Breastfeeding with other children in the house?

Tonya - posted on 11/29/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )




I just had my baby, and I breastfed her. I do it in my bed, and a couple times I have fallen asleep while she is still eating. This is my 4th child, and I can say I've done it with all my kids. Anyways, one morning my three year old (who hasn't been breastfed since she was 1) came to lay down with me at some point in the night. When I woke up, she was nursing. I told her that she is a big girl, and big girls drink big girl milk. She seemed to understand, but now when I fed the baby she will want to sit on my lap, and she gets in bed with me more now then ever before. Her doctor says that giving her breast milk won't hurt her, and letting her nurse maybe once every other day will make her feel better. I haven't had any of my other kids do this before. She knew I was having a baby, and she was happy. My baby is two weeks old. I have breastfed all my kids for the first year of their life, so me not breastfeeding this baby is not an answer to my question.

What would you ladies do? Is this normal?


Dove - posted on 11/29/2012




Totally normal. Then again, I did breast feed my youngest for 3 years. ;)

Seeing as how she weaned 2 years ago though... I'm not sure what I would do in your situation. When my youngest was born the older two (significantly older) wanted to try and I told them no way. They kept bugging me about it though, so eventually I squeezed a little of my milk into a medicine cup and handed it to them.... They looked at it weird, walked away, and never asked again. lol

If YOU are ok with it... there is nothing wrong with it. If it is beyond your comfort zone... just keep distracting her from it and find another way to keep bonding with her... like maybe she can sit on your lap and read a story while you nurse the baby or something.

Sarah - posted on 11/29/2012




My kids are 23 months apart and my daughter was very, very interested in my breastfeeding the baby. She would actually get a little pillow and "nurse" her babydolls sitting right beside me. It made her feel special and important that it was something we did together instead of it being special time just for the baby (she had a hard transition from being the center of the world to the older sis!). I'm pretty sure if she had thought of it, she would've tried to breastfeed. I really don't see any harm in it but if it makes you uncomfortable that's what matters. If that is the case, see if you can include her by having her "nurse" her baby while you nurse. I'm sure she is just craving some extra attention!!


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Holly - posted on 11/29/2012




keep reminding her that your milk that is in your breast is meant for the aby, and if she drinks it all there wont be enough for him

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