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Brothers

Tova Pusl
Long Beach CA USA
From NEW BEGINNINGS, Vol. 24 No. 4, July-August 2007, pp. 163-4

"Baa boo" is what my first son, Reece, called breastfeeding. He weaned when he was almost three years old during the second trimester of my pregnancy with Ty. I was a little concerned that Reece would be jealous of Ty's nursing. He handled it well and would often cuddle up with us when Ty was nursing.

About a year later, Reece and I were at his co-op preschool and I noticed Reece in the play area. He was in a doll bed with a doll in his arms. I moved in to see what he was doing. He looked up at me at said, "I am giving the baby baa boo." He lifted his shirt and put the doll to his chest.

Now, two years later, Ty has a name for breastfeeding. He calls it "mi mi." The boys have a game they play. Reece will ask Ty, "Do you want baa boo?" And Ty will respond, "Mi mi" and pretend to nurse from his brother. They laugh and laugh!

I get a little choked up when retelling the story. Reece is indicating that he knows there is closeness in nursing and he wants to share that with his brother. I am so glad that not only do they have the gift of mother's milk, but also a beautiful experience shared between brothers.

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