Odd to breastfeed past 6 months?

Laura - posted on 08/10/2010 ( 46 moms have responded )

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My little girl Kylie is just over 6 months old (born Feb 2nd). I have been breastfeeding her since she was born but have had to supplement with formula a little bit. At work I use a combined managers office and occasionally have to ask people to step out and normally this, thankfully, has never been an issue. I was heading up to use the room and saw a co-worker of mine (engaged and in her 30's, no children yet) and asked if I could use the office or if she was in there. She said it was open and that I could use it.

She then asked how much longer I was planning on pumping. I told her, "well I passed my initial goal of 6 months and have now been hoping to go for nine months to a year." "Really?! A whole year? That seems like a really long time!" I was a bit shocked she was so blunt I didn't really have time to think and all I said was, "well the American Academy of Pediatrics says to go for a year and I'd think they'd know what they were talking about" and just left it at that. Many of my momma friends breastfed longer than 6 months.

So in your opinion, is it odd for a woman who is working (part time) to breastfeed past 6 months?

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I was teaching full time in a small private school when my first daughter was born. I had a 20 minute break each day, that was it. I still managed to pump and breastfeed her for over a year (well the end was during the summer). I made it work pumping in a small, rarely used restroom. The door didn't lock, but thankfully the librarian usually kept an eye out for me and turned people away. I did get walked in on a few times, and the anxiety of it being a student made it difficult. Anyway, we made it work and I commend you for trying to do it too. I think your coworker probably just doesn't have the exposure to breastfeeing mamas and doesn't know what she's talking about. Good for you, keep at it!

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Robyn - posted on 09/22/2010

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No.
Its actually recommended to bf for 2 years, not 1. However, you can stop, or go as long as you please. Being a breastfeeding mother you should know that it is the best foodsource for your baby, and you should not care, or be ashamed about what others may think. Its between you and your baby. I however had to stop at 5 months because I had to take some serious drugs for a back injury I had. My goal was 6, but was debating on pushing it to 8. Anyways, be a proud breastfeeding mama! Only you know whats best for your baby! :)

Christina (new) - posted on 09/21/2010

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I work part time and pump. My baby is 7 months old and i went longer than i thought. I know in my heart it is not time to stop. I would like to nurse for at least 12 months, so if I were you I would continue nursing your baby. People who do not have children or who have never breastfed their baby do not understand. It's okay, its their loss.
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I think its odd that person would say that to you.
Good for you for taking the time to pump at work so you can still feed her breastmilk!!!

Michelle - posted on 09/20/2010

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I read somewhere that only 33% of women still breastfeed after 6 months. I've made it to a year with my son and now I'm still going with my daughter. Just because it's not the norm, doesn't mean it's odd. Just imagine, before there was formula, you HAD to BF for at least a year. In fact, if you couldn't do it, you had to find a local wet nurse to do it for you. That's crazy to think about, right? You are doing a great thing for your daughter. Don't let anyone make you feel otherwise.

Tania - posted on 09/20/2010

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A Good friend of mine is still breast feeding/soothing the child at ..... brace yourself at almost 4 years!

No! It's not odd for a working mom to breastfeed past 6 months!!! HATS off to you!!!!

Tiffini - posted on 09/19/2010

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No, I am a mother of tow wonderful girls! A two year old Sarabeth witch I nursed till she was 11 months old " I went back to work full time when she was 8 months"! and my Emma witch is 7 months Febuar1st birthday! currently I have no plans on returning to work! you need to weigh the pros and cons and do whats best for you and your daughter and not worry about what other especially other with out children say! that’s what i did and as long as your daughter still is tack Brest milk i would nursed as long as you can! i stopped with my first daughter because she wanted to! as long as it is okay with you and your comfortable I would keep doing it! i know lots of mommy’s that nursed their baby a year pulse and i plan to nurse my emmie as long as possible! if you have any question you can always ask me!

Sarah - posted on 09/19/2010

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Breastfeeding longer than 6 months is a wonderful thing to do! I breastfed my firstborn for over two years, but I was happy to stop pumping when she was around 15 months old since we could give her milk and plenty of food by then. Breastfeeding has so many benefits (immunity, great nutrition, bonding), so I don't think there is anything wrong with taking full advantage and continuing to breastfeed until you don't want to any longer. Honestly, even at the age of two, I missed the closeness with my daughter once she was weaned (she self-weaned before turning 2 1/2, just as many kids do). I'm planning to keep breastfeeding my son for a long time as well.

Alix - posted on 08/24/2010

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Breastfeed Breastfeed Breastfeed!! It is absolutely the best thing you can do for your child and for you! There are so many people that continue to breastfeed past 6 months (me being one of them) and there are also many who continue on past a year and into toddlerhood (which I hope to do)! It is definitely not weird at all. Babies can technically live off of soley breastmilk until they are a year old, so there is absolutely no reason to stop! Good luck!

Chanjira - posted on 08/22/2010

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I think you can breastfeed as long as you have the supply. It's good for your baby. All mothers and babies are different.

Courtney - posted on 08/21/2010

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I plan to nurse for at least 1 year (fingers crossed that teeth don't become an issue) lol I see nothing wrong with breastfeeding up to 18 mos. It's the mother's preference. Also, you just have to look at it like this...She isn't a mother, so she doesn't understand. Maybe once she does become a mother, if she is so inclinded to do, then maybe her idea of "a long time" will change. Don't let anyone make you feel weird about feeding your child and doing what you believe is best. You go Girl!!! BTW, I'm a mother of 3. My oldest is almost 7, middle just turned 4 and my baby girl is 5 1/2 mos. (born Feb 26th) :) Best wishes and Happy Breastfeeding! ♥

Angela - posted on 08/21/2010

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Totally not strange at all! The best thing you can do for your baby is breastfeed them if you can. They get so much out of it, nutrients, immune boosters etc. I have breastfed all my three kids, the first until 15 months, the second until just recently at 2 years 7 months and my baby is also 6 months old and is still very much breastfed.

As others have said, do what you can and feels right to you. Lots of people will comment on it but you're the Mummy (Mommy) so you get to make those decisions!

REBECCA - posted on 08/21/2010

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No you are not weird in wanting to go upto a year. Thats my plan too. I blame the "should you wish to move on from breast feeding " ads as they give the impression its the norm to stop at six months x

Brandy - posted on 08/20/2010

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NO! I think you should pat yourself on the back for being able to do it! Kylie is very lucky that you doing this for her. People who don't have kids just don't understand. I thought I knew quite a bit about parenting before I had my daughter...lol! Yeah not a clue! Just brush off unwarrented comments and continue to do what you feel is best for your child.

Jayme-Lee - posted on 08/20/2010

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Congratulations on still going. I have been breastfeeding for 6 months too. My aim has always been to try to get to 12 months. they reckon if you can still give them breastmilk till they are 2 there is nutritional value in it.
So many people i speak to don't get to 6 months

Tina - posted on 08/19/2010

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Y no thats not odd---dont worry about other ppl---u only have 6 months 2 go and as u know it goes by reallly fast---
a baby needs milk till there a year old-- and do u really want to break her form the breast and then change her to a bottle- which ur going to have to break her from again in 6 months--
alot of woman bf past a year-- as 4 me i break my kids at a year--but its what ever U want to do--\

DO WHAT IS BEST 4 U AND UR BABY---WHO CARES WHAT OTHERS THINK
if she only know what u was doing 4 ur baby!!!!

Christa - posted on 08/19/2010

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OMG! You are an awesome mom! I may be a little bold about the benefits of breatfeeding, but my opinion it is needed. There are just so many new studies coming out on how good it is, so if you are a mom that can go to the first year, DO IT! If not for all the health benefits for your child, then do it because you want to save money:-) If you stop you will still have to supplement formula until they are over a year old and can have real milk! I am a stay at home mom, but still pump and store, in the case I would stop producing milk. Plus, I need it for cereal and solids I am starting, and sippie cups! My sister-in-law pumped solely for both her kids while she worked, and had so much milk stored up that when she dried up due to getting sick, she had enough to last through the first year with her son. I am also in a Mom's club with two women who are feeding up to 1 year. Just google the benefits anytime you feel you are against all odds. You will be so proud, and have a new voice! Best of luck to the next 6months, and you are Awesome!!!
(My daughter is 6months, and we are still going for the year mark!)

Elizabeth - posted on 08/19/2010

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Not at all! It is THE most natural thing in the world!!! Many cultures let their children self-wean, and that can be up to three years or more! I too, have had to supplement with formula, but my little one still suckles 4x a day or more. Sometimes for closeness, sometimes for food! I'll go as long as she wants or as long as I can. . .

Cheri - posted on 08/19/2010

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Well, tell her you are just giving the baby what is best for him... breastmilk. Its not like you are having someone drop your son off so you can use the room to nurse him. My son is 6 months now. He has weaned hisself about a week ago. I was a lil upset, but my friends encouraged me to still give him breastmilk since he wont latch on. So, I'm pumping and preparing bottles. Tell your loose lipped co-worker that she wont understand until she's a mom. Much love and encouragement to you and your baby.

Jodi - posted on 08/19/2010

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I pumped exclusivly for my som for 14 months and I am just about to hit the 6 month mark with Millija. Both of them were terribble feeders (lazy, bad latch and piggy!) so expressig was best for us all! I see no issue with it at all, whatever works for you! And the WHOs opinion is you should feed till 2....

Quelette - posted on 08/19/2010

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i think you r aqmazing some woman do not even get through the first 2 months!!! you have guts so keep going!!! your child will benefit grately from it :) so when poeple look at you funny or judging you? look at your child and count all thous benifits they wish they could pass on to theirs :)

Jocelyn - posted on 08/18/2010

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You deserve congratulations, not weird sideways glances from other people!! My daughter just turned 6 months, and I plan on nursing at the very least another 6 months. Think of all the health benefits! I love the bond we have, when I'm nursing her and she looks up with a sleepy little smile... it's whatever works for you, don't let what anyone thinks decide what is best for you and your daughter.

Tiffany - posted on 08/18/2010

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I work full time & my daughter(Kaylee) just turned 6 months old (born Feb. 17th). I'm still pumping 3 times a day, breastfeeding when I'm with her (and supplementing with formula when needed). She's also started on solids. I'm with you....goal was 6 months, but now I want to go the whole year. It's such a bonding time, plus good for her & saves us a ton of money... I only breastfed my 2 other children for 6 weeks, so with Kaylee I wanted to try to keep up the breastfeeding. I get those comments too from time to time, but I try to ignore them. Do what's best for little Kylie (which by the way was my #2 pick for a name -so cute!!!) Keep on going girl!

Marika - posted on 08/17/2010

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Absolutely not. My daughter was born on the same day and I plan to breastfeed until she is one year old too. I think you were right to tell the co-worker about the AAP. Many women don't even look at breastfeeding as an option any more and are shocked by it and I think it's sad. In my opinion, breastfeeding is such a better option than formula. Keep breastfeeding until you and your baby feel comfortable weaning.

Nicole - posted on 08/16/2010

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i say go as long as you and your baby are comfortable doing it. my son turned 6 months 3 days ago and i plan on bf for a year. he eats solids now too, but still loves the boob!!

Kate - posted on 08/16/2010

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I work full time and am planning on BFing for at least that long. Do not feel guilty if this is truly something you want to do!!

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Good for you for your reply to your co-worker. How RUDE of her to question how long YOU choose to breastfeed your baby.

Breastfeeding or not to, and when or not to wean is YOUR decision. Many cultures breastfeed their children much longer than 6 months... commonly until babes are 2 or more. So no... not odd at all. And kudos to you mummy for being so dedicated as to pump at work. :)

Jessica - posted on 08/16/2010

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Keep up the great work, and I hope you reach your next goal. I BF my first until 8 months and worked FT, traveling. My goal with #2 is a full year. She'll be 6 months on the 22nd. I agree with the other moms that have posted. Ultimately, it's up to you and your baby and your response to your colleague was great!

Coy - posted on 08/15/2010

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No Way! I just had our first baby February 5 (so she is just a few days younger than your baby) and I am still breastfeeding and plan on doing so until at least a year. I have had friends tell me to quit at 6 months because it will hurt when she is teething and that it is just easier .... but I think that the mother and child should determine when it is time to wean.
My mother-in-law was not as encouraging as I had hoped she would be, and I just made it real clear, with the help of my husband, that we made a decision and were sticking with it!
I had a problem with my milk coming in when she was born, so i had to supplement once a day, and now that I can nurse and she is taking homemade baby food. The natural the better!
You go girl! You were very diplomatic with your answer, because I probably would have been a little more blunt, like "my life, my child, my boobs, my decision!" but that is just me!

Erika - posted on 08/15/2010

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Not at all!! The benefits of breastfeeding go far beyond just 6 months. Keep up the great work, and don't let her comments discourage you!

Heather - posted on 08/15/2010

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Absolutely not! The best thing for the baby is to go at least a year. That's my goal with my son. I've never heard of anyone saying it is odd to go beyond 6 months with breastfeeding!

Lauren - posted on 08/15/2010

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no its not weird its awesome! my 3rd lil darling will be 6months on 20th and with numb 1 i fed for 5 wks :( mum told me i didnt have enough but it was actually a growth spurt i now beleive, fed numb 2 til 9months when she bit me, i had planned on feedin til she bit me, once we started process of weaning she never bit again, with numb 3 i am at moment planning til a year then wil reassess, i loove it and there is no way a baby feeding this oung is weird at all, perhaps yr co-worker is herself the one that's a little weird? bit having no children she most likely has no idea, the ones with no kids are usully very upfront with their opinions on such matters, yet have no experience in such matter lol.

Vicky - posted on 08/15/2010

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No, it's not odd at all:-) I breastfed my first two till they were almost 3 and I am currently BF my 5 mo. Congrats on passing your goal ;especially while working. With my first two I went back to work FT and pumped so it's possible to keep BF for longer as long as it's something you both enjoy.

Maggie - posted on 08/15/2010

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I don't think it's odd. My baby just turned six months yesterday and I have been exclusively breastfeeding this entire time. I plan on breastfeeding him till he's a year unless my milk dries up before then. And I'll breastfeed him for longer than a year if I can. I think it's great that you are still breastfeeding!

Katie - posted on 08/15/2010

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It's wonderful that you are still doing this. I breastfed my older son for 2.5 years, and my younger son, now 6 months, still breastfeeds frequently. I also work part-time and pump twice/day at work. Keep it up as long as you can- and as long as you want!

Felisha - posted on 08/14/2010

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i don't think its odd at all, I was only able to breastfeed my first child til he was two months and i hated that fact it made me feel like a failure so with this baby i'm going to breastfeed as long as i still have milk to feed him i get it all the time when are you going to switch to formula and I tell people i'm not going too. In canada its recomended to breastfeed for two yrs so i might just pump and give him breast milk after he is a year old but it is most deffinaly not odd.

Victoria - posted on 08/13/2010

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I plan to BF until my son is at LEAST one year. I have been working full time. But the 27 is my last day. But yeah thats not weird at all. Keep up the good work!

Kelly - posted on 08/12/2010

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It is absolutely normal! I have a little boy just under 6 months and I plan on breastfeeding until he is 1 year. Because he never nursed well I have pumped almost since day 1 and has gotten expressed breast milk from a bottle. Whenever we go anywhere I always make sure my pump is in tow and I am lucky to have a very supportive family (even if I didn't I wouldn't care since I believe what I am doing is best for my boy). I have been lucky enough to have a wonderful milk supply and currently have about a month and a half worth of milk in the freezer so I'll be able to be done pumping early. Keep it up as long as you are willing! It is the best for your baby, and why pay for the formula when you have the supply?!

Jayne - posted on 08/11/2010

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the longer you breastfeed, the more benefits your baby gets. the world health organisation says we should be breastfeeding MINIMUM 2 years!!
seems quite long to me, but im planning on trying anyway :)

Amy - posted on 08/11/2010

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No! It's awesome!! I'm still exclusively breastfeeding, and my son will be 6 months on the 21st. That's when I'll start solids with him, but I plan to continue to breastfeed until at least a year. My older son (now 2) breastfed until he was 10 months. He only quit because I got pregnant and my milk supply dropped to nothing. There's nothing wrong or weird about continue breastfeeding! :)

Lisa - posted on 08/11/2010

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its wonderful that you are still able too..., my son is 6 months next week and i only manage to BF once a day now as i needed to top him up with formula so my milk supply started to diminish.. Enjoy for as long as you can id say

Missy - posted on 08/10/2010

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No way!!! I could only breast feed my daughter for the first 3 months and I wish I could have went the full year. You already know that breast milk is SUPER healthy for the baby. What other people say shouldn't matter anyways. Breast feeding is natural and personally I would rather breast feed. Its saves money, helps you and your little girl bond, and its gonna help her out so much in the long run! I am so happy for you! Its awesome that you are still breast feeding :)

Emma - posted on 08/10/2010

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I dont find it odd that you are still breast feeding. The longer you can do it the better. I had problems trying to breast feed all 3 of my children, I wish that I could of fed them longer than I did as sterilising and making up bottles is a pain.
Just think about formula before it was invented. Women didnt have a choice. You have and if you want to breast feed as long as that then go ahead, dont get upset about what other people think.

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