Kids interviewed about nursing til preschool age

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Jodi - posted on 05/25/2012

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"I feel happy because that child must be healthy and happy and that mother wasn’t afraid to do what was best for her child, even in front of strangers."

I think that was what struck me as a little grown up and not likely to be something THEY said.

Vicki - posted on 05/28/2012

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Well as their Mum is an IBCLC they would have been exposed to all the info about breastfeeding, hence some of their words being different to other kids. My nearly 3 year old knows a lot of words to do with sailing because of my partner's hobby, but another kid would probably just say 'boat'.

It doesn't change my attitude as I already think breastfeeding to term is biologically normal.

Sylvia - posted on 05/28/2012

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Oh, and I forgot to add that it doesn't change my attitude in the least because I already consider nursing preschoolers perfectly normal :)

Sylvia - posted on 05/27/2012

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I think it shows in their answers that their mom's an IBCLC. I don't think my 9-year-old would come up with the idea of fewer allergies, for instance. But I bet if I asked her some of those questions she'd come up with very similar answers -- about nursing being comforting, about missing it, about feeling safe, about smelling like Mom. She's a bit of a BF booster, actually -- the first thing she says when she hears a baby crying, for example, is always "Someone should nurse that baby!"

Jodi - posted on 05/25/2012

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Yes they do, and I'm not saying it is a bad thing, BUT I am saying that some of these opinions aren't the opinions of the children, they are a repetition of the opinions they have heard from others. I also don't recall saying that some of it isn't the kids words......I also didn't say I didn't like that article. I think you are only reading between the lines.

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Stifler's - posted on 05/27/2012

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I agree with Mary it doesn't sway me either way. And I agree their choice of words sounds like they were reading from a script. One thing this doesn't reinforce is that it's normal. It's a "magical" thing and I find that weird since it's just breastfeeding, whoop de do.

Mary - posted on 05/26/2012

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I agree with Jodi. The answers of these children don't strike me as their own original ideas or genuine feelings, but rather a regurgitation of things they have heard from their mother.

Like Jodi said, that's not to imply it's a bad thing - I just don't find it a particularly compelling argument for people who think EBF is "wrong" or "yucky". To be clear, I'm not against or a child still nursing at this age - I'm completely neutral on it. I just don't think that this article would have any (positive) effect on those who feel that nursing at this age is creepy or in some way detrimental. I think someone who was already bothered by the concept would just brush this off as these kids being influenced by their mother's opinions of it, and not really "proof" that EBF is not damaging.

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i don't particularly think those are the kids exact words because most 7 year old i know don't talk like that. i still think it's weird. i understand it provides comfort and all that but i will always find it weird and i doubt there is anything anyone could ever tell me that wouldn't. if a parent and child are comfortable with their decision to breastfeed till or past preschool that their business but for me i would never do it and if it was a close friend or family member i would be very curious as to why they chose that

Merry - posted on 05/25/2012

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Yeah but the girl is nearly 10. I tnk by that age she could easily say stuff like that especially within ibclc for a mom lol.

Jodi - posted on 05/25/2012

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True, they could be parroting what they've heard.

I actually have no problem with the article, and no problem with extended breastfeeding, so this article really doesn't have an effect on my opinion. It just struck me as not necessarily the kids opinions and words. But Dove is right, it would be things they have heard and are repeating.

Jodi - posted on 05/25/2012

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That actually makes me think those aren't the kids' exact answers, actually. Reading through them, they are using language a 7 or 9 year old simply wouldn't use, so either they have been paraphrased or schooled.

Not that what they are saying is WRONG, I am sure if it has been paraphrased it is conveying the sentiments of what they were trying to say, but it is a biased piece of writing.

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