|View Poll Results: What age do you quit NIP?|
|I never nursed in public||1||0.74%|
|6 monthes or less||3||2.22%|
|1 year or less||11||8.15%|
|18 monthes or less||24||17.78%|
|2 years or less||26||19.26%|
|I stopped NIP when dc weaned!||70||51.85%|
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I'm wondering what ages most people stop NIP? Personally, I only felt comfortable doing it until around 18monthes. It seemed like they could understand waiting until we got to the car or home at that age, unless of course they got hurt - in which case I nursed immediatly. I look forward to seeing the results!
Karen - spouse to dh for 11 years, mama to ds (Nov '02), dd (May '05) and ds and dd (Jun '08)
As the weather is getting nicer now and we will be going on more extended outings I expect to honor her requests to nurse .We are pretty good at finding places to comfortabley nurse when in public. I usually will have checked out the "lay of the land" before we ventured out .I can't imagine denying her request to nurse just because we were in public though.
I know why I stopped. Why do you all continue, if you don't mind my asking?
As much as she loves it, nursing will come to an end for us at some point. Until then, it's one of the most compassionate and primal connections that I have with her. I treasure it.
There have been a few times that he needed to nurse while we were out, I usually just tried to turn my back on the public or go to a less-crowded area. I'm not ashamed of NIP, but since DS isn't 'discreet' like he was as a baby, I don't want to give BF-ers a bad rap.
Shakti A.- It hink it is important that a child is allowed to be nurtured in whatever way s/he needs. DD often needs to NURSE, not snacks. I try to give her snacks if she's just hungry for something to eat, but she loves to nurse and it helps her feel more comfortable in new situations. She'll yell "NURSE!" and tug at my shirt, but I don't mind. I'd rather know what she needs than deal with a "tantrum" I think it is important for people to nurse their children freely so people know it is normal and healthy, not shameful.
i'm discreet, ds' head is covered, but it's pretty obvious what's going on since ds is at 90 degrees to me and ds has happy feet when he nurses.
honestly, i'm so tired from working and trying to do everything, that if someone was offended and said something, they'd either get a sarcastic sharp tongued quick witted reply that i am very capable of, said in a innocent tone, or else the stare right through you/ you're opinion is worthless to me look.
i'll stop NIP when either
1. ds wants to stop
2. Americans are outlawed from stuffing their faces in public ( with transfat bloated burgers, 22oz sodas, foods produced on the labor of virtual slave farms, or the cheap products of cheap oil contained in land fill filling waste products.)
BM is healthy, "cheap", and easy on the enviroment.
I'd a million times rather see a flash or 2 of boob from a bf mom/toddler than listen to a kid tantrumming and screaming. Or worse..
Caitlin is 21mths and still breastfeeds whenever or wherever we are.
Becky, sahm to 25/04/2000 Chloe 12/04/2002 Cameron 19/02/2004 Caitlin 28/06/2005 24/07/2006 and Caden 14/03/2008
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She didn't really eat much solid food until she was well over a year, so snacks wouldn't have been useful.
IMO, it is different for everyone, I do not believe there is a set "right age." Every child is different and every situation is different.
I do not believe there should be standards set based on comfort levels.
Different children have different needs and those should be considered FIRST before someone else's hang ups.
That said, he rarely asks to nurse if we our out, and it's often when we're in a good place to do it, like at play group, or at our park. But honestly, I can't imagine a situation where I'd say no to him if he needed it, unless it was too cold and we were outside or something. Even still...
When I was visiting my mom in Florida, I was more self-conscious about it because of her and an older relative's discomfort with it (or my idea of their discomfort). I didn't like that, but I just dealt with it.
I feel like there's an implication that by not NtoddlersIP I was denying my children nurture, comfort, or sustenance. I was not!