Portuguese family history

From our recent family vacation to Portugal I discovered some interesting facts about my husband’s family when it comes to breastfeeding. My daughter is three and she nurses, and I was slightly concerned when meeting all of the family how they would react to my daughter still breastfeeding. I was so thrilled with their response. They gave me numerous comments about how good of a mother I was, and how healthy breastfeeding was for our daughter. Then, to our surprise, we found out that my husband’s Uncle nursed until he was seven and then another relative nursed until he was six. They would tell us this with pride. It made me feel good to hear how accepting and even encouraging his family was on this topic. It is not common practice for most mothers in Portugal to nurse for that long anymore, just as in our culture new “modern” ways of parenting are being introduced. However, we did find their culture as a whole was more accepting and not as alarmed if they did catch a glimpse of a breast. For example, their beaches are mostly topless, so the site of a human breast did not send the men over the edge. There were breasts of every size and shape and it was “no big deal”. To tell you the truth, I was actually concerned at how my daughter would react at the beach. I thought she may point and say “nurses” every time she saw a new set of breasts, but she didn’t. It seemed perfectly normal to her too. I found it quite interesting to notice the difference in cultures during our visit. The cultures were different as well as alike in so many ways, even when it came down to breastfeeding.

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