BREASTFEEDING FOR HOW LONG?

Dee - posted on 11/10/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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HOW LONG AFTER BIRTH SHOULD BREASTFEEDING CONTINUE? IS THERE A GENERALLY AGREED AGE?

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Michelle - posted on 11/10/2013

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It's however long you and baby are happy to do it. My youngest self weaned at 5.5 months and there was no point pushing it.

Cameo - posted on 11/10/2013

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They say up until 6 months at least. I stopped at 9 weeks though. It was too time consuming and I always worried about how much she was eating. Not I pump and feed her that and Enfamil formula. I alternate feedings and it works for us

Jenica - posted on 11/10/2013

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12 months and longer is the general recommended age, the World Health Organization just changed their recommended age to 2 years or as long as mutually desirable for mom and child. Breastmilk is the perfect food for babies and in my opinion should be done as long as you can, but 2 years seems best for baby, and 1 year would be the minimum. If you can get through the first year, then you should be able to feel it out with your baby on how long to go from there. My son is almost 14 months old and still going strong with breastfeeding, I figure we'll go for as long as he wants. It is hard and it is tiring, especially since I was not able to pump milk well enough to ever use a bottle so we've been together 24/7 since he was born, I love it but sometimes I want my own body back. The only thing you can do is what feels right for you and baby and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. :)

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