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Old 13.08.2011, 10:36
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Wow - 5 years Abbie. Your poor husband!
Ha, I don't really get that comment..

Have generally found the culture here pretty accepting, people will leave you alone. Gawkers, yes. I had people in an ampty train sitting themselves right next to me nursing, and I wasn't trying to hide it on train at all at that time, just tried to have the baby fed without falling, or bags falling...when things are moving, it can be a tad tricky, with a wiggly baby. That said, I never obviously exposed myself, and mostly looked for quiet corner to nurse, not to actually escape people who stare, but to offer calm place without distractions so the baby could munch in peace. Peace for food gets a lot more important when babes grow, not providing calm environment is one of the starting point of babies not being interested in nursing anymore, after the 6mo bench mark.

Also went through the scenario of 3yr old nursing, but it gets a lot easier, since they are more verbal and agree it's not such a good thing to do in public. By then, morning, nap and bedtime feeds in privacy completely do the trick. Though never had a newborn reminding my daughter it's her time to nurse as well, hahaha.

Loads of people I know nurse their tots and their newborns, never had to quit in order to conceive, it's a myth. But thinking of my friend, nursing triplets for good two years, there is a point when one stops feeling like a mom and starts feeling like Emi.
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Old 13.08.2011, 13:00
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Re: Breast feeding

I breasted my older son for 2 years, and stopped only when his molars appeared. They were sort of grinding my nipples when nursing, and it was hurting me to the point of making me bleed.

I intend to breasfeed my daughter (now 3 mo) for about the same length of time. I nurse whenever and wherever she asks for it. Bus, restaurant, park, even in a cathedral once, listening to a classical concert! People ar very tolerant here, and nursing in public really isn't an issue.

I don't cover myself, a I find it difficult to juggle with a baby and a covering cloth at the same time, plus my girl doesn't like to have something over her head.
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LOL...yeah, if we lived in Mongolia he would be more appreciative of it. They occasionally leave little bowls of milk for their husbands in the fridge as a treat. They have a very breastfeeding-centric culture.

Babies, definitely. Unless they are just screaming incessantly. Things need to be quiet. But babies, for sure, it's the only way I have begun to learn the language and strangers like to talk to you and look at them. Same as every country.
I had to reread this. I thought that strangers talked to you and look at your incredible breasts!
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