Explaining Mama's Milk

Emily Elling

Posted By: Emily Elling

Emily Elling lives downtown Indianapolis with her husband of 10 years and her four unintentionally hilarious children, Piper, 7, Nola, 5, Gage, 2, and baby Paul, born January 2012.

Nursing a baby in the presence of my other children is something I've always done. And so many things in life, little kids will say the most silly things, and often times at inopportune times.

A few of my favorites include:

Why is baby Paul biting your boooooobie?

Can you make chocolate milk?

Why are your booooobie SO BIG, and mine are so small?

Oh, and there was that one time with my then 4 year old told a stranger that "Baby Paul only eats moms boobies."

Yeah, that didn’t make me blush AT ALL.

But the truth is, my kids have grown up with their mom always breastfeeding a baby, and quite frankly, I don't think they know any different. It's what they've grown up seeing, and hopefully, it's leaving a healthy lasting impression on them.

My kids call my breast "boobies", which I realize is probably not the most politically correct term to use. They know baby Paul doesn't get cows milk, but only "mama's special milk".  And sometimes, if mom is leaving for a few hours, they know that mom will hook her boobies up to a really funny looking and loud machine, that will collect milk from her boobies, so she can leave a bottle with daddy while she’s away.

Some of my favorite moments with my little girls has been when they were 3 and 5, and I brought their newborn brother home from the hospital. My days were spent on the sofa nursing him, and they oftentimes joined me, nursing their babies, just like their mama.

I don't know if it's a good thing or not, but we've just never made a big deal about breastfeeding. It's part of our daily routine, just like changing diapers, taking naps, and picking up toys. It's what we do, and it's completely normal. No biggie....

How about you? How have you explained breastfeeding to older siblings?


9:00am on Thursday September 13
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