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Ma Ma Meh
If you’ve ever seen a discussion of breastfeeding on the internet that included a wide range of people, chances are that you’ve heard the sentiment that once a child is old enough to ask for it they are too old to be breastfed. It used to be that I considered such a sentiment to be the product of a general misplaced embarrassment on the subject and simply dismissed it. These days it is sounding a bit more ominous.

Margaret is still missing nursing a lot. No surprise there since nursing was probably her favorite thing. She has certainly not forgotten about it. Given that I did not follow the popular trend of teaching her a few keys ASL signs I suppose that I could pretend that what is coming out of her mouth is just the random string of phonemes that the casual observer would take it to be. Sure, I could play dumb, and I try to. The problem is that in my heart of hearts I not only know exactly what she wants, but that she is demanding it as clearly as her young vocal apparatus and toothless mouth can manage.

I should probably shut up about this whole thing already. I knew it would be hard, but truly it has exceeded my expectations.
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enugent From: enugent Date: April 20th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
No need to shut up - I for one want to hear how you're doing. I'm sorry it's so hard. The whole hormonal roller coaster of IVF isn't making it any easier, either, I'm sure.

It probably doesn't help much to hear it now, but this definitely isn't the last time you'll do something that she really, really doesn't like because it's better for her in the long run. It's one of the sucky parts of being a parent.

Good luck. I wish there was anything I could do to help.
psychohist From: psychohist Date: April 21st, 2009 01:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Her bursting into tears every time one of us accidentally said the word "milk" didn't help, either. I'm also worried about the "got a cold as soon as she quit breastfeeding"; I hope that doesn't become the normal state of things.

On the plus side, I think I said "milk" earlier today and she didn't burst into tears, so maybe she's starting to be resigned to it.
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