“The things they say” – breastfeeding carnival

“The things they say” – breastfeeding carnival

tandem nursing 7/15/07

The topic of the July Carnival of Breastfeeding is “The things they say.” This refers to the funny, strange, uninformed, and otherwise interesting things that people (including our own kids) have said to us about breastfeeding. :)


A few months before Ava was born, my mom – who breast-fed all three of her children – asked me if I was going to start rubbing a towel on my nipples to toughen them up in preparation for breastfeeding. Yikes! I hadn’t thought of doing that! Is that the kind of advice they gave out in the ’70s? I’m glad I was taking a breastfeeding class at the time. The instructor clarified for me that there is no reason to toughen up your nipples. You might be sore while first learning to breastfeed, but if baby is latched on properly, it should not hurt.


My mother-in-law once told me she heard that breastfeeding women shouldn’t eat chocolate. *GASP* Thank God that’s not true (at least it wasn’t for me)! I think that would be harder on me than rubbing a towel on my nipples!


I believe I’ve written before about some of the things Ava has said about nursing (in her now 3 years of nursing), but here are some more funnies that come to mind. :)

When she was between 2 and 2 1/2 I asked her what my milk tasted like and she replied, “strawberries.”

She recently has differentiated between my two breasts. The right one is “soft” and the left one is “squishy.” I guess it could be worse. ;)

The other day I decided to “interview” her a bit to get a 3-year-old’s perspective on nursing.

Me: Do you like mama milk?
Ava: Yeah.
Me: Why?
Ava: Cuz it’s good for me to grow bigger.

Me: Do you like the way it tastes?
Ava: Yes.
Me: What does it taste like?
Ava: Tart (?) and yummy.

Me: How old will you be when you stop having mama milk?
Ava: I don’t know. Three? What?! I’m already 3!

Me: Do you think all kids should have mama milk?
Ava: Yeah.
Me: Why?
Ava: Because it’s good.

‘Nuf said. ;)

*After realizing I didn’t have any pictures of myself tandem nursing the kids (since it’s very rare that they both nurse at the same time), I asked Jody to take some. This photo was taken on July 15, 2007.

A reminder…If you missed the announcement of the winners of my World Breastfeeding Week photo contest, please take a look here. I’m still waiting to hear back from the 1st and 3rd place winners to claim their prizes.


Here are more great (and downright hilarious) stories about “the things they say” below. :)


  1. Oh, that is very cute!

    My mom didn’t bf much (only a few weeks) so I didn’t get much insight. I did have a few friends that told me to stock up on Lasinoh. I put that on religiously and never had cracked or bleeding nipples. It worked great!

  2. HAH I love that conversation. That is too cute Amy!! And that thing about eating chocolate. GASP…I am so thankful that isn’t true. I would be lost without my chocolate! ;)

  3. Oh how awful would it be if we had to give up chocolate!! I love the conversation you had and the photo is simply beautiful…

  4. This just in: what your mom told you was already being taught in 1902. http://hearth.library.cornell.edu/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=hearth;idno=4273407
    (Click on “document body” and then go to page 187 )

    Also, I’m one of those who can’t have chocolate when breastfeeding, at least while they’re little. By the time they’re about 9 months old, I don’t care anymore. I never knew I loved chocolate so much.

    I need to start interviewing my kids too.

  5. Toughening the nipples up – eeek. Makes me cringe just thinking about it!

  6. How cute! My mom nursed me until I was three, too. Don’t remember the milk tasting like strawberries, though! :) Haha!

    Jane, Pinks & Blues Girls

  7. I ask my 22 mos. old if Mommy’s milk tastes good and he nods yes. He also signs while nursing.

    I have heard that Dr’s used to tell moms to clean their nipples with alcohol. Alcohol can you imagine? You would have dry nipples after that! CrAzY!

    AND I am having a Breastfeeding Advocacy Note Card Give Away this week so anyone can swing by to enter before Friday!!

  8. Ava is too funny.

    S informed me last night that when I die he’ll die next to me, having his last “me-me.” I don’t think he’s convinced it’s time to wean….

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