how long to breastfeed for??

MELISSA May - posted on 06/01/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )




i'm currently breastfeeding my 10 month old daughter and we are doing really well i'm just starting to feel a little pressured into changing to bottle as others aren't so keen in me feeding for so long ( plan to go to 2yrs) Breast is best! however i need some support as i know no one who is or has breastfed!!!!!


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Michelle - posted on 02/18/2011




Its your kid, screw whoever puts you down for doing what YOU think is best. As long as they don't bring their prom date home so they can nurse before dinner, I think you're good. :-)
Seriously, daughter weaned herself at 10 months. She just stopped taking the breast. I pumped until I stopped producing milk, and put it in the deep freeze. That kid didn't drink cow milk until she was 2 1/2 years old, I had that much frozen.
I was the only one of my friends and family who breastfed...and thats EXTENDED family, too. But you now 14 year old kid has NEVER been in the hospital...never rushed to the ER for a fever, ear infection, or any illness. My friends and family who didn't can't say the same thing, so.....

Merry - posted on 06/06/2010




And as for bad comments or pressure just ask yourself if their opinion is really more important then doing the best for your daughter. Who is more important to you? I know the answer I'm just trying to put into perspective, I know you will do the best for her no matter what!

Merry - posted on 06/06/2010




I hope to nurse for 3.5-4 years for each baby I have and with the plan to have a baby every two years until we have 4 (husbands number) or till we have 6 (my numbers) I plan on alot of tandem nursing and literally nursing for like 10-13 years! So I learned that the more years you nurse the less your risk of breastcancer is. If you get up to 7 years (not necessarily consecutive) then your breast cancer risk is less then 1 percent! So I'm happily planning on a nice sized career for my girls before they can retire :)

Tanya - posted on 06/06/2010




I nursed my son for about 26 months before we both weaned for it. The only reason we weaned when we did was I got pregnant with number 2 and my milk dried up. He did dry nurse for a few weeks but it was getting painful and I was not offering it to him as often or if he would ask I would try to get his mind to something else.
I am planning on nursing number 2 and if my son wants to nurse a little bit when my milk comes in I think I am going to let him.
I was told by my family that I should stop nursing, that it was not natural to still nurse a toddler and that it was bad for him, they tried to tell me when I was first pregnant that I was harming my growing baby and even my DR told me I HAD to stop. I didn't listen to any of them.
If you are wanting to go on and needing local support, trying looking up for local Le Letche League and talk to a leader and attending meetings. Our meetings are very informal and very helpful and supportive.

Good luck to you, and like you said ... Breast is Best!

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My son is 2 years and 2 months and we're still going. You do it for as long as you and your baby both want and don't listen to anyone else! Your baby, your business!!!

Amy - posted on 06/06/2010




For as long as it suits you! 10 months seems premature though given current medical advice, so you may want to point this out to your family ;-)
I was breastfed until 3 and breastfed my daughter until she weaned at 3 1/2 (mum and I are very competitive, if it's not breastfeeding then it's online scrabble).
Check out the list of responses by Diane Wiessinger:

Kristin - posted on 06/01/2010




You should breast feed for as long as it works for both YOU and your daughter. It is no one elses business. At 10 months, bottles are a waste of time and money for you. If you choose to supplement breastfeeding with water, juice, or milk (in a couple of months), go with a sippy cup.

You are doing an excellent job.

Geralyn - posted on 06/01/2010




I would not switch to bottles because I felt pressured. Why should you have to to make others feel comfortable? You are doing a great job. You should breastfeed at the breast for as long as you want. I nursed for 19 months, and I would not have enjoyed it nearly as much if I felt like I had to use a bottle.... Believe me, it'll go by fast, and I miss nursing to this day.... I miss nursing with my little guy. I wouldn't recommend doing anything for the comfort-level of others that you wouldn't otherwise be doing for yourself.

Angie - posted on 06/01/2010




I'm still nursing my 3 1/2 year old and 20 month old. Breastmilk doesn't suddenly stop being good for them at some age, the longer they get it the more benefits they'll get.

Celeste - posted on 06/01/2010




Good for you for nursing for 10 months and your plans to continue!

The AAP recommends at least a year and then thereafter for as long as mutually desired. The WHO states 2 years or beyond, so you've got medicine on your side!

Besides, it's kinda silly to buy formula and bottles for 2 months, you know?

Sorry people are being unsupportive. I totally understand. I'm nursing my 3 1/2 year old twin boys and my family and some of my friends are jerks about it.

Jayne - posted on 06/01/2010



that is an article about what age humans would naturally wean if we didn't have weird cultural rules about it, (and weird sexual ideas about our babies' food sources LOL)
(a mum posted it on Best for Babes Foundations wall, I'm just recycling)

anyhoo, WELL DONE! you're awesome for having the strength to keep going even though you're being pressured to stop early!

the longer you breastfeed, the more benefits your baby gets and the healthier they will be :)
I'm planning on letting my daughter self wean, and not starting solids until close to a year old, so I definitely wont be stopping before a year. If that helps.

MELISSA May - posted on 06/01/2010




sick of being put down for doing what is proven best for my daughter!!!!

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