Anyone still breastfeeding their child after a year?
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Karen - posted on 06/03/2010
I adopted my oldest son so i didnt have a choice but to formula feed him. My second son i nursed till he was 15 mos and he self-weaned himself when he was sick with a really stuffy nose for 2 wks. My daughter turned 3 yrs old last month and she is still nursing. i am currently 4 mos pregnant and my milk dryed up about a month ago. Since there is no milk she is only dry nursing and has cut down to nursing only twice a day. I am hoping she gets bored of this dry nursing soon and just weans herself because i really don't want to tandem nurse.
Ngakeiha - posted on 06/03/2010
Hello, I'm still breastfeeding my baby girl and she will be one in a couple of weeks. She is showing no signs of wanting to wean and is very happy and content with breastfeeding so am I. I guess we'll just go on until she's ready to move on... :)
Teresa - posted on 06/02/2010
I weaned my twins by 15 months. My son is 2 years and 2 months and still nursing quite a bit.
I 'used' to think it was extremely weird to not wean at 12-18 (at the latest) months, but I've obviously changed my views. ;)
Sarah - posted on 06/02/2010
My daughter is 11 months and still nurses several times a day. She eats three soilid food meals a day and snacks but she also breastfeeds a ton. She's the tiniest thing though she only weighs like 17.5 pounds. I plan on self weaning or up to two years snd she shows no sign of self weaning anytime soon. It's great bonding and wonderful health benefits for mom and baby,
Terra - posted on 06/02/2010
I am currently nursing my 23 month old and plan on doing child-led weaning. It has been the best experience. I wish I had known more and taken it upon myself to do better and nursed my first son as long!
Aideen - posted on 06/02/2010
I think you're fab! As long as it's working for you keep it up. All the research shows that it's great for your baby. My little fellow is 15 months and I'm still BF. I've stopped mentioning the topic to people who haven't/don't breastfeed. Many people don't understand how good it is for the baby and what a generally enjoyable experience it is. I'm still finding it very convenient and great for bonding with my son. Keep up the good work!
Sarah - posted on 06/02/2010
I think it is the mother's choice and those who do not agree with nursing past 1 year, 2, or whatever age they feel is inappropriate can simply not do it for their child.
That said, I am still nursing my 13 month old, I don't think she has changed so dramatically that she suddenly, in 1 months time will not continue to get the benefits from nursing. I plan to nurse until at least 18 months or self weaning.
Marcy - posted on 06/02/2010
I have an almost 4 year old who still nurses a few times a day. The biggest thing to remember is that as they get older the nursing becomes less and less. Up until about 6 months ago I nursed him to sleep at night. Now he just goes to bed...no crying, no fuss. Its a big commitment and I am really ready to be done with it. My son has told me when he turns 4 he will be done. We shall see....
Tanya - posted on 06/02/2010
My son weaned himself at about 26 months ... I dried up from pregnancy with number 2 and he was drying nursing for about a month before he gave it up all together.
When the second one is born I am going to allow my son to nurse again if he wishes
Donna - posted on 06/02/2010
I have 5 children. I breastfed my first for 27 months; my second for 30 months; my third for 33 months; and my fourth and fifth (twins) for 6 months. At two months, they were still at their birth-weight of 6 lbs. 5 oz. each, although they were quite healthy. My doctor told me I was making skim milk and that I would need to supplement with formula. After that the girls began putting on weight. However, since it is easier to suck from a bottle than to breastfeed, they decided to wean themselves at 6 months. If I had to do it again, I may not have started them that soon. I was not ready to stop breastfeeding them. I also never gave any "food" to my older three children until they were about a year old. They all self-weaned themselves.
PS: My two oldest children are 47 months apart; the second and third are 49 months apart; and the twins are 45 months after the third. (The twins themselves are 9 minutes apart).
Laura Zoey - posted on 06/02/2010
I plan on breastfeeding Eric at least two years but probably more like three! I'd say the longer the better. We all know how healthy breast milk is for our toddlers as they are exposed to so many germs. So keep at it as long as you two want it!
Nancy - posted on 06/02/2010
I am no longer nursing, but my first "baby" nursed until she was almost 4 years old. My second "baby" nursed until she was 4 1/2+ years old. My third "baby" nursed until she was almost 4. I nursed through 2 pregnancies and tandem nursed twice.
I think you should nurse for as long as you and your nursling both desire!
Amanda - posted on 06/02/2010
Yeap my daugther will be 2 next month and we are still breastfeeding. That will put over 6 years of breastfeeding under my bra between my 3 children. I have been extended breastfeeding before breastfeeding was even the normal again. Keep up the good work Tiffany!!