Breastfeeding?!?

Tyasia - posted on 08/12/2010 ( 64 moms have responded )

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who is breastfeeding/or planning to? Im Tyasia and im 17 and still breastfeeding my 15 month old,and id at least like to go 2 years, but any longer is fine for me because im for child-led weaning and its part of my parenting style. its really hard to find young moms who breastfeed and have some of the same views as me :) so i want to know how old you are if your planning to or are breastfeeding, how old you kid is and how long your planning to go?

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Noreen - posted on 08/16/2010

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@Amber- Yes, most babies are taken off formula and put on Whole Cow's milk. But my milk was made for MY baby. And last I checked, I gave birth to a human baby, not a calf. It seems very unnatural for me to drink cow's milk. What other species drinks milk from anoth species besides humans?? That is just wierd in my opionin. Cow's milk for calves. Human milk for humans.

And if you think breastfeeding past a year is wrong, then you obviously shouldn't be having babies.

Another thing. I am not trying to be mean to the other moms at all, just trying to throw some facts out there. It is normal for babies to nurse very often. When they are born, their stomach is the size of a quater. They aren't meant to drink 4oz of milk. That is why they nurse so often. A lot of moms think that they don't have enough milk to give their baby, that is not true at all! If that was the case (which atleast 80% of you all said you didn't have enough) then humans would be instint. 100 yrs ago, there wasn't formula, only breastmilk. And I believe in my Breastfeeding Peer Advisor class, my intructor said that only 3% women in the whole world was not able to produce enough.

Another thing, I had a CT scan with dye, and was able to nurse my baby right after. Mastis is usually caused by blocked milk ducts that could be relieved by hot pads and pumping or nursing a lot. :)

Krystal - posted on 08/16/2010

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Ok so not that I don't love this heated conversation...but instead of telling people to grow up and calling them immature or calling them ridiculous and nasty lets think about it like this. EVERYONE'S PARENTING IS DIFFERENT!!!!! If someone chooses to let their child latch on til they are freakin eight years old then let them. It is there decision to make not yours. Now if you don't agree with their parenting why go out of your way to offend them? That's when they get defensive and call you names to offend you. A more GROWN UP and logical way to think is to each her own and agree to disagree. I personally think that 2 years is too long. But I do not disagree with 15 months. We can all meet somewhere in the middle. I find it appalling that some women won't even give breast feeding a chance. Its completely natural and maybe some of you just need to stop and realize what you are saying. These are not your children to raise. She didn't post this saying "Insult me on how I choose to raise my baby" Instead she asked how you felt about YOU breastfeeding. And that's that. =]]

Kayla - posted on 08/15/2010

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WOW. First off I'd like to say ALOT of you "young moms" are still SO immature. Second why don't you go do a little research before you decide to bash people on the life styles they chose? Heres a little starting point on WHY formula IS NOT good for babies...Babies who don’t breastfeed:

20% increased risk of Leukemia
60% increased risk of common and chronic ear infections
40% increased risk of Diabetes
Huge increase in upper respiratory infections which led to hospitalizations, increased risk of other types of cancer

and (the whopper) are 20% more likely to die in the first year. and heres another article you can read:

http://www.breastfeeding.com/reading_roo...

http://www.babyfriendly.org.uk/items/ite...

Now why would you CHOOSE to give this Corn with powdered "vitamins" to you child if you had something better to give them???

Rachael - posted on 08/15/2010

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there is no need to carry on, im just going by your page saying you thought you were a bit young but wanted a baby. and fair enough. you may not immature, but telling a mother she is feeding her child too long THAT is very immature, not having experianced breastfeeding you have know idea her reasoning for extending her feeding every child has different needs. alot of people are very closed minded about breastfeeding thats why not many young people breastfeed. and not educated well on the benefits of breastfeeding. WHO world health organisation recomends feeding to at least 2years. if there was no bennefit for extending feeding they wouldnt recomend it. tyasia was looking for support not to be critised.... just be bit more considrate next time.

Sarh - posted on 08/15/2010

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I had my daughter at 16 yrs old, I nursed her until she was 4 months old... I only stopped because I had to have a CT Scan done, I was told to pump and dump my milk for a week!! I got so discouraged by having to do this, my supply began to dry up so I just stuck w/the formula feeding.
Now I am going to be 21 in 10 days and I plan to breast feed until at least 6 months, 1 yr would be nice, not sure if I could go passed that. To me a child should be breastfed no longer than a year. However, I do not discourage mothers from nursing passed a year.

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Hi! I have an almost 4 month old and I am planning on breastfeeding well over one year. I want to breastfeed until she doesn't want it anymore :)

Stephanie - posted on 09/07/2010

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I breastfed my babygirl and then pumped enough breastmilk so that she could have a bottle everday of the upcoming winter. But I think I DO NOT think you should breastfeed your kid to 2 years. Just my opinion- not bashing on what you think is right.

Stacie - posted on 09/06/2010

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1st Brestfeeding is best BUT like myself some mums cant 4many reasons brestfeed FOMULA IS ONLY BAD 4YUR BABY IF YU DONT GET THE RIGHT ADDVISE FROM YUR MIDWIFE i have 3girls 1st time 5days 2nd time 1mth nd 3rd time 21/2 mthns so in some cases its up 2yur body. If i had my chocie i would brestfeed till 12mths but it didnt work out that way.

Haley - posted on 09/06/2010

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i tried! but it didnt work, but i think that its amazing how mothers produce milk that their children can survive off of- and its best for them- plus free of cost! So i refuse to give up and i am pumping and giving it to my daughter, i am hoping to be able to nurse skin to skin again soon, but it is difficult for me because i have a minimal pain tolerance and cant get over that first few struggles D:
im 17, and i am giving her formula as a supplement to make up for the 1 oz behind i am after pumping (i only pump 2 oz usually)

Tyasia - posted on 09/06/2010

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i just wanted to add for amber and whoever, breastmilk changes to fit the needs of the child and never magically loses its nutrients, i dont know much about formula or cows milk for babies because i have never used formula (though i dont bash for the moms who had to use formula for medical reasons) i still think its icky stuff and although i have cows milk in my cereal i dont drink it cause it'll make me sick and we aren't introducing any other milk until at least age

2. kaevyan is very very content at the breast and thats where he is gunna stay til he is ready to come off, sorry im not gunna wean purely for selfish reasons (not saying anyones selfish) my PERSONAL GOAL is 24 months MINIMUM but kaevyan could wean tommorrow i will not force nor deny my son something that makes him happy, healthy and feel nurtured. so sue me, personally i dont care about what other moms do, but i cant stand it when moms bash me for bfing but they can give their kids formula and cows milk (do you know what in that stuff??), i dont critizise what your doing with your kids so leave my choices as a parent of of your mouth and out of mind.

(i also hate it when people carry on about trying, they "try" for 2 days and give up without seeking help because they say its just not working.) now as i said before thanks and good job to all the young women who have tried and succeeded and those who tried and failed but are gunna try again. its empowering to see the greatness in this bleak world.

oh and the WORLD average on natural weaning is 4.2. which i believe is um...50 months, my son is only 15 months...oh and yea your right (sarcastic tone), damn me for not being ashamed to nourish and comfort my son with what is best for him.

Tyasia - posted on 09/06/2010

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yayayayay!!! good job everyone who is breastfeeding or even tried but want to try again someday. you guys rock! its nice finding other young mommy's like myslef who are more like me is breastfeeding and the bonds we share with our little ones, everyone feel free to add me to facebook if you want id love to talk some more!

Katie - posted on 08/18/2010

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I breastfed my first for about 4 weeks. What worked for MY family was to switch him to formula because I was going back to work at 6wk PP. With my second I honestly tried to go longer, but only ended up doing it for about 2 or 3 wks. My second had a very hard time keeping his latch and I think he had reflux problems.
But I want to say Good Job!
I know a girl that is still BFing her 3yr old.

Noreen - posted on 08/18/2010

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@Ashley- You're right. Everyone has different opinions on how long is too long. However, they should not bash a mom for it. If a mom only wants to breastfeed for 8yrs, it's no ones bussiness and she should not have judgement for it. GWIM?

Ashley-marie - posted on 08/18/2010

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U can brest feed as long as you would like but seriusely every one has difetent ideas on how long

Patricia - posted on 08/18/2010

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I breasfed all of my babies between 13 months - 26 months each. I was 17 when my first was born. When we had to be seperated for 2 weeks right after birth, I pumped until I was reunited and my son breastfed like the best of them

Kayla - posted on 08/18/2010

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I say if you haven't or arent breastfeeding you probably shouldn't be commenting on breastfeeding topics. JUST my opinion... :)

I went to 14 months with Serenity and plan to go at LEAST 1 year with Destiny who is 5 months now :) I don't care if you think its weird no one asked you to be honest...

Darby - posted on 08/17/2010

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My name is Darby, I am now 30. I have four children. Kyla - almost 12 years - I breastfed her for 2 months...I was young and had difficulty and had to stop. I was very disappointed.
Shaelyn is almost 4 and I breastfed her for her first full year, Braden is almost 2 and he was breastfed for his first full year, and Alayna is almost 5 months and I intend to breastfeed her for her first full year! I think it's wonderful that you are breastfeeding, especially at such a young age. It's up to you and your baby when you decide to wean. Good job!

Barbara - posted on 08/17/2010

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i;m 22 and have three girls ages 3 1/2 yrs, 19 months and 5 1/2 months, breastfed all three, wasnt very successful at long term breastfeeding my first two time but with my third its going smoothly and as long as my baby wants to breastfeed and if i can manage not to dry up thats what i'll be doing tilll she at least 1-2 yrs, the bondig is just amazing, and its so much more healthier for the both of us .

Natasha - posted on 08/17/2010

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I really wanted to breast feed but I had a severe gull bladder infection and I ended up only producing milk for like two days.

Lauren - posted on 08/17/2010

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Firstly, well done hun. So many people bend to judgement but just carry on doing wha you (and maybe health proffessionals) advise.
I am sorry to pst this here but to all those criticizing formula, I do disagree with how many people (and they do tend to be younger unfortunately) dont even consider breastfeeding as an option.
However reading this post has got me a little naffed if I'm honest. You do not know an individuals case or how much it can hurt saying about death rates etc associated with formula as im sure thats any mums worst nightmare.
I myself desperately wanted to breastfeed, unfortunately I had back labour through the night before her due date, went til 9 oclock the night after before calling the hospital and then at around 4 ish am got told she was sideways and had to have diamorphine and then be induced further. It was hell to be so worried that I agreed. This made me and my daughter so tired and drowsy that she just wouldn't latch on whatsoever. I tried for days and many many proffesionals and bf coaches came to help, as a result we were both exhausted, highly stressed and our whole family suffered with nerves, especially as we were told she had jaundice. Then got told if we DIDN't give her formula milk she would end up in hospital again and the results could be catastrophic. Yes we did decide to give her formula milk and I expressed until she was 6 weeks. I had three pumps break in that time, I got mastitis and had to hand pump near enough all day and night, barely slept and more than that my time with my daughter suffered. We then discussed me stopping expressing and by that point I'd near enough stopped getting a milk supply anyway. For a long time I felt like an inferior mum for NOT breastfeeding and reading how bad formula milk is meant to be it does bring it back a little. I understand there was a point to make, but I believe by making that point that sometimes it gets forgotten that not all mothers willingly formula feed. I hope nobody takes offence it's just another side of the story =]

Brittany - posted on 08/17/2010

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I had my son at 17 and breastfed him until he was about 10 months old. (his choice) i found that alot my friends found it akward and "gross" or whatever. Avery is now 4 1/2 yrs old and i congratulate women of all ages for breastfeeding. its an amazing experience and its whats best for babies! So much respect to all of the mommies on here who are or have breastfed thier little ones!

Ashley - posted on 08/17/2010

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Hi! You go girl! Keep doing it! I was 18 when my first son was born and I breastfed him until he was 17 months when he self-weaned. Im now 20 and just had my second son and am planning to breastfeed him until he stops! I think its great that us young moms show older people that we make mature decisions for our children, its a sacrifice to breastfeed, especially if you dont use bottles, like myself. Its great for young mothers to encourage one another to breastfeed and to have the support of their spouse, family, and friends!

Susan - posted on 08/17/2010

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I'm 22 had my daughter when I was 21 she is 13 months and still nurses although usually only at nap and bedtime unless she is sick

Jade - posted on 08/17/2010

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I am 21 now but i was 17 when i had my daughter and breastfed her for a year and a half and im currently breastfeeding my 8month old twin boys. Good for all of you giving your babies the best you can for them!

Noreen - posted on 08/17/2010

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I never judged a mother based on if she breastfed or not. I only defended the mothers that YOU judged because they decided to give the BEST gift to their children and breastfeed past a year.

I say that you shouldn't be having babies yet because you obviously are not mature enough. (And the fact that I will probably be paying for your baby with my tax dollars)

Amber - posted on 08/16/2010

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Ok Noreen,

Get over yourself.

And how dare you tell me I shouldn't have babies. I have just as much as a rigt as you do.

Breastfeeding or not breatfeeding is not the way to judge a good mother.

Kayla - posted on 08/16/2010

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A little information on getting your baby to latch correctly...http://www.llli.org/FAQ/positioning.html

Also I know its expensive but if you could find it on eBay or something the "my breast friend" pillow is AMAZING for keeping your baby in the perfect position while breastfeeding then you have both hands available to help your baby latch correctly and unlike the "boppy" pillow it doesn't allow your baby to roll in or away from you.... :) I learned about it from my lactation consultant and it was a god send for me and my youngest daughter. :)

Alicia - posted on 08/16/2010

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I am 19 and I plan on breast feeding. I did not breastfeed with my first child. I was too scared too but I wish that I would have. Is it really hard to breastfeed as they say? I am due in 2 weeks with my second and I want to know what is the best way to get my child to latch on.

Rachel - posted on 08/16/2010

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I'm 21 and my baby girl is 7 months old and I exclusively breastfeed and plan to for a little over a year!

Brooke - posted on 08/16/2010

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i am 16 and i just recently stopped breadtfeeding. my baby is 5 months and i just stopped a week ago because of medical issues. i had mastitis and it felt like it was coming back. but she is doing great on the formula too.

Alicia - posted on 08/16/2010

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Im 19 and this is my second child (both boys). I tried to breastfeed with my first but he wouldnt latch on. Im gonna try again with this one and if he latches Im gonna do breast and bottle. Once he starts solids I'll probably start too wean him off the breast

Shelby - posted on 08/16/2010

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I only was able to breastfeed my daughter for about 3 months. My milk supply ran out so I had to switch to formula. I was really upset about it because I wanted to breastfeed so bad. My goal was to breastfeed for at least a year. I envy all the women who got to breastfeed for longer than me. I know some people who breastfed for 1 year and over which i think is fantastic. My cousin was nursed till she was 20 months. I think its so great that you are going for as long as you can. Good luck and just forget all the rude comments, Obviously they are to immature for this group and they should keep the rude comments to themselves.

Krystal - posted on 08/16/2010

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I would have loved to breastfed! While I was pregnant it seemed very unnatural but when I actually had my son it was just so simple! I could only do it for three days though because I became hypoglycemic and it would have my Brailen diabetic. But next child I will make sure to keep my blood sugar perfect so I can do it for as long as the baby needs!

Laura - posted on 08/16/2010

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i breastfed untill my daughter was 1 month old but i was not producing enough milk and that meant my daughter was up every hour through the night and day wanting to feed! she also cut all my nipple open so it really hurt to feed!! was planning on breastfeeding for much longer but ddnt happen! im 18 btw :) x

Rachael - posted on 08/16/2010

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Thanks Kayla its not a problem just yet and hopefully wont be but if so i will be investing in some shields!! im a very proud pro breast feeder and not going to get a little biting get in my way : P

Kayla - posted on 08/16/2010

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Rachael - thanks. And just in case you have a problem with the biting try using a breast shield if the biting really becomes a problem :) It will at least make it so he can't break the skin... :)

Rachael - posted on 08/16/2010

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Well Heather hopefully it gets better for you!! my son is just six months and within this week has got 2 teeth i cant wait for the biting.!! iv never givin him formula but he loves water from a bottle.



Kayla great facts you have posted!

Heather - posted on 08/15/2010

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Thanks :) It was really hard and frustrating in the begining cause my daughter didn't have a very good latch and now she's got teeth. Ouch! But I keep going cause I love to be close to her and she won't at any time take a bottle. Yes, my doctor said it was fine. I am just very sensitive to pain, everything hurts me, always has.

Heather - posted on 08/15/2010

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The average age to breastfeed in North America is 2 and in the world is 4. Just a little fact :)

Sarh - posted on 08/15/2010

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Thanks Rachael.

Heather I give you props for pulling through the painful let down, I do not have "pain" but I can feel my let down. Have you checked w/your doctor to see if that is normal? I've never heard of that. Good luck!

Rachael - posted on 08/15/2010

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hi heather, my son also is 6months... that must be awful for you, my breasts stopped leaking after maybe 2months of my son being born! good on you for keeping on feeding and iv never had painful letdown so again good on you or battling through it!

Heather - posted on 08/15/2010

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I'm 18 and my daughter is 6 months, right now I'm planning to go to 1 year. Then I'll see where it goes from there. I love it, I just really want my breasts to stop leaking and my let down is very painful.

Sarh - posted on 08/15/2010

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Rachael I completely agree! Seeing comments like those makes me regret joining this group, so many young people think they are mature, but they honestly have no idea! Trust me! I was once not long ago that very same age and I thought I was more mature than I actually was.

And I am sorry for the loss of your child Amber, I as well have had 3 miscarriages all about a yr apart since I had my daughter until I became pregnant w/my son.

Everyone who was part of the "argument/discussion" needs to step back and see how everyone was a tad immature for feeding into each others not so nice comments.

Sarh - posted on 08/15/2010

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After reading Kate's reply, I will probably continue night time nursing past a year, that seems fine. Still not too keen on breast feeding all day though!

Kate - posted on 08/15/2010

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hi tyasia im 18 and still breastfeeding my 19 month old daughter, i do agree with your parenting style in alot of ways although im not planning to let my daughter self-wean because i know she def wont any time soon! but for now im happy to breastfeed her she only has her booby when its bedtime and sometimes during the night.

Rachael - posted on 08/15/2010

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Noreen and Micha i agree with you both!
Amber your 17 arent you and dont have any children so you really have no idea the experiance of breastfeeding... i think the oringal post was here for support not to get on and say to stop feeding because her child is too old? thats very immature. and not having a child your self why are you on here ?

Amber - posted on 08/15/2010

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lol yeah. have you seen the previews for Grown Ups? it's got Chris Rock an Kevin James' and others in it.

this kid went up to his and started undoing her shirt to get milk. Chris Rock asked, "How old is he?" Kevin turned around and said, "48 months." Chris thought about it for a minute and than said, "Wait a minute. That;s 4!"

lol this reminds me of that

Brooke - posted on 08/15/2010

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oh wow but 4! jeez.. lol yeah im not that keen. I want whats best for my daughter but I don't think thats it lol

Can you imagine the bullying?? poor kid...

Amber - posted on 08/15/2010

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Thank you Brooke, I think you understand my point.

Hey it wasn't my kid. I know it's disgusting lol.

Brooke - posted on 08/15/2010

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As Amber said formula can be harmful to babies with allergies but no MOST babies do not have allergies to formula. If it was harmful then why would it be on the market?? I loved breast feeding, i would do it again. BUT i am OPEN minded and know that if something goes wrong then there is always another option. Yes I would say breast milk is a better option BUT I know plenty of people, adults and children who were either breast fed or formula fed. The highest IQ, and achiever at my school was always formula fed. I know two little boys who were reading at the age of two who were formula fed.

As for being too old with the breast feeding, I do think it is a little weird when your child is coming up to you asking for milk, I think 12 months would be most suited for ME. But what ever makes you and who ever else happy is the ain thing for you all.

HAHA Amber 4! really?? thats disgusting lol im sorry but... wow.

Amber - posted on 08/15/2010

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Excuse me but look at it this way. A baby would go off of formula at a year old so why would it be any different for breast milk? I didn't say there was anything wrong with breatfeeding, you just got to know when to stop and I'm sorry but 15 months is too old.

It gets bad when your little kiddo comes to you and asks for a drink and you pull up your shirt. I'm sorry but it's wrong.

I had an aunt who felt the same way you did. They should decide when it's enough. Yeah her kid was 4 years old.

Micha - posted on 08/15/2010

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I have a 3 month old son. I breast fed him for about two weeks, but I didn't quit because I wanted to. He had to be put on a special formula with cereal mixed in because he has acid reflux. I absolutely loved nursing him. It was the most relaxing, quite time of the day, and I miss it so much. I'm pregnant again, though, so I'm going to get a second chance at it, which I'm so happy about. Who knows, if Raiden's willing to do it, I might try to go back to breast feeding him AND the new baby. He wont even be a year old when I have this one, so, who knows? It could work.

Noreen - posted on 08/15/2010

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Oh and formula will ALWAYS be inferior to breastfeeding. So how dare you ever tell someone that they are breastfeeding too long!!

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