how long are you going to breastfeed your baby?

Sara - posted on 09/11/2011 ( 17 moms have responded )

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my son is 8.5 month at the moment. He didn't take any bottle even when i pumped my milk. so i need to be around him all the time :) I think 1 year of breastfeeding is enough. what do you think?

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Celeste - posted on 09/11/2011

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It's up to you. You can absolutely just nurse a year. However, many mothers choose to nurse beyond 1 as there continues to be benefits.

Plus, in my experience, nursing into toddlerhood was easier than nursing a baby. I wasn't their main source of nutrition. As they get older, you can place limits, if you wish.

In addition, World Health Organization as well as UNICEF recommend nursing to 2 *OR* beyond..

Here's a link about nursing beyond a year:
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/bfextended/eb...

Having said that, as I said, you certainly can wean at a year, it's up to you.

Sally - posted on 09/19/2011

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My oldest weaned just before her 4th birthday. My youngest is still going strong at almost 2. Just because the AAP recommends that you do it for a minimum of 1 year doesn't mean it magically stops being good for them on their first birthday. A child's immune system doesn't fully come on line until they are 6-8 years so nursing can keep them much healthier until then. Also, I would not want to imagine raising a toddler without the soothing effects (for both of us) that nursing provides.

Anna - posted on 09/15/2011

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Enough is when you feel it's enough. There's no rule for this. As long as you're enjoying the breastfeeding relationship, no reason to stop.

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One year is great! I breastfed my son exclusivly for 1 year then switched to milk in a sippy cup. I still breastfed him until 20 months because I was not ready. But it was just at night and first thing in the morning. He drank whole milk out of a sippy cup during the day after 1 year.

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Still nursing my 2-year old, maybe until she'll self-wean or until I get tired of it. I don't really think about a time-limit as such. How do I know how I'll feel in a year's time? She might have even weaned herself by then! And yes it does get much easier with time (though I also have less patience as time goes on...).

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Sunshine - posted on 09/20/2011

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My 5 year old son Aidan just weaned himself a few months ago, and I am currently breastfeeding my 9 month old son Patrick and will keep breastfeeding him till he weans himself.

Diane - posted on 09/17/2011

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I'm still feeding my son who's now 18months. I even went out the other night and he stayed overnight with a sitter for about 15 hours without a feed at all of bm as I can't be bothered pumping any more. I'm also at work now 3 days a week and don't pump while I'm there either.

Sarah - posted on 09/15/2011

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I'd like to be done by the time Clara's age three; however, I would love love love to experience tandum nursing. Who knows! It's whatever you're most comfortable with.

Katherine - posted on 09/12/2011

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My son turned 3 two weeks ago, and we're still nursing. He usually gets about 3-5 times a day in (it's gone up since I went back to work a few weeks ago, and I'm okay with that, since I know he needs the reassurance), but only for a few minutes at a time.

The WHO recommends breastfeeding until at least 2, and as long after as is mutually desired, and I think the AAP does now too. I love our nursing relationship most days, and wouldn't trade it for the world.

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I'm done breastfeeding forever now, but I nursed my twin girls til 15 months and my son had to be force weaned (not my or his choice) at 3.25 years old.

Lisa - posted on 09/12/2011

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Definitely gets MUCH easier after a year! My boys are done now, but DS1 nursed until he was 5, and DS2 finished around 3 1/2. Both were only nursing 1x/day (bedtime) for a good couple of years before they weaned themselves completely.

Cara - posted on 09/12/2011

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My daughter is now 7 months and i plan to nurse until 1 yr also. She fortunately does take expressed milk in her sippy tho. I personally just have no desire to nurse my toddler, especially when both my kids are big for their age anyway.

Amy - posted on 09/11/2011

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Sorry I hit post too soon! It does get easier after a year because you are no longer the primary source of nutrition so you'll be able to sneak away for awhile. On the other hand I caution you when you have a set date to wean because if your little one doesn't take to solids or a sippy he may not be getting nutrients that he still needs. To answer your original question I'm taking it day by day I don't have a set end date but my daughter is 17 months old, she loves food, and because I work full time will take a bottle or drink from a sippy or a straw.

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