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ok, so here is the story. I have two dd's 1 is 4 1/2 and 2 is well almsot 2.<br><br>
It started with dd#1 nursing dd 2 when they were playing mommy, and dd 1 would hold her breast (kind of squeeze it together) and offer it to her sister who would latch on and try to nurse. there would be a little laughing and they would do it a couple of times.<br><br>
well now the big one is nursing on the little one too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> so anyways then they were saying "twiddle my nipple". I always tell josa not to twiddle my nipple. then they kind of tickle each other in the whole chest rehion. (my problem here is I don't want twiddling reinforced b/c i find it oh so annoying.)<br><br>
so i mean i guess it is very normal i mean they are playing mommy and all usually. well this time they were just taking turns nursing on each other. But it would be pretty normal they see nursing all the time, and the younger one and someties the big one are **** nursing.<br><br>
i guess i am just posting to see if anyone else does this, although my inital reaction is shock when i begin to process it it is quite normal. I mean what else do they know? plus it probably feels funny for them.<br><br>
ok well then. that's that.<br><br>
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I've never heard of that happening with sisters, but I can see how it would happen.<br><br>
I guess if you don't want them doing this then I would say stop them, but if you genuinely see it as just them trying something new in their play I would not worry about it. They'll stop when they bored of it.
 

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I wouldn't worry about it. My daughter (5) tries to get her brother to nurse on her, and she just does it because she thinks it's hysterically funny. So does he.. . when she pretends to nurse on him. They both try to nurse on their dad as a joke, too.<br><br>
Breastfeeding was a huge part of my daughter's life until she was three, and it still is a big part of my son's life, so I don't think it's unusual for them to experiment or make a joke out of it.
 

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My girls do this too. Like in your situation, it started when the girls were playing mommy & baby. They only do it when they are playing pretend, and they often laugh at it. My younger DD still nurses (older DD weaned at the age of 5), and they are around nursing babies/toddlers on a regular basis. It's never really bothered me, they are just trying on new roles while they play pretend...
 

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Sounds OK to me. Never happened in our house, but I had 3 boys and then a girl. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Ds3 <i>did</i> like to nurse the baby dolls in his preschool though. His teacher was awesome about it. Even took a picture! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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yeah i am not concerned. i was a bit surprised at first but after more thought i am quite ok with it.<br><br>
thanks for all the responses. sometimes a mom just needs a little reassurance
 

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I was at my friend's house one day, and the two year old picked the 4 month old up out of the bouncy seat and dropped her. The mother picked the 4 month old up, quieted her down (not really hurt), and then deposited her on the 4 year old's lap on the couch under my supervision while she took the 2 year old off to explain why he can't do that.<br><br>
After a minute, the four month old started screaming again, and I saw the four year old BOY was pushing her around under his shirt trying to make her nurse. <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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My ds3 has offered me "nunny" and lifted up his shirt. Haven't taken him up on the offer. We always say "only Mommies make nunny" so it is all a big joke around here.<br><br>
I'm sure your daughters' behavior is normal. I would just try to redirect them if it makes you uncomfortable.<br><br>
Love the story about the 4 yo. trying to nurse the 4 mo. - lol! What a helper!
 

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I think it's fine, too. In fact, a lot of the siblings I know that are 2 and 4 are usually <i>bickering</i>... it's sweet that your dds are enjoying playing with each other so much, and making each other laugh!
 

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Sophie tried several times to nurse Casey when he was a newborn, to the point that I had to protect him from her forceful and looming bosom!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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My 4 yo and 2 yo play this game all the time. They try to get the rest of us to play too and we end up lowering our head and making loud slurping noises and then giving raspberries on their tummy.<br><br>
Both the little ones still nurse, and I find this playing no big deal. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> As a family we joke about "nummies" all the time. Even when dh gets upset about something, one of the girls will say, "Dada? Are you sad? Do you need nummies?" and they'll lift their shirt and giggle.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Very normal. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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That sounds normal to me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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My 4-yo DD occasionally tries to nurse our baby, 5 months. I think it is sweet. My 2 and 4 year-olds don't play this together much, but my 2-y-o is extremely active and can't be still for a minute to play anything calm and quiet.
 

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It sounds like you're teaching them that breastfeeding is totally normal and acceptable in any situation, which is fabulous. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Our 4 y/o likes to try to nurse her 18 month old sister. But the 18 month old doesn't like that game. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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