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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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


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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

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!

Whitney - posted on 12/20/2009

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Dear Amber Mackenzie,
I've seen you on many other circle of moms conversations saying and acting the same way you are on this one....I wouldnt be so concerned about giving your baby the proper nutrition when there's a bigger issue going on here. I think you should maybe work on being a more loving person and role model for you child because nutrition is fine and all but if they grow up to be the way you are acting then none of that will matter.
.....O, and what would you feed your child if you weren't able to breastfeed? Would you try to attach her to some other moms boob? I just don't see how you can justify bashing a mom for giving formula......and i breasfeed!!

Laura - posted on 12/19/2009

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I am! he feeds 4 times a day. i'm waiting to wean. but, i'd try to get him used to a bottle or sippy cup now, so it makes it easier for you. I weaned all my children around their first birthday, so i have some time, but i understand... i can't wait to have my boobs back to myself!!! lol

Niki - posted on 12/17/2009

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What is with the comment of Amber Mackenzie to Adrienne Higgens, how rude can someone be!



With what amber mackenzie said some of these things will be found in food we eat like MSG and BPA and no doubt the fake omega 3 as well. (and possibly the other stuff but I don't know of them) MSG is put in ham and saugauges and other foods to bring out the flavour, and BPA will be there in all plastic lined tins and plastic food packaging, and moves into food when heated, there for I do not heat food in the microwave in plastic. And a lot of things is saying it has omega 3 in it these days (which never use to), mostly like the man made stuff is being used.



I am for breast if best, mainly for the reason that they don't know exactly what is in breast milk and can not man make it exactly, so breast milk would be best.

But for the MSG and BPA, mostly people will be ingesting it any how, and do you think the human body knows not to put this bad shit into breast milk? I very highly doubt it!



I breast feed till 6months started on one feed on formula took ages to get use to cup got hang of it at 7months and was weaned at 7 1/2 months, I did want to keep breast feed 2 feeds till 12months, but once I started formula I wanted him off me, he is now 8months, seems to be thriving on formula but with only two weeks down, not much time to tell. he is advanced for his age in some areas, I do hope this stays this way, and formula isn't as bad for him as you are trying to make out.



oh and I pretty much hated the whole breastfeeding thing



each to there own



Its good to put your ideas on something like this so that every can see a different side to the argument or different idea and even be informed like what you wrote mackenzie, but no need for the rude remarks to the other member, just because she said some thing different to you.

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Summer - posted on 12/25/2009

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Why does everyone think educating = bullying and attacking. Was school that horrible for you? Grow up and stop claiming every time someone tells you something it must be an attack. Blah.

Martha - posted on 12/23/2009

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My daughter is 8 months and still nursing 8 to 10 times a day. She is eating solid foods 3 meals, plus snacks, but still wants to nurse. I am planning to nurse until she is not as interested. I have many friends who nurse through a year. Nursing means that you will not have to feed formula to your baby. They say that you shouldn't feed cows milk till 1 year.

I hope that you change your mind and continue to bond with your baby while supplying your baby with healthy breastmilk.

Carla - posted on 12/23/2009

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Hi there!

I am still breastfeeding and will be for a long time (I hope). I did it with my eldest child (who was 2 years old and 3 months when he did it for the last time) and am doing it with my little girl. Until she is 1 year old, my milk is the base for a eating day...food is to play and explore for now... So, carry on with what feels right and try not to worry to much, Nature Rocks!

Amy - posted on 12/22/2009

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My son's 8 months also and although I'm still breastfeeding, I'd like to start getting him to take breastmilk out of bottles here and there and by a year old I'll just pump and then put it in a bottle and then slowly add in cow's milk, water, or juice as the beverage with just nursing at nite for a bit until he takes a bottle well at nite. don't know if it'll work, but that's my plan. lol. Most kids do a good self wean once they really get intersted in food and using bottles/sippies by themselves. Not sure if you were just weaning from breast or from momma milk altogether. But, yeah, I'd wait until a year when you can do cow's milk if possible, just because of the cost of formula, and my son SMELLED formula and looked at me like i was nuts and refused to drink it. really, smell formula, then smell your milk. plus, my daughter spit up loads after every bottle, but son is breastfed and rarely spits up. To each his own, but that's just my plan and experience.

Sarah - posted on 12/22/2009

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Three times a day is great!! My son still eats 4-5 times a day!! If you can stick it out for at least 1 full year it would be great!! But, if you need to quit, I suggest to try subbing 1 feeding at the same time each day with formula for at least 2 weeks. This way it lets your body adjust also, so you will decrease your milk production. Eventually, you will be on bottle only. However, I must warn you, your little one may still want to nurse in the PM for comfort!! Best of luck!

Nicola - posted on 12/22/2009

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Hi ya, I've just weaned my 8 month old son from 5 bf a day down to 1 so far and that will soon go too. I started by dropping the 9am and then 4 days later he chose to drop the 3pm, 3 days later dropped the 6pm, few days later dropped the midday and now i'm just left with the 6am feed which he's not that interested in any more anyway. These have been replaced with formula. I totally get the benefits of breastmilk and I think that 8 months of breast feeding should be applauded so WELL DONE!

Kristina - posted on 12/21/2009

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I breastfeed as often as possible. My first born nursed up to the 1st year.

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I started giving a formula bottle at night, to help my daughter sleep. She's a big baby (23 lbs, 29" at 7 months, not sure what she is measuring now at 8 months) and I'm not making enough milk for her. I would nurse for 2-3 hoursand then she'd still wake up every couple hours at night. I give her a 4 oz bottle of formula and she drinks all or part of it & then nurses to sleep. She's been sleeping better since I started this. Otherwise I'm still nursing her on demand during the day. This is not in response to the original post but to some moms who mentioned here that they still aren't getting much sleep. I just couldn't get up every 2-3 hours at every night anymore. This one bottle of formula has made a huge difference in my life as now I get more solid sleep.

Good luck, everyone!

Bonnie - posted on 12/21/2009

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Wow, the tension on this site it CRAZY, I was looked for the answer to this question b/c I am loosing too much weight and not making enough milk, and was wondering about weaning. Instead of answers to the question I found the breastfeeding vs. formula debate forum, maybe that can be for another question. Please just stick to the questions people, thanks.

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*sigh* I was going to go off on a rant as a mother who was never able to breastfeed and has been made to feel like scum for it. All I will say is that some of you are behaving like 5 year olds. And why is everyone assuming that she's weening to formula? Has it not occured that she may be weening to pumped milk? How about we get off our bandwagons before making sweeping assumptions.



As for the ORIGINAL POST... To ween I've been told that the best way is to have two bottles. One with a bigger hole in the teet than you'd normally have for their age. Use that one first to substitute your nipple, holding her close so that she feels as if she's still on the breast and may be less discouraged. Because the flow is slightly quicker she'll get the taste of milk before she gets the chance to complain that it's too strange. Then when she looks to be sucking, change over quickly to the smaller one. It'll mean she gets the idea a bit easier hopefully :)

Obviously there are a lot of ways to try but a few BFing moms that I've spoken to have said that it's a good way to ween so maybe give it a try and see how you go? Good luck!

Teresa - posted on 12/20/2009

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Hi, I'm still breast feeding my 8month old Son. He feeds by demand regular through the day and night. I didn't stop breast feeding my daughter untill she was 14months old which was when she decided to stop. I wouldn't have it any other way because I know my Son is getting all the goodness he needs.

Casey - posted on 12/20/2009

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I agree with everyone else, weaning one feeding at a time is the best way. My son has kind of done it on his own. We are still nursing but only five times a day and he sleeps 11-12 hours at night without a nursing. He is strong and healthy. So three times a day is not bad unless you want to nurse less often although if you do you will need to supplement with formula. Babies this age need at least 24 oz a day (most babies). And don't feel bad about weaning. I am only planning on going until he is a year and I don't feel the least bit bad about it. If you do use formula it will not kill or hurt your child. I was totally formula fed and I am perfectly healthy and intelligent. And formulas these days are better than they were when I was a baby. So as long as your make sure your baby gets enough bm or formula then you are doing a great job. Keep it up!

Michelle - posted on 12/19/2009

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I've been pumping all this time & I'll try regular milk (or maybe rice milk) when he's 1. My son takes between 24 & 36 oz a day on top of his 3 meals. Do you have a breast pump? You could bottle feed him breast milk if he'll take it.

Jenny - posted on 12/19/2009

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Quoting Janell:

Actually not being rude at all but they dont grow up quite as healthy... breastmilk greatly reduces the chance of leukemia, diabetes and cancer in the child and reduces the chances of breast and ovarian cancer in the mother. Just wanted to let you know that....



yes but also just by being pregnant can trigger some cancers due to the hormonal changes.You really cant tell the difference between a breastfed child and a non breastfed child and most of the time they both grow up just as healthy as eachother.



 I personally believe you should breastfeed a baby till they are a year old but in some cases thats not possible for various reasons and in most cases mothers know whats right for them and their baby.

Rachelle - posted on 12/19/2009

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do you want to wean him off? my daughter nurses about 4 times/day and i plan on nursing her until 1 year (the recommended length for nursing)...otherwise you'll have to put him on formula until a year because they can't have milk yet. are you going back to work, is that why you want to wean?

Rachelle - posted on 12/19/2009

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You should wait till he is a year old, i breastfed my first son for a year an im doing the same for my second. The doctors say they need breastmilk or formula a one year! Wow my son feeds every two to three hrs all day an night an he will be 8months old. An im not sure why he still nurses so much still? My first son wasn't this way at all! An i don't get much sleep still, i hope that he will sleep through the night soon,

Marina - posted on 12/18/2009

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Hi there, I'm still breastfeeding my daughter too. She feeds about 4 times a day and I think that's pretty normal and sounds similar to your son. I'm aiming to keep breastfeeding until she is at least one year old, cutting down gradually. She's also eating more and more food and I'm aiming for her to be able to eat a version of our family meals by one year, so I'm taking a pretty slow approach to weaning, led by her. There are obviously some very strong opposing views on this topic, so I would just say to trust your own instinct and work with your baby. I hope it goes well :)

Heather - posted on 12/18/2009

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Quoting Laura:



Quoting amber:

noone is trying to make her feel bad they are giving her support to go longer and letting her know the benefits there is for the baby is she does






Sounds like bullying to me!






I completely agree. Sounds like bullying to me aswell.



I have 2 children. My first daughter was formula fed after one month of trying to breastfeed. They gave me the depo shot in the hospital without ever explaining the side effect of a decreased supply. My oldest daughter is one of the healthiest children I know in her age range and that includes breastfed kids. She was way ahead on all her milestones aswell. My youngest is 8 months and still breastfed 6-8 times a day. She too is way ahead on milestones and extremely healthy. I have first hand experience with both formula feeding and breastfeeding and I can say that children can very much thrive on formula. I know quite a few moms who breastfed their kids 1 yr plus and their kids are very unhealthy. Go to the dr's office for one illness after another, suffer chronic ear infections and asthma. Yes, breastfeeding is best. But it doesn't mean formula feeding is bad either.



These posts made me realize why I stopped joining groups like these. those moms, that think their views and opinions are the best and any others are just wrong wrong wrong, go and ruin it for the rest of us.



Do what works best for you and your family but for goodness sake, stop judging everyone elses decisions. You aren't encouraging in the slightest. Your just a bully disguised as "supporting".

Elisabeth - posted on 12/18/2009

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My son is also still breast feeding and I think that's ok, most babies stop on their own.

Crystal - posted on 12/18/2009

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I also wanted to let you know that my son was formula fed and he is now 8 years old. He hasn't had any health problems and is very intelligent. He is a straight A student. He has always been at the top of his class.

Crystal - posted on 12/18/2009

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I weaned my baby by giving her the bottle. At first she was completely breastfed, I introduced the bottle once a day for a while, then twice a day and so on. So right before I quit breastfeeding she only breastfed once a day and had formula the rest of the day. I hope it works out for you.

Rachel - posted on 12/18/2009

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yes I am not weaning until one. My daughter eats solids too and breastfeeds still about 4-5 times a day! Sometimes less. She is starting to teeth though so it has been more lately.

Janell - posted on 12/18/2009

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Actually not being rude at all but they dont grow up quite as healthy... breastmilk greatly reduces the chance of leukemia, diabetes and cancer in the child and reduces the chances of breast and ovarian cancer in the mother. Just wanted to let you know that....

Jenny - posted on 12/18/2009

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and im still breastfeeding my baby at 8months old so this is coming from a breastfeeding mother!

Jenny - posted on 12/18/2009

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why would the world health organisation reccomends breastfeeding for at least 2yrs when a baby can have cows milk from the age of 1 and if your still breastfeeding your baby over 1 its abit wrong and surely is delaying development because a child of that age should be able to use a bottle and be learning to use cups.breastmilk in a bottle maybe but not from the breast and i dont believe that formula milk is made with harmful ingredience as the only real difference is breastmilk is better for babies because its human milk made for humans and has more antibodies and babies formula fed grow up just as healthy.

Chrissy - posted on 12/18/2009

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My 8 month old is still breast feeding! I wouldn't wean unless you really want to. My goal is at least a year, they will naturally taper off some as they eat more but my son still gets up at least once or twice at night to breast feed. I love our time together and I know the benefit for him is great. His pediatrician keeps encouraging me to keep going at least until 1 year. And I work full time so I am pumping at work... not fun!

Keep going, you can do it!

Janell - posted on 12/18/2009

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I think the best way to stop is to pump into a bottle before he shows signs of hunger and give him the bottle with the breastmilk. Everyone knows breastmilk is much better for the baby so that would be the best for him. I began doing this a few weeks ago since my son is 8 months with 8 teeth!! At night time and if he wakes at night I still breastfeed... he doesnt care where the day milk is coming from as long as he gets it!! Hope that helps

Lena - posted on 12/17/2009

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im still breastfeeding still logan has never even tried formula im so proud of myself! i thought i would only last a few months and my goal was 6 months but here we are at 8 months

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Quoting Karen:

I was so excited to join this forum! And now I see that it's just a place for the breastfeeding police who like to make non-breastfeeding mom's feel guilty. We all know it's better...but we can't all produce enough, or have financial realities that require us to wean at least somewhat. I guess I'll look for support elsewhere.



Karen, not everyone is like this.  I feel every mother should do what she feels is best and she is comfortabe with.  I have many friends who use formula, breastfeed exclusively, and some who even mix it up.  All of the babies are healthy and happy.  This group is like any other.  Take advice you like and ignore the stuff you don't like.  There are so many people each with personal opinions - just take the best and leave the rest!  Welcome to circle of moms!

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hold off until 1 at least. I am still BF. Love it, but my daughter is starting to ween herself to a sippy cup when away fom me over a bottle. not sure how I feel about this...

Bre - posted on 12/17/2009

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gosh everyone seems soooo negative about this situation, do whatever makes you happy girl. as long as your baby is happy and healthy himself i say....
i needed to take my daughter off of me, because i knew she needed more than i could give her.
i placed her on my breast and had a bottle ready to go next to me. once she settled onto me, i quickly pulled her away and put the bottle in my mouth, she hesitated for 2 seconds and LOVED it!
i still gave her my boobie once or twice a day for a month or so, until i knew she could deal with just a bottle. i did this all at 3 months because i knew it would benifit her. she has slept better, been happier etc etc.. good luck mummy

Laura - posted on 12/17/2009

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Breastfeeding has more benefits than just food, it also helps with their immunity, so even if you only breastfeed a little there are still lots of benefits.

Shakira - posted on 12/16/2009

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Quoting Mex-Tex:

Anyone still breast feeding?

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



I breastfed my daughter till she was 2yrs old. It's difficult to get them off when they are that old. What was even more difficult was the fact that she never drank a bottle or sucked a dummy. I had tried everything but eventually I had to put Aloe on my nipples. I have heard that if your baby is younger you can reduce the amount of times you breastfeed and compensate that feed with a bottle feed.



Good luck

Mandy - posted on 12/16/2009

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First of all, I want to say I'm proud of you for breastfeeding as long as you have! I'm sure your baby is healthy. I have been breastfeeding since day one but we still supplement with formula. I work full-time so I have to pump two-three times a day at work. My supply has gone down but he is getting at least one full bottle from me while I'm at work and when I'm home, he gets the breast each time he needs it.

If you feel it is time to wean your baby, go for it. Sometimes we have to take care of ourselves so that we can give our best to our children. I may be stopping soon as well. I want to go to a full year but it may not happen.

Hang in there! You have many moms standing behind you in support!

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Start by replacing one breastfeeding session with formula. If your son has never had formula, I would suggest getting samples of the different kinds to see what he likes. My daughter is supplemented with formula ... it took a bit before we found a milk based formula she could keep down. I suggest Good Start. My daughter likes it and it's not as expensive as the other brands.

Good luck!

Jasmine - posted on 12/11/2009

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Try and introduce new foods/juices. Do you supplement breastfeeding with formula? If so, try and supplement formula with breastfeeding while introducing new foods and water too!

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You don't have to feel guilty. You have nurse him around 7 months and it's very good. You gave him the best. Even if you still breastfeed one time a day it's really good. Not everyone can stay one year or more at home. I don't say that because i didn't breastfeed my kids, i breastfed my first for one year, my second for 21 months and the last one will have 8 months and still breastfeed.

For weaning him, you have to stop gruadally. Stop one feeding for about one week and then go less and less.

Karen - posted on 12/09/2009

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I was so excited to join this forum! And now I see that it's just a place for the breastfeeding police who like to make non-breastfeeding mom's feel guilty. We all know it's better...but we can't all produce enough, or have financial realities that require us to wean at least somewhat. I guess I'll look for support elsewhere.

Nikki - posted on 12/08/2009

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I have 3 children. I have breastfed all of them. My daughter for 10 1/2 months. My oldest son for 18 months. My youngest is still nurseing about 4 times during the day & 1-2 @ night. He has weaned his self from most of the midday feedings Beacuse of his babyfood and juice. I slaos started giving whole milk in a bottle @ 10 months bc they are strickly breastfed until then. I love nursing them. It is sometimes my only time to sit down & take a break.

Shawna - posted on 12/07/2009

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If it is frustrating you and hurting your relationship with your baby, then start by weaning off his least favorite nursing (normallly midday, not night or morning). Otherwise, try to enjoy the time you have feeding your son, becuase b efore you know it, he won't want to nurse or even to sit in your lap (he'll be so busy running around).

Good luck

Danielle - posted on 12/07/2009

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DON'T WEAN HIM!!! , your baby should still be nursing, my daughter nurses 6-7 times durring the day and 2-3 times at night. Babies should be nursing 3-4 times a day until they are well over a year.

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still and only breastfeeding. my baby doesn't want anything else and is perfectly healthy.

Laura - posted on 12/07/2009

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Quoting amber:

noone is trying to make her feel bad they are giving her support to go longer and letting her know the benefits there is for the baby is she does



Sounds like bullying to me!

Laura - posted on 12/07/2009

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Quoting amber:

noone is trying to make her feel bad they are giving her support to go longer and letting her know the benefits there is for the baby is she does



Sounds like bullying to me!

Amber - posted on 12/07/2009

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noone is trying to make her feel bad they are giving her support to go longer and letting her know the benefits there is for the baby is she does

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.

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