Anyone still Breastfeeding their 15 month old?

Tiffany - posted on 01/05/2010 ( 145 moms have responded )

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I am, I'm just curious to see which other moms out there believe in extended breastfeeding.



If you are, when do you plan to wean or are you going to let your child self wean?

Right now, I am leaving it up to her on when she wants to wean :D

If she doesn't wean by 2 or 3 then I may start weaning her.

Right now we're just taking it day by day.

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Jamie - posted on 02/15/2010

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I still breastfeed my daughter. My husband wants me to stop but, she won't drink any milk for a cup. So I am going to let her wean herself to.

Anita - posted on 02/09/2010

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My lad is now just over 16 month and he's still feeding a lot. Its not for long at a time now but he seems to be getting a reasonably amount still. Its more for his comfort and having a cuddle than anything now I think. He's a terrible eater so at least I know he's getting some nutrients through my milk still. We plan for him to self-wean and I don't think it'll be to far away. Didn't think I'd be feeding him after six months but here we are. Teeth didn't seem to be much of an issue (as I'd expected anyway). Like you say, we're just taking it a day at a time too. Good luck to you.

Meaghan - posted on 01/11/2010

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So glad to hear I'm not the only one dealing with the twisting & pulling... I am constantly blocking her from my other boob! It hurts. She will fight me to get in there sometimes but for the most part she'll give up after one or two times.

Nicole - posted on 01/07/2010

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nursing on demand- she is going through a growth spurt and teething at the moment so she is nursing like a newborn again. we bedshare so I have no clue how often she nurses through the night. she is huge so I assume a lot :D she hasn't cut back on feeds at all- no self weaning anytime soon.

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Olivia - posted on 02/14/2010

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my 15 month old still nurses also. I'm so glad to see that I'm not alone. I'll let him self wean at least till he hits 2, then its really time to cut him off.

Tamara - posted on 02/14/2010

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I'm in same situation - was planning on letting her continue for foreseeable future but am now pregnant and don't want to breastfeed two at once. I am only feeding her once a day in the morning, which she is very attached to. However I don't want to wean her too close to having the next baby as I don't want to make her jealous. So will give it a go in the next couple of months I guess.

Samantha - posted on 02/12/2010

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I'm still breastfeeding my 16 month old. My plan is to continue as long as she wants, or until I have another child! It's really just a comfort thing at this point, but I wouldn't take that away from her!

Jacinta - posted on 02/12/2010

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Yes. Im still breastfeeding the first feed of the day. I have just gradually dropped a feed as it suited her. Just do what is ever best for you and your baby :)

Ilene - posted on 02/07/2010

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My 16 month old is still nursing 3-4 times a day (if she's teething or sick more). I am planning to let her self wean. My oldest self weaned by 15 months. I feel fortunate to be stay at home Mom this time around. I love the cuddle time with my 16 month old. Thank goodness my husband supports me because my parents do not, They think I should have completely weaned her by 12 months. I have made this commitment to my daughter and I plan to nurse her until she shows signs of being ready to wean.

Jessica - posted on 02/06/2010

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My son is almost 16 months now and we are still breastfeeding... He only nurses 3-4 times a day, unless we are in public and then he wants to nurse non-stop! I guess he feels the need for comfort. My baby boy won't take any form of milk other than mine... He will wean when he is ready, I suppose.



I love it, he loves it, and it is good for him, even past a year. So many people think the benefits stop at a year, but the World Health Organization is recommending that we continue to 3yrs of age! I don't know if Kai and I will make it that long, but 16 months isn't even half way to that mark!

Christina - posted on 02/05/2010

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I'm still nursing my daughter and have no immediate plans to wean. There are so many positive health benefits for my daugher I figure, what's the rush?

Nikki - posted on 01/23/2010

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Emily: Normally they need to get permission first, just like anyone else.

LOL~ I agree! Cubby likes to stick his hands down the front of my shirt. GRR! Hubs says "It's your fault!" Bleh!

Anita - posted on 01/23/2010

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hi, I am also feeding my 15 month old son and am happy to do so as long as he wants it. I breast fed my second youngest for 3 years before I told him he has drank all of mummys milk and his older sister was 18 months when she decided she has had enough.

I do not see what the big rush is to wean a baby if everything is going well and you are both happy to continue.

when the time is right, it will happen but I intend to enjoy every moment of this special time as once it is over thats it.They grow so quickly...I say enjoy it while you can :)

Emily - posted on 01/22/2010

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Getting into my shirt on their own kind of bothers me, but doesn't make them 'done.' Normally they need to get permission first, just like anyone else.

Nikki - posted on 01/22/2010

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Wow! This is GREAT to see so many Moms still breastfeeding! It's ridiculous to call it "extended" breastfeeding though. WTF does that really mean? Anyway, my son still nurses 2-3x per day. Depends if I'm at home or not. Usually, once in the wee hours of the a.m., once in the late afternoon/early evening and at bedtime. Some days it's only in the a.m. and at bedtime. So we've been going back and forth. I find it interesting that as a society, it seems to be "unnatural" to breastfeed your kid past a year and ok to start giving them cow's milk instead. I've had friends make comments "Once they're old enough to lift up your shirt, we're done" kind of comments but I don't see anything wrong with that. He's letting me know he wants a snack or to be comforted. My son also does the petting my other breast, pulling/twisting/poking my nipples too. It's very annoying to me also. OUCH! :))

Emily - posted on 01/21/2010

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My oldest two each nursed nearly four years (my middle one is about three and a half and is not finished.) Going to allow Robert as much time as he needs, too.

Emily - posted on 01/21/2010

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I am. His older brother is still nursing a few times a day, too. Robert doesn't eat enough other things to get by with out the milk.

Carmen - posted on 01/18/2010

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Hello Tiffany,



I am still breast feeding my daugther as well, but mostly at night before bed time, and in the morning when she wakes up. I am letting her wean herself.

Anna - posted on 01/18/2010

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This is my second extended breastfeeding baby. My first self-weaned at 14 months because I was pregnant, and my milk was changing. He was also very active and just couldn't be bothered with sitting still long enough to nurse. My 15 month old is still going strong. She nurses probably 6-8 times a day, and numerous times at night. The night nursing can get tiresome, it makes for a long day after little sleep, but I truely believe that she is getting what she needs right now. I'm planning on letting her self-wean as well. It does get a little frustrating when extended family say, "You're still breastfeeding!!!???" almost as if it's the worst thing in the world to be doing with a toddler. Good for you!!!

Deanna - posted on 01/18/2010

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I am still nursing my 15 month old. She is down to only morning and nighttime. I too am leaving it up to her to wean and I think she is getting close to giving up the morning one. We shall see what happens. I think its great to nurse as long as possible, its great for our kids and great for us!

Holly - posted on 01/17/2010

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Tiffany,

I think taking it day by day is the best way to do it. I personally do not do the extended nursing but I did breast feed both of my children. I do however have a friend who is a extended feeder and her son is 18 months old. I think whatever is best for BOTH mom and child is the best answer. There is no reason you can not breast feed you daughter! If you want to know the truth... The global average for breast feeding is 3-4. I think that is a little big myself but that is backed up by stats. My friend is pregnant now with her second and due anyday. She does have anxiety about breast feeding two kids. But just like you she is taking it day by day.



Good luck. I also always say too is take any advice or comments others give with a grain of salt. I am a advocate of doing what is best for mom and baby!

Leanne - posted on 01/17/2010

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I am still breastfeeding my almost 15 month old. She is my last baby and I am trying to hold on as long as possible. I enjoying the time we spend together. I will continue until at least age 2.

Jeanne - posted on 01/17/2010

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I am still breastfeeding my 15 month old. In the morning before CNA class, then when I get home around 5pm and again around 9 pm for her bed time feeding. I am letting her self wean....

Shelaine - posted on 01/17/2010

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I still breastfeed my son. He does not nurse much though. I would say once or twice a day he does. He nurses when he gets sleepy or early in the morning. It seems like he is starting to wean himself so I right now I am taking it day by day. I do not see anything wrong with it. :-)

Renae - posted on 01/17/2010

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I am still feeding twice a day - morning and night. I havd had to cut out a few morning feeds a week when I start work early and Charlotte sleeps in. I am going to feed until she wants to wean.

Lois - posted on 01/16/2010

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My 15 month old daughter just stopped nursing. I had her nursing just in the morning though, because I didn't want it to be a sleep crutch, and she just lost interest. She'd rather have her milk in her sippy cup instead of the breast. I'm so sad that it's ended though because I absoluely love breast feeding my children :( and she's the last baby too!

April - posted on 01/15/2010

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I'm still Breast Feeding. I don't want to be breast feeding when my son is 2 but I haven't decided when to wean. I'm a bit anxious about weaning. I enjoy breast feeding. It is so convientent.

Danty - posted on 01/15/2010

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hi i'm still breastfeeding my 15 mos adiba, she breastfeeds as much as she like because i'm not working, and i'm starting to feel very exhausted because she seems won't take anything unless breastfeeds.

My older children wean at 16 and 20 months same things happen, since i don't have much fat on my body, they have to wean before they get 24 mos.

Is it too early now to wean my 15 mo baby ??

Danty - posted on 01/15/2010

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hi i'm still breastfeeding my 15 mos adiba, she breastfeeds as much as she like because i'm not working, and i'm starting to feel very exhausted because she seems won't take anything unless breastfeeds.

My older children wean at 16 and 20 months same things happen, since i don't have much fat on my body, they have to wean before they get 24 mos.

Is it too early now to wean my 15 mo baby ??

Natasha - posted on 01/15/2010

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I am still breastfeeding. Bryson is exactly 15 months and i nurse him twice a day.. Nap time and bed time! He is already starting to self wean but I think im gonna be sad the day he stops because it means he's a big boy not my little baby anymore!

Deepkiran - posted on 01/15/2010

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Yes i am still feeding my 14 and a half month old. I plan to wean at 2 yrs. as suggested by my gynaec.

Gretchen - posted on 01/14/2010

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I am still breastfeeding, but every now and then i do give my son formula - i am going to let him self wean for now - i am also a muslim so 2 is my cut off

Ashley - posted on 01/14/2010

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Horraaay for breastfeading!!! Haylie is 15 mo and I'm nursing her in the morning and at night. Sometimes she goes without the morning one. Sometimes if she wakes up at night it helps her go back to sleep. I plan on letting her self wean which is workin so far.

Shawna - posted on 01/14/2010

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I am also still nursing. My doctor asked me to go till he is at least 18 months or longer if I can because it is good for him. Does anyone else get weird looks when others find out the age of your child and that you are still breastfeeding?

Amy - posted on 01/14/2010

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Post a reply!

I'm still breastfeeding my lil girl who is almost 15mo old. She usually nurses in the morning for breakfast, again for her nap and then at night. I'm just going to let her wean herself for now.

Lina - posted on 01/14/2010

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I'm still breastfeeding...of course I'll her self-wean. This is their rights :D

They deserve to get this

Cassie - posted on 01/14/2010

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I am still nursing Kiera at 15 months. I'm also 3 months pregnant with our next and will nurse him/her as well!!!

Shannon - posted on 01/14/2010

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I am still nursing Zander nurses about 3 times a day and then at night when he wakes up 1 time.When we first wake up in the morning he does then for his nap and at bed time. My daughter nursed until she was 2. So that is what I will prolly do for Zander,

Megan - posted on 01/13/2010

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Hi there, I just weaned mine last week - just got to the stage where she was pulling my shirt down at every opportunity and going off solids because she was demanding bm all the time! I have put her on formula temporarily to make sure she gets all the right nutrients as her response to the weaning was to flatly refuse to eat. We are now getting back to solids but still bottle feeding too. Good luck!

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Wow, I thought I was a freak for still BF-ing my little lady! I'm glad to have read this discussion!



Hazel (15mnths) feeds 1st thing in the morning, and last thing at night. She feeds during the day if she is teething, ill or upset. We are about to travel internationally and I'm glad to have kept her on the breast to comfort her on the flights.



I will let her self wean... at some point... maybe ;-)



She has also been on cow's milk from 11 months.

Brittany - posted on 01/12/2010

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We're still nursing. Usually 4-5 times a day. When we wake up, mid-morning nap, mid afternoon nap, and at bedtime...and if she wakes in the night (we bedshare).

Melissa - posted on 01/12/2010

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i still am breastfeeding my 15mth not exclusively she does have cows milk as well i'm not sure if i still make enough to sustain her needs but if she wants it i give it to her and when she stops wanting it i will stop i'm happy to give for as long as she wants it

Brooke - posted on 01/12/2010

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My Gracie is still nursing at 15 months old. But since she was a preemie I am not in a major hurry to wean her either. She still has not topped 20 lbs yet!! She is drinking some whole milk with meals and eats nothing but table foods now. She nurses mostly before nap times and at night if she wakes up and I cannot pat her back to sleep. She can go some extended amounts of time without me but I hope to have her weaned by 18-20 months. Best wishes to you and your little one, many moms feel pressured to stop nursing at a year and many choose to continue on. Take care

Mekdas - posted on 01/12/2010

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My 15 month old son is "still on the jug", as my grandfather says! Lol! I want him to wean ASAP so I may re-enter the workforce! He shows no signs of letting up! Its mostly for comfort....Im hoping he starts self-weaning soon!

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still going strong with the breastfeeding and loving it! i plan to let my son self wean, i'm so glad i have had this bonding experience with my baby boy.

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Absolutely still nursing! We don't plan to wean for a couple of years if thats what he chooses (his choice!) Maybe if he hits 4..... :-)

April - posted on 01/12/2010

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I am still breastfeeding Tanner at 15 months. He nurses in the morning and before nap then usually before dinner then before bed. I believe in self weaning and plan on letting him do that just like his older sister did. She was 2.5 years old before she weaned and I loved every minute of it.

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I breastfed as long as possible. at 50weeks old, he was down to morning and night feeds only, I went back to part-time work and he took it personally. In 2 days he rejected me altogether, screaming and crying like I was hurting him! I felt so rejected
:( then when my husband approached him with a bottle of expressed breast milk or formula over the next couple of feeds he tossed me aside, grabbed the sipper cup and chugged it down! When he finished he smiled.
I expressed a little in the shower over the next 2 weeks until one day I didn't let down.
My girlfriend is still feeding her 2.5 year old. Go as long as you can and be guided by her.
Good luck!

Kym - posted on 01/12/2010

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I'm still feeding 3 times a day as well...pretty much because my son wants it, we've tried giving him bottles, we've wasted so many cans of formula cause he never gets half way through a can :) I'm hoping he'll just want less at some stage, he dropped the other feeds on his own. I hope we don't get to the stage of having to force him to stop...but I also don't want to have a 3 year old still trying to get into my clothes lol

Beverly - posted on 01/12/2010

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we are gonna wait til he is ready....at least 18mos...he will take bottle while im at work..but he is really against it once i am home..as he tugs at my shirt...millll thats milk to him

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