I breastfed V for exactly two years and I am still breastfeeding LittleMiss C. Both of them refer to breastfeeding, breast and milk (from mommy) as “nanan,” a word we adapted when V was about a week old which was suggested by Lola Alma.
LittleMiss C in her 18 months only had “nanan” in a bottle when I left her in the care of Lola Let and she didn’t liked it at all. Big brother V didn’t see her sister drink from a bottle and for him, babies like her sister only get milk from Mommy’s “nanan”.
Last week, V’s exam results and papers are back, his answer to one question on the PSHE subject caught my attention. It made me laugh and really proud.
Question: When I was a baby I drink in a Nanan
I asked him why he didn’t answer baby bottle. He simply replied “Mama, Chloe and I only drink in your nanan. Please tell teacher that I’m correct, I think she doesn’t know that “nanan” is drinking milk from you.”
Saddens my heart how society expects all children feed from a bottle, when it is natural for our infants to feed from us, their Mama.
I shared the photo above on Breastfeeding Q&A Dubai UAE facebook group, this made all breastfeeding mama’s really proud.
The school/teacher expects children to answer question base on what is written on the books they have provided. I am meeting teachers next week, we will discuss and educate them what “nanan” is.
*BF mama’s have also pointed out poor grammar used in the test questions.
Hi Abigail! Nice to stumble upon your site, found myself going through five months worth of blogs. Really good read. Kudos!
Thank you Jo!
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That’s just brilliant! I’m still breastfeeding my 18 month old too, and he’s never had a bottle. I tried a couple of times but he really wasn’t interested! I agree that it’s a ridiculous question to have on a test – but all power to your son for giving the right answer 🙂
I talked to the teacher about it and she was just shocked that my LittleMiss don’t take any bottle at all. She even had a feed while I was on a meeting with teacher.
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