how long did you breast feed for??

Jessica - posted on 06/12/2010 ( 330 moms have responded )

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my son is 10 months just wondering how long other mums breast fed there babies for as my son is still breast fed:)

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Daughter 1: 2 1/2 yrs
Daughter 2: 2 1/2 yrs
Daughter 3: 4 + yrs(tandem fed daughters 2 and 3 for a while)

This was back in the days when extended breastfeeding was VERY radical. Daughters are now 29. 25 and 23.

Shannon - posted on 06/15/2010

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Love the post! How wonderful that there are so many proud extended breastfeeding Momma's! My son is 22 mos, loves to nurse and I don't see us stopping anytime soon. I'm still loving nursing... but get tired of explaining myself to people when they ask when I'll stop.

Merry - posted on 06/15/2010

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breastfeeding should not be decreased when starting complementary feeding;
complementary foods should be given with a spoon or cup, not in a bottle;
Breastfeeding is an unequalled way of providing ideal food for the healthy growth and development of infants; it is also an integral part of the reproductive process with important implications for the health of mothers. As a global public health recommendation, infants should be exclusively breastfed(1) for the first six months of life to achieve optimal growth, development and health(2). Thereafter, to meet their evolving nutritional requirements, infants should receive nutritionally adequate and safe complementary foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Exclusive breastfeeding from birth is possible except for a few medical conditions, and unrestricted exclusive breastfeeding results in ample milk production.
Increased duration of breastfeeding confers significant health and developmental benefits for the child and the mother, especially in delaying return of fertility (thereby promoting optimal intervals between births).196

There is no upper limit to the duration of breastfeeding and no evidence of psychologic or developmental harm from breastfeeding into the third year of life or longer.197
All the benefits of human milk—including nutritional and health—continue for as long as your baby receives your milk. In fact, as your baby takes less human milk, these advantages are condensed into what milk is produced. Many of the health benefits of human milk are dose related, that is, the longer the baby receives human milk, the greater are the benefits.

i found this information on the world health organization website, the american academy of pediatrics website, and the La Leche League website.

Vanessa - posted on 06/15/2010

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2YEARS!!!AND YOUR CHILDWILL BE VERY INTELLIGENT AND HEALTHY!!!!

Jacquelyn - posted on 06/14/2010

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@Lacey, actually the antibodies during the second year are higher to protect them from all the germs they wil find as they become mobile.

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DANYA - posted on 06/17/2010

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I nursed my first till 10 months, my milk dried up then as I was already 20 weeks prego with number 2.
Our second I nursed till 18 months at that point she could do a cup and whole milk well and I was about 20 weeks prego with number 3.
I am still nursing our third she is 20 months. the last two month I have cut out day time feedings we do one when we wake up and one b/f bed.

at around 9-10 months my babies show signs of self weaning, they aren't very interested in nursing during the day. They don't want to miss out on anything while they are nursing. Kellymom.com has great info. I love nursing esp as they get older, it is a great way to spend one on one time together. I know extended nursing forced my to be a more attentive mother to my toddlers.

Karen - posted on 06/17/2010

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I have not read the other responses. Here is my experience. I have older children (teenagers now) who I was not successful at nursing. However, with the support of my husband now I have successfully nursed our 3 little ones. I had not planned on nursing as long as I did. But with my 3 year old she nursed past the age of 2, closer to 2 1/2. I was tandem nursing along with her little sister who was born when she was 17 months old. She nursed throughout the pregnancy and along side her sister, though she started to take less and less. Her sister, who is now 2, stopped nursing while I was pregnant for my now 2 month old. I really can't remember when she stopped, but she was about 1 1/2. I would have continued to nurse her, but she lost interest, possibly because of a change in the milk, she was always pickier. I plan on nursing my baby as long as she is interested.

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My first son had a lot of trouble nursing and was losing too much weight, so I pumped breast milk for him (he's now nearly 4) for the first 9.5 months.
My second I nursed a little over 15 months until we found out I was pregnant with #3 and at that point he was only nursing once or twice a day for just a few minutes so he weaned easily which was a relief!

Julie - posted on 06/17/2010

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Breastfed my first, now 7, until his 1st birthday and he decided it didn't taste as good anymore.
Breastfed my second, now 5 1/2, until she was 8 months, then realized she was lactose intolerant and my milk had already nearly dried up!
Breastfed my third, now 2, until about 2 weeks ago. He nursed at naptime, bedtime, and through the night until nearly 28 months old.
There isn't a normal time frame, even with the same momma it can vary greatly! Just do whatever you and your son feel is working for you. You'll know when one of you is ready!

Kodie - posted on 06/17/2010

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My first son is now three and I weaned him a month before his second birthday. My second son is due next month and I intend to breastfeed him for at least a year. :) I loved every second of it and can't wait to do it again!

Meghan - posted on 06/17/2010

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my daughter is 22months but we go a few days in between and then she will start wanting it more and my supply always seems to be there!!! She started on cows milk at ~14 months as well.

Sarah - posted on 06/17/2010

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That's wonderful that you're still nursing! The AAP recommends nursing for at least a year, and the health benefits are proven to be the same for a 2 year old as for a one year old.
I nursed:
1st (twins) - about 12 months (then found out I was pregnant and didn't think I ate well enough to support 3 babies and myself)

2nd - a little over 2 years (through a pregnancy, and tandem nursed for a little while)*

3rd - 13 months and still going

*While I was preggo, my milk supply got really low (almost nonexistent), but she kept going through that and the change in type of milk produced. Her interest decreased for a while, but she never gave it up completely.

Zoe - posted on 06/17/2010

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hiya, i breast fed all of mine, and let them take the lead all the way my eldest son self weaned at just over 12 months, my daughter had a cold at just on 6 mnths and refused to feed so i put her on a cup,and i became really ill after my little boy was born and when he was 4 mnhts old i was put on drugs that werent condusive to feeding so had no choice but give up, it was horrible and still makes me cry today and hes now 4,im now a qualified breast feeding councillor and the general concensus (sp) is all the while you and baby are happy continue, you will find bf does come to its own natural end at some point and you will probably miss it more than baby,whereas if its forced you both feel the loss, just my opinion, hope it helps and well done for going this long ((()))

Christina - posted on 06/17/2010

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In my experiences with breastfeeding mothers, this really varies depending on how the mother handles it and the child's personality. The average is around 18 mo. to 2 1/2 years, though the recommendation is to breastfeed for at least 1 year.

Personally, my 3 children were all so different. The 1st. practically weaned herself at 10 mo. because my milk changed due to pregnancy and I didn't know I could breastfeed thru the pregnancy. I DID breastfeed through my 3rd. pregnancy and tandem nursed for a bit. I had to wean my 2nd. daughter at 3 years old, yet my 3rd. daughter weaned herself around 2 without incident.

Starting toddlers on a cup at 1 year old will coincide with their independence and create a gradual transition for weaning. Many toddlers are far too busy to nurse during the day and just maintain this bond with mom at naptime and/or at night for a while.

Reissa - posted on 06/17/2010

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I breastfed for 9 months and really wanted to go longer, but she just kind of naturally weaned off :( Pregnant again and due in 4 more months and plan on breastfeeding for a year.

Sherry - posted on 06/17/2010

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I started having babies in the early 70's. I breastfed my first for only 6 or 7 weeks ... was only 17 at the time and very self-conscious. My second was breastfed for 9 months, the third one for 16 months and the last one was over two and was talking before he was weaned. For the last several months of that time he only nursed when he wanted to nap or it was bed time ... would say nurse 'n nap.

Michael - posted on 06/17/2010

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Son number 1 nursed for 6 years
Son number 2 nursed for 5 years

They were both on solids since 12-18 months. LOL
Nursing vs BREASTFEEDING and there is a huge difference

Heather - posted on 06/17/2010

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My daughter is 10 1/2 months and I still breastfeed. I'll breastfeed until she weans herself.

Tamara - posted on 06/17/2010

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My son nursed until he was 16 mos old. My daughter is 27 months and still nursing, and I'm pregnant with #3, who will nurse as well.

Danielle - posted on 06/17/2010

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My oldest is 2 1/2 and I fed him for 1 1/2 years and my youngest is 5 months and I plan on breast feeding him for at least a year or longer.

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I breastfed for 15 months. When we were done, I missed it terribly but my son didn't seem to care at all. Except that now he is obsessed with putting things down my shirt.

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It's funny how I saw this today as I never come on here. I was just feeling a bit sad. My son just weened at 3 years,3 months, one week and 1 day (and this all took place a week ago tomorrow!) I don't regret any bit of our nursing relationship and look forward to someday nursing another child just as long:)

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I nursed my first son until he was a year old and my youngest is now 18 months and still wants to nurse for bedtime but that's pretty much it.

Holly - posted on 06/17/2010

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I breast fed my twin boys until they were 15 months. I cut out feeding when they seemed ready. When I finally stopped they didn't notice for 2 days, and I had no pain. Its easier on all of you when you do it when they are ready as long as you don't mind.

Renae - posted on 06/17/2010

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1st daughter nursed till 9 mo old, 2nd son w/special needs till 15 mo but should have nursed longer to help with his digestive issues, 3rd son nursed till 5 years old but was very intermitent for last years. We lost our daughter unexpectedly at 7 years of age. Oldest son is 30 & youngest is 26. I wish for grand kids but don't know how I would deal with a non-nursing daughter in law!.

Karen - posted on 06/17/2010

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18 months for my oldest daughter (she's 17 now); 13 months for my middle daughter (she's 13 now) and 12 months for my son (he's 10 now). ONLY breast milk for 6 months with all of them and then started them on cereal. At about 10 months, I started feeding them baby and table food. Had to stop breastfeeding my middle daughter because she bit so hard (she's still the fiesty one) and my son because I had to go back to work and pumping did not work for me at all!

Kapri - posted on 06/17/2010

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We are still breastfeeding, my daughter is 21 months old, I expect to nurse at least 2 years (WHO reccommends) and longer if she still feels the need. I have an older son who I only nursed for 6 months and the health and development of them is like night and day. She has had only 2 real colds and no ear infections etc. He seemed to start getting sick as soon as we stopped nursing and continued to get sick regularly til he was 4 or so. For me it is about her health and the convenience of being able to comfort her anywhere, put her to sleep peacefully and maintain a close bond

Vicki - posted on 06/17/2010

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My son is almost 7 months and we are still going strong. I plan to be done by the time he is a year!

Jennifer - posted on 06/17/2010

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Breastfeed him until he is done and weans himself. My son, now 3 weaned himself around 15 months, which is when I was newly preggo with my daughter, now 16 months. She still nurses and I am in no hurry for her to stop. I love nursing and the bonding that goes along with it. It passes so quickly, enjoy it while you can! :)

Emma - posted on 06/17/2010

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my daughter 11 months im still breast feeding her but just in the night , i gradually redused it wen she was 6 mnths, im going 2 stop soon though or its gonna get really hard 2 stop x

Mary - posted on 06/17/2010

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I breastfed for 11 months. Towards the end I was mostly pumping, but the transition was great. She went from Breast milk to Vitamin D.

Brittney - posted on 06/17/2010

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I nursed my oldest a sad short 3 months, my next for 1 year , and when her sister joined our family (she was 17 months old ) she came back to nursing for a while. she was about 20 months when she stopped, my 3rd daughter has just weaned at 3 1/2 years old, and I was nursing her through my pregnancy and tandem with her little brother who is 6 moths old now .. i will nurse him until he chooses to wean himself.

Missy - posted on 06/17/2010

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My son is almost 20 months and we just stopped. It is really a personal prefrence. It's totally up to you and your son.

Kara - posted on 06/17/2010

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My daughter will be 3 in October and we are still nursing. I told myself I would let her wean on her own, but we have stopped nursing during the day and just do it at night. It took about 2 weeks for her to not go crazy and she still tries to sneak it in every now and again. Now, if my shirt happens to be off and she sees my breasts she just wants to give them a hug and says see you at night night. LOL!

Angela - posted on 06/17/2010

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I nursed until my son was 3 1/2 months and I had to stop because I had a lot of problems. I wanted to continue, but my body said, "NO!" :-) My milk turned to water and my son was not satisfied so we had to switch to formula.

Sally - posted on 06/17/2010

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My older daughter until she was almost 4, My younger is still going strong at 8 months.
If it helps, the American Academy of Pediatrcs recommends a MINIMUM of 1 year; the World Health Organization recommends doubling that; and there is anthropolgical and microbiological evidence that we should double that. And we're designed for it to be a strong immune boost until about age 7. Including all the Western women who only nurse for six weeks, the world average is 4.2 years.
Nurse as long as you and your baby are both happy with it.

Melissa - posted on 06/17/2010

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I nursed my oldest son for 15 months (now age 2). Was pregnant with #2 when he was 13 months. Currently nursing my 4 month old son and hope to go just as long with him if not a bit longer.

Chris - posted on 06/17/2010

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24 months. of course they ate other food, but they loved nursing for naptime and bedtime. fond memories♥

Jill - posted on 06/17/2010

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I nursed until 3-1/2. My son didn't really want to wean, but I started feeling invaded by it. I wanted the cuddling, but started feeling uncomfortable having my breasts touched...not sure why. So I encouraged weaning by making it cuddle/tickle time and taking the focus away from the nursing. It only took about three months for that to work.

I worked full-time from birth, so I had a Medela pump-in-style and pumped at work and then brought it home (cooler for storage). But he hated taking a bottle, so most of the pumped milk when to waste. He would just nurse continuously once I got home to make up for the missed meals! Maybe because he was such an intense, frequent nurser that's why it started to annoy me?

He also was not much of an eater of solid foods as long as he could breastfeed instead.

Cecilia - posted on 06/17/2010

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Son: 4 years
Daughter: 3 and a half years (tandem nursed both for about 9 months, then he stopped and she kept going)

Now they are 7 and 4 years old. I cannot believe they are both weaned (she weaned last November)... it was the most beautiful thing that I did in my life. It seemed the most natural and easy thing to do, and they both still remember it.

Erica - posted on 06/17/2010

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my daughter will be one next week and 3 weeks ago I cut out one day time feeding (gets formula in sippy cup) and then a week later cut out the other daytime feedings so now shes just has am and night time feedings...I am trying to get preggers again, and dr told me I cant bf when pregnant so I will wean her completely then

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That is wonderful. My daughter is 8 months old and I am planning to breastfeed until she is at least 1 years old. Longer if I can. The American paed association recommend breastfeeding until 2 years of age.

Rachel - posted on 06/17/2010

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My son just turned one yesterday and I am still breast feeding him. He only feeds in the morning when he gets up but I have a feeling he will just wean himself, once I start introducing milk. I really don't mind it, I no longer have to wear a nursing bra anymore since it's just the morning. I actually enjoy it, b/c it is the last thing that reminds me of being an infant.
With that being said, I really think it depends on you and your son and what you feel is right. Breast feeding is the best thing for your baby, so congratulations you did it for this long.

Michelle - posted on 06/17/2010

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I forgot to answer your other question. I say breast feed for as long as both of you are comfortable. If both of you are happy to continue, do not let anyone else stop you, it is the most natural thing in the world, look at other mammals, they breast feed their offspring until they are ready to eat the same food as their mums and dads do! (They don't have pureed food, or iron enriched cereals!)

Michelle - posted on 06/17/2010

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Oh 10 months is awesome, my daughter breast fed until she was 3 1/2 years old! She is nearly four now and every now and then she asks for it. (But I don't give it to her, she chose to wean herself)

Erica - posted on 06/17/2010

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My daughter self weaned at about 10 months and my son was weaned at about 13 months. I think everyone was happy to quit breast feeding. I know I was!

Miranda - posted on 06/17/2010

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11 months 2 weeks. I had an infection and had to take antibiotics - when I stopped for that he lost interest.

Meagan - posted on 06/17/2010

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I am pumping still and my daughter is 7 months. I am going to stop here soon. I have a ton stocked up so hopefully she wont have to do formula

Michelle - posted on 06/17/2010

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1st child (now 17) - 6 weeks
2nd child (now 11) - 4 months
3rd child (now 10) - almost 3 years {consistent for 18 months: as she was interested after that}

It honestly depended on the situation. I had to go right back to work with my first and I had a huge issue with letdown when I heard a baby cry. I worked in the infants department at a major retail store. With my second, my MIL continuously berated me for nursing since that was "only for poor people" who couldn't afford formula, which made me want to nurse til she graduated from college. However, she was a biter and when she started getting teeth, there was only so much bleeding I could handle. My last was the sweetest, most gentle and nursing was a wonderful experience. When she was done, we stopped. I wish I had done that with all three.

Jenny - posted on 06/17/2010

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I breastfeed my son until a week before he was 1 as he just went to sleep without his feed 1 night so I stopped then. He isnt bothered now about a glass of milk b4 bed. My daughter is 10 weeks and hoping to feed her myself until she is also 1. I have heard EU recomend breastfeeding until 2. So I will go for as long as i can.

Molly - posted on 06/17/2010

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I still do and my daughter is 1 and a half. Only to go to sleep at night so about 10 mins. I have heard that it is a super bad idea to do this but it comforts her and i don't mind either. I enjoy the time togethere to feel close to her. I stopped breast feeding her full time when she went onto solid food. So around 10 months.

Selma - posted on 06/17/2010

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I breastfed
Daughter #1 - 3 years (she turns 18 years old in 2 weeks!)
Son - 4 1/2 years
Daughter #2 - still going at 3 years and 4 months

I let my kids self wean and while my 3 year old still nurses it seems that my milk may be drying up - which is fine with me :)
At this point I am ready to give it up but still ok if she continues for a little while longer.

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