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How old are your nurslings? September 15, 2005 9:31 AM

I have a 4 1/2 year old and an 18 month old that I am tandem breastfeeding. How about you?  [ send green star]
 
 September 15, 2005 12:16 PM

My boy is turning a year old on the 24th, so hard to believe how fast the year has gone by!† I've got some questions about extended breastfeeding, but I'll create a new thread for that.

Wow, what a woman you are!† Two at one time, how awesome!† I bet that tandam just might increase that bond between siblings?† Or does it create any feelings of jealousy?† Just curious...

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Nursing the nurselings September 15, 2005 12:34 PM

I have two 7 month old boys who I am nursing right now (well, nursing & sleeping) and a 28 month old who only gets "precious milk" when tensions are high, like yesterday's first bee sting. The eldest boy weaned at 16 months, but got nipple access again after the twins were born.

-Kirsten
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 September 16, 2005 10:23 AM

Tandem breastfeeding has definitely increased the bond between them, as well as reducing the jealously that my older child feels for the new baby, and making the transition easier for my older child when the new baby came along and started breastfeeding. Yesterday the baby showed his first feelings of jealousy toward my older child when the baby tried to push my older child out of my lap! Ha ha!  [ send green star]
 
Alice September 18, 2005 5:38 PM

The little pushing the big one around, now that I wouldn't have
expected!
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boobies,x September 25, 2005 4:40 PM

hello,x

i am nursing my 6 month old , mae, tho i wanted to ask a couple of qs... when you feed forover a year... is that nosolids at all? what is weaning then? - does weaning include those first meals of babba rice andting even when they feedjust as much?... and what is attatchment parenting?... i read and worked through so much when pregnant on, ways of pregnancyand birth, but now i know nothing!- tho a lot ofinstincts help me along!... she sleeps with me, but is in a habit of waking up 2 hourly to feed just for comfort as well as the odd hunger, .. any advice on how to get a good nights sleep , and still support her?....i hopeall these qs make sense... i am verytired, and on my way tobed!

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 September 25, 2005 9:56 PM

I started feeding my kids solids around a year, and technically that means that thatís when the weaning process began, but I wouldnít say that a child has weaned until they have stopped breastfeeding. Attachment parenting is a natural way of parenting that includes breastfeeding, especially sustained breastfeeding (often called extended breastfeeding) and child-led weaning, bed sharing or co-sleeping, responding to your baby instead of letting them "cry it out," holding and carrying and/or wearing your baby a lot, etc. Hopefully you get the idea. Itís a very gentle and compassionate parenting style. It is totally normal for a six month old to need to wake up every 2 hours or so to breastfeed. I barely wake up for nighttime feedings. I just stick my breast in the babyís mouth and go back to sleep. Iím so glad the baby is already right there in the bed with me so I donít have to get up! And Iím SO glad I breastfeed and donít have to mix formula in the middle of the night!! Sometimes when the baby takes a nap during the day, I take a nap too, at the same time, if I need to catch up on sleep. Just remember that this stage shall pass! Your baby wonít keep waking up this often forever! Youíll get through it.  [ send green star]
 
 September 26, 2005 12:26 PM

Here are some links that I have extremely helpful in my nursing relationship with my son:
and†some articles on attachment parenting:
Sleep- (cause I know where you are coming from- I dream of sleeping through the night!-lol)
Hope all these links work for you!
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Hi all! October 05, 2005 3:42 PM

...nice to hear about all of your "nurslings"... Mine is almost 20 months old and still looooves his "nanas". Peace to you all kris  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
thankyou!!X October 22, 2005 3:05 PM

thankyou all of you !X you are very helpful!, i understand attatchment parenting a bit more now, i think that must be what i do!.

ill look at these sites stephanie.

i did not vaccinate maelin at all, and i give her one† meal a day now , at 7 months, some have said she should have more, but i mother on instinct , and i am determined to trust that, instincts and intuition seem to have been sadly crushed† a lot in our society.

i really believe in them.

i would like to breastfeed mae for as long as she likes, since becoming a mum, with all these areas to contemplate, i am learning that the present moment is the safest and wisest and happiest, most relaxed and enlightened place† to stay!!

love and sweet dreams deep and restful sleep to you all.x

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Nursling age November 02, 2005 10:03 PM


My younger daughter is 29 months and going strong.

Umm...I weaned the 13 year old quite some time ago.



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Hi November 11, 2005 3:13 PM

My son, Phoenix is 13 months old and still going strong. He started eating solids at 4 months old and his diet is mostly organic.† He loves his food but loves to nurse.† He still nurses about 6 times a day and he sleeps in my bed so he nurses at night whenever he wants to.† I love co-sleeping - neither of us really have to wake up when he is hungry and he sleeps so much better when he is with me.† Personally, I would like my breasts back by the time he is 18 months but that will be his decision....My youngest daughter breastfed until she was 15 months old, but only nursed at night after she was a year old.†  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
my baby November 15, 2005 9:57 PM

My girl is 27 months now and still nurses almost every day. Some days she skips or doesn't seem to think about it, but other days it's between 1-3 times. I'm okay with her weaning and I'm okay with continuing to nurse also at this point,†so I don't tell her no if she wants to nurse, just sometimes distract her if it is not an opportune moment.

She still sleeps in bed with me about half of the time, but hasn't nursed at night for over a year. I had a really hard time sleeping while she was nursing at night, and I envied the moms who could sleep through it. Not me, I was awake every time through the entire feeding, so after a year when I knew she didn't need it so much for sustenance, I started to transition her to her own bed so that she would get out of the habit of waking up at night to nurse. Once she was okay with sleeping through the night, I brought her back to bed with me, and now she will sleep through the night in bed with me and very rarely want to nurse. If she does try, she's still asleep and just kind of grabs to make sure it's still there and then goes back to sleep.

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 December 12, 2005 1:32 PM

I'm 5 months pregnant now with kiddo #3
My second is 33 months and still nursing.
I'm desperately trying to cut back the number of nursings--just because I'm feeling really touched-out and sometimes it is just downright painful. We still nurse in the morning and at bedtime...
I'm trying to cut out the daytime nursings and cut back on the night-time ones (I'm a wuss about needing sleep. I can't fight with him about not nursing at night when all I want to do is SLEEEEEEEEEP)

I do plan to tandem nurse when #3 decides to join us
But I'm hoping it won't be an all day, every day sort of thing

It is incredibly helpful to still be nursing my toddler. There are days when he doesn't eat too much and there are days when he is just a big ball of temper tantrums--nursing helps with both


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Too old - lol! December 13, 2005 7:39 AM

Well, my current nursling is 4 years old now. I swore I was going to wean her when she turned 4 but I haven't had much luck in that dept. yet. My boys both weaned shortly before their fourth birthdays so she's the oldest. I've been nursing for 11 years now and I'm ready to be done with it but she, apparently, is not.

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 January 10, 2006 2:09 PM

Hello, all! My son is almost 17 months, and still nursing. My plan is to do so until he's 2, but we'll see what he has to say about that  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Hello everyone January 30, 2006 2:47 PM

Hello, I just joined this group and I have a 13 yrs old daughter which I did not breastfeed because of ignorance and the hospital rules back then;† when I delivered her I lost some blood and because I am anemic I got weak, I fainted and was unconcious for about 7 hours, so next thing I know, the nurses had fed formula to my baby, I missed the first hours contact with her and when I left the hospital they gave me a couple of formula cans, just in case,† well I got postnatal depression and the baby did not seem to like the breast, it was my first baby and everything together made it very difficult for me to breastfeed; that made me even more depressed.† She has been sick, I mean she is allergic to many things, seems to have a never ending cold plus we are not so close as I would like and I know all this is in great part a result of not breastfeeding her, even though I stopped feeling guilty years ago.† Then I got a second baby, another girl who just turned 2 yrs old and still breasfeeds, hahaha, plus I am currently 5 months pregnant with my first baby boy.† I have had natural births, not at home, but a midwife present,† I am very happy with the fact that I breastfeed and sleep with my toddler,† I am thrilled that I am pregnant and planning now for the first time to use cloth diapers.† I need to add that breastfeeding is one of the most wonderful things a mom can do,† besides the benefits for the baby,† I think moms benefit more in a lot of ways and the relation with your baby is so deep and beautiful and I don't understand when some people say that breastfeeding in public places should be banned and things like that, when this is the most natural thing to do and no one can tell me when and on what conditions I can breastfeed my babies because I got the permission from Mother Earth and God Himself.† Thanks for reading.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 February 01, 2006 9:19 AM

Sandra, thank you for your post, and welcome to the group!  [ send green star]
 
 February 01, 2006 5:34 PM

I guess time flies when your having fun, my daughter is 7 months, and loves to nurse. We introduced some solids about a month ago becauase she has shown so much interest in our food, but for now solids are mostly just a fun little bonus, more tasters of different things, she still mostly gets mother's milk.

The baby wearing thing hasn't really worked for us. My daughter liked to see her food and didn't like nursing in the sling, so she would only go in the sling when her dad wore the sling, so you could say we did weekend baby wearing. By 3 months she was too active most of the time to tolerate being in a sling, except for entertaining outings such as to the supermarket. We're thinking of trying again, maybe piggyback style, now that she is bigger and stronger, perhaps she'll find it interesting to watch from on high, but she really tends not to like confinement of any kind.
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my youngest boy February 01, 2006 10:35 PM

is 17 months now and still gets breastmothersmilk during the day like 2 times and in the nights 2 times  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Hi! February 18, 2006 9:50 PM

† New! I'm New. I've got a 1month old and a 25 month old. The 25 month old refuses to nurse but gets her in a sippy cup. My 1 month old is exclusively breastfed from the tap  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 February 26, 2006 11:33 AM

Yes I must say my 12 year old quit some ago lol. Though he still sleeps in my room when he wants. Actually all my children, except my oldest (who wasn't breastfed I might add) usually end up in my room or bed before the night is over.

3 of my 4 I nursed until they weaned themselves, and allowed them all to sleep with me.

Oddly, the only one I never nursed (due to dumbassed hospital) is the only one who refuses and always has refused to sleep with me. He prefers his own bed. LOL Not that I don't mind since he's a kicker! Even when that boy was sick as a baby, I'd want him in my bed to be near, but he would fuss until he was in his own bed.

BTW My youngest is 6.

A

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