Anyone else still breastfeeding?

Brenda - posted on 06/28/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )

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I am still breastfeeding my 10 month old and friends and relatives are starting to tell me that it is not acceptable any longer. They said that my daughter should be weaned by now. This is my 4th and last child and my other children stopped breastfeeding at 10 months, but I am not ready to give up yet and neither is my daughter. Should I resort to bathroom feeding while around everyone just to avoid a conflict?

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Kristin - posted on 07/07/2010

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NO! NO! NO! I'm going to be just as pushy as them! This is your child, and your last one. You are doing a fabulous job and need not to take advice from them. I too am still breastfeeding and am not going to quit until she's ready. Bless your heart for even having to struggle with this decision. Keep up the good work and trust your motherly intuition.



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Lindsay - posted on 07/07/2010

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my daughter is 11 mos old and i still bf her!! its great that u are still going. its the best for the baby. maybe they need facts on why bf is best and why u should do it for as long as possible. do what u feel u should do for urself and the little one!! ur the mom u know best!!!

Shannon - posted on 07/06/2010

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I posted something similar on cafemom. I'm also feeling pressure to "closet nurse". I plan to nurse whenever and where ever until my son is a year. Before 12 months breast milk is an child's primary source of nutrition. I have a feeling that around 16-18 months, Carter will not need or want to nurse as often, therefore we will be able to nurse mostly at home or private areas. I plan to go for 2 years as long as my son does not self wean before then.

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Michelle Carpenter - posted on 07/06/2010

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I am still breastfeeding my 10 mo old son--I understand the sidelong looks and raised eyebrows but Ethan is also my last baby and I am not giving up this bond until we are BOTH ready. I just smile at them and say 'Aren't we doing great?' It's hard for them to argue :) Great job! Hang in there as long as you would like to!

Cindy - posted on 07/06/2010

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My son just turned 11 months and we are still breastfeeding. In Canada the recommendation is to breastfeed for at least the first year. I personally plan to keep breastfeeding past one. I'm hoping to make it until he is at least 2 maybe 2 1/2. I know that is long and that the health benefits are reduced but we don't really want to start him on cows milk until he is older.

You have to decide what is best for you. You're not hurting your child (in fact you are giving him the best nutrients) so keep breastfeeding if it works for you. Remind your family that it is your choice and you have the right to make it. Personally I would never breastfeed in the bathroom, it seems so gross....but that may just be me. I'd never eat in a bathroom or ask anybody else to so why should my baby?!

Cherry Mae - posted on 07/06/2010

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I have 10 month old and i still breastfeed her..here in the Philippines, it is recommended to breastfeed your baby up to 2 months and beyond...it establishes a firm bond between you and your baby. Don't wory about waht people will say.. It's for you to decide for your own good. God Bless!

Maureen - posted on 07/06/2010

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Bathroom feeding, no.....its your daughters right to get booboo as long as she wants and as long as you are comfortable. Its healthy and the bonding is glorious. I echo a post here...'let them eat in the bathroom if they are uncomfortable.

Enjoy mummy hood

Madhu - posted on 07/05/2010

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Please dont give up breastfeeding bcos of external pressure - What you are giving your child is the best nutrition possible, and not to mention the wonderful sense of bonding. Am still breastfeeding my 10 month old, and plan to do so till she is ready to self wean. Like Rebecca has mentioned, its our child, our body...why should anybody else be bothered.

Rebecca - posted on 07/05/2010

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No way. I am still breastfeed and my son is 10 months,1 week and 3 days old . This is our body,Our baby and our choice. You stop breastfeeding whenever you both feel ready. My step dad comes into my house and makes me feel like I'm doing the wrong thing. Breastfeeding until they 12months old is what they say is best for your baby. If they don't like it tell them to take a flying jump.

Duana - posted on 07/05/2010

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I'm still breastfeeding my 11 month old and plan to do so until she is one or little over one. I do not care what other think because I've done it for this long why stop now. Your doing what is best for you and your baby :)

Olaide - posted on 07/05/2010

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im still breast feeding ma almost 11 months old son and i plan on stopping when he's at least 12-15 months. i think you should do what you think is best for your baby and don't listen to any one

Michelle - posted on 07/05/2010

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My daughter just turned 11 months yesterday and I'm still nursing her! [= And I don't plan to stop any time soon. Neither should you! "Don't like it, don't look" Is what I go by. I know a mother who still gives her 7 YEAR old breastmilk. Not directly from her breast.. pumps and gives it. butyeah. haha And you know what?? That 7 year old has never been sick once! Crazzy, huh? So keep on going momma! Breast is best!

Erin - posted on 07/05/2010

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Bah. I'm still breastfeeding and I will be until my daughter weans herself. Everyone else can put blankets over their heads and eat in the bathroom if it bothers them so much. I quote the AAP and WHO, who both suggest 2 years and then as long as mutually desired (meaning by you and your baby, NOT anyone else) thereafter.

Martha - posted on 07/04/2010

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I say screw it. I still breastfeed and if you look it up online some experts say to even breastfeed until 2 years old. I personally think that is a little much but I am not going to wean my daughter until she is one. I don't think anyone should judge you for that. Your doing what's best for your child!!!

Stacey - posted on 07/04/2010

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I am definitely still breastfeeding my 10 almost 11 month old! I have just started to wean this summer as I am a teacher and want to have him mostly weanted by the time I go back in the fall. My plan is to wean all the feedings but the morning one until my son wants to be done. At present, he is only really interested in the morning and evening feedings anyways. I am actually getting the opposite and my inlaws are giving me a hard time because I have made the choice to start weaning. You need to do what is the best for you and if they think you should feed in the bathroom then ask them to go in the bathroom and eat....see how they feel! I think you should make the choice that works the best for you and your child and who cares what others think. You are the mom so you know what is the best for your and your little one! good luck!

Anastasia - posted on 07/04/2010

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Hi Brenda! I have 10 month old son and also still breastfeeding him. Do not listen to anyone,trust your instincts. Your baby is getting extra nutrition from your milk and there is nothing wrong about it. I have a friend who breastfed her daughter until 2 years old! Ask your doctor at the next appointment and I am sure he/she will tell you that there is nothing wrong with it. Then,nicely let your loved ones know what you have heard from the doctor. You are the mommy,not them. You know better what's good for your little-one :)

Sarah - posted on 07/03/2010

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I have a breastfeeding 10 month old, and am perfectly happy with it. I was told by doctors that breastfeeding for the first year is really great for both you and your baby. Your baby is less likely to get sick while breastfeeding, is getting great nutrients. I think you should decide when is best to stop, I waited until my son was only eating 2 times a day. And hope to go just a little longer with my daughter. You tell your friends and family that one year old is nothing! I have heard of people going to 12 years old! I figure maybe once they are old enough to ask for it might be long enough, but that is just a personal preference. Good Luck!

Becca - posted on 07/03/2010

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The toddler period can be very nutritionally precarious as young children are often very picky or just too active to want to eat everything they need to grow and develop properly. Breastfeeding through this period can fill in the nutritional gaps in your child's diet. This is on of the reasons why the WHO now recommends that breastmilk should be the basis of a child's diet until the age of one and that breastfeeding should continue until 2 years.

Never feed your child in a washroom. Even if it seems very well maintained and clean. The bacteria that are present in washrooms are very bad for your child's health. Besides there is no reason that you should feel ashamed to feed your child.

Emily - posted on 07/02/2010

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Hell no, don't resort to bathroom feeding. That is crazy. Go tell them to eat in the bathroom if they are uncomfortable!

Obviously we are still breastfeeding too. :) Babies were designed to be breastfed for several years.. I'm sorry people are giving you a hard time about it. That's unfortunate. They don't know what they're talking about! Maybe you can give them the info from the World Health Organization that states breastfeeding should go for at least 2 years. Or at minimum, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends at least one year.

Michelle - posted on 07/02/2010

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You decide what is best for you and your daughter. Other people have no right to tell you what you can and can't do with you baby. You shouldn't have to go to the bathroom when other people are around if they don't like it they can excuse themselves. You are very blessed to be able to provide milk for your baby and should be proud. Don't let other people make you feel uncomfortable tell them to mind their own business. And Good luck you are doing a great job.

Lauren - posted on 06/29/2010

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No!! It is your decision when to give up, and your childs!! I have stopped feeding my son, but he was just 10 months and was only getting 1 feed from me a day - I think that my milk was starting to be insufficant for him - but he never looked back! Let your daughter and yourself enjoy this closeness while it lasts - and to hell with everyone else!

Di - posted on 06/28/2010

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Hi. My son is 10 months and I am still breast feeding. Not sure where you are from but in Australia they recommened you breastfeed for as long as possible and at least for the first year if possible. I breastfeed my daughter till she was 13 months and only stopped as I was pregnant again and wanted a break. I plan to keep feeding my son till he doesn't want to anymore or 2. I suggest you do what feels right for you and ignore everyone else.

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