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#31 of 104 Old 12-31-2007, 01:36 AM
 
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DD will be 4 in April and according to her - she's gonna nurse until she's about 7 We'll see about that - lol!

I don't really have any support except from my DH - he doesn't care one way or the other. I don't really let people know we are still nursing
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mine is 3.5 so i'm not officially in this club, yet. i'm pretty sure i will be! my dd loves loves loves nursing. i have to admit though that i'm glad she rarely wants to nurse in public anymore. i just don't feel like i want to make a public statement anymore. weird because i used to be passionate about it. nowadays though, i just don't want people staring.

last night dd squirted a chemical in her eye by accident and we were both pretty freaked out. then i began to nurse her and everything was OK. thank goodness for nursing.
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It is wonderful that you and your nurslings are going this long!

Keep up the great work and remember you are doing what is best, even if others disagree.
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My 5-year old DS has not yet finally weaned and my DD (45- month old) nurses 3-4 times a day. I am nursing them along with my DD #2 (11-months).
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i love MDC!! you are not alone - i am nursing a 5 year old and an almost 2 year old........

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last night dd squirted a chemical in her eye by accident and we were both pretty freaked out. then i began to nurse her and everything was OK. thank goodness for nursing.
I just wanted to add you can squirt breastmilk right into the eye as well for any eye irritations, problems, infections.

It is so nice how, no matter how upset or hurt they get, nursing is the cureall.
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My ds turned 4 on christmas eve! He is tandeming with his 6 mo. old brother- mostly to sleep at night or in the first morning wake-up zone.

We talk about when he will wean- but currently his plan is to wean when he is grown up- always live with us, and always sleep in our bed... ahhhh such sweet sentiments. As much as I love nursing and co-sleeping, I'd be worried if I thought it could remotely happen though!!!

You guys are all great!!

happy nursing in the new year,

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We talk about when he will wean- but currently his plan is to wean when he is grown up- always live with us, and always sleep in our bed... ahhhh such sweet sentiments. As much as I love nursing and co-sleeping, I'd be worried if I thought it could remotely happen though!!!
if you want to know what this will look like:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aa8IUOPAZ-g&NR

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i love MDC!! you are not alone - i am nursing a 5 year old and an almost 2 year old........
Love to hear this! DD is just gradually weaning and she is 5 years. DS is nowhere near weaning--he'll be 2 soon.

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if you want to know what this will look like:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aa8IUOPAZ-g&NR

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I've seen that video before and find it so perverse and funny. I think it should be shown to people who are worried about kids nursing at 1, 3, 5, 7, etc. because this is what they're supposedly worried about happening. I mean come on, that's just never going to happen. Ever. It's beyond ridiculous.
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if you want to know what this will look like:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aa8IUOPAZ-g&NR

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: "I think it's terribly important to let go." :
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I've seen that video before and find it so perverse and funny. I think it should be shown to people who are worried about kids nursing at 1, 3, 5, 7, etc. because this is what they're supposedly worried about happening. I mean come on, that's just never going to happen. Ever. It's beyond ridiculous.
and the disbelieving expression on the girlfriend's face - that's exactly they way people stare at you when you NIP a toddler.

i wonder if there are people who take this video seriously and think this is CLW.


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: "I think it's terribly important to let go." :
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DS is four and a half and still going strong. His personality is so developed now that he actually has a sense of humor about nursing. Sometimes he'll smile and say, "Gimmie dat bweast!" Or he'll catch me naked in the bathroom or something and just take a swipe at me like he's bobbing for boobies.
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I'm not nursing a 4 yr old right now but I did nurse ds1 until he self weaned at 4 yrs 3.5 months- I also tandem nursed for 8 mos and am presently gearing up to begin tandem nursing again!

At my local LLL I seemed to be the "veteran" mom- I knew others who nursed as long but they rarely attend meetings anymore - I really should attend more often so others can see that tandem nursing does happen.
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Roll call! I went to LLL this week for info on tandemming and felt like a weirdo - several mothers were surprised I was still nursing. I want some camraderie from other mamas of 4 year old nurslings.
Hi there,
Mama you are not alone!!! I am soon to be nursing a 4 year old in 8 days:0)
I have been tandem nursing my DS almost 4 and DD 19 Months. Every LLL Meeting I have attended and nursed both kiddos, I felt very uncomfortable!!!
Such a huge let down for me, as this is where I was introduced to Tandem Nursing and Child Led Weaning!!! I know there are 2 sides to the story and I am understanding of both, but still a bummer. Please know you are not alone even if you only have company vis the internet!!!
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I'm also not nursing a 4 yr old atm, but I have nursed 3 4 yr olds, and I'm sure I will again. LOL

My ds was mutually weaned at 4, my dd weaned at one month shy of 5, and my ds weaned when the new baby came(so, he had a few drinks here and there afterwards, but he was pretty much done), which means he was about 4 months shy of turning 5. I am currently nursing my 3 yr old and my 4.5 months old. I have been nursing for just over 10 years consecutively, and tandeming for most of the last almost 9, including nursing 2 babes through my last pregnancy.

Nursing my kids has been the most amazing gift I have given them(and myself) so far!! I love nursing.

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Dd#1 will be 4 in 4 weeks, I still nurse her 2-3 times a day. Luckily, we have a tandem nursing playgroup and friends who nursed their kids well into their 5th and 6th year. I guess it is easier when you have people IRL who nurse their kids. I must admit, it feels like we live in a bubble, all of my friends are going to LLL or belong to an AP playgroup or TN playgroup.
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Just wanted to say that at around 4:00 today my daughter wanted to nurse (she'll be 4.5 on the 13th) and we both realized she hadn't nursed AT ALL since first waking up at around 7. This was her second night of not nursing (no tears, no drama, just very tired). I don't know if the change in our night pattern did it, but today was the longest that I can remember ever going without nursing her.

I still wish I knew more people nursing older kiddos.

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While I advocate CLW, I fully support mothers however long they're willing to nurse. I think it is awesome you're nursing your dd for 5 years. I am wondering though, and I hope this is taken in the kind way that I mean it , why does it have to be her birthday, her special day, that she never gets to nurse again? Could you both maybe choose a different day together or do a gradual weaning? I really hope this doesn't sound rude or judgemental because I'm not meaning it that way at all. I just wanted to put that out there. You did post in the CLW forum after all. :
Just to clarify, I meant on Jan 6th I will no longer be nursing a four year old. Honestly have no idea which day she will actually decide to wean on.
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I really don't know if I qualify. DD self weaned 1 mos before turning 4. She has expressed regret about her decision and latches on once or twice a week.There is no milk and she is OBSESSED with my breasts. Some on this site has said she is still nursing. I really don't know. It is sweet and amusing. And amazing. Keep it up girls.
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Bobbing for boobies!! :: That is soooo my DS!

*raises hand* Me too. DS turns 4 next week. Kind of hoping he'll wean soon though... I am finding it hard to tandum nurse with a 9 month old when I'm on my own.

Luckily my family and DH don't seem to mind either way. My sister "paved the way" with her 5 children, hers all self-weaned at different ages, but one was almost 5. I just don't mention it to the inlaws or my IRL friends!

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I count for 2 more days, then my 4 year old turns 5 (still showing no signs of weaning). Can I still visit?

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I'm nursing a four year old until Jan. 6th when she turns five.
As I am reading this thread more thoroughly, I noticed that my 4 yr old shares a birthday with yours.

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January '03 must be a good birth month for long-term nursers, eh?
My 4 yr. old nursed yesterday, after 3 weeks of being "weaned." I think he just might make it to 5 before his very last nursing (only 26 days to go).
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I was nursing a four-year-old not long ago, but he seems to be a weaned 5-year-old now. I'm sure I'll be nursing a four-year-old again in a couple of years! It's probably not as rare as it seems. I can see how people tend to be quiet about it.

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DD will be 5 in one month and 20 days and is still nursing.
I told her big girls don't get nursey and she told me she'll stop when she's 20. (Well, I hope it happens before that.)

Tandem-nursing, too, with her little brother who is 28 months old.

You are so not alone.
We just don't ever talk about this with anyone IRL. I don't expect anyone to be able to understand, unfortunately.
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DD will be 5 in one month and 20 days and is still nursing.
I told her big girls don't get nursey and she told me she'll stop when she's 20. (Well, I hope it happens before that.)

Tandem-nursing, too, with her little brother who is 28 months old.

You are so not alone.
We just don't ever talk about this with anyone IRL. I don't expect anyone to be able to understand, unfortunately.
It's funny I proudly tell people that dd and I nursed until she was almost 4. Her choice to stop although she still tries and wishes she hadn't stopped! Dh says I live in a bubble coz' all my friends nursed 2 yrs plus. But I like my bubble and I see with my own eyes the difference it makes. I tell dd that boobies are for feeding babies- I wonder what my mom told me they were for.....?
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I was just thinking in our LLL group we're having a meeting exclusively for pre-schoolers and nursery (kindergarten + beyond) kids, and we have toddler meetings every month where this topic comes up all the time, you could ask your Leader for an 'exceptional' meeting if you wish, and they should schedule one in - just a thought ......

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i'm nursing an 8 year old. that's also like two 4 year olds. :

i nursed DS until he self weaned the week of his 5th birthday. he still likes to reach down my shirt and hold it when hes feeling stressed out or sad, now he is almost 6.5. I am just curious what it is like to nurse an 8 year old. other than in the movie "the last emporer", i dont think I have ever heard of a child nursing beyong 5 or 6. this is totally not a knock on your breastfeeding relationship with DC, as a formerly nursing mom of a school aged child i am honestly just very curious!
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