Not something you hear every day

Overheard during a discussion (at our API meeting yesterday) about tandem nursing and deciding whether or not to wean an older child while pregnant.

B (who tandem nurses her 6-week-old and 2 1/2-yr-old sons) said: “I thought seriously about weaning him (the older boy), but he’s such an emotional nurser. I think it would be really hard on him.”

E (a newcomer to the group who weaned her older daughter at age 3 yrs, 2 months while pregnant with baby #2) said: “Oooh, but he’s still so young.”

Being a supporter of extended nursing, I’m not sure why this struck me, but it did. Maybe because I’ve been going back and forth about whether I want to wean Ava before baby boy is born. (At this point, I’ve decided neither of us are ready for it.) And maybe because it’s not a response you would get from MOST people. Of course, in retrospect, if someone is going to be supportive of extended nursing, it would certainly an AP member, but it was very refreshing to hear, nonetheless. :)

Read more about it: A Natural Age of Weaning
by Katherine Dettwyler, PhD