How long did you nurse your baby??

Erinn - posted on 04/17/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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I was just curious how long everyone nursed their children?? How long is too long? I nursed my son for about a year and a half (he's 3 now), I feel very strongly about nursing... its in my blood, and I love it!! Before my son was even a year old I had people asking me how much longer I was planning on nursing him, like they couldn't believe I was actually still nursing him, and it pissed me off. I didn't have an answer and I really didn't see what the big deal was!! I don't want that to happen again, with my daughter (shes 5 months old). What do you suggest I do if that happens again?? It's really irritating. I thought it was a GOOD thing that I hung in there as long as I did!! Am I wrong?

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Sherlyn - posted on 04/22/2009

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Hi, I have been nursing for twelve years now! NO not a twelve year old!!! lol But i have had 4 children in twelve years and tandom nursed them all. they all nursed to about 4 years old. they are all about three years apart. I only have one nursing now he just turned 3. I thank God for the bond and closeness it has given us. my kids are strong and secure and weined themselves when they waere ready. God Bless

Jessica - posted on 04/20/2009

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My daugher is 17 mo and we both enjoy our nuggle time as she puts it. I get asked all the time when I am going to stop and I reply that I want the smartest child that I can have. it has been proven that brest milk is the best food for brain development that there is.

Jennifer - posted on 04/19/2009

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I always planned to nurse until 1 year. My kids had other plans. My son weaned himself at 6 months and my daughter at 7 months. I tried everything to make them continue, but like the saying goes, you can lead a horse to water, but you cant make him drink. That is exactly what happened to me.

Tammy - posted on 04/17/2009

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Hi Erinn, this is a question you as a mommy have to answer for yourself. I nursed my children both till they were 6 months old. There is no harm to the children if you nurse longer. I, for myself, feel that once a child knows the parts of the body and can speak. It is long time overdue to stop nursing. I had to stop nursing mine because I had to go back to work and pumping was not an option. All this is, is an opinion. You have to ask yourself what you are comfortable with. I think that people will always have thoughts whether they are good or bad on any issue. It is up to you. Don't get offended by others, it is hard, but when it comes to your children, you do what you feel is right for them.

Jesselyn - posted on 04/17/2009

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I breast fed my son until he was about 13 months old. A few people around me thought it was odd. My husband was my number one cheer leader, believe it or not. We both wanted to have our child as healthy as possible. After reading and listening to all of the benefits from the pediatrician, we both thought it was a great idea. It has really paid off. My son is now 3 1/2 and has hardly been sick at all. So I say, go for it. Do what you want and don't listen to anything other than constructive criticism.

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18 months and still feeding! Ill give it up when hes had enough - I fed my daughters for a year and a year and half too. If anyone asks me why Im still doing it I tend to get really quite angry - WTF has it got to do with anyone anyway?!

If youre enjoying it ..and you can bet your baby is enjoying it then carry on as long as you want to. The benefits are enormous.

Jennifer - posted on 04/17/2009

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I nurse my son till he was 15 months. I woke up one morning to nurse him and he rolled off my lap and went to the fridge to get a bottle of milk and that was the end of it. I did nurse him at night on and off for a few more day and he stopped that all together. He was a 100% nursed for the first 13 months because he is lactose intolerant.

Tammy - posted on 04/17/2009

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i breast fed my 1st for 3 weeks i would have done longer but where i had a 'C' section, she hurt my tum so i thought it best to stop, my 2nd i breast fed for 5 months, but then didn't produce enough milk so i stopped, and my 3rd was just over a year old but stopped because we were moving house and i needed to decorate, so had no time to feed her! looking back now i wish i didn't stop so soon with all of them, but at the time you've got to do what suits you best! all i can say it is the best thing in the whole world and i would strongly recomend it to any one! it's great!!!

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i nursed my son for about one and a half too....

i had planned to nurse him until he was 2, but he started being so naggy.... we was down to: in the morning and evening. but he sudently wanted more and more. everywhere and every time.... so i just had to stop.

for me the longes i would is 2 and a half, but thats up to every individual.



nursing is verry good for you'r child.... if you are healthy you'r kid get's the best. and baby's,toddlers that is nursed long,don't get sick that often... (i heard)

Shelley - posted on 04/17/2009

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Well I am still going and my little boy is 8 weeks on Monday... I have plans to nurse until he is ready to give up... my son loves his bitty and I feel it is the nicest way that me and him bond and have "us time"... I think it is the best way to give him all the nutrients he needs and strengthens his immunity far better than formula ever would. The only thing that would stop me from breastfeeding him now, would be if I dried up (I hope not)... I have overcome many issues when feeding, like sore,dry and cracked nipples, it would be a shame to stop now cos people deem it to be shameful to have your baby depend on you when they are over that newborn stage! Good luck hun!

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my eldest until she was 2.5 years she wouldnt give it up - she got cronic tooth decay every time she cut a tooth she got a chest infection and got diabetes a 7 she was 9lb1oz or 4,125kgs at birth and was a big child until she was 5. the other 2 i bottle fed and it was great the freedom was great and no health issues. and my 2nd child was 5 weeks early and could not latch on thats why i gave him the bottle and it was so convenient i gave it to my 3rd.

Jessica - posted on 04/17/2009

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I'm on my first and he's only 6-months (next week) but it seems that the longer I go the easier it gets. When I was pregnant and people would ask if I was going to nurse I always told them, "I don't know, I'll try it and see how it goes". I know it's very benficial to them to have breastmilk, but I wasn't sure how I'd feel about the whole thing. So from day one I took it a month at a time, every month I had to decide whether I was going to keep going or switch over to formula. So, unless something happens, like my supply drying up, I think I will stop at 1 year, when he can have cow milk.

Caroll - posted on 04/17/2009

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I agree with you completely. I had people ask me that too when my son was only a couple months old. I would reply "As long as he wants to." We just stopped nursing a couple weeks ago. Carter is 14 months old. I say do whatever is best for you and your child. It is no ones business but yours.

Terri - posted on 04/17/2009

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I have breast fed 3 of my 4 children. 2 untill a year and a half they were ready and my my youngest is 18mths now and shows no intrest in giving up her booby I plan on stopping when shes 2 but thats my choice once at nursery age i feel thats enough as may cause problems with teasing but as long as your both happy Im with you long live the booby

Amanda - posted on 04/17/2009

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I nursed my daughter for about 8-9wks, but only because the wells dried up... I planned on nursing until her first birthday and was crushed when I could no longer do it. A co-worker and friend of mine went until 18mo. It's all up to you as the Mom, don't let other people talk you out of it. I give you kudos for nursing! There's a lot of people who don't even consider it. Let your daughter decide, she may end up weaning her self from it. Good luck to you :)

Eileen - posted on 04/17/2009

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P.S. Trust me, learn not to care what other people think.....a good come back when someone asks you a question that is none of their business is..."if someone asks, tell them you don't know". This is a very nice way of saying, it is none of their business how long you choose to nurse your child. (Up to two years is nutritionally beneficial.)

Eileen - posted on 04/17/2009

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My oldest son weaned himself around 12 months and my youngest son was weaned around 18 months. I would have nursed him longer, but I became pregnant again and very ill (that ended in a miscarriage) and needed to wean him, unfortunately. I think up to 2 yrs is legitimate and most pediatricians would agree with this. After age 2, there is no nutritional value for the child, so the question becomes who are you nursing for, you or your child? It's a personal choice, so do whatever makes you and your child comfortable.

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