How open is Hispanic culture (particularly Spanish/Basque and Peruvian) to extended BFing?
1) Purely selfish - when I am BFing my toddler - I would love to be able to use my culture/background as an excuse for my "eccentric behavior." My mom BFed because my dad (who is from Peru), said his mom BFed all 9 of her children and she should try too. That may explain BFing, but not necessarily extended BFing - I think she made it to 14 mo with me.
2) My aunt (my father's SIL) is coming to visit when my mom is visiting. She is a friendly woman - I think she would be enthusiastic to support my mothering to my son - especially as she just lost her youngest son 2 years ago to cancer. But I admit, I am a bit nervous that she might say something. And I know I can't predict anyone's reaction to such an intimate decision between baby and mama, but it would help me feel more relaxed knowing that the odds were in my favor. She married into my Peruvian family, but her family is Spanish Basque.
I saw a beautiful puertarriquense ad on breastfeeding, but IDK how open that attitude is in general.
will xpost in BFing - tried to post on mothering espanol, but cannot register due to an improperly functioning image verification key??
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What do you mean by extended - 3years or just 12 months and then slowling cutting down to "no more milk bar for you on my chest"
I think it should not be a problem, and why are you worried about it? You provide for the baby, you spend time with it, make it feel loved and you are passing antibodies to it - could it be any better?
Spanish people in general dote a lot on their children, breast feeding would be included. (It is amazing to see all these salas de lactancia in spanish shopping centres.)
Oh and as far as our BFing relationship, well - we are still quite strong at 19 mo now - I'd say 4 times/day during the week and much more on the weekend. I will have vacation while they are here, so I am expecting to BFed in front of her quite often
But that is what I wanted to know thank you!. Sometimes, I wonder if I am fooled into thinking that other cultures are more BFing friendly than ours by some "grass is always greener" syndrome. It makes me feel much more relaxed to know that Spanish culture is BFing friendly. The last times I was there it was before DS and I admit, I did not take the time to notice nor did I care!!
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Just my two cents!
Well I guess there is a lot of variation - I was hoping the Puerto Rican ad I saw was more indicative...
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now we are in argentina, and mamas BF, but it is expected that you are going to suplement at some point, when i talk about CLW im looked at as if i had two heads
NIPing is totally accepted everywhere i've been, gvmt buildings, buses, parks, restaurants etc.
There is even a big statue in a park of a bf mama with her children and she's exposing her two breasts, a baby nursing and a toddler kissing her...so cute!
im gonna try to post a pic
In my area they tend to use formula, so they don't appear too "poor" to have to breastfeed.
ETA: I am referring to our local Mexican population.
My MIL never suggested I stop (she lived with us until he was almost 2), but she was the type to support if she agreed and not say anything (except to my SIL) if she didn't LOL.
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It's a Puerto Rican breastfeeding commercial, and shows toddlers (or even bigger) nursing.
Oh and apparently my MIL "couldn't" breastfeed. Something about she doesn't produce milk... no one in their family does. ??? Same excuse they had for all having had c-sections. None of them dilate past 2 or 3 cm?? lol
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I got a lot of crap for b/fing my son for 2 years, and now that I am b/fing my 5 month old, people are still surprised that I haven't switched to formula
I think that, with respect and humor, you can let anyone know what you believe in...even if it is your own family.
Hope it goes well!
I don't know how much the culture affects it... But the vast majority of women here are eager to bf.
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