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September 15th, 2008, 07:09 PM
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I know all of the stuff about antibodies and development that make ENing great...but beyond that - what do you think make YOU an ENer when others most often choose not to go beyond a year?



I think for ME it is that I truly believe it is an amazing way to meet DS's needs. At any time I can quickly calm him & it's like the world melts away for a minute & all is okay again. Quite honestly I don't know how some women can give that part of it up.... I have had numerous times I wanted to quit & there have been many times that it wasn't enjoyable - but when I think about how quickly it puts him at TOTAL ease - I can't imagine not having that - for BOTH of us. Life (I believe) can be very overwhelming when everything is new & you are so often not allowed to do what you want to do, etc, etc. I truly believe nursing helps DS to cope with the stresses & overstimulation that this age can bring. Of course when I am not around he has to settle for snuggling & perhaps a few minutes with his binky...but anyone that has to watch him when I am not here can quickly tell you how ineffectual that is by comparison to nursing. I am just really glad that I read up enough & talked with enough women & read enough here & elsewhere to not have missed out on such a great stage in our breastfeeding relationship. It truly is something I am proud of & something I believe I will ALWAYS treasure.
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September 15th, 2008, 07:33 PM
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It would be much more difficult to stop than it is to just keep nursing.
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September 15th, 2008, 08:13 PM
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Because I have accepted the fact I'm going to have mother's guilt about things... At least I can cross off didn't breastfeed long enough off my list.
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September 15th, 2008, 09:49 PM
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To me, the bond is just unbeatable. When Liam weaned I cried for a couple days because in my head (albeit a raging pregnancy induced hormonal head) I thought he didn't need me anymore.

There are times when I'm just tired of it and I would like for my body to be my own again but I snap out of it pretty quickly. Having that special time and special connection isn't something I'm willing to give up yet and neither is he. When I tell him it's time for night-nights he drops whatever he's doing and runs into my lap and gets into nursing position. It's just the best feeling in the world knowing that there is this one major thing that only he and I share.
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September 16th, 2008, 06:23 AM
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So many reasons. With Coral it's been especially important to me to nurse as long as possible because with her being a preemie I want her to have my immunities as long as possible. She may not be in any more danger now than any other baby her age but *I* still need the reassurance!

Mostly though, with all 3 of my kids, it never even occurred to me NOT to breastfeed past a year. I don't even understand the whole one year weaning thing. I've never set a goal to last to and then thought I would stop. I think one of the most wonderful things about breastfeeding is that you don't have to overthink it. It just comes naturally and there's not a whole lot to sit and analyze and agonize over.
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September 16th, 2008, 07:09 AM
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Aside from the obvious:

1.) I couldn't imagine not letting my daughter nurse when it comforted her so much. She needed it, I didn't want to cause her anguish.

2.) To prove a point.
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September 16th, 2008, 11:25 AM
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I think one of the most wonderful things about breastfeeding is that you don't have to overthink it. It just comes naturally and there's not a whole lot to sit and analyze and agonize over.[/b]


I know exactly what you mean!

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Aside from the obvious:

1.) I couldn't imagine not letting my daughter nurse when it comforted her so much. She needed it, I didn't want to cause her anguish.

2.) To prove a point.[/b]
Jackie, I was curious about number two.. if it's something too personal, you don't have to answer.
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September 16th, 2008, 03:59 PM
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#1, I was just too lazy to wean.

#2, the bond.

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September 16th, 2008, 06:19 PM
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Because she is my last and I want to keep her a baby forever!!

Seriously, I just know that I will never breastfeed again and the thought of being done makes me cry (crying now just thinking about it) so I am holding onto is as long as I can.
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In all honesty...it is convenient to get her int he morning and get to lay back down for 15 more minutes while she nurses !! lol

he he...thats just one of the reasons why I am still nursing!! Also, I dont think is ready to give it up- when she is Im sure Ill know and then we'll stop. I dont think she knows when she is a year- she has yet to hear of that rule!!
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September 16th, 2008, 06:35 PM
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One of the big reasons is because Jonathan is my last so I will never get to BF again.

To lazy to wean

If he is upset it calms him right down

Love the bond we have

HE loves to nurse
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September 16th, 2008, 09:38 PM
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To me, the bond is just unbeatable. When Liam weaned I cried for a couple days because in my head (albeit a raging pregnancy induced hormonal head) I thought he didn't need me anymore.

There are times when I'm just tired of it and I would like for my body to be my own again but I snap out of it pretty quickly. Having that special time and special connection isn't something I'm willing to give up yet and neither is he. When I tell him it's time for night-nights he drops whatever he's doing and runs into my lap and gets into nursing position. It's just the best feeling in the world knowing that there is this one major thing that only he and I share.[/b]
I think that is so sweet. My DS does that too when I come home from work - he is so excited to nurse & cannot wait for me to set down.
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If a man has been his mother's undisputed darling he retains throughout life the triumphant feeling, the confidence in success, which not seldom brings actual success along with it. ~Sigmund Freud
My mom is a neverending song in my heart of comfort, happiness, and being. I may sometimes forget the words but I always remember the tune. ~Graycie Harmon
Don't wait to make your son a great man - make him a great boy. ~Author Unknown
You don't raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they'll turn out to be heroes, even if it's just in your own eyes. ~Walter M. Schirra, Sr.
A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest. ~Irish Proverb
Mother's love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved. ~Erich Fromm
Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it. - Harold Hulbert
Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children. ~William Makepeace Thackeray
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September 19th, 2008, 06:49 PM
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Because Jack loves it.

He pulls off the breast, claps and then goes back to nursing. He pulls off, looks up at me and says "good mom", He hugs me and smiles while nursing....I could go on and on. I would never be able to take something that he loves, something so natural away from him.


and it is so comforting for me to know that it fills all the nutrional gaps that toddlers have. Being a picky eater, being sick....all those things stress me out so much less because I know how wonderful nursing is for him.
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September 19th, 2008, 08:49 PM
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The bond!! The cuddles! awww I love it so much
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September 20th, 2008, 10:10 AM
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I do not feel that my daughter is ready to wean and this far in the ballgame I don't see the point in putting her on cow milk or formula. The world health organization recommends until 2. She also LOVES nursing and would do it all day every day if I let her!
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September 21st, 2008, 11:35 AM
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I think one of the most wonderful things about breastfeeding is that you don't have to overthink it. It just comes naturally and there's not a whole lot to sit and analyze and agonize over.[/b]


I know exactly what you mean!

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Aside from the obvious:

1.) I couldn't imagine not letting my daughter nurse when it comforted her so much. She needed it, I didn't want to cause her anguish.

2.) To prove a point.[/b]
Jackie, I was curious about number two.. if it's something too personal, you don't have to answer.
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Sorry I'm so late!

Not personal at all, just proving the point that breastfeeding is coming back in swing and I'm very proud to apart of this "new movement"
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September 21st, 2008, 09:23 PM
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