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i nursed my first son until he was 24 months. i had to wean him because of my preterm labor. im not sure how long i would have ended up breastfeeding him. i also dont know how long i will nuse austin. i guess when one of us is ready to stop.
Tricky question... It is better for baby to nurse until she weans herself.
maybe not always better for MOM to wait for baby to self-wean. Depends on the mom. Depends on the baby. Depends on the situation. A mom unhappily nursing a toddler, feeling like a martyr, doing what she thinks is best for baby but really resenting it is probably not doing the best thing for baby either.... So I guess what is best is whatever makes mom and baby happiest!
Originally posted by pianojazzgirl@Mar 13 2005, 08:32 PM Tricky question...* It is better for baby to nurse until she weans herself.*
maybe not always better for MOM to wait for baby to self-wean.* Depends on the mom.* Depends on the baby.* Depends on the situation.* A mom unhappily nursing a toddler, feeling like a martyr, doing what she thinks is best for baby but really resenting it is probably not doing the best thing for baby either....* So I guess what is best is whatever makes mom and baby happiest!*
I agree with your a saying in a sense. "If mama ain't happy, nobody happy!" HOwever, sometimes we need to change our attitudes about our responsibilities to help ourselves do what we've got to do. KWIM? Again, I don't mean this in all cases. If a Mom is sick and needs medication that is not compatible with breastfeeding, then it's her responsibility to be a healthy Mama for her family. But I feel if we have the ability to give our babies the best, we should- even on the days we don't want to. I have the flu right now. My husband will be gone all day tomorrow until 10pm. Being Super~Mom is not at the top of my list of wants right now, but thank God I get to stay home with my kids, so I'm going to try and do my best. KWIM? I just wanted to add my .02 there, show another side to that coin.