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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Reema - posted on 07/17/2009

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I am currently breastfeeding for nearly 7 months and was getting little tired as I am full time working and have to pump at work and I have a 3 yr old as well. but reading the posts I think I will keep going for at least 5 more months till she is a year old. My first one was breastfed for 8 months.

Jackie - posted on 07/17/2009

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The longer you breastfeed the easier it gets. I wanted to stop in the begining but then my son weaned himself at 8 months and I wasnt ready. I could have breastfed until he was at least a year if he wanted to. It's a great connection that only the two of you can share, hang in there, but any amount of time you breastfeed benefits the baby so much!

Holly - posted on 07/17/2009

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for so long as mutually desired, but I would recommend stopping around 16 months

Krystal - posted on 07/17/2009

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the longer you breastfeed...the BETTER! We plan on breastfeeding for as long as possible. We are going to let him decide when he's done.

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As long as you can convince your body to produce milk :p



I made it to about a year before my milk dried up w/ my first two I'm hoping I can go longer with this one.

Vanessa - posted on 07/17/2009

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I am now at 3 months and loving it. I was so worried about breastfeeding before she was born and said 3 months would be it...Now there is no way. I will go definitely to 6 months and then see how it goes. She has a lot of food sensitivities so I am on such a restricted diet that I dont know if I can go on that much longer-here is hoping that she outgrows them and I can go on feeding her longer.

Vanessa - posted on 07/17/2009

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I am now at 3 months and loving it. I was so worried about breastfeeding before she was born and said 3 months would be it...Now there is no way. I will go definitely to 6 months and then see how it goes. She has a lot of food sensitivities so I am on such a restricted diet that I dont know if I can go on that much longer-here is hoping that she outgrows them and I can go on feeding her longer.

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Quoting Alicia:

i bf-ed my son till he was a little over 15 months old, which is storted than i really wanted to but he was just starting to left up my shirt in public and thats when i had to cut him off because i dont need to be paying for peoples therapy.





My son did this too, but instead of stopping I taught him that was not acceptable to do especially in public.  For us it was a good opportunity to learn there is a difference between what we do at home (private) and out in public.  He learned to ask me if he wants (at this point he called it his "wa wa's") to nurse.  So now (2.5yrs) he politely says, Mommy can I please nurse, I need nursy's, it is so cute.

Aimee - posted on 07/17/2009

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The first few months are the hardest but I have found with both mine that after 3 months when they settle into the big wide world our time feeding are the most precious times of the day. I fed my first for 12 months which was entirely led by her each feed dropped when she was ready and intend on doing the same with my 6 mth old to be honest I am dreading when she no longer wants breast as we are stopping at 2.

However I consider myself to be lucky to have been able to do this having had 2 5lb babies with fairly small appetites who I could satisfy and this isnt the case for so many. You should feel under no pressure to continue unless it is the right thing for you and your baby who will no doubt in a very loud voice let you know if its not right for him/her.

Enjoy it for as long as you can is my advice as each stage passes too quickly!!

Jill - posted on 07/17/2009

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My son just turned one last weekend and he is still breastfeeding. I will continue until he weans himself. He already is starting to and I really only feed him at night now and have quit pumping at work during the day. It is a decision that you only can make.

Liz - posted on 07/17/2009

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i been feeding for 7 months now and plan to continue until at least a year. don't worry about teeth either just move away from the breast when they bite and they soon work out that they won't get fed if they bite. my son does it mainly for comfort now

Heather - posted on 07/17/2009

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Any amount of time is better than none! I breastfed my first child six months, and wish I had done it longer because he got sick a lot. I breastfed my second child for 2 years and we both loved it and she is extremely healthy and smart. I just weaned my third child at 15 months and that was just about perfect. Try to do it for a year if you can.

Cara - posted on 07/17/2009

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Scarlett is 3 weeks from 1, and we are still going strong. Just started weaning a little onto formula so that when she is 1 she can drink milk from a cup easier. i am so glad I had the bonding time with her. And I saved at least 3,000 from not buying formula.

Samantha - posted on 07/17/2009

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i think im going to be stuck doing it forever. my daughter hayden is 7 months old.. and obsessed with nursing! she cant sleep without it! its the only way to get her to bed at night unless shes in the car or stroller or swing, but when i pick her up to put her in the bed she needs he breast to fall back asleep. im going to try to have her weaned at a year old.

ANDREA - posted on 07/17/2009

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I am planning on breastfeeding till he is a year. He is 7 months now and nurses 3 times a day, morning, afternoon, and night. He gets formula as well now. He was exclusively breast fed for the first 5 months. I plan to cut back on his nursing at 9 months and discontinue at 1year.

Nadia - posted on 07/17/2009

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I breastfed my first son Cooper for ten months then he bit me and drew blood , so i couldnt express and had to imedietly put him on formula. I am now breast feeding my second son Mason i am hoping to go for the same amount of time. I have heard that one year is a good amount of time.

Lilli - posted on 07/17/2009

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Hello :)

I think it's an individual thing, it's the best you can give your baby so as long as you're both doing well breastfeeding I think you can continue as long as you like really.. My friend breastfed for 1 year with both her daughters.. some countries like Canada recommend you breastfeed for up to 2 years!! I'm due in 6 weeks & planning to breastfeed for 1 year - but we'll see how it goes :) Good luck!!

Sondra - posted on 07/16/2009

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I nursed my first baby till she was 18 months, she weaned herself when i got preg for baby #2, and I Breast fed baby #2 for 19 months, till baby #3 was on the way! now baby #3 is 1 year old, and still nursing, even though he was born with a cleft lip, and had to go 2 1/2 weeks without nursing after his surgery when he was 4 months old. I just kept pumping until he could nurse again.

Denesia - posted on 07/16/2009

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I AM A BREASTFEEDING MOM AND I FIND IT IS GOOD TO BREASTFEED TILL THEY R LIKE 1 THEN START GETTING THEM OFF BREAST MLIK AND ON TO REGULAR MILK.

Nikki - posted on 07/16/2009

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My daughter is 9mo. and i plan to let her go as long as she wants it. But 18 mo. i think might be my cut off. seems a little odd for me personally after she starts to talk and know exactly what she is doing.

Jayde - posted on 07/16/2009

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how ever long u fell like it. I aim for a year or 2 maybe??? my daughter 8 months is a boobie addict hee hee...

Jennifer - posted on 07/16/2009

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We did breastmilk exclusively until 6 months, now slowing adding in solids. But I have no plans to wean her. I plan to actively try to keep her nursing until after 1 year (meaning, I pump now that she's eating more solids to keep my supply high), but after that I will leave it to her choice.

When you are deciding what is best for you and your baby, consider this: is the baby young enough that you feel you will need to supplement with formula if you wean now? If so, I would encourage you to keep breastfeeding. There is a fairly common idea that breastfeeding should stop at 6 months or so, but formula babies aren't taken off formula at 6 months....so why quit nursing?

Sherry - posted on 07/16/2009

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such a good thing to do for your baby. good for you! 12 months is recommended, but however long you can is good! congratulations on your new baby!

Christy - posted on 07/16/2009

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I breastfed for 23 months while my husband & I traveled 48 states w/our son. He self weaned and his first "solid" food @ 6.5 mos., thanks to his dad, was ice cream, LOL. Anyway, he is now 8.5 yrs old and has only been on antibiotics 2X in his whole life. He's literally never sick and has perfect height/weight proportion. I lost all of my "baby weight" before he was a couple months old. I am SO thankful everyday we shared that time together as he is always on the go now. Too many "expeienced"moms scolded me for "spoiling that baby". Thank goodness I did! He's so secure and comfortable w/himself he challenges himself and excels where others don't even try!

Karen - posted on 07/16/2009

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My son and I went 9 months and to tell you the truth I was very sad when he stopped. It was like our special time was gone and he was "growing up", I know it sounds silly but I was really bummed. It is all up to Mom and baby. The longer the better. Hang in there, it is the best thing you can do for them.

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Hopefully till she weans herself. I've only purposely weaned one of mine, and would prefer not to go that route again.

Kate - posted on 07/16/2009

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I would recommend at least a year, because your baby needs milk for the full first year. If breastfeeding is working, why change? I personally don't understand why someone would wean a baby who is 8 - 9 months onto formula when it would only be a few more months. I mean...why buy all the bottles and junk just for a couple months?



Personally my kids will self-wean. DD is almost 18 months and still nursing, and DS showed up this morning so we are tandem nursing now.

Billie Jo - posted on 07/16/2009

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As long as my daughter wants to.

AAP says at least one year and then as long as mom and baby want to continue.

WHO says 2years and then as long as mom and baby want to continue.

Christina - posted on 07/16/2009

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I plan to go with what the World Health Organization recommends and will breastfeed until 2. I'm not sure whether I will want to go much longer than that, I am planning to just wait and see how we feel when he turns 2.

Bobby - posted on 07/16/2009

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I applaud any mother who breastfeeds AT ALL. Having said that my personal goal is always a year.

Sheila - posted on 07/16/2009

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My goal was a year but we are going strong at 14 months. I don't see him wanting to give it up anytime soon. And I plan on letting him self wean

Janel - posted on 07/16/2009

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Believe in yourself and know that you make enough milk always! If you are going back to work I suggest investing in a good double pump and a peaceful environment to pump in otherwise it is hard to keep it up. If you can, try for a year, I actually was skinnier when I was breastfeeding then afterwards and I made it to 16 months with my second one he is 5 weeks and my goal is one year. Whatever your decision is best of luck to you.

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.

Shanda - posted on 07/16/2009

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My son is 7 months and still exclusively breastfed (no solids, which is his choice, not mine, LOL) and will not take a bottle. So I will definitely be nursing until he's at least a year, and then after that point, will nurse for as long as it is working for both him and me.

Elizabeth - posted on 07/16/2009

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I did nine months with my first. I would have gone longer, but I got pregnant with my second. I then nursed her for ten months, I would have gone longer, but I had to get a job and she wouldn't do boobie and bottle. With my next one, I plan on trying for a least a year. My feeling is that breast milk is way better than formula, so I would say at least a year, so they can go straight from the boobie to table food.

But it is up to you. There is something floating around out there that shows the benefits for nursing from one day until self weaning. If you would be interested in reading, I will find it. Just let me know. Hope that helped :)

Shonda - posted on 07/16/2009

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They say if you breastfeed its best to continue up to 6months. Both of my kids were different I was determined to make it only to a year. My oldest who is now 8 was breastfed only until she was 8months then I began to pump and do 1/2 & 1/2 until she was 1. Now my second child was a complete exception to all the rules. She never took a bottle so it was really hard for me to wean her. We made it to a year and I still coudnt wean her so I said 15mths was good then 18mths came and I literally had to fight her not to nurse long story short the week before her second bday I had to just send her away to stay wth friends unti my milk dried up. After that she still faught to get in my shirt for about 3mths after . So I say each chid is different listen to the baby and your body not doctors and friends Hope this helped

Jaime - posted on 07/16/2009

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Quoting Sherry:

Well it is good to go for 1 yr, that is what the Dr say, but if your milk supply is low than it is OK. The first few months are the most important anyway cause they get all those special things in the milk. I'm still nursing and my daughter will be 2 in Aug but she is only nursing at night now, but I'm trying to get her off and it is very hard. :( I need help with that?



my friend has to put a little mustard on her nipple, and tell her daughter "yucky boob"



then when she tries to nurse she doesn't like it.



good luck!

Donna - posted on 07/16/2009

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i firmly believe in breastfeeding for as long as you possibly can....I wasn't working then, when my kids were born 25,23, and 17 yrs ago, and I nursed about l5-l8 months. Obviously as they get older you introduce foods, juices and nursing becomes less and less, but you never regret having done it! I only nursed my oldests for 2.5 months, I had post partum depresssion, and he was FUSSY, cried all the time, and i had no support, and as they grew, he was always the sickest of my three......sure other factors involved, but my older two have not had weight problems, allergies, colds, etc. nothing like my oldest...also it creates such a bond with mom and child, altho I realize lots of moms regard nursing as too confining, it is at first! But you get over it.....I nursed everywhere, never openly in public, no point, I prefered anywhere out of the mainstream of ppl, or where I knew they wouldn't notice......ppl have gotten so strange now, I never had one comment made to me, but know plenty of parents now who've had rude things said to them even tho they were being discreet......bottom line, I'd do it all over again.

Sarah - posted on 07/16/2009

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I would leave that pediatrician ASAP. That is the biggest line of bull I have ever heard, with all due respect, of course.

Jaime - posted on 07/16/2009

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my pediatrician told me to have my daughter weened from both breast and bottle by 1 year. i did what she said and i am so happy i listened to the doctor! i have a friend who hasn't weened her 19 month old, and she asks for it, cries for it, and throws tantrums! it is really easy to have them on the cup by a year, after that it gets harder and harder. if you want them to have breast milk after a year, keep pumping and give it to them in a sippy cup. the avent cups with the soft top are good transition cups, also they make breast pump adapters for avent so you can pump straight into the cup! you can get it at www.bestbuybaby.com sorry for the novel, i hope this has helped.

Sarah - posted on 07/16/2009

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I've been breastfeeding one year already and plan on child led weaning. As much as you can do is the best thing. The World Health Organization says 2yrs minimum.

Sherry - posted on 07/16/2009

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Well it is good to go for 1 yr, that is what the Dr say, but if your milk supply is low than it is OK. The first few months are the most important anyway cause they get all those special things in the milk. I'm still nursing and my daughter will be 2 in Aug but she is only nursing at night now, but I'm trying to get her off and it is very hard. :( I need help with that?

Andrea - posted on 07/16/2009

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My oldest son is 5 and I nursed him till 29 months.....I was working full time and pumped till 14 months, after that it was just on weekends and in the morning and night. My younger son is 15 months and is still nursing, 3-4 times a day. I am fortunate to be home with him, but he LOVES food so I think that limits the amount of milk he wants.

Shannon - posted on 07/16/2009

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I been breastfeeding 6 months now, i love it, its so good for the baby so i advise you to do it as long as u can, i plan on stopping around a year, I gain 55 pounds with my son an as of now, i lost 55 pounds, its def from BF an i watch what i eat, dont exercise either, take a few walks sumtimes. Good luck with it!

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