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Monday, July 23, 2007Welcome to the eight "Carnival of Breastfeeding!" I'll be joining our usual round-up of breastfeeding bloggers and a few guest bloggers to post about the topic of what our kids say (and do) about breastfeeding. Granted, this one was a little more difficult for me than usual, since I had to rely on my kids for material. Since one is only 9 months and the other is a 2.5 year old that doesn't talk, that makes for a challenge.
Then again, I've never really shied away from those challenging posts, have I?
Elnora doesn't say much about mother's milk. She drank it exclusively from a bottle for thirteen months and enjoyed quite a few sippy cups of it in the first few months of Emmitt's life while I pumped for a friend. In fact, I've got two posts in the archives about her reaction when she got her first sips of mother's milk months after she'd been weaned.
So most of my stories about Elnora and mother's milk revolve around actions and not words.
Like the time Emmitt was three months old and started crying while we had company. Elnora looked at him, looked at me, looked back and him and came over and tried to tug up my shirt while saying "E-ya Mana" which means Emmitt, Milk! Apparently she thought I was too busy talking to notice that Emmitt was hungry.
Or the time just last month when I sat down on the bed to nurse Emmitt and Elnora told me via sign language that SHE was going to feed him.
"How will you do that?" I asked.
She lifted her shirt and pointed at her nipple.
I laughed. "I'm not sure that's going to work Nora, only mommy's have milk."
She looked a bit dejected, but she put her shirt back down and went off to play with something else.
There have been at least a dozen times where she's wanted to use the breast pump as well, but I keep reminding her that she's not a mommy yet and doesn't have mommy's milk yet.
She's apparently all set to go somewhere down the line though.
Check out the rest of the posts in the Carnival of Breastfeeding:
The yum of "Mum-Mum" at Breastfeeding 1-2-3
The signing nurser at Motherwear
A helpful big sister at Down With the Kids
From the blooper reels at Breastfeeding Mums
Where did they go? at Rattling the Kettle
A collection of quotes at Musings of a Crunchy Domestic Goddess
The greatest hits of breastfeeding quotes from Mama Knows Breast
Why can't YOU feed the baby? at Nurturing Notes
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