Anyone still breast feeding?

Mex-Tex - posted on 11/28/2009 ( 71 moms have responded )

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My Son still breast feeds at least three times a day or even more... Any tips of how I should wean him off

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Laura - posted on 12/07/2009

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I always read that to wean a baby you should decrease one feeding a week until you have none left.

I commend you for breastfeeding for the past seven months... I think it is sad that others are trying to make you feel bad for the fact that you want to wean...

Amy - posted on 12/07/2009

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Quoting Amy:

My advice would be to look hard at the reasons why you want to wean your son. Is it an inconvienece to you, do you think it is no longer a benefit to him? Studies show that children and mothers who breastfeed until at least one year are healthier and have a decreased chance of getting certain types of cancer ( breast and ovarian). It is not only beneficial to you but also for him to breastfeed at least a year per the American Pediatric Association. For optimal results the WHO suggests to nurse for 2 years. I would suggest to wait until your child is at least a year then slowly decrease one feeding per week for four weeks.


Just to be clear I understand that many mothers can not breastfeed or don't want to. That is their choice and I rescpect it. This is solely my opinion and information from statistics. Many formula fed babies lead very healthy lives.

Amy - posted on 12/07/2009

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My advice would be to look hard at the reasons why you want to wean your son. Is it an inconvienece to you, do you think it is no longer a benefit to him? Studies show that children and mothers who breastfeed until at least one year are healthier and have a decreased chance of getting certain types of cancer ( breast and ovarian). It is not only beneficial to you but also for him to breastfeed at least a year per the American Pediatric Association. For optimal results the WHO suggests to nurse for 2 years. I would suggest to wait until your child is at least a year then slowly decrease one feeding per week for four weeks.

Karen - posted on 12/06/2009

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I'm breastfeeing. I am doing 4 times a day now, but I think she's cutting one out. I'm nervous that she'll ween herself before a year. That's just what I was striving for (did it with #1). Not interested in formula if I can avoid it.

On another note... after reading all of these posts.... although breastfeeding comes easily to me, it doesn't to others. There needs to be more positive encouragement, and moms have to realize that it's not the most convenient many times and that you have to sacrifice to make it happen. I had a very tough beginning with #2 and we made it through. Even the lactation consultants and professionals told me to throw in the towel, but I didn't. You need to commit. I feel some mom's just need to trudge through the rough patches. Others quit early with what appear to be excuses sometimes. One hiccup, they quit and say it "didn't work out for them". (And I'm not talking about making conscious plans about quitting, going back to work, etc... so don't anyone hammer me about that. I know it's not a perfect world. And by the way, I do work every day).

Alana - posted on 12/06/2009

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My son is 7 months and breastfeeds more than 3 times a day....so any advice on weaning would be great.

Adrienne - posted on 12/03/2009

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i never said anything about putting a baby on cows milk! However i do agree with you that it should not be given before they are 12 months or older. It doesn't have the iron and nutriants that a baby needs.

Any one can go on the internet and read all that scientific facts! At the end of the day it is a mother's choice if she wants to continue breast feeding or not. it is not up to you or me to decide for them. yes we know breast milk is the best and there isnt anything better, yes we know a baby on breast milk is less likely to get a cold than that of a baby on instant formula! there are health risks if you do not make up the formula milk correctly,but if you follow the instructions then your baby will be fine! I know many many many people who where brought up on instant formula and nothing else and they are perfectly healthy and intelligent. I also know people who have been brought up on breast milk and are always ill! There ar many factors that can contribute to your babies health! like smoking around your child, drinking, the state of your home ect ect.

Not EVERYONE can breast feed and you are making those who cant feel bad about the life they are giving to their children. I am just saying that formula is fine. like i said ...all that matters is that your baby is happy and healthy!

Amber - posted on 12/03/2009

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first of all when babys start solids at 6 mo its not for nutrients its for motor skills and to teach .Second formula has caused health problems such as the following is in a ARTICLE from the WHO website



Although breastfeeding is now widely acknowledged to be the ideal for babies, and the World Health recommendation is for a minimum of 6 months exclusive breastfeeding, the choice of how to feed a baby is often still framed as one between two equally valid alternatives.



In fact, breastmilk is not "ideal" but the normal, natural food for babies, adapted over millions of years to meet their unique nutritional and immunological needs. Formula, in comparison, has only been around for about 150 years, and its long-term results are still being studied.



World Health Organisation Recommendations for Infant Feeding

WHO recommendations are for an infant to be given only breastmilk for 6 months, and for breastfeeding to continue for two years of age or beyond. If a baby is not breastfed, formula is required for the first year of life. Many mothers are not fully aware of the risks of formula feeding and so are making a choice without the necessary information.



Nutrients in Formula Versus Nutrients in Breastmilk

All the nutrients in breastmilk are in perfect balance and the infant can also regulate its own intake, and therefore its weight gain, in a way that is impossible with formula-feeding, according to Successful Breastfeeding [Royal College of Midwives, 2002]. Deviating from this "gold standard" carries risks to the health of both mother and child.



Risks of Formula Feeding For Infants and Children:

The effects of formula feeding on infants and children continue to be studied, and several significant risks have been identified. There is an increased risk of:





•Mortality – this applies in Western countries as well as developing countries. For example, according to Lucas and Cole (1990), if all the preterm babies in British neonatal units were fed breast milk rather than formula, 100 deaths a year from necrotising enterocolotis would be prevented.

•Asthma and allergy

•Acute respiratory disease

•Childhood cancers

•Nutrient deficiencies: e.g., fatty acids, essential for brain development, and amino acids, essential for central nervous system development, as well as calcium and iron, are not in the correct proportions and/or as easily absorbed from formula as breastmilk.

•Infection from contaminated formula

•Diabetes

•Chronic diseases

•Cardiovascular disease

•Gastrointestinal infections

•Otitis media – inflammation of the middle ear

•Urinary infections

•Sudden infant death syndrome

•Necrotising enterocolotis – an infection or inflammation that causes destruction of the bowel or part of the bowel.

as well as



•Reduced cognitive development





before encouraging a mother to stop breastfeeding u should be trying to promote it .Breastmilk nutrition goes beyond the first 4 weeks -6 mo and well beyond a yr .Alot of moms are in such a hurry to introduce "" grown up"" food and milk .For what tho what ? Yes many kids around this country grow up on formula but it does not mean the risks of health problems later in life arent higher because a baby was formula fed .So this being said I dont know about anyone else but I would tell a mom to do whats best .. Breastmilk is whats best and what is healthy for them and sets up a good foundation for they're later years of life. Starting cows milk if recommended at age 12mo and no earlier .The digestive track of a baby younger can not break it down properly . Alot of and most sources of information state that . So for someone with a so called DIPLOMA should know all this and more but I guess its not the case .Also why are people so eager to start cows milk before 12 mo or right on the dot .. the babys ahve gone this long without it at least start it when they recommend why earlier? Are u as a mother getting a gain from it? Is it making ur life easier ? if not then relax and dont frat on when to START a child on cows milk .Although I breastfeed and most women in this country formula feed. Your baby is getting more nutrious ingredients and what they need in life from baby milk not cows milk .

Adrienne - posted on 12/03/2009

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yes i am being serious, i have a diploma in child and education i think it is your iq thats in question!! my daughter has been on formula for a month and she is thriving on it! i think lady you need an attitude adjustment! this is here to HELP other mums, not for you to abuse us!!

Amber - posted on 12/02/2009

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Quoting Adrienne:



Quoting amber:




Quoting Stephanie:

It's not up to anyone to push breastfeeding on another person. Sometimes it doesn't work out that a mom can continue on to breastfeed. There's nothing wrong with formula and many many babies thrive on formula.... that being said.... My guess is since your son is only breastfeeding a handful of times during the day/night, you've probably already started weaning him. Start by eliminating 1 breastfeeding session a day for a few days or week and offering formula instead... replace the breastfeeding session that offers the least comfort, such as mid-day... try to make the morning and evening breastfeeding sessions the last ones to go. After a week or so, replace another breastfeeding session with formula. Keep this going until your son is no longer breastfeeding. It's a tough process, but if it's a decision that works best for your family and you are happy with the decision, then your baby will be happy! Good luck







Infant Formula Contains:

MSG
Free aspartic acid
BPA
Fluorosis
DHA/ARA
Hexane
Mercury
Melamine
Cyanuric acid
Formaldehyde
Antinutrients/soy
Bacteria
Patent info on DHA and its extraction
Martek (IF corporation)
International Infant morality rates charts and formula

Here are some reference links to get you going and keep you informed

*MSG in formula
How many parents realize that MSG lurks in every bottle of formula given to their infants?
Patients have stronger reactions to MSG than arsenic or mercury.
In children, however, the destruction of healthy brain tissue is not the only problem associated with glutamate. A child's brain is growing, and it is suspected that excess glutamate causes connections to be made inappropriately. Certain sensors on the neurons, called growth cones, allow the neurons to detect and grow along chemical trails in the brain, ultimately constructing the necessary pathways.
http://www.naturalfamilyonline.com/artic...








 








Formula is not good ... have u noticed we have a lot of older andcurrent people with long term health problems due to the majority of this country feed formula.. ple think before encouraging a mom to  stop breastfeeding and feed formula








breastmilk is the gold standard .. NOTHING COMES CLOSE









they wouldn't sell it if it was THAT bad for your baby! yes everyone knows that breast milk is better for your child but many mum can't breastfeed for one reason or another. they experts actully say as long as you try to breast feed for the first 4 weeks then your babies immunisation is stronger. they recomend breast feeding until you start weening. when the are 6 months and on solids they get there nutriants from the food and suggest giving them 500 - 600 ml of milk a day until they are 12 months,  As long as your baby is happy and healthy it doesn't really matter what sort of milk you feed your child!  formula DOES NOT cause health problems!






ha ha ha is this lady serious? wow her IQ level is  really low .. god bless her children

Adrienne - posted on 12/02/2009

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Quoting amber:



Quoting Stephanie:

It's not up to anyone to push breastfeeding on another person. Sometimes it doesn't work out that a mom can continue on to breastfeed. There's nothing wrong with formula and many many babies thrive on formula.... that being said.... My guess is since your son is only breastfeeding a handful of times during the day/night, you've probably already started weaning him. Start by eliminating 1 breastfeeding session a day for a few days or week and offering formula instead... replace the breastfeeding session that offers the least comfort, such as mid-day... try to make the morning and evening breastfeeding sessions the last ones to go. After a week or so, replace another breastfeeding session with formula. Keep this going until your son is no longer breastfeeding. It's a tough process, but if it's a decision that works best for your family and you are happy with the decision, then your baby will be happy! Good luck





Infant Formula Contains:

MSG
Free aspartic acid
BPA
Fluorosis
DHA/ARA
Hexane
Mercury
Melamine
Cyanuric acid
Formaldehyde
Antinutrients/soy
Bacteria
Patent info on DHA and its extraction
Martek (IF corporation)
International Infant morality rates charts and formula

Here are some reference links to get you going and keep you informed

*MSG in formula
How many parents realize that MSG lurks in every bottle of formula given to their infants?
Patients have stronger reactions to MSG than arsenic or mercury.
In children, however, the destruction of healthy brain tissue is not the only problem associated with glutamate. A child's brain is growing, and it is suspected that excess glutamate causes connections to be made inappropriately. Certain sensors on the neurons, called growth cones, allow the neurons to detect and grow along chemical trails in the brain, ultimately constructing the necessary pathways.
http://www.naturalfamilyonline.com/artic...






 






Formula is not good ... have u noticed we have a lot of older andcurrent people with long term health problems due to the majority of this country feed formula.. ple think before encouraging a mom to  stop breastfeeding and feed formula






breastmilk is the gold standard .. NOTHING COMES CLOSE





they wouldn't sell it if it was THAT bad for your baby! yes everyone knows that breast milk is better for your child but many mum can't breastfeed for one reason or another. they experts actully say as long as you try to breast feed for the first 4 weeks then your babies immunisation is stronger. they recomend breast feeding until you start weening. when the are 6 months and on solids they get there nutriants from the food and suggest giving them 500 - 600 ml of milk a day until they are 12 months,  As long as your baby is happy and healthy it doesn't really matter what sort of milk you feed your child!  formula DOES NOT cause health problems!

Nicole - posted on 12/02/2009

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I'm a mother of 4 children ages 7months to 14 years and they have all been breastfed for as long as possible. 2 of my children nursed until about 30 months! They are extremely healthy and I believe it to be due to the benefits of the breast milk. I recommend nursing as long as possible.Baby will ween himself when ready. However, if there are unavoidable circumstances that make it necessary to stop before then, you should talk to your child's pediatrician to make informed decisions and create a schedule for weening that will work for both you and baby along with learning which formula your child's doc recommends and for what reasons. Hope this helps. :)

Amanda - posted on 11/30/2009

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i still breastfeed my son and love every min. of it. he feeds about 10 + times a day and still eats his baby food. enjoy the time feeding him he wont be a baby for long :)

Amber - posted on 11/30/2009

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Quoting Stephanie:

It's not up to anyone to push breastfeeding on another person. Sometimes it doesn't work out that a mom can continue on to breastfeed. There's nothing wrong with formula and many many babies thrive on formula.... that being said.... My guess is since your son is only breastfeeding a handful of times during the day/night, you've probably already started weaning him. Start by eliminating 1 breastfeeding session a day for a few days or week and offering formula instead... replace the breastfeeding session that offers the least comfort, such as mid-day... try to make the morning and evening breastfeeding sessions the last ones to go. After a week or so, replace another breastfeeding session with formula. Keep this going until your son is no longer breastfeeding. It's a tough process, but if it's a decision that works best for your family and you are happy with the decision, then your baby will be happy! Good luck


Infant Formula Contains:

MSG
Free aspartic acid
BPA
Fluorosis
DHA/ARA
Hexane
Mercury
Melamine
Cyanuric acid
Formaldehyde
Antinutrients/soy
Bacteria
Patent info on DHA and its extraction
Martek (IF corporation)
International Infant morality rates charts and formula

Here are some reference links to get you going and keep you informed

*MSG in formula
How many parents realize that MSG lurks in every bottle of formula given to their infants?
Patients have stronger reactions to MSG than arsenic or mercury.
In children, however, the destruction of healthy brain tissue is not the only problem associated with glutamate. A child's brain is growing, and it is suspected that excess glutamate causes connections to be made inappropriately. Certain sensors on the neurons, called growth cones, allow the neurons to detect and grow along chemical trails in the brain, ultimately constructing the necessary pathways.
http://www.naturalfamilyonline.com/artic...



 



Formula is not good ... have u noticed we have a lot of older andcurrent people with long term health problems due to the majority of this country feed formula.. ple think before encouraging a mom to  stop breastfeeding and feed formula



breastmilk is the gold standard .. NOTHING COMES CLOSE

Julie - posted on 11/29/2009

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Still bf'ing and loving it. She's drinking from a cup a bit, will take juice from a bottle but has been fighting taking pumped milk or even formula from a bottle. Needless to say, she's not away from me for very long. I figure it hasn't been too hard these first 7 months and I can hang with it for the next 5 months this way (not much of a break). Maybe I'll nurse for more than a year, but it isn't always up to me. My other DD weaned herself at 10 1/2 months.

Stephanie - posted on 11/29/2009

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It's not up to anyone to push breastfeeding on another person. Sometimes it doesn't work out that a mom can continue on to breastfeed. There's nothing wrong with formula and many many babies thrive on formula.... that being said.... My guess is since your son is only breastfeeding a handful of times during the day/night, you've probably already started weaning him. Start by eliminating 1 breastfeeding session a day for a few days or week and offering formula instead... replace the breastfeeding session that offers the least comfort, such as mid-day... try to make the morning and evening breastfeeding sessions the last ones to go. After a week or so, replace another breastfeeding session with formula. Keep this going until your son is no longer breastfeeding. It's a tough process, but if it's a decision that works best for your family and you are happy with the decision, then your baby will be happy! Good luck!

Nicky - posted on 11/29/2009

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We are still breastfeeding and happy with it, especially with the increased immune effects and the current swine flu issue. My daughter combined formula and breast milk from 8-15 months, she weaned herself off when I became pregnant with my son. He is only on breast milk, I'm struggling to get him to drink anythinig else.

Amber - posted on 11/29/2009

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why do u want to wean him ? is it for ur own reasons ? the benefits from breastmilk go well beyond the first year .I would continue to let ur baby nurse until he weans himself .It will happen eventually .The nurse sessions will get fewer and fewer .. But dont take the breast away if he wants it just let him have it whenver he wants and he will wean himself.My daughter just turned 7 mo and still breastfeeds with no end in site . We are planning on going well past a yr or longer!.Remember u are giving ur child the best of the best:)

Lucy - posted on 11/29/2009

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Why do you want to wean your son? The world health organisiation reccomends breastfeeding for at least 2 years! If you wean your son now you will have to transition him on to formua which is expensive and has absolutely no benefit over breastmilk.



If you really want to wean i would try to hold on until your son is 1 and then he will be getting much more of his nutrition from solids food so wont be as reliant and needing milk, especially during the day.



3 times a day at this age isn't bad going at all, my daughter is still breastfed on demand and feeds at least 8 - 12 times during the day and 4 or 5 through the night!

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