Anyone still breastfeeding their child after a year?
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Melissa - posted on 06/05/2010
Good for you!!!!!! I breastfed my daughter until just after her 2nd Birthday and I only weaned her because I was pregnant and my breast were too sore to continue. Also figured it would help with the adjustment of the new baby, being off the boob for awhile before the new baby started. My son is now 1.5 and I've just weaned him this week :( he was biting me alot and laughing so I figured he didn't need it anymore.
Debra - posted on 06/05/2010
I fed my four children for 18 months to 2 years and 3 months - it varied between the kids. My daughter decided to stop herself at 18 months - independence showed early with that darling one! You do what you are comfortable with. I loved feeding my babies/toddlers, but I knew one day, I would wake up one morning and stop, and that is just what I did. The kids were fine - they went for my top for a few days, I said 'not now' have a glass of milk, and that was it. You will get a bit of flack from others, but it is your baby, your family - stop when you want. My eldest is 25, and the youngest 8 - 25 years ago was interesting BF after the 'normal' 3 - 6 months! I got very used to stating 'when it feels right for us', when asked when I going to stop BF.
Helen - posted on 06/05/2010
My daughter is nearly a year old and I'm going to keep going for as long as she wants it. We're down to about 3 feeds a day now and I think the morning one is on it's way out now. But good on you keep going!
Laressa - posted on 06/05/2010
So glad for all the positive encouragement. My daughter is 9 mo and I'm debating what to do. A friend of mine weaned at 11 mo. and that poor little boy cried and cried and she wouldn't give in. Now she may have had some valid reasons but I don't think I can do that to Laurie. Another friend bf till her twins were 15 mo and it was so gradual she and they never noticed when it stopped. Thats more my idea I think.
ME - posted on 06/05/2010
I bf my first child until 18 mos, then had to wean for health reasons...I hope to bf my 3 mos old daughter until she's at least two...congrats on 13 mos...it's major accomplishment...
Oh...and the teeth weren't a problem for my son and I...he bit me one time, and I pulled away and said NO! He never did it again! He had 12 teeth by his first birthday too ;-)
Christina Marie - posted on 06/05/2010
My little one is only 16 weeks old. I plan on breastfeeding for a year, but when the time comes if she isn't ready to wean I will continue BF until she is! :)
Breast is best! haha
Good luck to you, and congrats for 13 months!
Laura Zoey - posted on 06/05/2010
Nina, honestly when Eric first bit me it hurt and surprised me and I yelled ouch and pulled him off. He hasn't done it since:) but don't scare him too much cuz I heard of babies being scared to nurse because of the memory of a reaction to a bite. Please don't stop bc of teeth, really it's just a phase and you can continue easily after you get the point acceoss not to bite.
Megan - posted on 06/04/2010
Nina, I have been bitten a few times but when he did I pulled him into my breast so that his nose was covered and he had to let go to breath. I would say "no biting please, that hurt's mama" and I would set him on the floor. After a few times he stopped biting. The other thing is that they can't be engaged in nursing and bite at the same time. Watch for the changes in the jaw line when they are getting to the end of their feed. Honestly, my little guy is eighteen months and he hasn't bit me for at least nine months. Hope this helps and I hope that you don't quit just b/c of teeth. Babies are very smart and can learn not to bite, they don't need to be weaned just b/c of teeth.
Nina - posted on 06/04/2010
How do you all deal with the TEETH?? my baby is 7 months old and will have teeth very soon! are the teeth horrible? some of you are doing it and they have mouthfuls of teeth. lol. i am scared of just the first few!
Jennifer - posted on 06/04/2010
My daughter turned one May 27th and is still nursing quite exclusively. I plan on nursing AT LEAST two years. I love it, she loves it. I'm not rushing her to wean anytime soon! I think it's great for a baby to be nursed past one year.
Sarah - posted on 06/04/2010
My son nursed until about 18 months, we would have gone longer but my second pregnancy dried me up. It's wonderful for you and you're child. The average age that women stop breastfeeding in North America is 2 years, and in Europe its 5 years!
Miranda - posted on 06/03/2010
My son is 15 months old and is still breastfed. He absolutely loves it, he doesn't do it as much as he used to (about 2-3 times a day depending on the day), but never the less he is still getting breastmilk! Keep up the good work, but if you start to feel like you don't want to breastfeed anymore, do what is right for you! :)
Carey - posted on 06/03/2010
PS- LOL Michelle! My son often tries to pull my shirt down in public when he's hungry! When I tell him no he usually just resolves himself to stick his arm down my shirt until I give him a snack or sippy. Makes for a few awkward conversations but I wouldn't trade the experience of EBF for the world!
Carey - posted on 06/03/2010
I am glad to see all the positive responses to this. I have been nursing for 14 months and after his first birthday even my previously supportive breastfeeding moms started to give me a hard time about it. My ped. (not my regular ped. but a sub from the practice for a sick visit) even said at about 12 months "You know you can give him milk now right?" I was like yeah, but we're doing great with bf and we'll stick with what works for us. So glad to see I'm not the only one. :) Breastfeeding doesn't seem popular in my area though, especially extended breastfeeding. :( Thankfully I can be supportive and a good example for my little sis (ok, so we're both pushing 30), who's due in Oct.
Michelle - posted on 06/03/2010
I'm still breastfeeding my 15 month daughter.... LOVE IT ... and she LOVES it too... I do wonder when she will quit though ... she is kinda like pulling my shirt down when she wants it so thats kinda weird... especially in public!
Octavia - posted on 06/03/2010
I'm in the same boat and now she knows how to ask for it. I'm trying to get my daughter use to whole milk she will sip on it but the rest is wasted. You can't inquire the taste of breast milk to any supplement. The nutritionist says its ok at least until two. My daughter is so tall she its getting harder to hold her and feed her especially in public. Its also a comfort as a mother also now I see why women do not breast feed but I rather have Novella stuck on the breast milk than a bottle or a pacifier. She never really like the bottle and have been drinking from a sippy cup at 6 months. As long as you replace the feedings with a snack or a meal they will eventually ween off we hope before two or by the age of two. GOOD LUCK!
Cheri - posted on 06/03/2010
Wow it's absolutely wonderful that you are even able to breastfeed for that long, some woman don't even get to because their milk supply is not enough by then, so good on you, I myself are still feeding my 23month old daughter, am thinking about weaning at 2 but hard when they are sick, they seem to want it more! Don't let anyone tell you not to do it, you're the mum and it's between you and your wee boy :) Enjoy those sweet moments because when you decide to stop you can feel quite sad, (I did with my other son and only fed him till he was 9 months) I had other people interferring and now I just don't care, she's my daughter and she loves it and other people just should mind their own business, take care and I hope that helped :)
Tara Lee - posted on 06/03/2010
my daughter is 21months and still nurses twice a day (her choice)...she is slowly self-weaning...which I have mixed feelings of, I love bf her...but I am also 3months pregnant and don't really want to tandem bf...
Cathy - posted on 06/03/2010
Keep going until it feels right for you. My first nursed until age 15 months and second until 20 months. Both self weaned. I am pregnant with my 3rd and plan to breastfeed as long as they want to.
My first was a preemie and we had multiple issues in the beginning. I was committed to breastfeed...I could have given up many times, but kept on. It was the best thing I ever did!!!
Sandra - posted on 06/03/2010
im still breastfeeding my daughter and she will be 3 in september! i dont plan on stopping until she decides i love it and im very proud of it! :-) keep it up, its a super power God gave us what a blessing! God bless you!
Samantha - posted on 06/03/2010
i nursed my first daughter till about 22 months but after a year i was only nursing for naps and at night time. my second daughter is 6 months now and plan on nursing atleast a year but may try weaning sooner just cause of how hard it was to wean the first one.
Kristin - posted on 06/03/2010
I breastfed mine until they decided they were done. 14 months for our first and 18 months for the second.
As long as you both are happy with the feeding, carry on. This is between YOU two and no one else. Excellent job!
Autumn - posted on 06/03/2010
That's wonderful - keep it up as long as you both want to. I nursed my son until he was over 3 - but by that age, it was only once every day or two, not like with an infant. I think it made him feel good that he was allowed to come back when he wanted to - a couple of times, he even said "I want to feel like a baby" and he would latch on for a few minutes, then go play.