breast Feeding

Samantha - posted on 03/13/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Hello, i have an 11 month old baby boy and i still breast feed him, has anyone got any advice on when i should stop, he still loves his milk, but worried that it may be becoming habit rather then being hungry. His dad thinks it's un healthy because he's nearly one. Any advice would be nice

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Lindsay - posted on 03/20/2009

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The World Health Organisation recommends breastfeeding for at least two years.  An 11-mo-old is still just a baby, and still needs mama milk as much as ever!  My son didn't wean until he was two, and we would have kept nursing longer but for the fact that I was also nursing my April baby.  The baby is now 11 months, and I'm not even thinking about weaning, it's way too early!

Amy - posted on 03/20/2009

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I agree with the www.kellymom.com site suggestion - excellent resource!



I'm going back to work on March 30, and will continue to BF morning and night. It's a great comfort to him, and I hope that my antibodies will help protect him from the daycare sickies.



The WHO actually says that if you can, BFing up until 2 years of age is excellent for baby's health.



BTW, he eats three meals a day, plus snacks, with some cow's milk or water during the day. He seems to nurse the most upon waking and in the evening before bed.

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I too have an 11 month old that I am still nursing and he won't give it up. He seems to love it. I'm with him full time and he still enjoys some through the night too so he is a lucky boy... I am sure at night it is habit and comfort only. But through the day I feel he really does get the drink he needs, he isn't too keen on water or formula. He is my 3rd bub and I nursed my first 2 till around 12-14 months old. Both times I stopped when the kids started really drinking good quantities of milk and I found this didn't happen until I offered them cows milk. I plan to offer no.3 cows milk in another month or so and hope he takes to it as I wouldn't mind it coming to an end... So my advice? If it makes you happy keep going, if you would feel you would like to stop then that is ok too and congratulations for going this long!

Folakemi - posted on 03/20/2009

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Therer you have it! I think all the mums agree on this. My son will be 1 in 2 weeks and we still nurse. Like Zeidi, i work all day and only spen about 2 hours of quality time with him. Nursing is not really cosa he's hungry but i guess he missed him mummy all day. Try make sure his diet is balanced with solids and formular, cereals and frits and veg. you can let your bonding time be ur nursing time and as he gets more independent and active, he'll start leaving you alone... be warned , you'll miss it.

Katie - posted on 03/19/2009

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Breastfeed as long as you and your baby are comfortable. Yeah that to the kellymom advice. I'm still breastfeeding and don't plan to stop until baby leads the way. All I can do is make solid foods appealing and wait until he's ready, kwim?

Tracy - posted on 03/19/2009

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I have an 11 month old daughter and am still breastfeeding too.   I am enjoying the time together with her and the bonding experience also.  I am going to go as long as she wants to.  It's very healthy for her and as long as she stil wants to, I figure, 'why not'?



I have an 11 yr. old who I only nursed for 2 months, so I'm enjoying every minute of this with my newest child. =)

Stasha - posted on 03/19/2009

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It is perfectly natural for him to still be breastfeeding!!! And certainly NOT unhealthy! But, as you would be doing if you were bottle feeding, you might consider starting to ween him. Really it's about what is comfortable for the two of you! I am still breastfeeding my 11 month old and intend to continue to do so for quite some time!

Aryonna - posted on 03/19/2009

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My son is about to be 11 months old and i still breastfeed him... and i have a three year old daughter that i use to breastfeed her up until she was 1 1/2. Its very healthy for your son....good luck

Zeidi - posted on 03/19/2009

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My daughter just turned 11 months today and I'm still nursing...I never intended to nurse this long, but it's just the way it worked out. I've had nothing but grief from some people. It seems that people feel that 11 months is too old to still be nursing...I just ignore their comments. I work full time and am away from daughter 9 hours a day, nursing is OUR time together. She enjoys her sippy cup and she loves to eat food but there is nothing more comforting to her than nursing. She still nurses several times during the night, which is fine with me. It is healthy for her and if it makes her happy, I'm all for it!

Michelle - posted on 03/13/2009

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I'm still breastfeeding, too, and I plan on introducing cow's milk, but gradually, in another six weeks or so. I'll probably still keep the morning and night feedings for as long as he's interested, or until he gets closer to his second birthday than his first ;). Dads and in-laws tend to feel a little left out when babies are breastfed, so I think that they can judge unfairly (though not intentionally) on how long it should continue.

Autumn - posted on 03/13/2009

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if you're both still enjoying keep going. As long as he's happy and you're happy no harm can come to him. Enjoy the bonding experience while you can. My baby boy weaned himself from the breast at 7 months. He was just to busy to sit still and he actually preferred his sippy cup so he could eat on the run :)

Kimberly - posted on 03/13/2009

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Oh gosh, if you and the baby are still enjoying the nursing experience, I would definitely continue. Most pediatricians recommend nursing for the first year for sure and then continuing on after that as long as you and baby are still happy. It is not unhealthy, it's really healthy for baby! :) http://kellymom.com is a great website with breastfeeding info. You and your husband should look at it so your husband gets the info, too. Have fun and enjoy! :)

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