How long should you breastfeed you child? how long is too long?

User - posted on 08/27/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Just want to know if breast feeding you child past 1 years old is too long

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Sara - posted on 06/09/2011

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I am still nursing my 2.5 year old along with my 5 month old twins. It is up to you and your child. Nurse as long as you feel comfortable. The average age around the world to wean is much older than it is here.

User - posted on 06/08/2011

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Keep going as long as you and the child want! The oxytoxin produced in your blood and passed through the breastmilk to our little one will help you both bond with each other and reduce stress and depression. The longer you breastfeed the less chance you have of getting breast cancer too :)

Merry - posted on 02/23/2011

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It's actually The recommendation to breastfeed a minimum of two years.
Less then that and the child is at increased risk of getting sick because they need the immunities from your milk.
Beyond two years is all good too! The longer they breastfeed the more immune benefits they have, and the less moms risk is for cancer.

4 years is the world average so most kids in the worked today are breast-feeding until 4 years. Some more, some les, but that's the average right now.

My son is almost two and he is breastfeeding about 7 times a day, including onc or so in the night. I'm due to have a baby girl in ten weeks and I will breastfeed both when she is born. This is quite common for many families, just not so common where I live!

Kimberly - posted on 02/23/2011

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I'm currently still bfing my 15month old daughter. When I first had her I thought I'd feed for 8-12 months then be done but she on the other hand has very different ideas!! I am starting to wean a bit but not having much lucky but I'm not majorly worried yet. I honestly think how long you bf for and what is too long is a very personal choice. I know so many people who couldnt believe that I was still feeding her once she had teeth but I look at it that its my child, my body and my families choice what I do.I do want to have her not feeding during the day soon as I'm planning on going back to work but night feeds can still happen til she's ready I guess

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I'm TANDEM nursing my almost 4 yo & 3.5 month old! Really thought my 1st daughter would wean by now, but now that we have a sibling I think things have changed lol! I would like for her to wean soon, but will not push too hard, she REALLY enjoys that bonding time ♥

Dorota - posted on 09/01/2010

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When my daughter was 4 months old i decided i'd like to bf til she's 1 year old. She's now 20 months still bf happily... if i ever wanted to stop (and i did good few times) i only have to look at her how happy and healthy she is and i my doubts dissapear. Bf benefits greatly to childs immunity and is a lovely boding xperience. I still love to cuddle with her in the morning when she wakes, sometimes as early as 6 or 6.30 and she suckles away hapily and we both snooze off til 8am. i guess i'm priviledged to be staying at home mum and my daughter being the only child i want to give all the very best in life. And yes a year or even 2 years will seem like a long time but not if you think of a lifetime. I love to bf and i'm happy to do it til she's 2 or even longer. never say neve you might grow to love it so much you won't want to stop!

Dawn - posted on 08/27/2009

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Only you can say if it is to long. My child is two and nurses 3-5 times a day. It all depends if you are comfortable with it or not. Try it and see. Most kids will let you know when they are ready to stop.

Lori - posted on 08/27/2009

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My daughter just turned 12 months and she is still mostly taking only breast milk. As long as you are enjoying doing it and your child is thriving, then why stop? I plan on breast feeding for awhile since she doesn't seem ready to wean and let her wean herself.

Sabrina - posted on 08/27/2009

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I am still BFing and she will be 13 months in a few days. Not sure when we will stop but I think by 2 I might give it up. I will have to see what happens. But its all up to you.

Chona - posted on 08/27/2009

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No way! The longer the better. I was just talking to a mom and she is still nursing her 2 year old. Only once in the morning. Her second child weaned her self earlier than that. It should be the child's choice.

Crystal - posted on 08/27/2009

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I am still breastfeeding at 13 months as long as you are both happy to keep going I say do it as long as you can.

Minnie - posted on 08/27/2009

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I believe that the only way you can know that your child gained all he or she could from the breastfeeding relationship is to allow that child to self-wean.



If allowed to naturally wean, most children stop around three years. Some go longer than that, but I believe that they need that. Most children lose the suckling reflex around eight years.

Antonella - posted on 08/27/2009

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No, my daughter is 13mo old and still BF. It's actually recommended to BF your baby for at least 2 years.

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