Should I listen to others about stopping breastfeeding at 15 months??

Ashley - posted on 02/16/2010 ( 204 moms have responded )

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My son is almost 15 months and is still breastfeeding, I am gettin galot of negativity about this. Many people, most of who are nor very educated on breastfeeding seem to be giving me a hard time, neither my son or I are 100% ready to stop breastfeeding, but all the negativity has made me believe I should stop. He doesn't take a pacifier so I think he still needs to sucking for comfort. I don't have to support that I use to, so it's getting extremely difficult. Should I just continue breastfeeding or is really time to start trying to wean him????

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Sarah - posted on 02/16/2010

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It's hard as a new mom to tell your family and friends that you don't agree with them and have different plans for YOUR child. It's a very delicate situation to let them know that you are firm about what you want to do without insulting them. You can state your facts: breastfeeding provides proteins, nutrients, and antibodies that cow's milk and formula can't. It reduces the incidents of illness, and reduces the risk of childhood obesity. Or you can just say, 'it's worked well so far, so I'm going to stick to it.'

It's hard, but YOU ultimately decide what's best for your child, and sometimes telling your family, friends, etc that plainly is what you need to do.

Julie-Anne - posted on 02/17/2010

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ALL of these mums have great advice - KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!! I've felt the same negativity, sometimes feeling pressured that I'm not doing the right thing...but I've decided to stop listening to them and just listen to what my 15-month-old son and I need. I have concluded that anyone who gives me grief about me still feeding my son is jealous that they didn't do the same thing, and now remind these pessimists that the World Health Organisation (and the Australian Breastfeeding Association) recommend breastfeeding for two years. That seems to keep them quiet, and after all it is our decision - I know I'm doing what is best for my son and I - there's nothing better that I could possibly give him. Keep it up Ashley!! :)

Miranda - posted on 02/17/2010

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I weaned @ 13 mos bc of pressure from family and coworkers. I thought *I* was ready bc of all the lines I was fed *get your body back*... but he was sooooo soooo upset and it was pretty emotional, so now Bfg my 3rd, I will just follow his signs.

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I am still nursing my son who is 2 and a half. He doesn't nurse very much, but he really seems to need the comfort and it helps me get him down for a nap and to bed at night. When he hurts himself nursing makes him feel better instantly and when he's sick and won't eat anything else it makes me feel good to know that he's getting something nutritious. I nursed my daughter until she was three and I'll wean my son when he seems to be ready. I'm sure some people will think that I'm crazy or extreme, but for me this was about what my kids need and want... not what other people think. My daughter is very secure and strong and so is my son. I have no regrets. Just do what's best for you and your son. You're a good mom. Good luck!

Becky - posted on 02/16/2010

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The only right time to wean is when you and your child are ready for it (or when you have no choice for a medical reason or something.) There is no magic age when you "should" wean. I know it's hard when you don't have your family's support, and even harder when they openly criticise you, but ultimately, you need to do what is best for your child, and only you, not they, know what that is. If you're not ready to wean, don't let them bully you into doing it!

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Kristina - posted on 02/28/2010

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I am the Mother of three now adult children and one grandchild. All of my children nursed well past one year. The youngest did not wean until after her fourth birthday. When she was two--the week of her birthday--she developed pneumonia. The only thing she would do for five days was nurse! I am confident that had she not been nursing she would have ended up dehydrating and being hospitalized. I feel a need to share that in Japan, if one is still not nursing 1-2 times per day when a child enters kindergarten, one is considered neglectful! I also had all of my children while on active duty in the Navy and still managed! It was not easy, but nursing helped build a trusting relationship, and all three of my children are independently functioning adults with graduate degrees!

Katie - posted on 02/28/2010

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i stopped breast feedin 2 weeks ago mainly due to me tellin ppl that wen he was 1 i was goin to stop n then everyone kept askin me weni was goin to do it so i stopped i missed it alot it made me feel a bit useless as a mum cuz now hes very independant hed come to me all the time for breast but now he just plays without me, weve both adjusted to it now tho an everythings ok hes a different boy now, i do believe that the harder u leave it the harder it will b for u to stop but its ur choice if u want to carry on then do so, some ppl dont stop till there child is 2 so stil plenty of time

Estephany - posted on 02/28/2010

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Hello Ashley, My daughter just turn 2years on February 20 and I'm still breastfeeding, She is super smart never been under the weather,(sick) She is more healthy than her brothers, that didn't get enough, breastfeeding... so I say screw what the other say, is your body your baby and what you are doing is perfectly normal, Plus your beautiful baby, is growing his immune system strong and healthy, is the best thing a mother can give to a child i learn that the hard way, my son who is almost 4 years old has a lot of feet pain complains, he wears 2T clothes wild her sister is in 2T closes too, they are almost the same size, and he never breastfeed, so don't let other decide what is better for you and your son, because after all is you the one that will end up taking care of him when he is sick... you are the mommy and best of all you burn a lot of calories wild breastfeeding LOL, don't STOP something so beautiful..... I hope I hekp you some how, God bless you and your baby...

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I think you should keep going because you said the magic words.. NOT READY TO STOP. So don't . My daughter is 3 1/2 and just weaned herself ... and if you don't think I got that "look " . I certainly did ... but what part of "It isn't your business" is so difficult ? My doctor is amazed at how well she's doing. Studies are coming out now that show the longer you nurse , the better your kids mental health and ability to calm themselves ... I mean what did women do BEFORE formula? And who says that at a year you HAVE TO stop.... So your baby is 364 days old wants his milk and then the next day he's too old? C'mon. If you need any support or anything , by all means contact me . You stop when he's ready or you're ready and don't stop until you are because when it's done .... it's done . Good luck to you

Melissa - posted on 02/27/2010

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it all depends on you and your son. who cares what others say or think, they say jump off a bridge....will you? lol, i know, people can be rude and annoying and all that, but it's all up to you. i know people who breastfeed til they are 3 or 4 (which is too old in my opinion). is 15 months too old for the bottle? no its not. my son was on the bottle til he was 3, it was hard to wean him off even at that age, give it til your child is at least 2 years old. wean him slowly off of the breast a few months before so he will get use to having it less and less, try introducing a sippy cup to him. hope that helps, my email is anime__kittie2@hotmail.com if youd like to talk more. i dont breastfeed, it's a great bond though, i breastfed my son for 3 weeks (didnt work out not enough milk) breast fed my daughter for 7 weeks (worked great, i loved the bond, but i was getting too exhausted, she wanted the nippie all the time, so i put her on the bottle. im not tired anymore, i have more energy to spend time with my kids now!)

Melissa - posted on 02/27/2010

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it all depends on you and your son. who cares what others say or think, they say jump off a bridge....will you? lol, i know, people can be rude and annoying and all that, but it's all up to you. i know people who breastfeed til they are 3 or 4 (which is too old in my opinion). is 15 months too old for the bottle? no its not. my son was on the bottle til he was 3, it was hard to wean him off even at that age, give it til your child is at least 2 years old. wean him slowly off of the breast a few months before so he will get use to having it less and less, try introducing a sippy cup to him. hope that helps, my email is anime__kittie2@hotmail.com if youd like to talk more. i dont breastfeed, it's a great bond though, i breastfed my son for 3 weeks (didnt work out not enough milk) breast fed my daughter for 7 weeks (worked great, i loved the bond, but i was getting too exhausted, she wanted the nippie all the time, so i put her on the bottle. im not tired anymore, i have more energy to spend time with my kids now!)

Julie - posted on 02/27/2010

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I'm still bf my 18 month old and I'm pregnant again. I also have a 5 year old who I decided to let self wean so I've been where you are now with regards to people giving their opinion on when I should stop. I remember it was a very stressful time and I did a lot of soul searching before deciding I would let him self wean because he simply wasnt ready. By the time he was 2 people just stopped commenting on it - I think by then they'd accepted he was still bf and that was that. They also stopped asking when I would stop - I think they were afraid of my answer lol. Between 9 and 18 months seemed to be the period most people had an opinion on it. This time no-ones gave their opinion I think they realise theres no point and I will keep doing it whatever they think but it helps that I'm more confident now. Find out if there is a La Leche group near you as this is a great place to meet other mothers who are bf toddlers. It does help to have support but if you cant get that from your family perhaps you can get it from other parents in your situation. Good luck.

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Do what is right for you and your babe!! My son is almost 2 and I am still breastfeeding. He is very happy and secure, and we have a unique bond. It helps that my husband is supportive too. Did you know that Plunket NZ encourages b/feeding until 2? The pros for the child far out weigh any negative close minded comments/opinions others may have. Some are unable to breastfeed at all. I say you go for as long as is right for you and your child. We must trust our instincts! God Bless you xxx

Leanne - posted on 02/25/2010

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I am with you on this. I am having the same issues with my son and I.. he nurses at night and in the morning. and of course if he gets hurt or upset thats what he wants...

Claire - posted on 02/25/2010

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Good on you Ashley for breastfeeding for 15 months so far! Im sorry you don't have the support of those around you to continue on, It does make it hard! Listen to your instincts, and don't stop if you or bubs are not ready. Their are still so many wonderful inportant benefits of feeding your son past 15 months, for your son and you. Please don't be discouraged from the negative oppinions of others, their is a huge community of Mums out there who feed their children into toddlerhood and beond, so you're not alone, even if it feels like you are sometimes. Stick to your beliefs, you are doing your son a huge justice by choosing to continue to feed him - It's just a shame those around you are less educated and can't see it! Instead of asking should I wean him? Turn the question around and ask what is the benefit of weaning him now? and of course for your son, their probably isn't any! Goodluck!

April - I'm so sorry you don't have the support of your family - and they think they can wean your son for you! I can't believe your Mum pored your breastmilk down the sink - for - Juice! My god! I would've been angry! stick to your guns, good on you!

Ora - posted on 02/25/2010

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I vote for continuing too! People don't understand but it is whatever is best for you and your little one- make the most of your time with him- it goes fast!

Carrie - posted on 02/25/2010

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Don't let anyone tell you when to stop nursing. It's still the best for your child. My youngest is 22 months and still nurses. He knows that on a bad day it will calm him down and give him the connection that he feels he is missing. I just went back to work. He has a great temperment. My in-laws and husband were giving me grief about it and I know it what is best for Wyatte. He will stop when he is ready. And so will yours. Just hold to your guns. Don't let someone tell you they know what is best for your child. They don't.

Sherron - posted on 02/25/2010

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At fifteen months, is he getting nourishment other than breastfeeding? Then you and he are already weaning. Some people may think that because he and you still have this close relationship, he is being deprived of socialization. What do you think about his progress? Both of these points are ideas you can use to change the conversation from weaning to the happy growth of your son.

Vanessa - posted on 02/25/2010

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I am planning to impliment Baby lead weaning.. and to be completely honest you should be commended on your Bfing. the APA says you should breast feed for AT LEAST a year and prefers if mothers continue to 2yrs. So whom ever is tell ing you to wean in NOT educated at all. I hope we make it to 15months and i hope to 2 yrs. you go MOMMA!!!

Catrin - posted on 02/25/2010

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NO do not let the bullies win. Why should your child suffer because other people have bizzare ideas. I was breast fed untill i was14 months, and my mom says i stopped, not her. i will continue to feed my baby for as long as she needs it. world health organosation suggests breastfeeding your baby until at least 24 months. There are only 2 reasons to give up breastfeeding. 1.you want to and 2. baby wants to.

Stay strong and enjoy yor special time with your baby. when it's gone, it's gone

Catrin - posted on 02/25/2010

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NO do not let the bullies win. Why should your child suffer because other people have bizzare ideas. I was breast fed untill i was14 months, and my mom says i stopped, not her. i will continue to feed my baby for as long as she needs it. world health organosation suggests breastfeeding your baby until at least 24 months. There are only 2 reasons to give up breastfeeding. 1.you want to and 2. baby wants to.

Stay strong and enjoy yor special time with your baby. when it's gone, it's gone

Alyson - posted on 02/25/2010

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Keep going if you and your son want to! My girl is nearly 5 months, and I said I would feed until 6 months, but no way I am stopping now! Hope I get as far as you x

Emma - posted on 02/25/2010

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It has been wonderful to read all of these positive responses from Mums who understand how beautiful and natural breastfeeding is. My daughter is now 8 months old and I am already starting to get comments (from people who have not breastfed) that I should stop soon, making me feel like I am doing something wrong rather than what is best for my baby. I have told family members who have asked that I am planning to bf until she is 1 but am worried about their response if I decide that I want to continue. Where did things go wrong that so many people think it is better to give a baby a bottle or that breastfeeding should only be for a short while - most of my husbands family seem to think you should bf but only for a few weeks and then stop, has anyone else come across this?

Heather - posted on 02/24/2010

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I nursed my 1st for 2 1/2 yrs #2 and 3 almost that long. My youngest is only 7mths we will see how long we go! Just hang in there and keep doing whatever makes you and your baby happy!

Kate - posted on 02/24/2010

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ONLY YOU know what's best for you and your baby. I say you go girl! And if you can educate others about breastfeeding thru this, great!

Heather - posted on 02/24/2010

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I nursed my 1st for 2 1/2 yrs #2 and 3 almost that long. My youngest is only 7mths we will see how long we go! Just hang in there and keep doing whatever makes you and your baby happy!

Jane - posted on 02/24/2010

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He will wean one day when he is ready, just do not listen to others who as you know are not educated on this. Join La Leche League, nurse as long as you like! It is recommended until at least until age 1 and thereafter as long as mutually desired. It's healthy! :)

Tracy - posted on 02/24/2010

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NO! breastfed babies are proven to be much smarter. They have much better brain development. Please don't let anyone pressure you into stopping before you and your baby are ready. Do your research, babies can nurse for up to 5yrs in some cases. When you and baby are ready that is when and only when you should stop. Please contact your local LaLeche league for support they are really great! I met some wonderful people in my local area through them.

Kelly - posted on 02/24/2010

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You should absolutely do what feels right to you!!!! Dont listen to what others say.. Your the mother and you know what is best for your son. Also, I think that people forget that breastmilk is natures perfect food!! You can not feed him anything more nutritious than your milk. You are doing the right thing... and should continue to do so. Good for you!! I breastfeed my son untill he was 30 months.. lol Exclusively for the first year and then breastfeed "on demand" and then to only nightly feedings for the last 6 months. I can honestly tell you it was the best thing I could have ever done as a mother. He is a very healthy, happy, smart 7 year old today. When I think back to the days of breastfeeding, I did what worked for us and what made us happy.. Never listening to what others said. I was following my motherly instinct and you should too!! Best of luck to you!

Kathy - posted on 02/24/2010

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I know how hard it can be with a lack of support. The way that worked best for me was thinking in the back of my head that as my child's Mother it is my job to protect them and shelter them from harm. This is just one of the first of many battles that I am sure I will endure to ensure that my baby is raised the way that I want it to be raised. You are the Mother of the child and you KNOW what is right and best for your child.

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I was reading your post about you planning to have another child. I can tell you that i was breastfeeding while i was pregnant with my second child and then tandem feeding when the little one was born. I know it's a little extreme, right, but i couldn't bear to see my older one hurt he was so upset that he no longer was my little baby and i gave in. i have to say i would do it again in a heartbeat. It was hard sometimes they attacked me like hyenas but it was all good. i'm still breastfeeding my three year old but i wouldn't mind if he stoped now, ha ha.

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Listen, you are his mother! You make the decisions. Ask people to give you a sound reason to stop. No one will come up with a scientific reason. They will say things like its just groce , he's to big whatever. those are not good reasons. Non of them are. I have been breastfeeding for 6 years non stop. granted i have two children. my baby is 3 years old and still needs his moma. We have agreed to only feed when we are at home and we have no company. Put your foot down to leave you alone. If breastfeeding is what you want to do then stand up and tell them. When they have children they can make their own decisions. Just tell them that. This is the first battle to protect your child. There will be many more. Good Luck Dear.

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don't give in to the pressure... 15 months is still very young to stop bf. My daughter loved to nurse at that age, and she also would suck her thumb.. I would always try to get her to nurse instead of suck her thumb...at a little over 18 months old, she stopped sucking her thumb all together, at 23 months I gently slowly weaned her..and she was totally OK with it..(not that you need to stop at 23 months either, but thats what I chose for us) what I was very thankful for is that I kept bf till she had forgotten about her thumb, otherwise I'm sure she might still be sucking her thumb today...if he's not ready yet don't make him quit early....keep up the good work.... and wait until he seems more ready...and then only go slow slow slow, or just let him nurse until he is done. I know it can be hard, but you won't regret sticking with it!

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don't give in to the pressure... 15 months is still very young to stop bf. My daughter loved to nurse at that age, and she also would suck her thumb.. I would always try to get her to nurse instead of suck her thumb...at a little over 18 months old, she stopped sucking her thumb all together, at 23 months I gently slowly weaned her..and she was totally OK with it..(not that you need to stop at 23 months either, but thats what I chose for us) what I was very thankful for is that I kept bf till she had forgotten about her thumb, otherwise I'm sure she might still be sucking her thumb today...if he's not ready yet don't make him quit early....keep up the good work.... and wait until he seems more ready...and then only go slow slow slow, or just let him nurse until he is done. I know it can be hard, but you won't regret sticking with it!

Rebecca - posted on 02/23/2010

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I am getting the same issues from people about me nursing my 20 month old.Everryone is encouraging me to stop.Saying it would be good for me to have my time and body back.Honstly the thought of stopping brings me to tears.We only nurse at nap time and bedtime and occasionally when she isnt feeling good or just wants cuddled.I never thought I would go this long. I nursed my twins for 10.5 months, it was a constant struggle nursing them and I was so glad to be done.If I had known more back then I would have kept going. Its your choice and your right to breastfeed as long as you want. Your family and friends should be praising you not discouraging you. WTG Mamma keep up the good work!!

Kemi-Alicia - posted on 02/23/2010

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I agree with Teresa Wintersteen and the other moms, only do what you feel is best for you and your baby.



i plan on nursing my 20month old daughter until she is ready to quit and right now she's showing no signs of that... if she hasn't weaned herself by 3 maybe then I'll think about it as i plan to have another kid and it might be tricky nursing both

Cindi - posted on 02/23/2010

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You've gotten some great advise here, so I will keep this short...



Breast is best! Best for your son, best for you. Go from the brest to a sippy cup... my son weaned at 23 months. World Health Organization recommends 2 years or longer!!! Try getting them some information, or just ignore them! ;)

Angela - posted on 02/23/2010

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1st off, well done for feeding for so long. i couldn't convince my son to feed for longer than 8 months. i would say that as long as you and your son are happy then keep going. give up when your both ready. if you wanted to start weaning or don't want to feed in public anymore then just feed 1st thing in the morning and during the eve/night feeds. its your buisness no one elses, its not easy but don't let other peoples opinions pressure you into a decision your not happy with. i wish you all the best.

Jennifer - posted on 02/23/2010

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You are not alone. I am not getting pressured by family but I feel awkward when people ask if my kids are still nursing. My youngest is two and a half and she just weaned herself from days right after her bottom two year molars came through, she still nurses at bedtime and once or twice in the middle of the night and in the morning. My oldest is just about four and we are working on getting her off milk. She only has it to sleep every second night. I have been going with my children's needs, not what I think other people want. My friends know and they wonder how I do it, but they never tell me to stop. Your son will either show signs he when he is ready to stop or he will just stop. I have just had to give a little push when i see the signs. I don't think you should just cut him off though. He obviously needs it.

Tiffany - posted on 02/23/2010

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You do what you feel is right for you and your son. My son started weaning himself off the breast at 10 months... He was so active that he would not stay still long enough to complete a feeding. I wanted to keep going but he was ready so I let him make the choice. I am just lucky he still takes the time to slow down and cuddle with me now! LOL He is 17 months old now and thinks he is a little man already. Before formula was ever invented people used to breast feed their children until they were at least 2-3 years old. Back then kids that were weaned off the breast as early as most kids now are would get sickly and sometimes even die. It is amazing to me that people now can put you down for doing what is the most natural thing in the world! You keep going strong and take care of you and that little boy.

Caroline - posted on 02/23/2010

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Absolutely not! You should not stop breastfeeding until you and/or your son are completely ready! Do not listen to what others say. Your breast milk is wonderful for your son!

Sarah - posted on 02/23/2010

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My son is 17 months and he is still breastfeeding, I am also expecting my 2nd baby - I like you were worried about this and my midwife has encouraged me to continue to do so until my son is natural ready to give up. Just remember you are doing the best you can for your son. If you suddenly give up it will cause him stress and that is the last thing you want. Most breastfed babies give up when they are ready!! Good luck x

Molly - posted on 02/23/2010

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Why are you lettng other people who are NOT the parent try to make your parenting decisons? there's NO reason to stop unless the baby is ready! When he's obviously not! Your child is getting WHAT HE'S SUPPOSED TO at this age, breastmilk;those other people don't understand because they are ignorant about breastfeeding.

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BF for as long as it is comfortable for both you and baby. My daughter is now 15 MTHS, we are still breastfeeding. I thought I was going to have to stop a few weeks ago due to her biting and being rough from the discomfort she has from teething. I still hear it from most of my family that I should stop. The ones who are telling me to are the ones who did not BF. We have moved into mostly night time feedings, so while we are out it is rare that she will want to BF. If someone says something to me about it, I just politely say that we have begun the weaning process, but had a few set backs--and illness and teething--that increase her desire to BF. After my last experience with her biting, when I thought that was the end of the relationship...three days when I had to not allow her to BF because she would bit....It was the hardest ever! She was upset and I was upset. So now I have decided to let her lead the weaning process, regardless of what anyone says. GOOD LUCK TO YOU!

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My son nursed until about 20 months. It got difficult for me toward the end because it is so demanding on mom. He never took a bottle or pacifier.

Don't stop nursing until he is ready and you are too.

Once my son stopped nursing I did miss it.

We weaned very gradually and one of the first things my son learned in the weaning process was that if we were out in public, he had to wait. I had no problem with nursing in a crowded place, but about the time he was your son's age, I just couldn't bring myself to it. I'd still nurse him around family and friends and some of them weren't crazy about it, but it helped me avoid some of the challenges you're talking about.

Hang in there. You will miss these days very soo!

Ricki - posted on 02/23/2010

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Well if neither of you are ready to wean then you have your answer!

Other's can have their own opinion all they want but if your happy to let your son decide when he is ready to wean then don't let them pressure you to do it before he is ready.



In my own opinion your son is still a baby and definately still needs to breastfeed. I personally can't imagine weaning my children at that age. I've had many many years of breastfeeding experiance and have had people tell me it was well past time to wean, but I ignored everyone because if my child was still breastfeeding then they obviously needed to. My eldest self-weaned at 2yrs old, my second child I weaned when she was 3yrs old and my third child self-weaned 5 weeks ago at 20 months old a few days before my fourth child was born. And I feel bad because he is under 2yrs old and self-weaned.



Look you have to do what is best for your son and if that means to continue breastfeeding then do so. Don't let them pressure you into weaning before your son and yourself are ready. Just either ignore their comments or nod and mumble and then completely disregard their comments. You know how great breastfeeding is and what is best for your son, so do what YOU feel is right.



All the best :-)

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My son is 13 months and he is still breastfeeding and I thought that we should stop because he was getting to old, reading ur story and a few of your comments Im so proud that we are still going strong as should you be, breatfeeding at this age seems more normal then we think the ratio must be some think like 1 in every 5. Hang in there huni you and your baby will know when its time

Carmen - posted on 02/22/2010

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I breastfed my daughter til she was about 27/28 months old. I was told by my family doctor to stop at 1yr, my ped said as long as she was doing good and I was up to it I could carry on. I think that it should be YOUR decision NOT theirs.. As long as you're comfortable with it, go for it.. If it's not hurting your health and he is eating and drinking other stuff as well, I see no reason for you to stop. This is your bonding time, once you stop you can't start back up.. I will say this, it can be harder to stop the older they are... LOL.. I had to put band aids on my breast and tell her that mommy had a booboo and could not breastfeed any more to get her to stop.. What ever you decide let it be YOUR choice.. Don't let others bully you out of it..

Colleen - posted on 02/22/2010

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NO! Do what feels right for you and your LO! It is recommended to BF to the min. age of 2 but you can go until 5 or so (this is when they loose the ability to actually suck to get everything that they need out). Here is another website I found that shows the benefits of BFing: http://www.motheringfromtheheart.com/Ben... .... But besides that...who cares what other people think! BTW...I THINK IT'S GREAT YOU'RE STILL BF! (If that matters at all to you) YOU GO MAMA!

Rona B - posted on 02/22/2010

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no you stop when you are ready dnt let anyone tell you diff that is your child so do you ..

Alison - posted on 02/22/2010

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Stop when you're ready. I didn't stop the second time until my son was 18/19 months old.

I think it's up to you, not the other people around you who aren't attached to your son and don't have that relationship with him.

Liane - posted on 02/22/2010

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It can be really hard but you just have to ignore the people who feel the need to share their ignorance about bf'ing with you all the time... You are doing what's best for you and your baby. It stinks that people feel entitled to tell you how to feed your child but unfortunately it's the world we live in. Keep up the good work, hold your head high and keep bf'ing your baby as long as it works for you! Good luck!

Sandra - posted on 02/22/2010

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Don't let anyone influence you. I have 3 children. I breastfed 1 for 15 months, the second for 17 months and my 3rd will be 17 months this weekend and she has no intention of letting go. Much like your son, she does not take a pacifier and needs it for comfort. I also get a lot of negativity from my family members. When your baby is ready, he'll let you know.

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