Older kids asking to try BM?

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VCoates's picture
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Older kids asking to try BM?

Have any of you with older kids, have they asked to try the BM? Alex hasn't asked to nurse from me, I don't think I could handle that considering he'll be 4 on Sunday, but he has asked to try some after I've pumped and I let him. He liked it. He tried a bit of formula when we gave Max a little bit right after we got home from the hospital and he quickly ran to the bathroom to spit it out. Anyway, he really liked the BM. I'm sure it's very sweet.

How are you handling older kids asking to nurse and or try your BM? Are there any benefits to letting older kids drink a little BM here and there? I'm obviously not going to be giving him a lot but if it'll help his immune system or allergies or whatever then I don't mind letting Max share with him.

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I can remember my mom letting me try some from a cup when she had my sister when I was 5. And yeah, Bm is super sweet! (I'm the freak who tried some of my own one time after I pumped for my DD when she was newborn. Curiosity got the best of me, lol). My DD still BFs as well, so asking to try hasn't been an issue.

I've heard it can be very beneficial for older children as well. It will give them your antibodies toward illness, etc., just like it would a newborn. But really, I think it's whatever you're comfortable with.

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"kilahmaree" wrote:

I can remember my mom letting me try some from a cup when she had my sister when I was 5. And yeah, Bm is super sweet! (I'm the freak who tried some of my own one time after I pumped for my DD when she was newborn. Curiosity got the best of me, lol). My DD still BFs as well, so asking to try hasn't been an issue.

I've heard it can be very beneficial for older children as well. It will give them your antibodies toward illness, etc., just like it would a newborn. But really, I think it's whatever you're comfortable with.

You're not a freak. I tried a little bit when Alex was a baby too. I don't remember exactly what it tasted like.

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I put it in my coffee once when we were out milk. Smile

I would totally give it to him if you have some to spare. It will totally help with cold and flu season because he can benefit from your antibodies just like the baby. If I have any extra, I'll be slipping it to Daphne somehow...she's not a milk drinker so I don't know how yet.

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"joysiloo" wrote:

I put it in my coffee once when we were out milk. :).

Thats great! Smile

Will has been mimicking me, especially with the pumping. I would give him some if he asked. I don't think its any weirder then us drinking COWS milk.

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"joysiloo" wrote:

I put it in my coffee once when we were out milk. Smile

I would totally give it to him if you have some to spare. It will totally help with cold and flu season because he can benefit from your antibodies just like the baby. If I have any extra, I'll be slipping it to Daphne somehow...she's not a milk drinker so I don't know how yet.

Great idea! How was it?

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I honestly couldn't tell the difference. Better than drinking my coffee black (the horror!).

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DS and DD1 drank a little a few nights ago. DS thought it was gross, but he hates milk. If I had any extra, I would make it chocolate and give it to DD1 instead of her usual cow's milk.

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When DD2 was born I gave DD1 some breastmilk. I had been pumping a ton since DD2 was in the NICU and she never ended up needing the pumped milk, plus she wouldn't take a bottle so we had a lot of extra breastmilk I didn't want to go to waste. DD1 liked it enough. I don't have enough pumped for me to want to 'waste' it on the big kids. DS1 is very interested when I nurse DS2 but he's not really talking so he hasn't asked, he just weaned in March so I do wonder if he remembers. If I had extra I'd probably give him some. The girls really aren't all that interested except DD2 who thinks it's just the greatest thing that her boobies will make milk when she's a mommy too Lol

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DD1 (4) has been asking in the last couple weeks if she can try some. ("Would breast milk make big kids sick? Does it taste yucky? Can I try it?") She BF'ed until she was 2, but I doubt she remembers it.

I wasn't sure how to handle it, but I told her she could try to nurse if she wanted. Then she backed off and decided she didn't actually want it. :biglaugh: If I can pump a little extra, I may put some in a cup for her to try, but I just don't want to take any away from my stash for the return to work!