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Mothering Your Nursing Toddler [Paperback]

Norma Jane Bumgarner
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Jan. 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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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.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book Nov. 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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3 of 3 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Helpful Book! Sept. 24 2000
By Kelly
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource for nursing moms Aug. 16 2002
By A Customer
As other reviewers have written, this is a compassionate, informative and inspired book supporting the nursing relationship between mother and child. Our culture puts a lot of pressure on the family to create "independent" children. Often this means mothers are told that sleeping with their children, holding their children, and nursing on demand is actually harmful to them. Even committed nursing moms sometimes find themselves questioning their choices when faced with criticism from family or strangers. How refreshing to find a book that shows the *rightness* of a hands-on approach to child rearing.
No psychobabble here! The book is a fun read, based upon the testamony of 1000 nursing couples as well as the author's own experience. Some of the things toddlers have to say about the subject are simply priceless, and the little cartoons will bring a knowing smile to any nursing mom's face. I found this book not only to be a wonderful resource on nursing but on parenting as well. Any woman nursing a child or contemplating nursing a child will find this book helpful and heart-warming.
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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful meditation on motherhood March 22 2001
As a mom of a 2-yr old nursling, I find myself going back again and again to re-read this lovely book. Raising a toddler is difficult and everyone has to find their own path. Thus, this book doesn't provide the kind of universal "answer" many people are looking for. What is does provide is the support and environment for moms to explore their own parenting.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cold hard facts? March 6 2001
By A Customer
My son is 13 months old, and has always been an enthusiastic, active (perhaps gymnastic is a better word) nurser. His first year of life had a few rough spots, but was mostly pretty hassle free. Since I now realize that some good facts would have stood me in good stead in that first year, I was hoping to head off any problems for the second year by reading this book. Specifically, I was looking for information about how much time/how many times a day he would nurse at different ages, information about maintaining a supply during business trips, etc. Although the book was fascinating, it didn't seem to have the sort of cold hard facts I was looking for, especially those relating to working moms. My advice: Go to a League meeting or talk to a League Leader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly an inspiration!!!
While I was pregnant, breastfeeding was not something I was looking forward to. It seemed weird to me. Along came baby and I had a wonderful time breastfeeding her. Read more
Published on June 29 2011 by MelisMom
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic reference!
This book is a wealth of information for the mother who is, or plans to be, nursing a toddler. Unfortunately, in our society, most of us do not have several female elders to guide... Read more
Published on May 1 2004 by J. Hanselman
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
This book just wasn't helpful. I am nursing a toddler, i thought the book was too technical. I didn't learn any new information from the book. Read more
Published on Sept. 14 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
This is the only book I found on nursing toddlers and I loved it! I know I am not the only extended nursing mother in the world, but I am the only one that I know personally. Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book!
I now feel prepared to enter a new phase in my child's life, as a nursing toddler. This book is a God-send for parents who have never been there and don't have anyone else to turn... Read more
Published on March 14 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST EBF book so far!
I have done a lot of research and reading about extended breastfeeding, but this book by far has been the most informative. Read more
Published on June 17 2002 by Uruviel Ancalímon
5.0 out of 5 stars Lot of info, great book
Ok like we nursing moms have any free time on our hands let alone read a book! This one is quick reading, and it is very helpful. Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2002 by Lisa
4.0 out of 5 stars A good pat on the back
Living as I do far from support groups, I found this book helpful in combating the feeling of being alone. Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2001 by "maryoh"
4.0 out of 5 stars Todler breastfeeding
A very warm readable book for the breastfeeding mother.
Published on Oct. 15 2001
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