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Breastfeeding around older children? Em ♥ 3 kids; Indiana 943 posts
20th Dec '12

I have an almost 3 year old girl and a 4 year old boy. I didn't breastfeed either of them, but I do want to breastfeed with this baby. They have never been around anyone who breastfed and none of my family has breastfed that I know of so I'm not really sure how to explain it to them.

Blythe. 1 child; Indiana 21461 posts
status 20th Dec '12

you just tell them the baby is eating

Fertile Mertile + D & C 2 kids; Sumter, SC, United States 37083 posts
20th Dec '12

My son had pumped breastmilk when he was little until around 3 weeks. I am now breastfeeding my 8 month old. It has never bothered him, he was curious of course, but no problems.

vagina. 3 kids; Titz, No, Germany 30918 posts
20th Dec '12

Wait until they ask & just simply reply..boobies/whatever your kids refer to them as are food for the baby. the baby is drinking milk.

greenmamabecky☮ TTC since Jul 2013; 18 kids; Enfield, Connecticut 20986 posts
20th Dec '12

You should definitely breastfeed around them, it will be great to show them early on that babies breastfeed and have them grow up seeing it as normal.
Just tell them baby's eating and that's how babies eat!

Chellie Due September 19; 2 kids; Vegas, Nv, United States 4164 posts
20th Dec '12

We were living with my in-laws when my oldest was born. My BIL had just turned 6. I would feed DS but covered with a blanket and I swear my BIL would ask every day what the baby I was doing. I would say he was eating. BIL asked eating what and DH said boobies :facepalm: So every time after that BIL would ask and I would say baby was eating BIL would say boobies? Yup. So I don't advise saying boobies but I would say milk:)

JessicaMatlock:) Due May 7; 1 child; Modesto, California 1337 posts
20th Dec '12

Kaylee is obsessed with breastfeeding right now.. she will shove dolls in her shirt and she told me noah has to eat from my boobies not from bottles.. she even grabbed them one day to squeeze them because she had to fill them up with milk.. i was like wtf .. she said she saw people feeding babies that way and saw it on tv.. she was bottle fed

Sofia's Mummy♥ 1 child; United Kingdom 7331 posts
20th Dec '12

It's just normal, you just do it and explain that your b**bs make milk to feed the baby.

P Pickle Pants 98 kids; California 20522 posts
20th Dec '12

My 3yo still remembers breastfeeding (we weaned 18 mo ago on his 2nd b-day) and he is very excited for his sister to come out and eat boobies ---



According to him: boobies are yummy and they'll make her grow big and strong so she can play with me!!!



He's pretty much got it figured out :)

The Bear and The Bird 2 kids; Vantaa, Finland 42577 posts
20th Dec '12

My daughter is almost 5. I only bf her for 3 weeks and she's only seen my friend bf a few times, and that was years ago.



She still bf's her babies, if you ask her what babies eat she'll say milk from the mom's boobies, and she knows I'm going to be bf her sister.

greenmamabecky☮ TTC since Jul 2013; 18 kids; Enfield, Connecticut 20986 posts
20th Dec '12
Quoting P Pickle Pants:" My 3yo still remembers breastfeeding (we weaned 18 mo ago on his 2nd b-day) and he is very excited for ... [snip!] ... boobies are yummy and they'll make her grow big and strong so she can play with me!!! He's pretty much got it figured out :)"


Awww is he going to start again? My son weaned at 2 1/2 because my milk dried up from pregnancy but he cannot wait for the baby to come so there's milk again(for him) haha.

user banned California 36390 posts
20th Dec '12

My LO is three and has seen our neighbor do it and he said "What's she doing?" and we said "Baby E is eating" and he said "Okay" and fhat was it.

P Pickle Pants 98 kids; California 20522 posts
20th Dec '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Will☮Creedence:</b>" Awww is he going to start again? My son weaned at 2 1/2 because my milk dried up from pregnancy but he cannot wait for the baby to come so there's milk again(for him) haha."</blockquote>




No. He doesn't need it for comfort anymore and he hasn't asked if he can eat any. If he asks if give him some in a cup, though. He's just HUGE to direct nurse IMO (nearly 40lbs and 40 inches tall and just a big kid). Definitely not baby/toddler like at all. Totally growing up way too fast.