There are some things that people should just keep to themselves when it comes to conversations with breastfeeding moms, and below you'll find a list of things that breastfeeding moms, including myself don't want or need to hear!
Yep, I have been breastfeeding our son for 9 1/2 months now!
1. Are you allowed to eat / drink that?
We don't need people asking every time they think that something is good or not good for our babies while nursing. Aside from alcohol, there's not much that cannot be eaten / drank while breastfeeding. If you notice that your baby gets a belly ache and you just ate a new food, then don't eat it for awhile.
2. Once you give your baby formula, you're going to stop nursing.
HA, that's where you're wrong! Our 9 1/2 month old has had NO formula and never will! That's right, he's been drinking only mom's milk his whole life for his main nutrition.
3. How long are you going to breastfeed your baby?
Not that it's any of your business anyway, but I will breastfeed our son until he weans himself, which is likely between 12 - 18 months old. I am hoping more around 14 months. He still nurses on demand and nurses 5 - 7 times a day, and once at night before bed at 9pm or so.
4. You're still breastfeeding?
See #3 for your answer.
5. You're going to feed him again?
Yep, you have that right! If he's hungry, he's getting fed. He cluster fed for the first 5 weeks of his life which was literally every 30 - 45 minutes and it was so tiring. Now, he nurses every 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 hours usually. Sometimes though, he nurses just for comfort as a lot of breastfed babies do. They're much different than bottle fed babies for sure. If you are concerned that your baby is over-eating, don't worry that can't happen with nursing, but can while bottle feeding.
6. I didn't breastfeed my kids and they're fine.
Good for you. That's you and your kids, and I am me and he's my child. As I stated earlier in this post, our older 2 were not breastfed. They are 7 and 8 and are also fine, but I chose to happily nurse our youngest and am thankful that I did and do. No need to compare kids.
7. Don't you want your husband or friend to be able to feed baby sometimes?
No, not really. For the first 3 months or so I pumped for night time only feedings and he was breastfed 24 / 7 other than that. So, my husband helped at times with feedings. But, I got really tired of pumping so I stopped soon after. He's been breastfed only with no bottles for quite a few months now.