Best time to stop breastfeeding is???....

MYRILYN - posted on 05/11/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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..WHEN IS THE MOST APPROPIATE TIME TO STOP BREAST FEEDING? NOW THE BABY HAS COMPLETELY STOP TAKING THE BOTTLE AND SHE STARTED A ROUTINE TODAY!! BOTTLE N THE DAY BREAST AT NIGHT...

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Stina - posted on 05/11/2010

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It's recommended to Breastfeed for at least the first year.

Nurse as long as you want to and if possible, aim for one year. Personally, with my current baby, I'm trying baby led weaning. I think the best time to stop is when the baby is ready to and am prepared to nurse my baby for 2, possibly 3 years.

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Sarah - posted on 05/13/2010

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I am going until self weaning or 18 months min, but it is recommended to BF for at least a year. :)

Georgeia - posted on 05/12/2010

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I would say to go with the flow of your child. Whenever you both feel time to wean is when you should. Don't stop because someone tells you to at a certain age if the baby. My first I breastfed until she was 2 yrs and 2 mths and that was her decision to stop! Currently breastfeeding baby number 2 at 7 1/2 mths! Good luck!!

Jesi - posted on 05/12/2010

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The BEST TIME to wean completely from BF is when both mother AND baby are ready.

World Health Organization says that this time should be at least 2 years of age. I say- follow the baby. Don't follow what the in-laws say, not the rude woman at the mall, not even what your friends say.

If there is no significant reason to stop, then have the courage to keep on doing the best you know you can.

Angela - posted on 05/12/2010

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It's up to you but I am going to nurse my baby as long as he wants it. 14 months old now & still going strong !!!

Brean - posted on 05/11/2010

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its best to breastfeed as long as you and baby feel comfortable. i know people who stopped at 6 months and i know people who have gone all the way to 2 years old. its whatever makes you and baby feel best. :) hope everything works out for you.

Tempestt - posted on 05/11/2010

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Anywhere between one and two years. If you have difficult circumstances or something standing in the way at least six months :-)

Velithia - posted on 05/11/2010

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Breastfeeding in general seems to vary from mom-to-mom, as should weaning timelines. Sometimes, a baby's digestive system is not ready for formula, but mom feels the time has come to remove the breast. At that time, bottle-feeding can take place if mom continues to pump milk. I think it is easier anyway to wean using this method. I personally breastfed my son until he was 10 months old.

Jennifer - posted on 05/11/2010

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WHO, AAP, CPA, LLL all recomend exclusive until 6 months, continued (with the addition of complementary foods) until at least 1 year, preferably to 2 years and beyond.

Personally I believe child-led weaning, which happens usually sometimes between 2 and 4 years is best for all involved.

Ann - posted on 05/11/2010

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I would say ultimately it is up to you. I told myself it would either be 1. when my little one bit me or 2. at one year of age. Well she did bite me, but it was an accident and she stopped after I jerked away and hasn't since. She is only nine months as of tomorrow and I am slowly weaning her off. This is due in fact to mother nature though. I am not producing as much because she is fully into eating foods now and less milk is needed. My husband and I have finally decided to use formula completely. Either way it is about the same amount of money - either more momey for the food I eat more to get the calories or more money for formula. So we decided formula for the last three months until she can drink whole milk. You are the one that sets a routine, to an extent. Hope that helps.

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