Anyone still breastfeeding?
Courtney - posted on 12/22/2010
Hi all! Yep, still breastfeeding my 18 month old too! I have learned so much about it too! It has been so great to be able to do it this long and my daughter has definitely reaped the benefits! She has been sick only once since she was born and that was just last week (a bout of gastroenteritis) and she nursed right through and thankfully got over it within a few days. BF'ing has been so helpful when she is crabby, wakes up from a nightmare or just needs comfort! In fact, I have enjoyed my experience so much, I got a job as a BF peer counselor. It is perfectly fine to continue BF'ing as long as you want! I have had my fair share of negative comments though...but knowing how to handle it is easy when you state the facts...breastfed babies & toddlers are healthier, smarter, have lowered risk of cancer, diabetes, ear infections, heart disease, childhood & adult obesity, and are happier, in my opinion :) as well as many other benefits. Not to mention all the great things it does for me! ( Lowers risk of breast cancer and other cancers, diabetes, heart disease and stress!) I have been promoting breast feeding to many moms and it always makes me sad to know that so many do not experience this great adventure that goes so well with being a mom!
Krystle - posted on 12/21/2010
Yes I am!! I'm going to go for as long as my son wants to (and I think that will still be a long time). Did you know that the longer you breastfeed, the less chance you have of developing breast cancer?! :)
Your husbands right that you aren't doing what's normal (it SHOULD be normal, but unfortunately for all those poor babies, it's not). But you are doing much BETTER than just normal. :D
Kelly - posted on 12/21/2010
I am still nursing my 18 month old and I am currently expecting agian. I don't plan to wean my 18 month old until after he is 2 as that is the age that the World health Organization recomends nursing until. I plan to nurse both babies.
Naomi - posted on 12/21/2010
My son still nurses in the early morning, and once in a while when he hurts himself. It's totally a comfort thing, my milk supply has never been amazing, and is definetly not adequate, when he does nurse before naps he still wants his bottle to help him go to sleep. I could probably wean him anytime by just offering a bottle when he asks to nurse but admit I enjoy those few minutes of sitting down quietly together. I am thankful he loves his 'ba' so much though, and fully encourage it because he has no other 'comfort' items, no blankies, no teddies, nothing, just me. So whatever works that's not me! But, it is not at all abnormal to nurse at this age. weaning should be done when both you AND your baby feel ready. that's different for everyone.
Helen - posted on 12/13/2010
Yes, still breastfeeding my 14kg, 17mth old son - who will be 18mths on 22 Dec. He shows no signs of wanting to wean, and still feeds at night a few times. I'm very happy to feed him till at least 2 years of age and hope (fingers crossed) he will think about weaning himself around then.
Yes you are totally normal.
Wow, that's so awesome you guys! Unfortunately I had a lot of complications and the long hospital stay and all that.. so my milk was never adequate. I went to feeding specialist, pumped, got on pills... everything, but I couldn't make more than about 2 oz a day! I breast fed and supplimented as long as my son would let me, but by 6 months he just wanted the bottle and to cuddle up to my chest lol. BUT! If I were breast feeding, I'd totally still be doing it haha.
Mary - posted on 12/10/2010
I am still breastfeeding my 18 month old daughter. I work part time and I stopped pumping just recently because in general she feeds 3-4 times a day whether I'm working or not. She may feed a little more often if she's sick or teething. I have no set end date, although my husband would like to see her wean by age 2. The world health organization recommends breastfeeding for at least two years.
Amy - posted on 12/03/2010
Yes I am still BFing my 17mo too! She was only feeding twice a day before sleep but then she got ear infections last week and now all she wants is "boo-ies"!! Which is ok but my nipples are so sore cos I'm 7weeks pregnant. She loves breastfeeding so I will probably let her decide when she has had enough but I'm secretly hoping she doesn't like the taste of the milk when it changes during pregnancy!
Amy R- we had the same problem so what I did was feed her in the living room with bright lights on then take her to her room and sit in the rocking chair and cuddle her to sleep. So she isn't sucking when she falls asleep. Next step is to leave her in the cot and stay with her til she sleeps. Its sometimes easy but sometimes she cries but settles eventually. It's a process! And I can't let her cry it out so I have to persevere!
Amy - posted on 12/03/2010
My daughter is 17 months, she will 18 on Dec 22. I'm still breastfeeding her, but just before her nap/bedtime. I'm afraid that she's gotten in the habit of falling asleep that way. I really do want to ween her, but I'm not sure what the best way to do that is. Any ideas?
Karyn - posted on 11/30/2010
I'm still breastfeeding. My son is 17 months. I'm going to Mexico in March and I'd really like to have him weaned before then, but he gets really upset when I don't let him nurse, so I don't know what to do! Especially in the middle of the night, it's the only way I can get him to go back to sleep. If anybody has tips on weaning, I would like to hear them.
Rebecca - posted on 11/30/2010
Yes my little one will be 18 months on Christmas, which is when I planned on having her off the boob but not looking likely lol The breastfeeding consultant at my WIC office said it's recommended to breastfeed until 2yo but however long you can last is fine. I use it mainly to put her to sleep at nap time and bed time. But to still be going at 17 months is awesome and completely normal, keep up the good work!
Ally - posted on 11/29/2010
yes i am!!!! i want to wean by jan!!! but my lil one is not the biggest eater so i feel guilty saying no....lots of women do til 2 and if its right for them.its hard to stop we have been working on it for awhile cutting back slowly....good luck...but its normal!
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