How do you introduce breast feeding to a 4 yr old

Kandace - posted on 08/11/2013 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My daughter will be 4 when her sister is born. How do I introduce her to breast feeding ?? She already repeats everything and asks a lot of questions so I want to do this right, plus I don't want her telling the world about my breast feeding.

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Celeste - posted on 08/13/2013

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Don't make it a big deal for her. Mama makes milk for the baby and baby drinks from her. Not a big deal. My daughter was 4 when her twins were born, so she saw me nursing the boys all the time.

I'm not sure how telling her about breastfeeding is making her grow up too fast?? Honestly, if you make it taboo, it'll be taboo for her too. My kids know what nursing is, and it's not a big deal.

Sekhmet - posted on 08/12/2013

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Well than she will know that the baby is too small to eat foods that your 4 year old eats. That all the baby knows how to do is suck milk. Did u bf ur 4 year old too.

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Denikka - posted on 08/16/2013

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Like Celeste mentioned, don't make it a big deal.
I have 3 kids, my son is 4.5, daughter is 2.5 and my newborn is 6 weeks. I've nursed all 3 of them (first two for about a year each) and never hidden anything.
When questions come up, as of course they do, I just answer them as they come. Just keep it simple. Babies can only eat and drink milk. So moms make milk for their babies.
If questions about bottles arise (as it did with mine), I just explained that sometimes, moms body can't make milk for baby so she buys a special baby milk from the store, or sometimes mom gets tired or gets owwies and puts her milk into bottles so she can have a break (I haven't express fed except a little bit with my first, so this was a public conversation :P). I didn't really get into moms who choose to formula feed, because I felt my kids were too young to understand that kind of choice, so I stuck with what I thought they'd understand.
Just take them as they come and answer honestly. And if she's curious, animals are always a good alternative to people. Just about any animal documentary will show baby animals, and many will show the babies nursing. You can talk about how different animals take care of their babies in different ways (mammals raise their young and feed them milk, birds chew up their babies food, reptiles and insects mainly leave their babies to fend for themselves, etc)

My biggest thing with my kids now hasn't been the public declarations about my boobs, but the fact that they want to feed our newborn too XD So we've had more conversations about how only mommies can make milk for babies than we've actually had about any other aspect of things :P

Sekhmet - posted on 08/12/2013

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Lol well I have 4 year old son and he was curious at first also but knows that I'm feeding her. So basically you just tell her that your lil one is too tiny to eat anything else but mommys milk. And you can show her something first screen it than show her other mommys feeding their baby.

Kandace - posted on 08/12/2013

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I want her to be smart and understand but I also don't want her to grow up to fast. I'm kinda confusing don't really know how to explain what I'm thinking lol. But she's a smart girl if I tell her I'm feeding her she will ask a lot more questions uhh this is all just so confusing

Sekhmet - posted on 08/12/2013

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Oooooooooh lol I thought u meant you wanted to start bf ur 4 year old child hahaha mi bad! Have you tried youtube videos?

Kandace - posted on 08/12/2013

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Ok introduce is obviously the wrong word but as I described she asks a lot of questions so when I sit down and Brest feed my NB and she asks what I'm doing what all do I say how do you explain that to her level ??

Sekhmet - posted on 08/12/2013

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You can't be serious right now? Why in the world would someone want to introduce bf to a 4yr old child????

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