What age do you think is a good age is to stop breastfeeding?

Samantha - posted on 03/30/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )




I love breastfeeding my son. He is 16 months and he know how to say milk in english and in asl. I sometimes hate having to stop in the middle of the store and whip out my boob. He is very stubbern and if he wants it he wants it then and there.


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The best time to stop is when both you and your child are ready. If you are interested in continuing to nurse, but want to set some limits and manage his behaviors.... ditto Carolyn.

What is right for one mother/child pair will not necessarily be right for another. I was finished weaning my twin girls when they turned 15 months old (started weaning at 13 months), but my son just turned 3 and is still going.

Carolyn - posted on 03/30/2011




i would suggest checking out kellymom.com for some help in teaching nursing manners if you want to continue nursing.


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Emily - posted on 03/31/2011




Ditto others.. personally I believe in child-led weaning. However, at 16 months I think it's perfectly okay to set some gentle limits. It's okay to tell him no milk right now, but you can have milk when we get home. Try giving him a substitute, such as a sippy cup or something to chew on. (But, I also don't think it's wrong to breastfeed in public either--whatever you're comfortable with!)

Minnie - posted on 03/31/2011




LLLI believes that the breastfeeding relationship should continue until the child outgrows the need. That being said, the breastfeeding relationship contains two parties, whos needs are both very important. Continuing for as long as both enjoy it is a good compromise.

The World Health Organization recommends a minimum of two years.

For those requests to nurse while walking through the store I either distract with a toy or interesting sight, or if I have my Ergo on hand my 2 1/2 year old gets strapped up in and nurses on the go. I remember when she was 16 months- that's a big age and maturity difference and when she was younger she did not understand the concept of waiting until later. But at that age she was always in a carrier.

Doreen - posted on 03/31/2011




Every mother and child is different... don't rush it if you both enjoy it, but also don't be breastfeeding when your kid has a beard. My sister breastfed till her kid was about 2. He was equally demanding but it started being a bit much after he started walking and talking. I suppose it is like watching people push their kids in stroler, and they so big already their legs are almost dragging on the floor... Anyway, she weened him off with starting to set some boundaries... like, "noooo mom can't wip out the boob for a feed in the shops we spoke about it remember? But HEY lookie here what we found - a bottle with your fav. juice / tea / milk. Intially she only used breast milk in the bottle. He was teary in the beginning but the bottle-job eventually did replace the boob-job in a question of about 3 months....and it was much easier on her... and I agree with the other ladies with regards to "breast feeding manners"... unless you want to wear a lion cloth and move back to the native land... manners are important :) LOL Good Luck.

Kate CP - posted on 03/30/2011




I agree with some of the other ladies: whenever you're both ready. Teach your son to wait until you're ready to nurse so you're not feeling overwhelmed about nursing in public.

Katherine - posted on 03/30/2011




I always say self lead weaning is the best. And I also ditto Carolyn. Kellymom is great. Check out the website and they will give you tips. Especially if you love to BF, I wouldn't stop now, and I wouldn't be embarrassed either.

Sabra - posted on 03/30/2011




I persoanally think that about 12 months is a good age to stop breastfeeding plus anything before a year makes it easier to break habits. I don't think it starts to get weird really until after 2 personally if your still breastfeeding your kid after 2 that's just a little weird.

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