Out Of The Mouths Of Nurslings: Retro Edition

Editor’s Note: The first issue of La Leche League News, the bimonthly publication for members, was published in 1958. The name changed to New Beginnings in 1985. New Beginnings continued to publish in magazine format until 2014 when it switched to its current blog format at www.lllusa.org/blog/.

Our little ones have been saying sweet and funny things for as long as little ones have existed. So, it probably comes as no surprise that the July-August 1974 La Leche League News contained humorous anecdotes from nurslings. Read on for some “retro” laughs about weaning.

Lois Entwistle of Lakewood, New Jersey, shared what she considered “A Matter of Interpretation” as she recollected a conversation with her six-year-old son.

Boy in bookstore reading“Our son, Ted, age six, is learning to read and write and is fascinated with words. One day he asked, ‘Mom, how do you spell ‘wean’?’ Proudly, I wondered what LLL information my little LLL prodigy could be dispensing. To be on the safe side, I suggested that he use the word in a sentence. Ted responded with, ‘I am goWEAN to school!’”

Gay Wands of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, looked back at her son’s frustration when he discovered that she wasn’t quite as “automatic” as he wanted her to be.

“Ethan, our two-year-old son, is in the process of weaning himself. Recently, after going two days without nursing, he climbed onto my lap and wanted to nurse. I obliged, and Ethan snuggled up and took a couple of nibbles. Finding no milk, he gave up and switched sides. After a few more tries and finding still nothing, Ethan looked up and loudly demanded, ‘Hey, turn it on!’”

Has your little one said something memorable? Send your anecdotes to Amy at [email protected].

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