how have you been breastfeeding or how long do you plan on breastfeeding

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Tara - posted on 09/24/2009

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I wanted to breastfeed for two years or until he quit. He quit at just 5 months. I wish I wouldn't have given him the bottle at all.

Victoria - posted on 09/23/2009

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I bf my two sons until just past a year, and I've been breastfeeding my daughter now for 6 months. She's not the voracious eater that my sons were, but my bet is that we'll go at least a year, hopefully more since she is my last. I just want to plug La Leche League, they are a breastfeeding mom's best resource, can help with all kinds of challenges...helped my mom 40 years ago, helped me with my first..thanks!

Amber - posted on 09/21/2009

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I had the same problem with 2 of my daughters. They refused the bottle and I don't blame them! If you want to make sure your baby isn't starving you can use a syringe to get your breastmilk into the baby. Just squirt small amounts at a time into the side of the baby's cheek. This gets the job done without a bottle. Hope this helps!

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Quoting Kim:

i have been bf for 7weeks and hope to do it up until 6months but if my sons not ready to come off il would go up until around 9months no longer.



if you are saying 9 months no longer you will most likely need to force wean which is very emotional for the baby as well as the mom. I would look into it. It takes months too and lots of tears. I am self weaning and my daughter maybe nurses 3 times a day and she just turned one

Julia - posted on 09/18/2009

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My son will be 20 months at the end of September. I want to go at least to 2 years of age so that he gets the antibodies. We are delaying vaccines until that age. If he wants to go longer I'm not sure that I would have the heart to deny him. I used to be one of those women that was utterly disgusted at mothers that breastfed beyond a year. I remember saying, "if he they can get their own drink out of the fridge then they don't need the boob". I've done a 180. I'm not that person anymore. There are so many benefits to our children from breastfeeding. I'll probably let him decide.

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Taneshya - posted on 10/27/2009

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My little one is three months I planned to breastfeed for six months, but now my goal is one year.

Frankie - posted on 10/27/2009

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I didnt know i was going to breastfeed until my son was born, then i told the doctors its up to him. He's 18 months now and I love the bonding that comes with nursing I plan to continue until he is two years old.

Frankie - posted on 10/27/2009

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I didnt know i was going to breastfeed until my son was born, then i told the doctors its up to him. He's 18 months now and I love the bonding that comes with nursing I plan to continue until he is two years old.

Jackie - posted on 10/27/2009

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I am still breastfeeding at 19 1/2 months. I breastfed only for 6 months... no bottles, no pacifiers, just boobie! He is healthy as an ox; has gotten sick once and was better after a day 1/2. I never thought I would be a bfing only mom until the day he was born and knew that was the only option for him!

Christina - posted on 10/26/2009

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I exclusively breastfed my baby till almost four months then started cereal shes almost six months now and is eating first stage food but the only milk I give her is mine and I plan to continue till she is one year !!

Sarah - posted on 10/26/2009

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Quoting Sylvia:

I am not nursing anymore, but I think my daughter was almost 5 when she weaned. Somewhere between her fourth and fifth birthdays, anyway :)



That is awesome, Sylvia!

Sarah - posted on 10/26/2009

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My daughter will be 6 years old in December and informs me she plans to nurse forever, lol! When she was born, I was hoping we could make it to 1 year. By the time she was 1, I knew that self-weaning was the way to go. I've been talking to her about weaning since she was 2 yrs old, letting her know that someday she won't want to nurse anymore and that it is okay to stop anytime she wants, but she just looks at me like I have two heads.



She's always been very particular about her expectations. At two months I was so tired of her constant nursing that I tried to give her a pacifier -- she got her little fingers in behind it and popped it out of her mouth and it flew halfway across the room! I pumped milk for her to drink when I went back to work, but she refused to take a bottle no matter how many different nipples we tried. I finally convinced my husband (who was the stay-at-home-parent) to try a sippy cup which worked even though she was only about 3 months old.



Nowadays she pretty much nurses only mornings and nights, since we co-sleep. And when we read or watch tv together. Or if she's not feeling well, or just wants to cuddle. I say no to nursing a lot, especially if I know she's just bored and can't think of anything else she'd rather do, but it's a great way to reconnect after a long day apart (I work full-time and then study for another 2-3 hours after work before coming home).



Make no mistake: There are days when I wonder what the heck I was thinking when I promised her she could choose her own time to wean, but I know that when that day comes we will both be ready to move on to the next adventure in familihood.



So to all the mothers who are hoping to make it to 6 months or 1 year: good for you. You are doing your child a world of good. But should you choose to wean at that point, just make sure you're doing it for your own reasons and not because our society is freaked out by the prospect of extended nursing. Yes, it can be work; yes, it can be time-consuming; yes, most people think it's a little weird. But I wouldn't give up these past 6 years for anything!



Regards,

Sarah

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my daughter stopped at 18 months her choice i offered her a sippy cup and off she went

for the last few months of her 18 months it was mostley bed time feeds

Nicole - posted on 10/26/2009

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My son is 3weeks and 5days old. I love breastfeeding, but i have to return to work soon and dont want that to be a problem. He will take the bottle sometime, but not all the time. I dont knw what to do...... i tried pumping my milk , but the most i get is 3oz. Im not sure if im pumping right or what, i just gave up on the pumping. I knw he is getting enough milk, because i get plenty of dirty diapers!!!

Nicola - posted on 10/26/2009

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My daughter is 12 months old and I am still breastfeeding. If she has'nt stopped by two years, that will be my cut off point. Went back to work when she was 6 months old and was given extra breaks to express my milk. Both still enjoy the closeness you get from breastfeeding. It was never an option to give artificial milk, breastfeeding is the most natural way to feed your baby.

Michelle - posted on 10/25/2009

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I breastfed both of my older children until they were 2 yrs old each.. i 'm feeding my new bub until at least 1 yr so he can get maximum benefit from it nutritionally. It's the best mum n bub time the comfort factor makes it a little hard when you want to wean them off though.
some of the first time mums don't get alot of support from doctors or health nurses, so they give up when they might have kept going with a little help to ease their concerns about pain.

Ruth - posted on 10/03/2009

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I breastfed my twins, my daughter self weaned at 7 and a half months, and at 1 year I weaned my son as i was desperate to loose some weight as I had put on weight since having my twins. My 3rd baby bf until 1 year as well

BethAnn - posted on 10/03/2009

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I think when you put a time on breastfeeding such as 1 year or 6 months...it becomes daunting and overwhelming to the mother....sounds strange but my analogy is to treat breastfeeding like alcoholism..."I will breastfeed my baby today!" is my motto, especially now in first few weeks while my daughter and I are still figuring each other out. I even have a can of formula in my cabinet, but I havent opened it :) I figured my breasts were going to fill up with milk any way...I might as well give this a shot :)

Lisa - posted on 10/03/2009

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My 2 older children starting weaning themselves at 13mnths...they would still look for boob at bedtime or naps but i ended it at 15mnths. Hopefully my youngest will feed just as long!

Jessica - posted on 10/03/2009

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I've been breast feeding for 12 & 1/2 months now! It's defiantly time consuming, but beneficial!! I'd try to keep at it for at least a year. I'm not sure when I'm going to stop, I was saying that at a year I'd be done, but we aren't. He prefers the boob to whole milk. Most kids self-ween by 2, so that's my new goal to be done before age 2. Good luck & try to stick w/ it as long as possible. Our society has brainwashed us into thinking that breast feeding isn't natural, which is malarkey!! We wouldn't have boobs if breast feeding wasn't best for our children!! Don't let anyone bring you down or make you feel ashamed of breast feeding!!! Be proud that you are giving you child the best possible nutrition!!! ^_^

Leanne - posted on 10/02/2009

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Quoting Kristan:

nine months and counting.
i don't see her weaning herself anytime soon. which is fine by me.

i always thought it was weird for an older baby/toddler to breastfeed... now i see the error in my thoughts!!!



LOL. I see the error in my thoughts too. I've always said that I wouldn't nurse past a year because BF a toddler would just be too weird. My son turned 1 last week and I can't bring myself to "force" wean him. He's a boob-a-holic and honestly, I don't think I'm ready to give it up yet either.

Janey - posted on 09/28/2009

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lol! My breasts have always been pretty big, but now it kinda seems like they're not as nice unless they're full, but Congrats :) & thanks Amanda Calfee!

Lyndie - posted on 09/25/2009

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I have been breast feeding my daughter for 16 months now. She refused to take pumped milk from a bottle and now whole milk from a sippy cup. She just loves the boob. I will be very sad when she stops. I am going to let her self ween, I would like her to be done by the time she is 2. It is so easy! I have never dealt with bottles and formula and measuring stuff. All you need is a blanket to cover while in public! People have this story that breastfeeding is hard or inconvenient or to painful. My daughter now has 16 teeth, she started getting teeth at 4 months, and that hasn't stopped me yet!

Amanda - posted on 09/25/2009

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I nursed my oldest until she was 17 months old at which point she weaned herself...I was also 7 months pregnant and there wasn't a whole lot of milk there so most of her nursing time was just for comfort anyway. My second is currently 17 months old and nursing 6-8 times a day. I am 6 weeks pregnant so my supply has dropped, but he just increased the number of times he goes to the breast! I will continue until he is done and go from there. If that means tandem nursing well then that will be a new task we will all have to learn together. Just as a side note....both of my children have "asked for it" and I have never denied them that opporitunity. I believe in child led weaning! Happy breastfeeding!

Courtney - posted on 09/25/2009

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Quoting Janey:

At first, breastfeed felt very odd and uncomfortable. Although this child had come from me, I didn't know him and to top it off, I felt like a cow! My son is five months old now and we have developed a wonderful bond. I go crazy with joy from the way he stares into my eyes while nursing. When I smile at him, he lets go to laugh and all the milk spills out of his little mouth!! Just last month, he started this new thing where he presses on my breast with his hands as if he's pumping for more milk! I LOVE IT! I am hoping that he will continue nursing at least until he's one.

My only concern: How much will breastfeeding effect my breasts? (Personal experience or facts are appreciated)

Thank you so much!


Hi Janey,



It is not actually breastfeeding that changes your breasts but pregnancy itself, excessive weight gain/loss and not wearing a supportive, correctly fitted bra.



see link http://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bfinfo/b... for bra info



Also smoking is another HUGE cause of sagging breasts, it attacks your elastin and genetics also play a big part in whether or not you will sag.



I have stretch marks myself from excessive weight gain during pregnancy (30kg) I went from a 10A to a 14DD but this is purely from the weight I stacked on.



 



 

Courtney - posted on 09/25/2009

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My Daughter is 20 months and we will be baby led weaning...why quit a good thing I reckon :)

Saved alot of $$$$$

Anri - posted on 09/25/2009

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I breastfed my eldest daughter until she was 3 and a half years old and have been breastfeeding my twin babies now for 10 months. I am on medication to have enough milk and it has the disadvantage of stimulating your appetite and I have gained alot of weight. But I'll lose it after I stop breastfeeding in about 2 years time. For now I am loving the bonding experience and the humour and fun and closeness that goes with breastfeeding!!!

Natasha - posted on 09/24/2009

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Quoting Janey:

At first, breastfeed felt very odd and uncomfortable. Although this child had come from me, I didn't know him and to top it off, I felt like a cow! My son is five months old now and we have developed a wonderful bond. I go crazy with joy from the way he stares into my eyes while nursing. When I smile at him, he lets go to laugh and all the milk spills out of his little mouth!! Just last month, he started this new thing where he presses on my breast with his hands as if he's pumping for more milk! I LOVE IT! I am hoping that he will continue nursing at least until he's one.

My only concern: How much will breastfeeding effect my breasts? (Personal experience or facts are appreciated)

Thank you so much!



Wearing a supportive bra is the only thing that will truly help.  Genetics do not play nearly as much a factor in it as wearing a good supportive bra at ALL times.  My mom's are saggy, my sisters are saggy, mine and other family is not.  Youir breasts will return back to what they were before, despite what many say.  They just forgot their normal size and got accustomed to having larger breasts while breastfeeding.  Women whose breasts stay large even years after stopping breastfeeding are the women who never completely dry up and could 'wet nurse' if ever needed.

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my first son I nursed for 9 months and 3 days. My second is almost 13 months and he has no interest in quitting - maybe another 6 months or so.

Rikki Lee - posted on 09/24/2009

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I breastfed my daughter until she was 14 months then she weined herself. A week later I found out I was pregnant with my son. He is 4 months right now & I'd like to go at least as long as I did with my daughter!

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my first son I nursed for 9 months and 3 days. My second is almost 13 months and he has no interest in quitting - maybe another 6 months or so.

Amanda - posted on 09/24/2009

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Quoting Janey:

At first, breastfeed felt very odd and uncomfortable. Although this child had come from me, I didn't know him and to top it off, I felt like a cow! My son is five months old now and we have developed a wonderful bond. I go crazy with joy from the way he stares into my eyes while nursing. When I smile at him, he lets go to laugh and all the milk spills out of his little mouth!! Just last month, he started this new thing where he presses on my breast with his hands as if he's pumping for more milk! I LOVE IT! I am hoping that he will continue nursing at least until he's one.

My only concern: How much will breastfeeding effect my breasts? (Personal experience or facts are appreciated)

Thank you so much!



 



I have already bf my son to the age of 1 and am now bf my daughter. I was an A cup before i had my son and went all the way to a C almost D at the beginning of bf when i finished with him and my breasts went to a normal state they were a B cup. I am currently in a C cup while still bf my daughter. I have a few stretch marks from them getting way bigger than they were but i dont really think anything bad happened to them. I realized i liked having more than an A cup =). I guess we will have to see after i am done with my daughter what happens.





 

Amanda - posted on 09/24/2009

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I bf my son for the first year of this life and my daughter who is now 5 months old i also plan on bf till she is year.

Janey - posted on 09/24/2009

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At first, breastfeed felt very odd and uncomfortable. Although this child had come from me, I didn't know him and to top it off, I felt like a cow! My son is five months old now and we have developed a wonderful bond. I go crazy with joy from the way he stares into my eyes while nursing. When I smile at him, he lets go to laugh and all the milk spills out of his little mouth!! Just last month, he started this new thing where he presses on my breast with his hands as if he's pumping for more milk! I LOVE IT! I am hoping that he will continue nursing at least until he's one.



My only concern: How much will breastfeeding effect my breasts? (Personal experience or facts are appreciated)



Thank you so much!

Natasha - posted on 09/24/2009

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I breastfed Brooke for 6 months, Roman for 2yrs and Drew is only 3.5wks, so 3.5wks. I plan to breastfeed for 1-2yrs, but I will let him lead. It is beautiful and the best possible bonding experience.

Stephanie - posted on 09/24/2009

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I plan on breastfeeding until I think it's time to stop. i'm going to guess on how long i would like to plan on breastfeeding, i think anywhere from 9 to 12 months hopefully but if he decides it need be longer then momma will do it..

Jaime - posted on 09/24/2009

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I have been breastfeeding for 13 months!! And I will feed for a few more months... Dr. say's up to 2 years is really good for him!! :D

Carra - posted on 09/24/2009

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I have 2 boys and I have exclusively BF them, no pumped bottles either. My oldest went until he was a year old and weaned himself, just one day didn't want it. My youngest is 8 months and he nurses great as well, although he LOVES table food and sippy cup, so hopefully we can make it to at least a year. Congrats to all of you dedicated, loving, mothers out there that want the best for your children!!!

Laurel - posted on 09/24/2009

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I did 2 years with my last one and will try to go till about 2 years with this one, it's just soo much easier!! If she wants to quit before then fine, if not!!!!

Kristi - posted on 09/24/2009

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I BF my son (now 7 yrs old) until he was 6 months and had to force wean him because I got sick and couldnt nurse and I was horrible with trying to pump (I was 19 at the time) so my milk started drying-up on its own and I couldnt build my supply back up enough to continue.
My second child, now 6 weeks (7 weeks on Friday) has been exclusively BF.And although I dont think I produce enough for her now I plan to continue until I have no choice but to quit. Hopefully we can at least make it to the 6 month mark.
Breastfeeding has been a great experience with both my children. I have a bond with them that no one else can have. And since my husband is in the Army and has been deployed most of my pregnancy and hasnt gotten to hold our new daughter I at least know that I will still get to hold her when it comes to feeding time.(He should finally be home in about 2 weeks give or take a few days)

Kristi - posted on 09/24/2009

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Quoting Amanda:

I have been nursing my daughter for 8 months on sunday and it is the best decision I have ever made. I get that same question from friends and family "Are you still nursing?" and they have that weird face. Yest I am still nursing and as long as she wants it I will nurse her. I have a problem with getting my daughter to take my breast milk from a bottle so she strictly wants the boob. And it isn't me who is giving the bottle to her it is her grandma when I am not even around. Me and my husband went out for the first time since she has been born by ourselfs and we were gone for about 8 hours and she would not eat any of the milk I pumped but as soon as I got home she started putting her head into my boobs for the milk. Does anybody know how I can get her to dring milk from a bottle when I am not around?? She use to when she was first born and I was going to class at night and she was staying with her daddy. I just know she had to be starving when I got home cause she had last nurse at 8 that morning and we didn't get home until 5. Any advice is appreciated!!


Hi Amanda, I had the same problem with my daughter, my milk has began to "dry-up" on its own although I nurse regularly and pump when Im unable to nurse her myself. It took me forever to find a bottle that she would take. I tried everything, she finally started taking the NUK bottle nipples. They are shaped like a boob would be while she was nursing. I also found that trying to hold her closer in position of how you nurse also helped.

Melissa - posted on 09/24/2009

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I have been breastfeeding for 2 years and 2 and 1/2 months... My daughter is self weaning... only has one feed during the night... my right breast has dried up , while my left one which has always been her favourite is still going....

Ashley - posted on 09/24/2009

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Breastfeeding is going strong almost 6 months after my daughter's birth. I want to nurse at least 1 year. Unfortunately, I was diagnosed with a medical condition and my doctor is pushing treatment that will require me to stop nursing. I'm going for a second opinion. How funny is it that we Moms TOTALLY put our baby's well being before ours :)

Jen - posted on 09/24/2009

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I nursed my first son til just shy of 2 and our son is now 19 months and still attached at the boob. I like the notion of child-led weening, I'm utterly convinced mine would never quit, however! My advice: nurse until at least a year then decide if you wish to continue.

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I have been Breastfeeding for 4,5 month. My goal is at least 6 month, but I will Breastfeed her as long as she wants.

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