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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Dianna - posted on 01/09/2010

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I do but he is only feeding @ night.
Not really sure when I'm going to stop!
I think it will when we are both ready when ever that is.
I'm really hoping he just decides he doesn't want to anymore, like he did with his paci.
Before he's 2 I hope!

LaLakesha - posted on 01/09/2010

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Just stopped nursing and I am soooooo GLAD....my life is so more stress FREE!!!! COULDN"T ASK 4 MORE.....My BREAST belong 2 me again! We are still very close and cuddle but get his nurtrional needs from food now!

Autumn - posted on 01/09/2010

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I'm still breastfeeding my 15 month old son, as well as still breasfeeding my 2 and a half year old daughter. So, I obviously believe in extended breastfeeding and self-weaning. I, too, am just taking it day by day.

Tiffany - posted on 01/09/2010

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WOW.
Such a great response :)
I didn't expect 41 moms to still be breastfeeding!
Glad to know I'm not alone.
Where I live, south texas, it is very uncommon for someone my age (22) to nurse their child, especially this long.
It feels good to know that there are other moms that believe in breastfeeding, extended breastfeeding, bed sharing, and self weaning :)
Everyone thinks I need to quit, but I'm not ready and neither is she.
Her schedule is quite unpredictable.
Since I work, she doesn't always get the boob, in fact, she has been getting whole milk since 10 1/2 months because I was weaning myself from pumping. I am no longer pumping (thank GOD) and it's surprising that I can go 8-9 hours without pumping, breastfeeding, or expressing milk and still have plenty to feed her. *knock on wood*

She nurses on demand, which is usually in the morning, before I go to work, after I get off, nap time, teething, if she needs comfort, bed time, and in the middle of the night. So yes, we breastfeed alot still. More then I anticipated. I didn't expect to make it past 6 weeks! Those were the longest 6 weeks of my life :)

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Still nursing, but just twice a day now....first thing in the morning and right before bed. She occasionally asks for milk in the middle of the day, but can easily be redirected by giving her a cup of water. The plan is to wean once I'm expecting again...hopefully soon :)

Sarah - posted on 01/08/2010

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I am still breastfeeding. I'm letting her self wean. OT but are you on BG?? You sound familiar. Send me a message if you are :)

Sarah - posted on 01/08/2010

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Our son is nearly 15 months old and I'm still nursing. Taking the same approach as you--leave it up to him and take it day by day.

Ginette - posted on 01/08/2010

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I thought I would stop when she's one year and 3 months after I'm still breastfeeding even though she's on milk! usually early in the morning and before going to bed, it has became a comfort thing for the two of us more than being nourishing,feeding,...the deadline though is at 2 yrs old!

Rebecca - posted on 01/08/2010

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My little girl (DOB 29/10/08) self weaned at 13 months. She was having a morning and evening feed and then all of a sudden started biting, not nipping but full on biting and then just wouldn't take it anymore. I was quite disappointed as I wasn't ready for it to stop. Congrats to all you mums that are still BF and allowing your baby to take the lead...just be ready for the disappointment if it stops one day before you expect it to :)

Gianna - posted on 01/08/2010

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Hi all my name is Gianna and I'm new to here. I have a 14 month old (DOB 10/29/08) son, Xavier. I too am still BF about 5x a day. I've thought about weaning, but it is still enjoyable and isn't interferring with anything, so why not keep going. I will probably begin to wean at 18mths.

Caroline - posted on 01/08/2010

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I'm still nursing her once in the morning and once before bed during the week (plus she gets two breastmilk bottles during the day at daycare). On weekends I sometimes nurse a third time during the day and give one small breastmilk bottle after her afternoon nap. My supply has gone down since i stopped pumping at work during winter break, which is why i offer that one bottle during the weekend...

Toni - posted on 01/08/2010

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Good for you. I am still breastfeeding right after she wakes up in the morning and that is the only time. My reasoning is totally selfish. My nursing bras were wearing out and getting too big and I didn't want to go buy more. Also, I was tired of trying to go find a place to nurse and I am tired of pumping. So much easier to go to a place and get her some milk. Anyway, I am also taking it day by day. Some mornings she wants to nurse a lot and other mornings she would rather get down and go play instead of nurse so think we are getting close to the end.

Dana - posted on 01/08/2010

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My daughter is still nursing... the plan was originally I would not be nursing this long.

My first daughter we stopped at 6 wks because at the time w/ her medical condition it was easier to care for her. My second one I nursed for about 6-9 months but she stopped herself. I really never had enough milk for her. She was drinking like 6 ounces when she was first born PLUS nursing... But because of medical testing to see if she had the other ones medical condition I wasn't allowed to nurse properly... yadda yadda yadda...

So with this third one... I didn't plan on it being so long... she has the same medical condition that my oldest has but times have changed and now they encourage more nursing than they did back them. But now she only drinks for bedtime and naps... or if she gets really upset but at times like those I am really just a pacifier until she calms down. :)

Nadine - posted on 01/08/2010

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I am still nursing my son before his nap-/bedtime and when he wakes up in the morning and whenever he asks for it.
I am not actively weaning but I started to not be so "encouraging" anymore.
This morning, we skipped his nursing session but when I changed clothes and he saw me putting on my bra, he signed milk like crazy and didn't stop until I nursed him.
So yeah, he isn't ready yet to give it up and I won't push him either.

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I would have done it the same way but I am 5 months pregnant and my breasts are sore and seemingly running out of milk so I am sadly & slowly beginning the process of weaning. My son has been feeding himself and drinking from a cup for a while now, he is breastfed at bedtime/nap time as a comfort and on the occasion he has a 'traumatic' experience. He has been teething which constitutes as traumatic some days.

Sarah - posted on 01/08/2010

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I agree with you. I wish I was still BF mine. He self weened at 11 months and the next day started WALKING! Skipped the whole crawl thing and haven't been able to stop him since. I was going to BF as long as he wanted, which, apparently, wasn't as long as I wanted... keep going!

Sharolyn - posted on 01/08/2010

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Hi. I am currently still nursing my little one. Although he is eating plenty of finger foods and such during the day. Weaning? It is pretty much up to him and when he is ready. Definately until he is 2 then we will go from there. Good for you for still nursing your little one at this age!!!!

Sarah - posted on 01/08/2010

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hi I am breastfeeding twins of 14mths and I am having the same conundrum, I think like I am going to take it day by day be nice if they could wean themselves rather than me stopping them be nicer that way I think!!!!!

Trudy - posted on 01/08/2010

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I'm still breast feeding and Lily my 15 months old has no intention of self weaning yet, but i'm happy cause she has morning, afternoon, evening and night time feed. So thats not to bad, She really loves it and i'm soooo proud that i'm still able and she still wants breast milk. I plan to feed her until 2 and then we'll see what happens, but above all I think we should all be very proud of ourselves!

Kate - posted on 01/08/2010

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Hi, I have a 15month old boy who is addicted to boob. I'm happy to breastfeed him until he is two, then I will re-assess & see if it still works for both of us. I must admit though I'm keen to cut out a couple of feeds, into a pattern of morning & night feeds only. My little guy feeds like a 6 month old (every three hours including night time!) - the way I've been doing that is to offer Goat's milk in a sipper cup or bottle & I've been trying to feed him up more at meal times with more protein & carb focussed meals. I know what you mean about taking each day at a time.

Alison - posted on 01/08/2010

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Im still breastfeeding. I have three. The first was weaned at 8 months, the second at 14 months (self weaned) and the third is still going strong at 15 months and showing no signs of being ready to self wean....

Maria - posted on 01/07/2010

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I still breastfeed my lil man who's 15mos, I have been trying to start weaning him since my other 4 all self weaned by 15mos but this one is having nothing to do with it at all, he would sleep attached to it if I would let him. I am trying to cut him back to early morning and bedtime but he often clings to my legs crying for it or sits at my feet saying "boob boob boob" go figure he has THAT word down really well LOL!

Christine - posted on 01/07/2010

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I am still breastfeeding my 15 month old daughter as well. I really want her to be able
to self wean because i enjoy the cuddling and quiet time as well but she is sooooo attached! I am like her pacifier! I nurse in the morning, thn twice for her morning and afternoon naps, and then again after dinner and for bedtime
of course. She feeds a lot at night and we sleep next to each other with i don't mind. Actually I have trouble sleeping without her! Hopefully she will self wean as I have been having some health issues and need some of my energy and vitamins to myself!

But she has never wanted a bottle since she was a couple months old and will only take water from her sippy cup and sometimes juice but no whole milk. And she has never ad formula or baby food! She wasn't in to any of that!


Also- I'm so glad other moms have babies that pinch their nipple and stuff. Haha sometimes it's a little painful but i actually think it's really cute. She even looks for a nipple in her sleep just to hold on for security. I think it's adorable, but if she gets to rough I will warn her or take her off and she gets it.


Good luck ladies and good job!! I have hears so Many negative comments about bfing past 6 months!! We are super moms! :)

Ashley - posted on 01/07/2010

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My son will be 15 months on jan 14th and atleast 80-90% of his nutrition is from breastmilk. I was concerned he wasnt getting enough food throughout the day but his pediatrician isnt concerned. Im letting him self-wean....i get a little frustrated at night sometimes though because he is a "night time feeder". He still gets up 2-3 times at night. But ll in all, I'm really grateful that I am able to still nurse him! Good luck to you!

Anna - posted on 01/07/2010

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i'm still nursing my 15 mo. old. throughout the day as he wants. a few mins here and there...over-night cause we bed-share. and it gets al ot more when he's in a growth spurt or teething, which is currently happening :o)
one lady made me laugh, cause of the stroking, twisting pulling the opposite nipple while nursing...i deal w/ that...it's annoying sometimes. but he won't stop! anyone else deal w/ this???

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.

Cynthia - posted on 01/07/2010

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I am still nursing my boy (he is 14.5 months old) only once right before bed. I would like to wait till the cold/flu season is over too. He weaned himself pretty much of the other feedings. This one I am not sure how to break him of.

Megan - posted on 01/07/2010

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I'm in the same boat too. My DS nurses I think mainly for comfort. I don't mind the nursing so much but he really likes to pet my breast and pinch and twist my nipples and I try my best to get his hands out of there especially when in public but sometimes he will have a total fit. I would like to be done nursing by 18 months but I'm trying to let him decided.

Luisa - posted on 01/07/2010

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We're still nursing, three times a day: morning before breakfast, night before bed and then when I go to bed I get him up...otherwise he's up at least once overnight still. Unless he self-weans before April, I plan to stick it out through the cold and flu season. Planning on weaning him shortly thereafter.

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We just started weaning, and so far so good - DD wasn't nursing for nutrition anymore, evidenced by the fact that she wasn't making swallowing sounds anymore during nursing, and she eats plenty of real food during the day. So every time she asked to nurse, we took it as a sign she either needed cuddles, or during the day that she WAS hungry, so we would give her a snack. Day 3 of weaning, and so far so good - she took it down to only nursing before bed, and then last night I left DH home with her, and he got her to bed without me nursing her just fine. DD woke up happy and fine this morning. Enjoying having my body back for a bit.

Dawnie - posted on 01/07/2010

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I am glad to see I am not alone. My son nurses erly morning and 2x at night. It is still our quiet, cuddle time too

Rebecca - posted on 01/07/2010

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We are still nursing too. Plan to let my son self wean. He still nurses every 2 hours or so, 3-4x at night. Planning on tandem nursing if /when I get pregnant again.

Norelle - posted on 01/07/2010

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My wee one is just having Breakfast & a late night feed (at 14.5 months) She stopped her Lunch feed herself (after cuttung down on other feeds herself too) so now it is more comfort I think - nursing bfore bed, and waking up in the morning (although I know she gets a good breakfast!!) I feed her a normal breakfast too, and all other normal meals & snacks.. I think she will self ween, but will probably encourage it as she turns two-ish if she shows no signs before then... But she is a very independant child, and so far has directed all her own development steps quite clearly so I expect she will wean herself. I guess the other thought is if you are planning a number 2.. then that will help dictate your decision to allow slef weaning or if you initiate it...

We are still considering number 2.. but I feel that my above time line still fits with that...

Good luck!

Celine - posted on 01/06/2010

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I am just about the same. She asks only for breastmilk, in the morning, in the evening when I pick her up or for comfort after a fall, teething,...
It's not difficult and she doesn't seem ready to change that, so I leave it up to her for now.

Paula - posted on 01/06/2010

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Hi there and congratulations for sticking it out. I am still breastfeeding my wee girl who is 15 months and i vowed I would have her on a bottle at 3 months, in Day-care by 6 months and me working full time again. Well none of it has happened and I'm critically aware how lucky we are to be at home and I can still breastfeed. H fell off the change table 2 weeks ago and now is sporting a full leg cast and has since increased her need to breastfeed so my flow has increased somewhat. We are doing 2 feeds per day - 6am and whenever else she wants to throughout the day. I would like to stop completely in the next month or two so we'll see. Good luck to you.

Minnie - posted on 01/06/2010

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Quoting Aimee:






Quoting Lisa:

I am nursing my nearly 15 month old. I am going natural duration- allowing her to self-wean.

She still nurses at least once an hour. Typically twice, in short sessions.






 






 






 




Once or twice an hour?! My goodness you must have a lot of patience!!! kudos!





 





Ahh, mostly it involves her asking "nanas?" and me whisking her up to my hip while doing chores, and she'll latch on herself and nurse for four or five minutes and then want down to play.



I mean, everyone has five minutes twice an hour to attend to their little ones.

Mary - posted on 01/06/2010

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my daughter is 15 mths old and still breastfeeds i want to stop she eats good but still takes breast for nap and bedtime. i'm ready but i don't think she is my mom says to go by the almanac which i am trying now

Maria - posted on 01/06/2010

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im still BF, but just found out im pregnant ... was planning on letting him self wean, but honestly, i dont think i want to tandem nurse a 2 year old and an infant, so im thinking i will start weaning soon,..... just dont know how or when.... :X

Aimee - posted on 01/06/2010

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Quoting Lisa:

I am nursing my nearly 15 month old. I am going natural duration- allowing her to self-wean.

She still nurses at least once an hour. Typically twice, in short sessions.



 



 



 



Once or twice an hour?! My goodness you must have a lot of patience!!! kudos!


 

Aimee - posted on 01/06/2010

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Yes ma'am. We've tried weaning but he's not having anything to do with it. I've relented and just going to let him wean on his own. However, I only give it to him twice a day; once in the morning and once before bed. He doesn't particularly care for that either and will sometimes chase me through the house in the afternoon, crying for it. I try to redirect his attentions elsewhere and that usually works.

Minnie - posted on 01/06/2010

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I am nursing my nearly 15 month old. I am going natural duration- allowing her to self-wean.



She still nurses at least once an hour. Typically twice, in short sessions.

Rasheedah - posted on 01/06/2010

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i,m sill breastfeeding my son too.sometimes in the morning b4 i go to work and ofcourse at nite.and abd.rahman will wake up at nite and still takes it cos we sleep 2gether.i,m hoping to stop him b4 he,s 2yrs by God,s grace.i,m a muslim,and as muslims we r encouraged to breastfeed our babies till age 2.

Lori - posted on 01/05/2010

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Still breastfeeding on demand here, and I'm planning to let him self-wean.

Tania - posted on 01/05/2010

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im still breast feeding Nick has 2 feeds of me a day 1 @ afternoon sleep & the last 1 when he goes to bed @ night, & like u im going o let him decide when he wants to wean, his older brother self weaned @ 18-19 months

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