Anyone still breastfeeding their child after a year?

Tiffany - posted on 06/01/2010 ( 131 moms have responded )

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I am still breastfeeding and my son is now 13 months old. What do you guys think about this subject?

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Merry - posted on 08/13/2010

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Sarh, its a shame that this world has corrupted the image of breastfeeding.

Really such a shame for our generations to come, I hope we can influence change away from your perception of breastfeeding.



World average is 4.4 years

Natural duration is 2.5-7 years

Healthy weaning is NOT forced weaning,

and stuffing them with food so they dont want to nurse, is a form of forced weaning.



1 year is the BARE minimum

2 years is the recommended minimum

2.5 years is the natural minimum

and 7 is the usual topper, but there are many that healthily go past 7 years.



And honestly the only thing disgusting sbout the woman breastfeeding her 10 year old, is your opinion of it.

Doing what nature/God designed us to do is NOT disgusting.

well pooping isnt the prettiest thing ever but all the same, it is part of life, as is breastfeeding.

Katey - posted on 06/08/2010

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My son will be 2 on the 24th and he is still going strong, I'm also pregnant with our second but that is not stopping me from nursing my son. Plus I like it because he is going though that picky eater toddler time, and I know that he is still getting what he needs even if he isn't eatting alot.

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Brenda, try gentian(sp?) violet, it works like magic on thrush, only drawback, it turns everything purple. I have seen a few pharmacies carry it, most will order it if they don't stock it. I have never had to use antibiotics for thrush, I have only used the gentian violet.

Sandra - posted on 06/03/2010

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im still breastfeeding my daughter and she will be 3 in september! i dont plan on stopping until she decides i love it and im very proud of it! :-) keep it up, its a super power God gave us what a blessing! God bless you!

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Anne - posted on 04/06/2011

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I breastfed my daughter until 23 months (she self weaned) and my son is 14 months and going strong ;) I expect he will wean around the same age, give or take, that my daughter did. That 20-26 month window seems to be common for parents not encouraging longer, but trying to let the baby/toddler take the lead in the weaning process.

Kristin - posted on 08/21/2010

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my little girl is 18 months, and desperatly want her to stop does anyone have any suggestions?

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Nina, you were worrying about teeth. Here's some information from the Australian Breastfeeding Association:

http://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bfinfo/b...

Basically, when a baby is breastfeeding correctly, he is not able to bite, because his tongue is over his bottom gum (and teeth).

This site gives some information and tips on the subject.

Sarh - posted on 08/13/2010

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I honestly in my PERSONAL OPINION! don't think that is it right to nurse past a yr. After 2 yrs is majorly the cut off! I seen a video of a woman still breastfeeding her 10 YEAR old!! That is just disgusting.

Jessie - posted on 08/13/2010

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my son is 13 months old today and still nursing. I think it is a personal choice that involves a mother and her child and is no one else business.

Nicole - posted on 08/13/2010

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My daughter will be 15 months on Sunday. I was breast-feeding 4-5 times a day. However, I'm trying to get pregnant and my supply has begun to decrease, so I only do it first thing in the morning and night. I am planning on going until 2. I don't see anything wrong with it. By the way, has anyone out there found it difficult to get pregnant while still nursing? My menstrual cycle has not returned and would like to get pregnant by November the latest. Any advice?

Rhianwen - posted on 06/08/2010

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I am with you! My son is also 13 months and still a nursling. I feed all of my children for as long as possible. My first was for 27 months, my 2nd, alas only 7 months, due to him being premmy and my low supply due to the c/s needed to bring him safely to this world, my 3rd (a vbac) was fed til he was 3, and little number 4 is still going strong.

Rhianwen from Australia

Maricel - posted on 06/08/2010

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my baby is already 2 1/2 years old... and still breastfeeding...she tells me

"mama milk yummy"....

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I completely support breastfeeding for as long as you are both enjoying it. Dr. Sears recommends even to 2 -3 years of age. My son is almost 10 months and I don't see him weaning any time soon. It's so comforting for both of us. Plus, as your son gets older and more into "toddlerhood", the comfort he receives from breast feeding will support him to venture out even more.



Plus, all the health benefits continue as long as you're breastfeeding --- anti-allergies, anti-sickness...... he'll be one of the healthiest kids on the block! :)

Mikaela - posted on 06/08/2010

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im still breastfeeding a 2.5 year old. i think as long as your both happy there is nothing wrong with it!

Candice - posted on 06/08/2010

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My son will be 2 next month and still loves his milk time!! Think he'd get pretty upset if it stopped..and i have no plans on stopping until he does!! Do it for as long as you and baby are comfortable with!!!

Shannon - posted on 06/08/2010

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Is anyone nursing past a year and working full-time. I've had the luxury of being able to do this for so long but I'm growing tired of the routine. I don't necessarily want to stop nursing but I'm so tired of pumping! Is there any way around this after a year?

Crisi - posted on 06/08/2010

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Thats good that you are still breastfeeding your son, that's the best milk for him.

Carlene - posted on 06/08/2010

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breastfeed as long as you want to, there is nothing wrong with it and it is the best for your baby. I have friends who there 2 year old still does, she eats her regular food and breastfeed. It is so good for them, so I think do it as long as you feel comfertable doing it

Laura - posted on 06/08/2010

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My daughter has just turned 18 months and I fully weaned her 1 month ago now. I intended on feeding till 1 year old then to wean but kept going as i didn't really want to stop. There was pressure from my husband and my parents plus his parents to stop round her first birthday but i wasn't comfortable stopping then. I kept going regardless of the comments. My daughter seemed very dis interested all of a sudden around 2 weeks before she fully stopped i was feeding her morning and night only and each time i offered her the boob she would suck for a few mins then look up at me and bite and come off and smile at me an laugh! So i would tell her off and she usually just wanted to go off and play. She did this repeatedly over a few days, i got quite annoyed and upset that she was 'self weaning' but on the other hand it was actually quite freeing too. So I tried offering her cows milk from a cup and she wouldn't take that so instead i give her yoghurt and cheese and she drinks lots of water. Will try cows milk every so often as i think she still needs that extra calcium.... Been a month now an i feel i can leave her more with other people to be looked after as i know that she won't be 'needing' my boobie anymore. Keep going for as long as you like i say! Good luck

Robin - posted on 06/07/2010

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My son is about to have his 2nd bday and we stilllove nursing.. if it feels right do it.

Virginia - posted on 06/07/2010

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my baby boy is nine mnths and people r already telling me to stop breastfeeding him should i?

Hayley - posted on 06/07/2010

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I breast feed til 14months m wud ov kept dng so f my daughter hadnt weaned herself of. keep going

Kendra - posted on 06/07/2010

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Yes! my son is 15 months, and we are still breastfeeding. I plan on breastfeeding until he is ready to ween.

Lindsay - posted on 06/07/2010

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I'm still nursing my 14 month old and plan to let her self wean. I don't feel strange or anything, it just feels natural and is. What do you think moms did in indigenous cultures? Anyways, I guess I get tired of others opinions to the contrary (they want you to wean early) especially those that have never experienced breastfeeding a baby. :)

Angela - posted on 06/07/2010

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Yes I am and my little one turned 15 months yesterday !!! Still going strong & I don't see him stopping any time soon

Charlene - posted on 06/07/2010

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my kids were 3 before i stopped and then i only did because they went to nursery! honestly they never had any colds or illnesses till they came off!

Denise - posted on 06/07/2010

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I nursed both of my children till at least 2 years of age -wean when you feel comfortable. Giving some fluids by sippy cup can also help the transition .

Morag - posted on 06/07/2010

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I'm still feeding my youngest at 29 months :) I also work full time. She mainly feeds morning before I go to work 2wice if she can, and when I come home she immediately feeds and when she goes to bed..:Weekends are just whenever and she takes the opportunity to feed alot. I went back to work when she was 5 months old. So it is possible to feed and work, you've just got to be organised :) Milk is vitally important for children, especially girls. :)

Brenda - posted on 06/06/2010

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I'm nursing a 13 month old right now. We just came down with Thrush, and I have a very breastfeeding unfriendly pediatrician who we're going to get ahold of tomorrow. And I can already tell if we go in, she's going to tell us to stop nursing because of the thrush. Well, she can take a flying leap, because we're going to go natural duration, be it 2, 3, or heck, even 4. My husband has come to terms with the fact the boobs belong to the baby now, and he's gotta deal. :)

Samantha - posted on 06/06/2010

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I breastfeeded my daughter until she was 2 years and 7 months. It's great when they are sick or hurt themselves it gives them comfort and it actually does help with their colds.

Ashley - posted on 06/06/2010

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The WHO recommends 2 years... I practice childled weaning. My son self-weaned at 25 months old, when I was 22-23 weeks pregnant with my daughter. I am now just about 3 months in with her and planning to again let her decide when she is done.



My midwife had me take 2 prenatal vitamines every day to support both my pregnancy and my toddler breastfeeding... I was hoping to tandem nurse, but he had other plans.

Tiffany - posted on 06/06/2010

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Bf with teeth can be a little difficult at first. Before the baby gets any teeth their gums become very hard and they can pull your nipple and I just correct my son and tell him don't bite mommy because that hurts me and it took a week before he never bit down again. I told him that he couldn't bf if he was going to bite and I guess he knew Mommy was serious.
He does pull my shirt down in public but I just try to wear clothing that doesn't show cleavage and that minimizes him going for it.
I am really happy to see all the responses on here and I feel so much better about this seeing all you wonderful Mommy's that didn't give up and that is very encouraging. Thank you for your support!

Merry - posted on 06/06/2010

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Kassandra, I don't know your health or anything but I wanted to make sure you know that a normal healthy mom can nurse an older baby right through a pregnancy and nurse both once the baby has been born. If you are high risk then you might be on bed rest and not be allowed to have sex or nurse. If you are allowed to have sex then you should be allowed to nurse because the hormone released while nursing that can cause contractions is released in much higher amounts during sex. As I said I don't know your health but if you are healthy and want to nurse Dallas you should call your local LLL leader to back you up. I'd hate an informed dr to end your nursing your son prematurely! And if you truely must wean fir your health or the new babies health then remember that you've done great and Dallas is so lucky to have you and his new sibling too!

BobbiDee - posted on 06/06/2010

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well with the teeth thing i just yelled enough to startled my son and would not let him on for a few min he very quickly learned if he bites than he doesnt get mommy milk

Kassandra - posted on 06/06/2010

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I am trying to ween my son now...he is 19 months, but only because I am pregnant and my doc told me to. As far as I am concerned, I would've nursed Dallas longer if I wasn't told to stop. I think it's comforting to them, the antibodies help them stay sick-free easier, and it is beneficial to the mom to gradually ween over a long period of time (i.e. no engorgement).

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Thanks Laura I was confused about that bc I know my daughter will nurse past 1 yr and I wasnt sure if I needed to give her whole milk too or not. But she loves cheese and yougurt already so I think were fine. Thanks again.

Katy - posted on 06/06/2010

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Baby D is 21 months and still BF's 2-3 times daily; before naps and bedtime. It is bonding, soothing, nourishing and relaxing. :)

Mandy - posted on 06/06/2010

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my 16 month old has decided to self-wean but each baby and mum to their own. I would have happily carried on till he was 2, but he's made the choice to stop.



My son is allergic to cows milk anyway, so it wasn't an option to us when he hit 1. He now has to have soya formula.

Christina - posted on 06/06/2010

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i no longer nurse but i nursed my daughter until she was 26 months. i worked full time and i the afternoon and evening hours she was nursing somewhere between 4 and 6 times. i personally was ready to stop nursing i loved it but it was past time for me. The day i stopped i simply just keep telling her no and that she was gonna be a big girl and in the end i would have to honestly say i think she was more ready than i thought. but u should breastfed ur child as long as the both of u are happy but also be prepared for the American society cause they don't all feel this way.

Merry - posted on 06/06/2010

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Angie, I asked my LLL leader and WIC and my family practice dr about whole milk. All said that if you are nursing about 6 times a day then cows milk isn't really necessary and just give cheese yogurt to your baby. There's alot of calcium in your milk and most everything your 1 yr old needs. But give vitamin d drops or make sure you gave outside time. So my son is 14 months and he has no cows milk. He eats very little solids but I do try to give him healthy choices when he does eat table foods.

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ok, I have a question for moms who nurse past 12 months... My daugher is 11 months old and nursing. I plan on letting her self wean,but my question is after 1yr do you give your baby whole milk too?

Tracy - posted on 06/05/2010

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My Katharyn is 16 months and still feeding, 2-3 times a day and once at night. Why shouldn't we continue. We are both happy about it. my eldest was 19 months when she stopped feeding, she self weaned which is what I would like to happen this time. Good luck and dont let anyone make you feel as if you should stop BF before you and your sone are ready to. x

Adrielle - posted on 06/05/2010

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keep it going till you can't do it anymore....but if you have to pump to make their lunch in elementary school it's gone on too long. :P

Kimberly - posted on 06/05/2010

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Hey the longer he will nurse, the better, my little girl is 22mths old and still nurseing.

Ashley - posted on 06/05/2010

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my boys will be 2 in july and I am 13 weeks pregnant. we are still nursing with no end in sight. I think that as long as you and baby are happy with it then it's great.

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