "only about 14 months" (brother born in 1986).
I didn't ask about how/why she weaned us, because I got the impression she wished it had been longer - so it might have been nursing strikes.
It does sound like she'll be supportive of extended breasfeeding, so that's nice. She even mentioned that my aunt (who had twins a month before I was born) gave her a copy of the LLL's book!
The stories about the shot to make the milk dry up are so sad. I've never heard of such a thing.
Lovin' my sweetheart, pregnant with #1 (EDD Feb.2013)
I hope to do CLW w/my baby.
The sad thing is that my grama was a nurse, and she was so pro-formula.
She would always brag to me that after she delivered her babies at the hospital, she had a huge abundence of milk and would supply all the babies in the nursery with milk, I'm not sure how truthful this is, if it was ALL the babies, or ONE baby. If she actually nursed a baby at her breast or pumped...I don't know. But she only nursed her own babies for 2-3 months max and then they were all on formula and cereal.
My mom was so AP for the early 80s though, CD, co-sleeping, gentle disapline, wanted as natural birth as possible, bf'd as long as she could, thought about homeschooling me.
75% Crunchy 25% Smooth
Raising 2 peanuts. #3 due in June
I remember nursing once.
My mom, sister and I were all in bed nursing when my older brother walked in and got grossed out. "Why do you do that mom?" I don't remember her response. He was always questioning how she raised my younger sister and I.
mom and dad were divorced right after my sister was conceived. I guess big bro thought it was his job! He is still offended by nursing. Can't believe my five year old is nursing