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Old Nursing Pics - circa 1980's

Probably only mildly interesting to some, my family finds them amusing, so here goes.

This is me nursing Aimee while Meghann nurses her "Rosie." Meghann was the kid that nursed her dolls the most, but each of them (except Tristan because he wasn't exposed to it as young as the others; I weaned him at 4 months) took their turn at it.

 Sarah nursing Darren while he's in the (old-fashioned) "high-chair." (These chairs hooked onto the table without legs. We loved them!) Darren was undoubtedly screaming his liver loose and Sarah couldn't get him out fast enough, so just leaned over to calm him down. Ahhh, the things we do for our kids.

Me, taking a nap, and tandem nursing. I know it's a nap because the kids have clothes on! Aimee's wearing her uniform of Osh Kosh. This is a rare photo because I really disliked tandem nursing. I'd already nursed Meghann and Aimee together for six months and then Darren came along and I nursed three of them for a few months. While I definitely had a harder time with a toddler (Meghann) nursing while I had a newborn, the feeling of nursing two at the same time (kind of) creeped me out. Unless you've tandem nursed and had that weird sensation of wanting to get up and run, please don't judge me! It isn't uncommon for tandem nursers to have some emotional challenges.

Anyway, so this pic is pretty rare; I'm glad Sarah snapped it.

Oh, and look at us. In a gooshy waterbed, with piles of blankets and pillows. And yes, the babies did sleep on their stomachs. What ignorant bliss we were in back then.

As I find more, I'll keep posting them. This is fun!

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Reader Comments (13)

I love these! Nursing pics are great, and you gotta love older pics and the more creative ones. :D

April 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStassja

I remember tandem nursing, my third and fourth babies, my fourth and fifth babies, and then my fifth and sixth babies. Not only did I feel like running away, I distinctly remember feeling like snapping, growling and nipping them as they nursed, like a mother dog trying to wean her litter. Ugh! I just got that hormonal rush of annoyance all over again!

In retrospect, I'm glad I did it, because that's what they needed as they were close together in age, but I didn't have an overwhelming dedication to it. At ALL.

I wish I had a picture of me leaning over the baby in the car seat and nursing, quite a trick!

April 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterColleen

Colleen I adore your analogy.
That is exactly how I felt and could never describe it properly to communite the appropriate level of love but annoyance.
"snapping like a mother dog"

Thank you!

April 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdewi

I have to agree - I really didn't enjoy tandem nursing. I finally realized that I was constantly saying mildly unpleasant things to the older child every time she nursed and that it was time to wean her (she was over three). My skin still crawls thinking about it.

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElisabeth

I just gave birth to my 2nd child 12 weeks ago, with a 22 month old still nursing and after a handful of attempts at feeding them both at once, I have to agree. It just makes me want to crawl out of my skin.

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

May I please have permission to use your photo with your daughter nursing her dol for a presentation to midwifes
Thank you
Hettie (IBCLC South Africa)

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterhettie grove

Email me: NavelgazingMidwife@gmail.com

April 25, 2010 | Registered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

Thanks for being honest about what it feels like to tandem nurse. I have been tandem nursing for almost 2.5 years now, and it has been a struggle to maintain a loving attitude about it. Fortunately, my older child is getting close to weaning... (I think).

June 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

I love your photos and your blog! And you have some wonderful information in the archives. Thanks, Chris

July 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Old photos are really beautiful especially the ones before the digital camera age. I really look up to you being able to nurse two babies at the same time. One baby is already a handful what more if there's two? I'm looking forward to more pictures! Thanks for sharing!

I also had the feelings described here while tandem nursing. I found myself wanting to snap at, even slap, the older child. I didn't. But I made him learn to wait. I didn't mind nursing him by himself. It was just trying to nurse two of them that was emotionally so difficult. It just goes to show that a breast is more than a mechanical milk delivery system!
Susan Peterson

August 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Peterson

Hi, Barb! Love looking at your pictures. After my Dad died, Billy started nursing again. So I tandem nursed him and Laura. I, too, felt like SCREAMING. It lasted about 8 months, and he had a birthday coming up. I told him "children who are x years old don't nurse anymore". As the birthday approached, I kept reminding him. When he had the birthday that was it - he never asked again! A bit underhanded, but I don't think I scared him for life!

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJudy Kapoun

You're so much a part of my life as a mother, Judy. Your memory, and that of your babies, are always in my heart.

November 24, 2010 | Registered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

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