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We were visiting my family out of state recently with our newborn, and I think we created a little 5 year old lactivist in the process. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
I was in the guest bedroom side-lying nursing the wee one, and my young niece came in to play. I told her I couldn't get up because the baby was nursing - and she looked at the top of my breast and asked, "What is THAT?!" I told her that's how babies eat. She was still confused (she's only ever seen bottle-fed babes, and was FF herself), so I explained that mamas make milk for babies, and that's how they get the milk.<br><br>
"From your BOOOOB???!" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao"><br><br>
She asked why, of course...so I told her this way is better for baby and for me, and that it's nice because I don't have to wash bottles all the time. She's so practical and she loves to clean, and responded, "But you have to wash your boob, right?" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Anyway, she's so curious and we ended up having a nice little conversation about the whole process and why it is so good. She and her mama were visiting some friends with a new baby a few days later, and apparently the new mom got an earful from my niece when she pulled out a bottle and started mixing formula. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> I'm told that breastfeeding is her current obsession now, and she's been asking lots of questions. Her parents are trying to give her a sibling, and fortunately her mom wants to breastfeed this time around - hopefully my niece will hold her to it. I'm so proud!
 

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YAY! That's wonderful!<br>
and I have an excuse to use this: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:
 

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fantastic!!!<br><br>
My aunt had 6 children. Whenever we visted, she was always nursing a baby or toddler. I would always go home and nurse my baby dolls.<br><br>
You have done a fantastic thing for this little girls future. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I love stories where children learn about nursing! WTG!<br><br>
My 5 year old cousin asked me if my baby was eating me the other day. I told her no, that he gets milk from my breast. She kissed him on the head and walked away. Pretty cute!
 

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good for you.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">She and her mama were visiting some friends with a new baby a few days later, and apparently the new mom got an earful from my niece when she pulled out a bottle and started mixing formula. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"></div>
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She's so militant! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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How cute! That's great. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:
 
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