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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Karri - posted on 06/15/2010

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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

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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.

Michelle - posted on 06/15/2010

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My daughter s 16 months. She has regular food, juice and water during the day and at night she still wants to breast feed. I am going to continue until she is ready to self wean.

Demetra - posted on 06/15/2010

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1st child - 26 months
2nd child - 6 months
3rd child - 12 months

I had to return to work with my 2nd and 3rd child. I would have to loved to continued.

Haley - posted on 06/15/2010

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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

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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.

Jacqueline - posted on 06/15/2010

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my daughter is 2 1/2 we are planning on going till she self weans much research says truly baby led weaning happens at around 3-4 years age

Kate - posted on 06/15/2010

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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

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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!

La Toya - posted on 06/15/2010

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i BF my oldest son for 3mons, i was in school @ the time so i couldnt do it full time like i wanted 2. i nursed my daughter till she was almost 2 and i will do the same with my youngest son. 2yrs is max for me!

Cinda - posted on 06/15/2010

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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

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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.

Amanda

Sarah - posted on 06/15/2010

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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.

Jenna - posted on 06/15/2010

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Son 1: 33 months (almost 3)
Son 2: 17 months (also nursed Son 1 that whole time)
Son 3: is 15 months old and breastfeeding still, and will be until he's done.

Aimee - posted on 06/15/2010

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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.

Mara - posted on 06/15/2010

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I nursed my daughter exclusively for 10 months, and by 14 months she was down to one feeding in morning and one feeding before bed. She let me know when she was ready to stop. Hoping to do the same when we are ready for baby #2.

Colette - posted on 06/15/2010

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My son is 17 months and still enjoying his nursing throughout the day and night. I plan to continue until he's ready to give it up.

Jina - posted on 06/15/2010

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Skyla is almost 21 months and has no intention of ever giving up. I get a lot of pressure from family and friend though. I think that it is not harming her so what's the problem.

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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

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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.

Shannon - posted on 06/15/2010

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My son now 12 nursed weaned when he was 3 1/2 y/o and my daughter who will be 3 at the end of July weaned in January right before turning 2 1/2 y/o! And I'm very glad I did it! When they are ready they will stop.

Jennifer - posted on 06/15/2010

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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).

Amanda - posted on 06/15/2010

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Daugther 1 - 2 years (12 years old now)

Son - 3 1/2 years (10 years old now)

Daugther 2 - 2 years in july

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both my oldest self weaned at 3 1/2 years old
and they were tandem for 2 1/2 of those

I believe in extended breastfeeding and child led wean.

Farah - posted on 06/15/2010

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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

Wee Chi - posted on 06/15/2010

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still breastfeeding my baby girl who just turn 18mths. For my elder daughter, I stopped when she turned 2 yrs old. For my baby girl now, intend to stop when she is about 2yr old too.

Nancy - posted on 06/15/2010

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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.

Janneke - posted on 06/15/2010

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My daughter breasfed until she was just over 15 months. She weaned herself. She's a happy, healthy almost-2 year old! I plan on nursing the next one for as long as s/he wants to...

Sarah - posted on 06/15/2010

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JUST weaned 2 weeks ago at 10.5 months. She just wasn't into it anymore and I was tired of struggling to get her to BF. I feel that 10 mos is a good stretch...

Kate - posted on 06/15/2010

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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

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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).

Jackie - posted on 06/15/2010

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I breastfeed my daughter until she was 18 months...she weaned herself because I was pregnant.

Elysia - posted on 06/15/2010

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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

Julie - posted on 06/14/2010

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hi there

my son is 21 months and he is still breast fed usually before bed and a couple to a few times during the day....he refuses to give it up and I don't really mind as we have a strong bond (and he likes to be snuggled)

Lindsay - posted on 06/14/2010

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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.

Nikki - posted on 06/14/2010

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Hi Laura, after a baby is 12 months old, there is no need (if you do not want to) breastfeed or formula feed as from 12 months they are able to have cow's milk plus their solids.

Tracy - posted on 06/14/2010

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I nursed my son for one year and am planning on doing the same with my daughter.

Lita - posted on 06/14/2010

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Still breastfeeding my twin girls. They are 16months old. Want to stop because my nipples are getting really sore from them biting down on them. Will probably stop when they are ready to get off.

Merry - posted on 06/14/2010

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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

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@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.

http://www.who.int/nutrition/topics/infa...



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 :)

Jacqueline - posted on 06/14/2010

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20 months, I wanted to go to 2 years but I got pregnant and wanted to wein before the new bay arrives in October

Hayley - posted on 06/14/2010

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14 months 4 my 1st. she weaned herself of. and am curently bfing my 15wk old

Jacquelyn - posted on 06/14/2010

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daughter#1- 2.5 yrs
daughter#2 - 3yrs
daughter #3 still nursing she is only 7 months old

Jacquelyn - posted on 06/14/2010

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@Lacey, actually the antibodies during the second year are higher to protect them from all the germs they wil find as they become mobile.

Lacey - posted on 06/14/2010

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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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