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Breastfeeding: When They Have Teeth, Is it Time to Stop?

How long did you breastfeed your kids? Did you wean them or did they wean themselves?

Before we had kids, my BFF and I once saw a child approach his mother in a Burlingame boutique, pull her shirt up and nurse right there on the spot.

On another outing, in San Francisco's Metreon arcade of all places, we watched a kid probably age four, sprawled out sideways on mom's lap enjoying the milky goods.

We agreed at the time that once a kid could wear shoes, it was too late to nurse.

Which makes the hubbub about the Time magazine cover rather amusing. Is there anything really new about that? Kids who can wear shoes nurse, yeah. Some mommies do it longer than others.

I'll have to say after having two kids, my previously uninformed views shifted quite a bit. I could understand, a little bit, why it's hard to cut off the kid.

I loved nursing my babies. After the pain faded (yeah, no one mentions that it really hurts — at first), it became absolutely awesome. 

No bottles to wash, wonderful for bonding, completely portable and sooo healthy.

My aforementioned BFF had a preemie and got a little cheated on the BF action because arriving at 25 weeks he couldn't manage even that. But she was a breast pump champ, milking out gallons of the stuff for her little 2-pounder who's now a healthy 10-year-old starting pitcher on his baseball team.

I cut my daughter off at 16 months, because, yes, teeth hurt. And yes, when they can ask for it, I'm a little bit done. Plus, I wanted to have a second one. 

With my son, I take pride in knowing that my breastmilk might have helped saved his life, as he was severely ill a week after birth. His doc. called my milk "gold." But how quickly they forget! At four months old he had better things to do. I was back to work, and he was more interested in checking out what his big sis was doing. 

So what do you think? How did you handle your babies? Did they self-wean or did you cut them off yourself?

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Trisha May 21, 2012 at 08:09 PM
I am still nursing my daughter and she is almost 18 months and plan to keep going tell she is two ((; great job all you bf mamas!!!!
Trisha May 21, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Ohh and my daughter started teething at 3 months and luckily have never had any biting issues (;
cmilos May 22, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Just wondering if it's better to just pump the milk and give it to your 2+ old toddler in a sippy cup or is it more about them being on the breast?
Kari Hulac May 26, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Trevor, we'd love to invite you to blog, too. Anyone is welcome at Patch.
Lori Hohne June 26, 2012 at 04:45 PM
I find it very irritating when people say just pump it and put it in a cup. My daughter who is 18 mo. Dumps out anything in a cup. Even if I put it in a bottle she taps the nipple on the table or chair so she can play with it. When I try to pump I only get a fraction of what she can get from nursing. I would also like to add that my family suffers from generations of diabetes, breast cancer and autoimmune disease. My mom stopped bf me at 3 mo because my brother was in the hospital with an autoimmune disease. When he was born the dr gave my mom a shot to dry up her milk without discussing it with her because it was the socially accepted thing to to at the time. Any way, my point is that I want my baby to have the best possible start in life and humane milk just makes more sence to me than anything else. If anyone has a problem with that why should I care? I've done the research and I know the bennifits and that's all that should matter. Oh and one more thing, shame on anyone who teases or judges others for anything that is as natural as breastfeeding. I can't imagine anything more natural!

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