How long is everyone planning on breastfeeding?

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Ive been breastfeeding for 1 month and a half now and im not sure how long i should breastfeed for.

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Denise - posted on 07/20/2009

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I am going to breastfeed at least until my daughter is 1 or older, is now 6 1/2 months old. I know a young woman who breastfeed until her son was 2 1/2 years old. He weaned his self, so I am hoping for the same thing. I the connection and bonding time my daughter and I have when I am nursing her. I think you should go as long as your comfortable. I am a single full time working mom and still breastfeed and express milk. It is more healthier and I have noticed that she is not likely to catch the bugs when they are going around the day care center.

Sonia - posted on 07/16/2009

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When I had my daughter, I planned on at least 1-2 years. Then, I learned about child-led weaning and decided to follow that with my children. Both my daughter and my son weaned themselves. My daughter nursed until 5 and my son weaned around 3.5 years.

Laura - posted on 07/09/2009

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I weaned my oldest daughter at 20 months. I had planned on letting her self-wean but found out I was pregnant. I have a VERY high metabolism that makes it VERY hard for me to gain weight, so I made the decision to wean her. Unless I come to a similar situation, I plan to let my children self-wean.

Liza - posted on 07/09/2009

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I tandum feed at the moment. My son is 3 years and still breastfeeds on demand and I also breastfeed my daugter of 9 months and I enjoy every presious moment of it!

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Tamara - posted on 08/16/2011

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When I first started breast feeding I thought I would only do it for 6 months, but ended up breastfeeding my son until he was 16 months. At which point he was the one who stopped it, which I was very happy with. You can breast feed for as long as u and your baby want to. Good luck.

Catina - posted on 07/26/2009

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my goal is for atleast a year.. she will be 2 months on aug.5th and we are going good, but everyday it gets easier and easier.. its a very special thing for me to be able to give her the best ever..

Marie - posted on 07/25/2009

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I would definitely go for at LEAST 6 months and if you can longer- one year. My baby weaned off breasfeeding at 14 months.

Dana - posted on 07/25/2009

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it is recommended for a minimum of two years by every major health organization. i will continue until my daughter weans herself.

Pauline - posted on 07/25/2009

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We practice child led weaning. My 2 year old is still nursing as well as my 4 month old. They will wean when they are ready.

Heather - posted on 07/25/2009

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my daughter is 14 months and we are still going strong. i plan on feeding her until she weans herself or until the age of two most likely. i am expecting #2 next year, so we'll see if she likes my changing milk in the months to come...

Jingle Veronica - posted on 07/24/2009

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I did for 2.years n 6 months for my 1st baby :) I plan the same with my 5 months old :)

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They recommend atleast 6 months! If your not liking it try going for atleast 3 months, if its still not your thing switch over. Atleast you tried and your baby got some great vitamins in them few months.

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I'm planning on about a year! I've heard of mom's breastfeeding their toddlers. I think it's great but I just don't think I could do it!

Regina - posted on 07/24/2009

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My first thought was at least 6 weeks. We didn't have a single problem so then I said at least 6 months. Still no problems. Kaden is almost 9 months and still nursing strong. However, with his seven teeth who knows... He bit me for the first time tonight. He just started food other than me and is loving it all. He also can now use a cup so, we will see. I will nurse him for as long as he needs to! ~LOVE HIM~

Kaienthokwas - posted on 07/24/2009

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Its totally up to you. I wanted to stop when my boy turned 6 months, well he's almost 6 months and I have no intentions of letting up now! The bond that you get with them while nursing is incredible. My husband tells me its ok to stop now and that I need a break once in awhile, but it doesn't even matter cause seriously how hard is it?! No need to wake up and fix a bottle during the night, no need to pack formula or bottles when going anywhere, sterilizing nipples - nope, paying an arm and a leg a month for formula when you have it all for free...so I think I'm still going to keep nursing even after 6 months, he doesn't eat as much and now that he's having cereal and homemade baby food, he's cut back alot on the nursing.

Heather - posted on 07/24/2009

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I believe you should do it as long as it works for you and your baby. Do not let anyone else decide for you. I nursed my son until he was 16 months and we weaned very easily using the "Don't offer, don't refuse" technique. My daughter is now 14 months and we are both nursing happily.

Sam - posted on 07/24/2009

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Harry is now nearly 8 months hoping to keep going till he's a year and then he can go straight onto cows milk & I won't have to sterilise. You've done the hardest part it gets much easier from now and you really get the benefits especially when you want to go out and stuff, It slows down when they start on solids I'm only doing it morning & night and once in the day now. Nothing more satisfying than looking at the rolls of fat on his legs and knowing its all down to my milk.

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So far, my oldest went to age 4, my middle is almost done (a couple of seconds at night) and she is almost 4, and I am pregnant again, so it seems that 4 is the magic number for us.

Ratchada - posted on 07/24/2009

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My Angela is turning to 1 year old in the next 2 weeks and she's still breastfeeds. I give her before nap, before sleep and any time she want during the night. I think the problem is I give her too much at night. Because I dont know when she's really hungry or want to calm herself to sleep. I heard that the 4 months baby can sleep longer without night feeding. I think I should try to learn more my baby when she's hungry or want to be calm. Oh..one thing..I wean her 2 times a day and will give her one more when she's 1 year old.

Ratchada - posted on 07/24/2009

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My Angela is turning to 1 year old in the next 2 weeks and she's still breastfeeds. I give her before nap, before sleep and any time she want during the night. I think the problem is I give her too much at night. Because I dont know when she's really hungry or want to calm herself to sleep. I heard that the 4 months baby can sleep longer without night feeding. I think I should try to learn more my baby when she's hungry or want to be calm. Oh..one thing..I wean her 2 times a day and will give her one more when she's 1 year old.

Tanya Lind - posted on 07/24/2009

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I was hopein my son would stop on his own as i have friends that have said theres just stop but here i am at nearly 18 months and he still shows no signs of stoppin so have given myself a stop date as we r tryin 4 another 1

Rivka - posted on 07/23/2009

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The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding exclusively for 6 months and then introducing solids, while continuing to breastfeed at least a year, weening when it is good for mom and baby.

Emily - posted on 07/23/2009

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My daughter is 3 months and I LOVE it! I have to start school again in a month, so I think I'm going to do formula in the morning while I'm there and then BF at night. I wasnt sure if it would hurt my milk supply though. I have a pump, but my two morning classes are 10min. apart, so I don't really have a break to pump. I have one day I have night classes, so I will be away from her almost the whole day :( But I'm planing on pumping enough for her to get Breastmilk on that night as well.

Nicole - posted on 07/23/2009

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my son is 13 months and we're still going strong... twice a day - in the morning when he wakes and before bed... i think i want him to wean himself... it's so good to hear from those moms that kept it going past the first 3 months... i'm a working mom and most of the moms i know stopped after 6 months... seeing other moms that kept it going makes me feel great!

Rachel - posted on 07/23/2009

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My sister is a registered dietician and she told me that you should breastfeed at least until their a 1yr old. That's what I'm doing and it's great.

Nicole - posted on 07/22/2009

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i breast feed for about 14 months but really its up to how long you feel comfortable about breast feeding and your child will show you when they are ready to stop sometimes

Grace - posted on 07/22/2009

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I plan to breastfeed for atleast a year. Then I go back to work full time so I'll bf whenever I can at that point. World Health Organization recommends bfing for 2 years.

Beth - posted on 07/22/2009

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You can breastfeed for however long you and your baby choose. It gets a little bit rocky once he/she starts teething heavily (around 6 months for most moms), but if you hang in there you will work through it just fine. Check with your hospita or birthing center. Most of them have weekly breastfeeding support groups or can refer you to one at another location. There are always websites like La Leche League's site (just google their name). The American Academy of Pediatrics website has a links page that also has other good places to search for information. My kids all weaned themselves between 11 months and 20 months. You do what is right for you and your baby.

Hassana - posted on 07/22/2009

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I'm at 3 months and not sure how long I will continue. It is such a commitment, I take it day by day, week by week. I am looking forward to when he starts eating solids to see if breastfeeding will be less demanding, and will decide from there how much longer I go.

Brandie - posted on 07/22/2009

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It's your decision. You'll know when it's time for you & your baby to stop. I quit breastfeeding at 13 months & started weening him off at 1 year. Let me just warn you that his little teeth hurt so much it was easy to do!

ELSPETH - posted on 07/22/2009

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Breastfeeding Peer Supporter and Health Professional:



As long as you're both enjoying it, that's the important thing :0)

The recommended period is for at least six months...however, as every feed you give to your baby is beneficial, it's probably best to go with the flow (pardon the pun).



Personally I totally breastfeed until six months. That's the advice I'd been giving out to Mums for years as a Health Professional and so felt it best that I practised what I preached :-) Then carried on until my son was two years old. (Which is the World Health Organisation recommendation)



Hope this has been of help to you.

Sarah - posted on 07/22/2009

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Good question, and good job breastfeeding for a month and a half! In my opinion, you are through the initial awkward phase and for me it just kept getting easier. My son is 8 months and still breastfeeding, and it is so rewarding. Not to mention convenient, inexpensive, and most importantly, nutritious without equal! My goal is to go to at LEAST a year. It won't be any trouble, in fact, I will be so sad when its over. As long as you feel its best.... keep on truckin! Your baby will reap the benefits in a big way... my son is never sick! Best of luck to you and your baby.

Sarah - posted on 07/21/2009

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I breastfed my first for 15 months and I plan on 1 year this time around. He's already 4 months old so I'm on my way!

Tiffany - posted on 07/21/2009

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Personally 1 year worked for us, but I know the World Health Organization recommends 2 years and beyond, Its what works best for you and your family, Good Luck! Hope this helps!!

JC - posted on 07/21/2009

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I stopped nursing our son at 17 months when we had our daughter and i just stopped nursing our daughter at 12 months because i'm having a high risk pregnancy. I think i'll nurse the next baby till about a year.

Morgan - posted on 07/21/2009

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i plan on breastfeeding until shes at least 1 then after that i might continue with once or twice a day depending on her interest.

Gabi - posted on 07/21/2009

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I would say one year is the very longest...he's 5 months now and starting to ween himself already. We shall see!

Catherine - posted on 07/20/2009

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well i'm planning on breast feeding till my baby girl is at least one. From what i have heard any longer then that it's harder to wing them.

Jamie - posted on 07/20/2009

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like everyone b4 me has already said it is really up to u and your comfort level. Myself I breastfed my son untill he was 14 months. He more or less weened himself. I had originally planned to stop at a year, but he wasn't ready to give it up at that point so I continued. Now with my daughter it is a different story, we are still breastfeeding and we are goin into our 10th month, but this little girl likes to bite so not too sure how much longer i will keep it up. LOL.

But my mother told me that she breastfed me till I was 2 and a half, b/c I was so allergic to anything else. So like I said up to you and when you and your child are ready to stop.

Threasa - posted on 07/20/2009

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Hi. I have 2 kids one is 9 & the other is 7. I breast fed the 9 yr old until he was 10 months old & I fed the 7 yr.old until she was 2 1/2. I think it depends on the child. I would recomend @ least 6 months. I quit @ 10 months with my oldest because he lost interest and prefered big boy food, but my little girl would still be on the breast today if I would allow her. I think when thay are big enough to lift your your shirt and attach themselves it's time to quit.

Holly - posted on 07/20/2009

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I have been for almost 6 months! I plan on a year. They say a year is best for babies, so that is my goal.

Amy - posted on 07/20/2009

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I want to breastfeed my daughter till she is 1 like I did my oldest... My youngest is now 8 1/2 months and still going good :)

Tessa - posted on 07/20/2009

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I plan to breastfeed untill my daughter weans herself, which i dont think shes going to do in a hurry!

Jillisa - posted on 07/20/2009

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I breastfed my first til about a year and worked full time after she was 8 weeks old. Pumping is a lot of work, but so worth the rewards for the kids. She is now 2 1/2 and hardly ever gets sick. If she does get sick, it is mild, and I know it is from breastfeeding. In fact at 2 1/2 she's never even been given antibiotics because of all the good stuff she got from mommy's milk. She self weened at about a yr old. I now have a 6 week old and plan to nurse for atleast a yr with him.

Katrina - posted on 07/20/2009

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The recommendations I've read say internationally it is til 6 yrs. The US is a little conservative, so much earlier here usually. I planned on going til he was 4, and then after that he can decide. He turned 4 last month! He doesn't nurse every day, or at a specific time, but it is nice cuddle time for us. And I must admit, it is an ego boost to know he prefers my milk to chocolate milk!

Darlene - posted on 07/20/2009

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Well, I plan on breastfeeding her untill she is 12 months. With my son it took longer, I couldn't get him off me so I went a little longer with him,14 months! As long as you can do it, continue breastfeeding it is so much better for the baby. My sisters didn't breastfeed their kids and I've noticed that they all have gotten sick more times then my son has. It seemed like they were always getting sick, but not my son. So I do believe that it is important to continue as long as you can...Good luck:)

Heather - posted on 07/20/2009

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ive breast feed all my four children , my baby son now 10mths is still having feeds on the nights , i feed fully untill 3 wks ago . it really is up to you and your littleone, i must be honest its easier breast feeding than making up bottles and paying for powder milk when i had it on tap . ive enjoyed it myself . goodluck what ever u decide

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I'm hoping to breastfeed exclusively for at least the first three months. After that I'll probably need to go back to work at least part time, so I'm *hoping* to be able to pump and get a good stash going to bottle-feed breast milk when I'm not around. Otherwise I'll have to supplement with formula (the dreaded F-word!). I really don't want to supplement, but you have to do what you have to do...

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