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This was posted on another emai llist I am on, I hope this is ok to post here.<br>
Kim Ann<br><br><br>
Hi, all. I am new to this list. In addition to being a nursing mother and a<br>
strong supporter of breastfeeding, I am also a copyeditor and a writer.<br><br>
A couple of years ago, I wrote an article for New Beginnings on<br>
medications and the nursing mother<br>
(<a href="http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBNovDec03p204.html)" target="_blank">http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBNovDec03p204.html)</a>. I have been<br>
stewing on writing an article (for perhaps Mothering or New Beginnings)<br>
or possible longer treatise on nursing the "older child" (a.k.a. nursing<br>
a child who is 3 or older). I think there are some very unique issues in<br>
the decision to allow your children to nurse this long or to allow them<br>
to wean in their own time that don't necessarily arise in nursing babies<br>
or toddlers. And, as far as I can tell, there isn't a lot out there that<br>
addresses these concerns (correct me if I am wrong, please <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">).<br><br>
Anyhow, what I am looking for is input from other moms who have done it.<br>
My son A.J. is 4 1/2 and is not interested in weaning, although I've<br>
spoken with him about it. I realized that lately I've felt like weaning<br>
him, although most of what bothers me about him nursing is the<br>
"invisible outside pressure." You know, that nagging little voice that<br>
tells me he's too old to nurse. What would people say? Although when<br>
he's nursing, it often seems like the most natural thing in the world.<br><br>
This is the kind of thing I would like to discuss in a article/book like<br>
this, personal stories from moms who have done it and how they have<br>
dealt with the unique issues that come from nursing a child past age 2.<br><br>
I would like to hear from you about your own personal experiences if you<br>
would like to share. Also, I would like your ideas about what kind of<br>
questions I could ask that could help bring out the most important<br>
issues in this topic. If you are interested, please contact me off-list,<br>
and I will send you the questions I have thus far (I don't want to clog<br>
up this list with too many questions and answers).<br><br>
Also, if you know of a mom not on this list who has nursed an older<br>
child who might like to participate in this "survey" and who I have not<br>
included, please let me know or pass my info to them.<br><br>
Thanks so much!<br><br>
Janell<br><a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">This was posted on another emai llist I am on, I hope this is ok to post here.<br>
Kim Ann<br><br><br>
Hi, all. I am new to this list. In addition to being a nursing mother and a<br>
strong supporter of breastfeeding, I am also a copyeditor and a writer.<br><br>
A couple of years ago, I wrote an article for New Beginnings on<br>
medications and the nursing mother<br>
(<a href="http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBNovDec03p204.html)" target="_blank">http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBNovDec03p204.html)</a>. I have been<br>
stewing on writing an article (for perhaps Mothering or New Beginnings)<br>
or possible longer treatise on nursing the "older child" (a.k.a. nursing<br>
a child who is 3 or older). I think there are some very unique issues in<br>
the decision to allow your children to nurse this long or to allow them<br>
to wean in their own time that don't necessarily arise in nursing babies<br>
or toddlers. And, as far as I can tell, there isn't a lot out there that<br>
addresses these concerns (correct me if I am wrong, please <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">).<br><br>
Anyhow, what I am looking for is input from other moms who have done it.<br>
My son A.J. is 4 1/2 and is not interested in weaning, although I've<br>
spoken with him about it. I realized that lately I've felt like weaning<br>
him, although most of what bothers me about him nursing is the<br>
"invisible outside pressure." You know, that nagging little voice that<br>
tells me he's too old to nurse. What would people say? Although when<br>
he's nursing, it often seems like the most natural thing in the world.<br><br>
This is the kind of thing I would like to discuss in a article/book like<br>
this, personal stories from moms who have done it and how they have<br>
dealt with the unique issues that come from nursing a child past age 2.<br><br>
I would like to hear from you about your own personal experiences if you<br>
would like to share. Also, I would like your ideas about what kind of<br>
questions I could ask that could help bring out the most important<br>
issues in this topic. If you are interested, please contact me off-list,<br>
and I will send you the questions I have thus far (I don't want to clog<br>
up this list with too many questions and answers).<br><br>
Also, if you know of a mom not on this list who has nursed an older<br>
child who might like to participate in this "survey" and who I have not<br>
included, please let me know or pass my info to them.<br><br>
Thanks so much!<br><br>
Janell<br><a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a></div>
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Hello Janell, Please allow me to introduce myself; my name is Steve McPhail<br>
I'm a strong supporter of extended breastfeeding; and I just wanted to let you know that your son ( almost 5 years ) is still not too big to be breastfeeding!. Although other people may think that your nuts for allowing your son to nurse for so long; I would like to tell you that you're not the only mother who is breastfeeding an almost 5 year old; I've actually read articles where mothers breastfeed their children until they're 7 years old!!. One of my favorite articles is '' I Still Nurse My Five Year Old'' by Dia Michaels.<br>
(you may find and read this article in the June 2005 Parents Magazine) as a strong supporter of extended breastfeeding; I really enjoyed reading the article!!.As long as you and your son are comfortable with extended breastfeeding; I really don't know of any reason as to why you should stop breastfeeding; If this is your son's favorite way to bond with you; I would proudly say to you... GO FOR IT!!.
 
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