Before we can explain to our children what breastfeeding is we must first have a firm grasp ourselves. As our society has completely sexualized breasts they original intent of those body parts is totally lost. They were not developed as play things for your partner but rather as a means to an end. That end is feeding and providing nourishment to young babies.
Explaining breastfeeding to children begins by explaining that all animals feed their babies this way. Cows have udders, puppies nurse from their mothers, kittens nurse, even dolphins nurse underwater (cool thing to see!).
Another thing to remember is that most children have not yet sexualized the breast but instead are just curious about what is happening. It generally is the parent who has the most difficulty with the explanation because they have more knowledge then the child actually wants.
Breastfeeding is a normal natural way of your baby receiving the nutrition he needs to survive, grow and thrive. Unfortunately many adults impose their difficulty with the situation upon their children. Children often are just curious about what is happening and a simple explanation of this is how the baby eats is enough to satisfy them.
Breastfeeding in public arenas can be done discreetly without exposure of the breast or nipple to other children. But even if this happens we can help to form the healthy opinion for your children by explaining that this is just how the little baby is eating and that the mother loves her baby very much.
The attitude of the adults is often transferred to the child. That’s seen quite frequently when children parrot the ideas of the parent without having an understanding of the concepts they are discussing.
If you are pregnant with a second or third child you needn’t worry about how your older children will react to the new little one breastfeeding. You should worry about what your personal reaction will be because that is what will form the reaction of your children.
Of course you should respect the age of the children also. If your older children are younger than 5 then complete modesty isnt totally necessary but once your older children have reached 9 or 10 they might be embarrassed by complete exposure of the breast. Their bodies are changing and they are becoming more aware of what the functions of the different parts are for.
Explaining that the breast was originally designed to feed the babies but that you dont have to walk around completely exposed to accomplish the task may help them to integrate a healthy view of the act of breastfeeding and how it is integral to the health and wellness of their new sibling.
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