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i originally posted this on lactivism forum. even though my post talks about a 4.5 year old nursling, the main point of it was discussing older nurslings in the context of educating other mothers about the benefits of breastfeeding.

i was particularly interested whether others thought that revealing you are a nursing mom to an older child affects how effectively one can promote breastfeeding to new mainstream mothers.

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you mamas are inspiring. i have NIPed my two up until about 2.5 or 3. weirdly enough i think i felt more comfortable nursing the older one in public longer, but i very rarely nurse my 3yr old in public anymore. i had one of those conversational opportunities recently, too, and just didn't say anything. two acquaintances were talking at dd2's dance class and one mom said something about nursing (can't remember if she had a babe or not) and the other said sorta almost confessionally that she was still nursing her 18mo old. i had the opportunity there to say "hey, i'm still nursing my 3 yr old and once in a while my almost 6 yr old!", but didn't quite step up to the plate on that one...

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i originally posted this on lactivism forum. even though my post talks about a 4.5 year old nursling, the main point of it was discussing older nurslings in the context of educating other mothers about the benefits of breastfeeding.

i was particularly interested whether others thought that revealing you are a nursing mom to an older child affects how effectively one can promote breastfeeding to new mainstream mothers.
Your OP didn't state that; it mainly seemed to be concerned with the question "would you have shared that your 4.5 year old was nursing in a similar situation?". If you would like to start a thread again in Lactivism, making your aims clear, feel free to do so. Please PM me if you have any further questions or concerns.

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Yes, I regularly reveal that my 4 yr. old still nurses. Hopefully it will make someone think about nursing longer.
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My standard reply is : "Since 2004, both Health Canada and the World Health Organization have changed their recommendation about breastfeeding. They now advise mothers to breastfeed exclusively for the first 6 months and continue nursing up to two years and beyond."

I like to emphasize "and beyond" part.

I'm just following their recommendations you know, not being different. lol
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It really does not come up often.
Normally people wont ask if your 3+ year old child nurses still.
But, at a family party my brother said something about me nursing my 4.5 year old VERY loud and how does nursing an older child affect them phycologically.
I said "from what I have read there is nothing to prove anything wrong with nursing an older child, only wonderful things for mother and child."
No one said anything, most looked SHOCKED!

I am pretty much for the most part, if they ask I tell... if they dont ask or it does not come up I dont go around shouting it out! But, I am rather proud of what I do as a mother for my son.
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I will nip with her brother all the time, but will restrict her.

Anyone else in the same boat?
Yep. I nurse our 8 month old anywhere and there are some places I don't nurse my 3.5 year old. When I do I try to be as discrete as possible. Today at our oldest's basketball game wemoved from the front to the back row to nurse.

My biggest concern is some 'concerned citizen' will call CPS.
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