First time you saw BFing?

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First time you saw BFing?
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Sat, 08-28-2010 - 9:42am

How old was the child the first time you saw a someone BFing? What did you think at the time?

What is the oldest age you have seen a child BFing?



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Sat, 08-28-2010 - 1:55pm

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Since I have a younger brother who was BF'd I would have to say that it was likely when he was a newborn, though I was too young to remember it. The first baby I remember seeing BF''d must have been only at few months old and I was no older then 8 or 9. It was family friend's baby and at the time I was fascinated by what she was doing. Somehow I remember being familiar with what she was doing though I don't remember how I learned about it, though maybe my mother had explained it to me when my younger brother was born.

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IRL, 4 years old though on the anyone who has seen the Extraordinary Breastfeeding documentary, either on British TV or on Youtube has seen a 7 year old nursing.




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Sat, 08-28-2010 - 6:40pm

I was fairly young the first time I saw a woman BFing her baby and she was hiding away in her bedroom, and I walked in on her. I was embarrased for her because I caught her doing something she obviously didn't want me to see.


THe oldest child I've ever seen BF is 3.

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Sat, 08-28-2010 - 10:21pm

That I remember? 11, I think. My aunt's son.

The oldest child I've seen nursing is two. Actually I really haven't seen a kid nursing who was older than E is now.




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Sat, 08-28-2010 - 11:54pm

The first time I saw someone BFing I was 15y old , I had just come home from school and my aunt was sitting in my living room BFing her 6m old. I was surprised and intrigued. But my mom told her not to do that in front of the children!

The next time was when Jason was 18 months old, I met a woman with an 18 month old girl and she invited me back to her place for lunch. After lunch, she sat on the couch and started BFing her little girl. I was shocked - I didn't even know that was possible.

But I got over it and started asking questions and she was so nice explaining it to me.

The oldest child I have personally seen BFing was at a LLL meeting, the leader had a couple of her older children come into the meeting to take a quick BF before bed. I could have sworn the oldest child was 8y old - she definitely looked older than 6.

I was uncomfortable, not that I thought it was wrong to BF at that age, but that if I had been a new or pregnant mom first time to the meeting, I might have been really freaked out. It just seemed inconsiderate to do that while leading a LLL meeting.



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Sun, 08-29-2010 - 12:21am
At a LLL meeting in July, a woman sitting next to me asked me and the woman sitting on my other side (who is a LLL leader) if we were nursing. We both said yes. She replied, "Currently? You mean your kid is still nursing?" We both smiled. I said that it's common to be surprised by seeing a nursing toddler (or preschooler, or gradeschooler for that matter) for the first time, but rest assured they do not start out that way. I told her that my daughter, just like her son, grows one day at a time and I didn't just wake up one day, nursing a two-year-old. Mary put it that way once and I think it's a great way to explain it.




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Sun, 08-29-2010 - 9:00pm

The first time i ever saw someone breastfeeding IRL was...ME. lol. I honestly didn't have anyone in my family or circle of friends that breastfed. I do remember being about 10 and going to a friend's house, and her mom talking to her sister about having to bind her breasts to get her milk to go away. That was the extent of my experience before i had kids.


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Sun, 08-29-2010 - 10:46pm

I was in college when I first saw (or at least, remembering seeing it) IRL.

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Mon, 08-30-2010 - 4:55am

My mother BF all nine of us (I am the third oldest,) so I always saw her BF. It was unremarkable. My aunts BF also, as I do recall bottles being a novelty for me to see, when one of my aunts had twins, and must have combo fed them. I would have been about 4 at the time.

I also recall that it seemed a curiosity to me to see babies with bottles on the rare occasions I would have been in town shopping - maybe once a month as a youngster.

The oldest child I have seen BF IRL is DS2, who weaned himself at 2 1/2 years old.

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Mon, 08-30-2010 - 5:48pm

How old was the child the first time you saw a someone BFing? What did you think at the time?


I don't recall when was the first time, I doubt I thought anything of it.


What is the oldest age you have seen a child BFing? Age 4, I have seen a lot of 2 year olds though and coincidentally all the ones I remember are boys.

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