exended breastfeeding

Laura - posted on 06/10/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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hi is anyone here still breastfeeding at nearly 2? my daughter is 2 end of aug and still shows no sign of getting fed up of booby! has anyone gone on longer than this? i intended on stopping at 12months, but that didnt work out! lol.

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Mel - posted on 06/12/2009

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my daughter phoenix is nearly 20 months. i loved feeding her, but it's at the point where she has teeth and asks for " boob". i've had enough, can't get her to stop though.

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My friend is currently nursing her almost 2 year old son. He will only take one side. She is lopsided, but I honestly never noticed until she told me about it.



My son is only 14.5 months old, so I'm not yet sure how long we will breastfeed for....

Laura - posted on 06/11/2009

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thanks for all your lovely messages! i have felt quite alone with the breastfeeding thing. none of my friends have breastfed or done it for long, so its easy to feel the odd one out. in the uk we are recommended to bf for 6 months. ..by the way just another point.....i am only using one breast too, as isabelle wont take the other one. she struggled for the 1st 6 months using both sides, and refused it since then, so has anyone out there managed with just one!
thanks again laura x

Michelle - posted on 06/11/2009

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You need to do what is right for you and your baby...only the two of you know what that is. My 1st son bf until around 2, my daughter until around 2 1/2, I am currently bf my 2nd son (5 mo) and plan on doing so until he self weans. Towards the end my children were only bf at bedtime and in the morning. It is a sad day when it ends and I am happy to be bf again. I hope you can find support locally but if not know that you have a sounding board and support through other mom's on circle of mom's

Rakel - posted on 06/11/2009

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I've been breastfeeding for nearly 11 years....so I think know a thing or two? ;0)
First child weaned naturally at 3.6yrs, my son was 4.8yrs and Im still feeding 2.7yr old. It's completly natural and normal to wean gradually with love,self-wean when they are ready! Go find your local La Leche Leage group and surround yourself with like-minded mothers that support your wonderful way of parenting!! Keep up the great work Laura!!

Vanaye - posted on 06/10/2009

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I BF my daughter until she was 13 months, then weaned because I was expecting her brother. Don't be discouraged...the World Health Organization recommends at least two years and most countries do it. America is the only one that I saw the recommends at least a year. Its good for baby...no matter what. Plus, its an experience that you'll be glad about.

Chelseaszidik - posted on 06/10/2009

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I second all the replies that state that "extended breastfeeding" is extremely beneficial and recommended by both Le Leche League and the breastfeed World Health Organization. You are giving your child the best gift possible a secure attachment and the best nutrition for humans. Great job!!! I personally plan to until my daughter self-weans which will hopefully be after two years.

Nancy - posted on 06/10/2009

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My oldest nursed until she was 2 months away from turning 4. My second nursed until she was 4 1/2 and my third is still nursing and she will be 4 next month...

I think you should do what works best for your "baby" and your family!!! She will wean eventually!

Tara - posted on 06/10/2009

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The World Health Organization recomends breastfeeding until two years (their minimun) and beyond. Children will naturally wean themselves between 2 and 4 years old. My pediatrition told me to avoid cows milk until after 2 years old because the size of the protein can irritate a babies or toddlers stomach and cause small bleeds

Amanda - posted on 06/10/2009

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It is SOLELY and TOTALLY up to you when you stop. Congratulations on the time you've put in. I am not a naturalist, BF until their 5 or whatever :) ( I was only able to BF my daughter for 11 months cause I got pregnant again- would have done it longer if I could have), but I have always believed that it is the Momma and the baby's relationship and they are the only ones that can decide the duration. A few things to ask yourself is your comfort level: Are you cool with the idea of BFing a toddler (personally and publicly)? Are you able to keep up with her demands? Is she biting you? Is she still there for the comfort instead of the nutriention? There are a lot of mommies that go on longer then 1 year and the benifits are great. You just need to look at your situation (cause you will hear from people that think your crazy in both directions) and be very proud of yourself for the time you've BF.

Minnie - posted on 06/10/2009

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I am not currently nursing a toddler, but I plan on it! I am going to nurse as long as she wants to. I don't like to call it extended breastfeeding, because it's really not. That assumes that nursing for a year is the norm, when that's not. I like the phrase 'natural duration' breastfeeding- which is the biological standard.

Amy - posted on 06/10/2009

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Keep going... It's still the best nutrition for her no matter what anybody says. I BF my son till he was 16 months old but hope to bf my daughter longer (she's almost a year), my son had given it up on his own becuase i was preggers and my milk changed, but the more i read about the benifits of BF longer the more I wish I could have held out longer wiht him. Check out Llli.org or Mothering.com, there are more people out there than you think, I know how you feel though, it seems like everyone weans at 6 months

Amy - posted on 06/10/2009

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Keep going... It's still the best nutrition for her no matter what anybody says. I BF my son till he was 16 months old but hope to bf my daughter longer (she's almost a year), my son had given it up on his own becuase i was preggers and my milk changed, but the more i read about the benifits of BF longer the more I wish I could have held out longer wiht him. Check out Llli.org or Mothering.com, there are more people out there than you think, I know how you feel though, it seems like everyone weans at 6 months

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