how long did you breast feed for??
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Karri - posted on 06/15/2010
I nursed my daughter until just after her second birthday, when I had to wean her because I was halfway through an already-complicated pregnancy with my son when my daughter's nursing had started causing contractions.
And my son, who turns 2 next month, is still nursing once or twice a day. He is pretty much weaned, except for bedtime and, occasionally, naptime. I figure he'll probably give it up completely before he turns 3, LOL!
Magen - posted on 06/15/2010
I breastfed my daughter till she was 10 months, because I had to go back to work. My son will be 12 months next week and I still breastfeed him. He eats solids during the day but before bed and thru out the night he gets breastmilk.
Haley - posted on 06/15/2010
My son, Agustus, is almost 7 months old and he only BF once or twice a day, and it's usually just when he goes to sleep. I give him juice during the day and baby food at meal time. He loves it. I know the doctors say not to start cow milk until 1 year, but he likes it too. He hasn't had any problems on it. I give him Tri'Vi'Sol vitamins for infants. He's growing fine and very healthy. Has anyone else started cow milk before 1 year? Or does anyone have a comment?
Kirsten - posted on 06/15/2010
my youngest son is still breastfeeding at 20 months. my 4 year old weaned himself at abouta year. And I was only able to nurse my now 14 years old twin boys till about 6 months.(wish it had been longer). I am a true beliver that breast is best if you can do it. I plan on breast feeding this one until he is ready to stop (he is slowing down alot). I think you should breastfeed as long as your son wants to provided you feel comfortable doing it.
Kate - posted on 06/15/2010
I nursed my 2 kids for as long as they wanted. Turned out my boy started to like trying new foods gradually starting at 7 months old and my daughter at 8 months old (nearly 9). From then on, having mixed breast-feeding with other foods they were breast-fed less and less until it was just like a 'snack' and until it was stopped. They were respectively 12 and 14 months old then. But my daughter, now 4, still remembers it (it seems) and thinks it was "so cute".
Becca - posted on 06/15/2010
I breast fed all 4 of my kids and all for different amounts of time! My first 2 girls were about 6mo. old and done! My 3rd child was a boy and I breast fed him until 14 mo. when I was 2mo. pregnant with kid #4, My youngest is 2 now and she still wants a "boobie" but it is mostly as a night time comfort! She was done breast "feeding" about a week before she turned 2! I guess they are all different with different needs! With my youngest I did not have another baby shortly after (like with the rest) so I'm sure that has a bit to do with it!:) Also with my youngest I had to get creative because she still wanted a "boobie" all the time and she would wake up at night and want to sleep in our bed and feed ALL night long. I was just a human pacifier and was starting to get shoulder,neck and back pain so bad because of how I had to sleep to keep her happy at night! So I put waterproof band Aids on my nipples and told her " they are hurt/broken for now, but you can have a bottle and mommy will still rock you in the rocking chair." After 2 days she was sleeping through the night and my back was getting better! Like I said she still sometimes gets a "boobie" but not as a feeding just as a comfort and is not that offten anymore!
Cinda - posted on 06/15/2010
My son just turned 18 months & we are still breast feeding full time, in conjunction with regular table food.
Kathy Sutherland - YOU'RE MY HERO!! :o)
I'd LIKE to get pregnant w/ #2 soon & plan to continue nursing as long as I have milk & my son is interested. I plan to tandem nurse if I can.
Amanda - posted on 06/15/2010
I breast fed just a little over 12 months. I loved Breast feeding but I started feeling ready to stop. I had read a lot of women stop around a year old. I also heard it took a while to wean so I wanted to test it out and do it relaxed. It was easy for me. My son actually decided to stop all on his own. It was a very natural and gradual process. One of these days I will just learn to follow him and not try to plan things out so much. It was a wonderful experience and he is doing great. Now we are on Potty Training and again I just need to let him go with his plan. I'm fooling myself thinking I have a say.
Sarah - posted on 06/15/2010
With my first, I was prepared to breastfeed till 12 mo. But I found out that I was pregnant when she was 8 mo, so I stopped breastfeeding then. Now, with my second, I am shooting for around 9 mo. at least. I have hypothyroidism and I have to fight to keep my milk at times, so if I make it that far or futher great. If not, at least I've done it as long as I have.
Aimee - posted on 06/15/2010
We made it to 9 1/2 months but most of that was pumping, which ultimately made me have to stop, I wanted to make it to a year, but I was literally ripped to shreds and it took over a month to heal. Keep it up, Mama, you're doing great.
I nursed James full time until he was 5 months old and now we supplement with formula. He sleeps great, both with and without the formula bottle so I think sleeping has much more to do with scheduling and sleep training than anything else. Good luck with your decision.
Jaimie - posted on 06/15/2010
Hey punkin... i am reading this and got that you said your baby does not eat much solids...do you mean like Baby food or anything. Because my little man 11 and half month old is not wanting much at all either. I had abig break threw when he tried some toast.:) Other than that if it was not for my mild he would not grow. What all have you tried.
Jennifer - posted on 06/15/2010
Hi! I breastfed my daughter (she'll be 2 in less then a week!) until she self-weaned at almost 19 months. She also self-reduced herself down to twice daily, then once daily. It was always her choice! I'm so proud of her (and kinda miss it! It was "our" time).
Farah - posted on 06/15/2010
I nursed my oldest until 2 and have decided to do the same with my 18 month old. But it is up to you and your son on how long you bf, some baby's wean themselves before the mom is ready, but then there are some who would nurse until they were 20 if you let them LOL
Nancy - posted on 06/15/2010
I breastfed my little girl until she was 18 months old. We were down to one feeding and that was the night time one. I would have loved to continue until she was two + years old but due to work pressure for business travels, I had to stop. We still miss it.
Kate - posted on 06/15/2010
Fed No. 1 daughter til 15 months (& that included pumping for work)
Fed No. 2 daughter til 17 months (she refused to take a bottle from 7 months so she would wait to be fed)
currently feeding No. 3 (no. 1 son). He is 5 months and despite 4 bouts of mastitis (& one hospital trip) plan to feed to at least 12 months.
Wean when it works for you
Darlene - posted on 06/15/2010
My daughter is almost 17 months old and feeds on demand when we are together (I don't pump when at work, she takes cow's milk at daycare); I would go until she is 2 but am trying to get pregnant again and have been led to believe that nursing can, at times, interfere with getting pregnant (sadly, considering weaning her because of that).
Elysia - posted on 06/15/2010
i breast fed until 9months and only weaned to the bottle as i was 3 months pregnant and was already getting a tummy and i thought it would be easier on all involved if my son was on the bottle. and now that im 4weeks from delivery and HUGE i am glad i made that decision but i do miss it. oh well wont b long and ill b at it again
Lindsay - posted on 06/14/2010
I breastfed my first son until he self weaned himself at 11 1/2 months, after that his pedatrician put him straight onto cows milk. I am still breastfeeding my second son but he is only 7 1/2 months old. i plan on doing it until he is 1.
Merry - posted on 06/14/2010
eric is 14 months and i assume he will continue until he is between 2 and 3 years old. that is about the age where humans naturally wean. I like to parent in the most natural ways, not too extreme! but when it comes to how he eats i really want him to stay healthy!
Allison - posted on 06/14/2010
@Lacey and Jacquelyn - Ditto on the 2nd year breastmilk nutrition. Just FYI, the World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding until at least age 2 due to the health benefits.
All the recommendation I've seen from American Association of Pediatricians is to continue to at LEAST age 1, but as long after that as is feasible - due to the benefits of extended breastfeeding.
And I can attest that the emotional support for a breastfeeding toddler is SUPER beneficial :)
Lacey - posted on 06/14/2010
I work full time plus some in corporate America and wanted to say that, though it is frustrating sometimes, pumping has not been so bad, but definitely invest in a good pump! A good pump makes the world of difference. I got the pump in style by Medela. I am breast feeding my lil guy and he is only 3 months. I read a ton of research that said breast feeding beyond a year does not offer any additional nutritional value to the child or mother but still of course cost wise and convenience wise you are on the winning side. I intend to go a full year if he will let me but definitely hope to make it to the nine or ten month marker were docs say you are still contributing the vital nutrition.
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