Friends & Relatives Criticize You for Still Breastfeeding? Here Are 7 Snappy Responses

Do your relatives criticize you for nursing past 12 months? We've got you covered.

I have this fun little group of women I get together with, called Musical Mommas. We meet once a week, sometimes more, and bring whatever instrument we can manage (for me, this means my beloved ukulele finally comes out of mothballs). This past week, we were talking about where we were all going for Christmas, and one of my friends said she was going home to see her family - and worried that they'd think it was weird that she is still nursing her seventeen month old.

"I've been trying to figure out what to say," she said. "I just don't want to get into it with them, if they give me a hard time."

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So we came up with these snappy answers to nosy questions. What do you think? Would these responses silence the critics?

1. "It's the only way you can get him to take the gin. He just won't drink it straight!"

2. "I had weaned him, but then I started putting on weight, so I made him start again."

3. "I was going to wean him, but then I thought I'd feel too looooonely."

4. "I can't wean him until I decide what kind of birth control to use."

5. "I've definitely decided to wean him before high school."

6. "I'm addicted to nipple stimulation."

7. "I'd stop, but it's cheaper to feed him this way, and I need the money for Pilates."

Believe it or not, we came up with even more one-liners for my friend to fire off at her family. Head to Baby's First Year read the rest and share: What would you say to someone who told you that you were nursing too long?


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