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Hi.<br>
I'm almost 35 wks pg and my about-to-turn-7-yr-old has asked several times if I have any milk yet. She weaned very gradually sometime around age 5 when she started to report that nothing was coming out (since it was only occurring to her to try it every once in a blue moon.)<br>
She's even asked (recently) if she could try getting some milk from me & I didn't feel comfortable forbidding it, but I think we both felt weird when she tried it.<br>
My feeling is it's mostly natural curiousity mixed w/ a little anxiety about not being the "baby" of the family any more (although I haven't seen any obvious jealousy, only excitement, from her about the coming baby.)<br>
Anyway, my guess is that after the baby's born & my milk comes in my first-grader (w/ 4 adult teeth and 2 missing) may ask to nurse. I'd probably let her try and she'd probably find she doesn't remember how to do it or else lose interest pretty quick. But I'm just wondering if anyone else has been in this situation. Did anyone have an older child actually decide to start nursing again after a 2-yr hiatus???<br>
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My daughter weaned right around her 4th b-day, with some gentle encouragement from me, because I was pregnant and nursing was becoming a little uncomfortable.<br><br>
My baby is now 17 months old, and my older daughter has asked a few times to nurse during the past year and half. I think its natural and normal and harmless BUT, having said that- it makes me uncomfortable (psychologically) so I discourage it! WHen she asks, I usually say no- but I usually did let her "Just have a quick try" when she asked during the postpartum period, because I knew she was adjusting to her new sibling and I didn't want to give her a flat-out "no."<br><br>
She is now 5 years, 9 months, and just started kindergarten. She told me just a few days ago that she wished she was still nursing! I guess its just a wonderful experience and it hard for them to let go, LOL!<br><br>
Even now, she sometimes comes right out and asks to nurse. I usually just say something like, "You're wishing you were still a baby, huh? Well, you'll ALWAYS be my baby! Lets snuggle on the couch and read some books," or something along those lines, and she accepts that.<br><br>
I'm curious to hear how other moms have handled this.
 

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I had the same experience with my son.<br>
However, I was completely uncomfortable with it and did not want to chance him deciding to nurse again, so we talked about it and he didn't nurse. He was okay with that. I think it was curiosity more than anything, but I also believe that if I was that uncomfortable, it really wasn't okay for us to do it.
 
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