Mothers nursing Toddlers 18mths +. What is the worst reaction you have received when someone found out you were still bf?

Aleks - posted on 02/13/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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While enrolling my 3yo daughter in kindergarten today and speaking with the teacher, I had to explain my daughters food sensitivities/intollerances (yeast, soy and dairy). She seemed perplexed over the no soy and very limited dairy (no milk). She had the face that was questioning "what does she actually drink milk wise?" before she could actually formalise the actual question and verbalise it. So I kind of offered up an explanation before she got the chance to ask (ie, spit it out, so to say...lol). When I told her that she was still breastfed I got the most saddened and disappointed face. As if I just told her the kid (or I) had cancer or something... I kid you not, that face of hers expressed kind of a low level grief... like its the worst thing in the world!!!



So, after getting quietly annoyed at her (but did not get in her face over it... she will be after all my childs kinder teacher for the next 10 mths or so, until the end of the year), it got me thinking about what others may have experienced. Especially since not that long ago I had another intersting encounter with a woman who found out that I was still breastfeeding my child - her reaction was that of SHOCK and utter surprise.

So, what is your story?

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Maree - posted on 02/13/2012

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I have never had a particularly rude comment made to me but a lady in a shop i was having a conversation with said to me how i should give my 10 month old daughter a special formula because it will help with her reflux. I said "she is under the care of a Paediatrician and has been since 3 days old,he does not recommend formula and anyway she is breast fed"...the woman said "how long are you going to do THAT for? " I said "maybe 2 or 3 years" and she said "Well i think that's just wrong".



Stupid woman,she clearly has no idea....but if i did have rude comments made to me that annoyed me enough i wouldn't hesitate to put them in their place by making them feel just as bad for bottle feeding....if you can give it you need to take it !!!!

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Not that many so far, though I'm really trying to distract her as much as I can when we are out and about. She is 2.5 (and the size of a 4 year old) and I think it's finally sinking in. I mainly get 'the look'. You know, that embarrassed 'oh my god, what is she doing?!' look. I actually find that worse than words, probably because my vivid imagination puts all sorts of nasty words into people's mouths. When Nina wasn't even two, a friend of mine was having a little rant on the phone to me over how utterly ridiculous it is of me to still nurse my child. I didn't argue, but it hurt.

Celeste - posted on 02/13/2012

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I know! LOL One of my brothers is gay.. Guess my mom didn't nurse him long enough! I hope when my sister has kids (the one who said that) realizes how stupid that statement was.

Aleks - posted on 02/13/2012

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Ha ha ha.... Boob fetish!!! LMAO



Most of the guys I knew were probably mostly bottle fed and they ALL LOVED BOOBS!!! he he he.....

Celeste - posted on 02/13/2012

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I didn't tell anyone for that reason. I was a closet nurser :( Though, when my boys were 18 months, we were at my mom's house. They wanted to nurse. So, I let them. My mom and sister got on my case saying stupid things like "they're going to get a boob fetish" "If they have to be off the bottle by a year, they have to be off the breast by a year". Really pissed me off.

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