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An Important Breastfeeding “How-To” with Zen_Mommy!  "Using YouTube to STOP nosey questions!"  

Have you ever noticed that people LOVE to offer you their opinions (usually in the form of “friendly advice,”) about what you should do when you’re pregnant, when you’re breastfeeding, (or NOT breastfeeding!) when you have a grade-schooler, a high-schooler, or a college graduate? 


The point is, is that people just love to give you their opinions on child-rearing, solicited or otherwise, and sometimes such opinions rub us the wrong way.


I, myself, hear one of these “opinions” on a semi-regular basis. 


I sometimes hear the dread “How long are you going to continue to do that?” 


(‘That’ meaning breastfeeding.) 


My daughter is almost 21 months old.  It’s not like I’m nursing a 7th grader. 


But, I do get that question from time to time, and now, will share my “answers” with everyone reading here today. 


A simple “She’ll stop when she’s ready and right now this still works well for both of us” is what I start with. 


Usually, that’s not enough to fully satisfy—especially a person who is asking because they think I’ve nursed her for too long already.


They’ll press and say something like “When they kin ask fer cookies with their milk, they need ta stop.   (Yes, I spelled it that way on purpose.)  


I simply repeat what I said before. 


Sometimes they’ll even press some more! 


At that point, I get real crunchy on them and say “Did you know that the human body is capable of lactation for up to 8 or more years?”


That usually re-routes the train of interrogation that they had been on and forces them to start talking about the YouTube video of the British woman breastfeeding her 8 year old, that made email rounds a year or so back.


They will typically say something about what a “kook” she is, and in doing so, the heat is thereby, taken off of me. 

 When they compare nursing a third grader to my nursing a toddler, that usually shuts them right up. 


Now, I am not in any position to call this British woman a “kook” although I know of a lot of people who have.  All I know, is that a quick reference to this video has worked like a charm for me as I politely attempt to pry nosey friends or relatives off of my back and let me nurse my toddler in peace. 


(For those who still press me and aren’t aware of the video, the point in which I mention that humans can lactate for many consecutive years is when I bring the video up.  I even offer to send it to them!  It’s in my favorites!) 


Again, it is not my intention to pass judgement on this woman.  I am sure that her heart is in the right place and her daughters actually seem very well-adjusted.


Would I breastfeed for 8 years?  You know what?  I can’t answer that. 


I don’t THINK that I would, but who’s to say? 


I suppose that if I do, I’ll have to come up with another way to quiet those who ask too many questions!


I guess I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it…


For the convenience of those reading this, I have provided a link to the video, below:


-- Please check out the other Carnival participants!!!

Candace/MamaSaga:   "How to Breastfeed (Or Just Look Like You Know What You're Doing) "

The Marketing Mama:  "How to Pump Successfully at Work"

Samantha Leeson:  http://blog.babyready.ca/2009/03/how-to-get-baby-to-take-bottle.html

Tanya/Motherwear™ Blog:  "How to help your baby kick the nipple shield habit."

Amber Strocel:  "How to Get Breastfeeding off to a Good Start"


Steph/Baby Carriers Down Under:  "How to Breastfeed Hands free"


Melodie/Breastfeeding Moms Unite!:  "How to become a breastfeeding support professional." 

Stephanie/MilkAct:  "How to care for a sick nursling."


Kimberly:  http://maherfamilygrows.blogspot.com/2009/04/how-to-increase-breastmilk-supply-using.html

Sinead/Breastfeeding Mums:  "Weaning a breastfed toddler."

Blacktating:  "How to treat a cold while breastfeeding."

Heather:  "How to be comfortable around a breastfeeding mom."

Andi/MamaKnowsBreast:  "How to Get a Spouse to Help With Breastfeeding.

Diane/MoBoleez:  How to (Naturally) Increase Your Milk Supply - Try Seaweed!” 

Angela:  http://www.blisstree.com/breastfeeding123/how-to-teach-your-baby-nursing-manners/

Natural Birth & Baby Care:   http://blog.naturalbirthandbabycare.com/how-to-improve-milk-supply-through-nutrition/

And even more Carnival entries...!  Read, Read, Read!!!  :-)

Happy Bambino:   http://happybambino.wordpress.com/2009/04/20/carnival-of-breastfeeding-how-to-deal-with-unsupportive-family-members/  

Trish/Tiny Grass:  






I love this. Will definitely use this idea as I too get bugged for breastfeeding my toddler. Very creative! Thank you!

Re: Excellent!

Thank you! And thanks for taking the time to read AND comment! :-)
It's amazing how your views change when you actually have a child. I never would have thought I'd nurse my first child for almost 3 years, but I did. I imagine it's the same for the British woman. :)

I agree!

My family still acts shocked sometimes, that I am still nursing.

Sometimes I am, too! :-)

Educate the doubters!

It's amazing to me that, with all the information we now have about how fantastic breastfeeding is for our babies - not to mention the fact that it's so obviously NATURAL - our society is still suffering from the misinformation of the 50's and 60's!!!

My husband did some online research and learned that some primate babies nurse until a certain stage of tooth development (he can't remember the details right now), the equivalent of which happens around age six in humans. I let my babies wean themselves, which happened at 3 1/2 and 2 1/2.

I guess it takes generations to work these things out, to unlearn the wrong-thinking of our parents and their parents. Not unlike unlearning racism, sexism, and the like! What we can do to speed up the process, however, is to actively support, educate, and encourage the young/new mothers that we know or just randomly meet. We SHOULD voice our unsolicited opinions on breastfeeding, but offer scientific proof instead of just blind tradition. I wish just leading by example were enough, but the women who need to know aren't getting the information from their mothers, doctors, or peers.

Re: Educate the doubters!

This is precisely why I am an advocate for nursing in public. It's an EXCELLENT opportunity to educate!

Awesome info about the primate babies! Thank you!


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