how long did you breast feed for??

Jessica - posted on 06/12/2010 ( 330 moms have responded )

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my son is 10 months just wondering how long other mums breast fed there babies for as my son is still breast fed:)

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Rachel - posted on 06/16/2010

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I am really encouraged to see other Mums who have breast fed up until the 2-3 Years. Sage was 2 and a half when she let that last before bed feed go....such lovely memories of quiet time shared together.

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I breast fed my Daughter until 21 1/2 months, and then we only had to wean her becasue I was 30 week pregnant and it was causing pregnancy complications. I figured the longer she nurses the better it is for her and for me.

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I nursed my son for just over two years. The correct answer is how ever long you and he still want to do it. Just doing it for 10 months is an achievement!

Jessie - posted on 06/16/2010

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My son is just turned 2 and I'm still breastfeeding. I plan on breastfeeding him until he's ready to stop. Not sure when that will be, he's pretty hooked on it! :)

Shawn - posted on 06/16/2010

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I am a mother of 5...breastfed 4...did not breastfeed the 1st child. My 2nd child was breast & formula fed, the 3rd child nursed for 15 mos., the 4th for 21 mos. & the last for 2.5 yrs. I enjoyed breastfeeding my children & the benefits that were attached to breastfeeding. I encourage any expectant mother to breastfeed. Breast IS best!

Irene - posted on 06/16/2010

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I have 3, one boy 12 yearsold 2 girls 4 and 5 yearsold. And i still breast fed my younguest dougter.. I am trying that she do not drink more but she dont wntwd So iam waittin that she decide when.. I think was very soon because she is growing.

Elsie - posted on 06/16/2010

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my daughter is 15 months still nursing and going strong they say the longer the better its very inportant for there brain develpment

April - posted on 06/16/2010

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18 months and still going strong! i believe in self weaning and will be nursing until my son decides to stop. i hope we make it past 2...i would like to nurse for the natural duration.

Angela - posted on 06/16/2010

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I also have a 10 month old, i still breast feed her, i breast fed my second daughter for almost 16 months, she only wanted it when she was tired or did not feel well, as long as he wants you there is nothing wrong with that...I DO IT UNTIL THEY PRETTY MUCH WEAN THEMSELVES OFF, AND THAT IS WHAT MY 2ND DAUGHTER DID..........

Ginny - posted on 06/16/2010

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my baby turns the big 1 today and we are still breastfeeding. Every 4 hours or so 24/7. She is not so much on food and so we just nurse! She is healthy though, she weighs almost 25#'s and is in 18-24month clothes because of her height. I have thought about weaning her though, I would love more than 3 1/2 -4 hrs of sleep at once:) but she really likes to nurse so I don't know! and after a year you don't need formula anymore straight to the cow! I swear I should by a Jersey b/c of how much milk this family goes through!

Diana - posted on 06/16/2010

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I had always planned to breastfeed for the WHO's recommendation of a *minimum* of 2 years. Now that I've met many mothers that breastfeed long past this minimum and I see how beneficial it is (particularly when there is illness), I must say that I'll endeavour to feed until my child weans himself. At 20+ months I do see that the frequency of feeds is steadily declining, but whenever there is a growth spurt, an illness, an upset, or travel, I'm so glad that I still have this magical source of nourishment.

Pam - posted on 06/16/2010

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my daughter is 13 months and I'm still feeding her, its great during big transitions such as mommy going back to work, first cold from daycare, daycare....and its no biggie, if I want a night out, I can pump the night before and she will go down with a bottle if she is really tired :) happy feeding!

Heather - posted on 06/16/2010

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#1: 2 1/2yrs(he's 10 now)
#2: 20 mth then got preggers and he stopped(he's 5 now)
#3: 15 mth then got preggers again,lol,(she's almost 3)
#4: is 11 mths and he and I are still goin!

Mary - posted on 06/16/2010

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Jennifer, don't be sad about it. Whats done is done and you didn't know it would affect you that way. You will know what to avoid next time and to make different choices if you want to breastfeed longer. No use beating yourself up for something that already happened.

Sarah - posted on 06/16/2010

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My son self-weaned easily at 17 months (I think due to my new pregnancy, I was 2 months pregnant at the time, I heard it changes the taste of the milk). I was planning on weaning him at 18 months if he hadn't already done so.

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vowwwww...am so happy to know there are many souls who are breastfeeding for longer...i am breastfeeding my 15 mo old...n was thinking if i will be able to do longer...n now have gained the confidence n wud give it a strong go until he decides to stop ....yahoooo

Kim - posted on 06/16/2010

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You dont really need to put a 'time' on how long you should breastfeed for, it is a personal choice and as long as both you and your son are happy then it shouldn't matter. I fed both my boys until they were 2.5 years, basically from about 12-15months it was mainly a morning and evening feed unless they were sick then it might have been more frequent. My boys are now 8 and nearly 3 years, the youngest still refers to my breast as his! The World Health Organisation recommends breastfeeding for as long as possible,with a minimum of 2 years. Of course all women and children are different and this isn't always possible, any time spent breastfeeding is a benefit for both mother and baby so I say as long as you are both still enjoying 'your special time together' then there really is no need to worry. Hope this helps, Good Luck. X

Nicole - posted on 06/16/2010

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My son just weaned off at 30 months. It was only night feeding, and he just wasn't ready to give it up. The pediatrician said not to force it if they were two or under.

Linda - posted on 06/16/2010

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NURSED FOR 3 1/2 YEARS AND LOVED IT. MY DAUGHTER IS 4 1/2 NOW AND IS STILL TALKS ABOUT HOW YUMMY "NUMMIES" WERE! I WOULD HAVE NURSED LONGER BUT MY MILK WENT AWAY. ENJOY YOUR TIME WITH HIM! IT IS SUCH A WONDERFUL BONDING!

Meredith - posted on 06/16/2010

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I'm still nursing by 2 year old and 2 months, been on a slow wean, started cutting down at about 18 months, now just at night. Plan to try to be done by sometime this summer.

Beth - posted on 06/16/2010

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I breast feed my first until she was a little over 2. I lead the weaning and it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be for her to wean. She missed it more several months later. I am glad I nursed until she was 2.

Roxanne - posted on 06/16/2010

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i was told that if you wanna give cows milk you have to wait untill they are atleast 9 months of age no sooner. i don't personaly know because i am still breastfeeding and he hates milk.

Roxanne - posted on 06/16/2010

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my son is just about 18 months and i'm gna let him nurse untill he says hes done. it's my first time nursing and i have an older child but he was formula fed (there is alot behind that decission)so i want my little man 2 stop when hes ready to stop. keep going as long as you n ur little one can go.

Gretchen - posted on 06/16/2010

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My son nursed for 2 1/2 years, and I'm hoping my daughter will go that long, too! My son (who is now 3 1/2) probably would've nursed longer, but I got pregnant, and it was too painful.

Esther Adriana - posted on 06/16/2010

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i stopped nursing my baby at 12mos and gave him some formula and some whole milk. a little breast milk at night, formula and or whole milk during the day , as i was wheining him off breastfeeding.just start giving him whole milk little by little and see how he responds to it, if he doesnt have any bad side effects and isnt lactose intolerant than great just increase the amount you give him and he should be fine.

Mary - posted on 06/16/2010

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Our daughter is 1 and we plan on breast feeding until at least 2, longer if that is something she and I are interested in. For myself, I don't think there is a set "time" to stop. Breast milk never becomes unhealthy for our babies, research shows that it will always be giving baby exactly what they need. I liked a tip I heard about when people ask "when are you going to stop?" and the response could be, "in about 10 minutes she should be done". :)

Merry - posted on 06/16/2010

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Jennifer, if you want to stop using the birth control you could try a diaphragm. It is not hormones so it wont affect milk production and when used with spermacide its as effective as the pill. As for biting, try to nurse him when he is sleepy and when he bites remove him for a bit but in suppy issues dont end the feeding to quickly. go to LLL.int and find your local leader and you can call her and she is going to be well equipped to help you. its free and there are also meetings through LLL that support breastfeeding and you can ask questions and get great advice.

Jennifer - posted on 06/16/2010

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reading all of this is making me sad. i really dont want to be using powdered milk but i have no choice now. i offer him the boob but he just bites. i was hoping by him sucking on it, it will trigger some milk production, but no luck. stupid birth control. :(

Jennifer - posted on 06/16/2010

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My son is 9 months and I was going to breastfeed him until atleast a year, but I got on birth control and it stopped my milk production when he was 7 months, so I can no longer do it, also-he is getting a few teeth and likes to grind.....yikes! ouch!

Angel - posted on 06/16/2010

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1st son- 19 mths, 2nd son- 17 mths & I'm currently nursing my 3rd son who is 3 mths old. I plan on nursing him til at least 2 then I think I'll be ready to try for a girl! lol Nurse as long as u can, the benefits to your child are great & will last them a lifetime :)

Kendall - posted on 06/16/2010

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I'd like to add that although our youngest only nurses once or twice a day, there are some great benefits to keeping your milk supply for a longer time. When she gets sick or hurt, I can nurse her much more than usual and it is also very helpful when we travel, especially on airplanes!

Hilary - posted on 06/16/2010

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We're going on 13 months here, but have started the weaning process. We're down to 4 feeds a day, and have been dropping one feed per week, but since she's getting her molars now, we've sort of backed off on the weaning. I'll keep her at 4 feeds until I think she's ready for more, but I'd like to be done by August :)

Cira - posted on 06/16/2010

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I am still breastfeeding my 6th child she is 27 months old. The longest I've gone with my other child is 28 months. But this one is my last I am not in a rush to quit. You are doing a great job. Best of luck!

Merry - posted on 06/16/2010

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I'll also agree with the nursing strikes, weaning before a year would mean death in underdeveloped countries and in history too. babies really can have strikes but it is best to keep at it until it resolves. remember that formula and cows milk arent ideal food for baby and if you supplement you are opening the door for a strike. also if mom gives a large amount of solid foods then baby is likely to wean prematurelly even after one year, since it is documented that self weaning isnt going to happen before 2-2.5 years. we might not realize that our choices, like how much table foods we give, are actually parent initiated weaning.

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Totally agree. Babies don't self wean before 1 year for sure. I have a cousin that didn't realize that and thought her baby was done at 7 months and for sure he was just on a strike. So that was a bummer.

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I am still breastfeeding. My lovely girl is just over 1 year. i'll miss it when she decides she's done.

Erin - posted on 06/16/2010

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My son just turned a year old, and we are going strong. I can't imagine giving up this bond anytime soon!

Lily - posted on 06/16/2010

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20 months, i thought maybe she would want to breastfeed till she was 2 but she just slowly weaned herself off. Towards the end it was once a day, every other day until she finally just stopped.

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My daughter has just stopped breast feeding about a week after her second birthday. I left it up to her to decide when she wanted to stop.

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My son is 2 1/2 and I still breastfeed him. Mostly at naps and bedtime now but sometimes if he's having a crabby day, we nurse more often. I often wondered when I should stop. My daughter weened herself when she was only 9 months old! She decided she was done with nursing, LOL. It's nice to know there are other moms still nursing at this age like I am. I say do it as long as is comfortable for the both of you ☺

Mary - posted on 06/16/2010

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Longest, 3 years, shortest 18 months. (I was pregnant with the next one and I got too tender.)

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