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Mothering Your Nursing Toddler [Paperback]

by Norma J. Bumgarner
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February 1, 2000 0912500522 978-0912500522 Revised
The classic handbook for mothers who breastfeed their children past infancy in an updated expanded edition. Norma Jane Bumgarner puts the experience of nursing an older baby or child in perspective, within the context of the entire mother-child relationship. She cites biological, cultural, and historical evidence in support of extended breastfeeding and shares stories gleaned from thousands of families for whom breastfeeding and natural weaning have been the norm.

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About the Author

Norma Jane Bumgarner, mother of four and grandmother of three (and still counting,) is a La Leche League Leader Alumna who served as a Group leader, then Area Coordinator of Leaders for Oklahoma, and later as a Regional Administrator of Leaders for Latin America and the West Indies. Recently graduated with a Masters in Journalism, she serves as an adjuct instructor at the University of Oklahoma.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: La Leche League International; Revised edition (February 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0912500522
  • ISBN-13: 978-0912500522
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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112 of 113 people found the following review helpful
A welcome source of support and positive reinforcement for nursing mother's whose happily nursing babies are quickly approaching their first birthday. As people question when the baby will be weaned, we can seek the words of Norma J. Bumgarner for support. Even now, in October 1998, as the American Association of Pediatrics recommends nursing through the first 12 months and as long as mother and baby feel it is beneficial, there is still not very much support for mothers who nurse toddlers. I read the book when my son was 7 months old to learn what nursing a toddler would be like. The book enlightened me. Now that my son is 14 months old, I have re-read the book. Norma writes realistically and in a down-to-earth manner. I recommend this book to anyone currently nursing their baby. I understand the book is to be revised soon. I would like to see more interviews of mothers telling their experiences. The thing I've learned the most is that every baby is different, and every nursing style is different. While some toddlers nurse many times during the day for very short periods of time, others nurse infrequently. The book should also acknowledge that all toddlers are not comfort-nursers. I especially liked the chapter which dealt with how to deal with negative criticsm from others and the debate of whether to keep the nursing relationship a secret or not.
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104 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book November 8, 2003
I nursed all four of my children as toddlers and delight in recommending this nurturing book. While long-term breastfeeding becomes more popular in the US, Europe and Canada, there is still some confusion and unease about the topic. This book provides a reassuring nod to all mothers who are breastfeeding their toddlers. Filled with practical tips, real-life stories, quotes from experienced mothers and glorious photos, it is a joy to read.
Handy pointers about typical toddler-feeding issues such as that annoying twiddling, handling your child's verbal public request to nurse, dealing with critics, night-nursing and weaning.
If you currently are nursing your toddler, or if you are considering the journey, this book is worth owning. I have included a recommendation for it in my new book, Gentle Baby Care: Essential Tips for Raising Your Baby.
-- Elizabeth Pantley, author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution.
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for any nursing mom... September 16, 1999
By A Customer
I loved this book because it was so nice to actually see someone write black on white that it is perfectly ok to want to continue nursing beyond 12 months and even during pregnancy. It also helped me overcome the weird feeling I always had when my in-laws and parents questioned my belief in child-led weaning. Read it! It's a wonderful book.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good - about the process of child-led weaning April 12, 2001
Clearly written, referenced book discusses child-led weaning, which typically means nursing past the first or even second birthday. Reinforced my own feelings that I should listen to my child and let him decide how long he needs to nurse. The book discusses cultural and historic practices about nursing and weaning (human children were nursed well past their second birthday for thousands of years before the advent of formula). It is an emotional and supportive read. I would give it 5 stars if the author was more supportive of working moms - I work FT and my son has never had a bottle - my company is very flexible. What is needed is a discourse for working moms who continue to nurse and must work in a place that is not nursing-friendly. We all strive to be good moms, whether we work in or outside the home. I would like to see this excellent author better address issues on how to manage nursing one's toddler while working either FT or PT, as well as managing/balancing home life - this is reality for so many women.
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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Helpful Book! September 24, 2000
I read the first edition of this book when my daughter was about 8 months old and it helped me make the decision that it would be OK to keep nursing her past 12 months if I wanted to. I re-read the first edition when she was about 14 months old for practical advice and reassurance. I have since purchased the new edition [which is even better!], and I've returned to it many times over the last year. I've used it as a reference whenever I had a question, and I just recently re-read the whole thing as my daughter's second birthday began to approach. I've certainly gotten my money's worth out of this book and I recommend it to any mother who is contemplating nursing past the first birthday.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And you thought you were the only one... June 16, 2001
By "apmom"
This book is a must-have for any mother who is still nursing their child past the first year (or thinking about it). If you ever had any hesitations about extended breastfeeding, this book will show you why you should feel good about your decision to continue nursing your child. The author answers all of your questions about the how, why, and when of extended breastfeeding.
This book covers every imaginable topic, including sexuality while nursing, family pressure, tandem nursing, and weaning. The information is very easy to read, and more importantly, it lets you know that you are not alone. Whether your nursing child is 1, 2, 3, or older, this book addresses all of your concerns and questions in a very supportive and informative way.
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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational but incomplete October 10, 2006
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This book is an extensive reference about nursing children from the end of the first year until they wean themselves. It is filled with a plethora of quotes from mothers and their toddlers about the nursing relationship, as well as entertaining cartoons, so I found it amusing and inspiring, but ultimately dissappointing. The author is so adamant about the need to breastfeed children until they self wean that she fails to acknowledge that the mother has needs and commitments that may conflict with the child's desire to breastfeed, and how to deal with that. The book is also steeped in the authors views on topics unrelated to breastfeeding, in particular potty training and co-sleeping, that some mothers nursing toddlers may find irritating.

If you love breastfeeding but feel that you should wean your child because of pressure from friends or your own lifelong programming, then this book will reassure you that it is not only okay, but normal, to nurse your child well into toddlerhood. If you are struggling with the breastfeeding relationship due to lack of support being a mother, because your other commitments interfere, because it is difficult or uncomfortable for medical reasons, or because your child just likes it more than you do, then you will find little to help in this book except the knowledge that by continuing to breastfeed you are providing your child with a source of instinctual comfort.

I believe that this book would be strengthened by demonstrating a more complete understanding of the reasons why mothers choose to wean their nursing toddlers and providing realistic strategies for mothers to avoid these reasons.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I <3 LLL!
Anything LLL gets my 100% endorsement. My baby is 10 months old so not quite a toddler but we will soon be there and with neither of us looking to stop nursing any time soon, this... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Brianna Alice Sicher
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Resource
As a mother who nurses her babies until about age 3, I was THRILLED to find out about this book and had to have it! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gillian Herrle
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
This is a great book full of useful information for mothers and their breastfeeding children. It should be a must-have for people and is a better (well-researched) document that... Read more
Published 8 months ago by mlloydLGT
1.0 out of 5 stars The Fall of Society: Working Mothers
I have to admit that I did not read the whole book. In fact, I only read the intro and the first few pages, but I was so bothered by what I read, that I could not continue. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for moms nursing past the 1st Birthday.
Unfortunately there is an expectation to stop nursing in the US the day after our children turn one. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Jen S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, helpful book!
This book has an immense amount of information... I am pregnant and still nursing my 14 month old. I was very upset that I wouldn't be able to nurse Shea any more... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Jen
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
This book is so wonderful from the cover to the back cover. It is friendly, full of helpful information and reading. Read more
Published on January 6, 2012 by E. sapp
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best breastfeeding books I've read
This book is a must have for any nursing mother. It has tips that apply to many stages of nursing, and has lots of facts about breastfeeding in history. Read more
Published on October 1, 2011 by @weeks
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a book for working and pumping mothers, or the already convinced
There were several useful tidbits about nursing beyond one year, but my view of this book was ruined by the lectures about the terrible shame we need to feel and damage done to our... Read more
Published on April 30, 2011 by Meredith H. Spacie
5.0 out of 5 stars just what i was looking for
A great guide for parenting a toddler who just happens to also be nursing. I found a ton of info early on about newborns but toddlers is where I needed the help and reassuring... Read more
Published on January 10, 2011 by rc_whit
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