Moms who breastfeed over 12 mos

Brittany - posted on 01/10/2010 ( 32 moms have responded )

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I'm still breastfeeding my 15mo old daughter, but she really only nurses when she's going to sleep or has just woken up. On average, she'll have 4-5 good nursing sessions a day. Sometimes she'll get "a sip" where she'll latch on for all of 2 seconds.

How often do your 12 mos and older children nurse?

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Amanda - posted on 01/14/2010

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I nurse my 15 month old 2 to 6 times. Maybe 2 to 3 during the day and 1 to 3 time during the night.

Jennifer - posted on 01/12/2010

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My 28 month old still nurses as much as her 6 month old brother and I don't see her slowing down any time soon. My DH thinks she'll be going to college and still nursing. As for me I love it, it is the only time she slows down and lets me hold her and stroke her hair or just sit and smile down at her and take her all in. otherwise she's climbing,jumping and running everywhere!

Zia - posted on 01/12/2010

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I have a 25 month old who nurses a couple of times at night and at least 2x during the day - byt the time they're about 2.5, I try to just wean them to 2-3 times a day....

Camilla - posted on 01/11/2010

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I am still nursing my 2 year old and his sister who is 7 months old, and I LOVE IT, there is such a difference feeding a 2 year old and a 7 month, for my 2 year old its his special time. When my son was 15 months i was 8 months pregnant with my second child, my son woke 2 - 3 times a night for a feed, this was really hard for me as i was so tired and very pregnant! i then decided to 'wean' him from his night feeds. i would feed him before he went to sleep and when he woke in the night i told him that he could have a feed when the sun came up. The first few nights where rough and there was lots of crying but we cuddled him (he slept with us in our bed from birth) and told him when the sun came up he could have a feed. By the 3rd night he didnt even ask. He still has 3-6 feeds a day but none at night.

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Sharon - posted on 12/26/2012

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my daughter is 13 months old and still breastfeeding, she is a fuzzy eater she wont eat alot of solids, i really want her to come off the breast milk but she throws the biggest tantrum every time i miss a feed

Sammy - posted on 01/19/2010

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My daughter turned 12 months last week, and she's still breasted on demand. I don't tend to keep a count, but she'll definitely nurse when she wakes up, at least 2 times a night and I nurse her to sleep at night.

Celena - posted on 01/18/2010

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Well, my son is not quite 12 months but I'll chime in anyway. I nurse on demand during the day I suppose. When he wakes up in the morning (has been sleeping 8 or more hours at night since he was about 3 months old) we'll lay in my bed and nap/nurse for 1-2 hours. He'll nurse again at some point before his first solo nap and then sometimes right afterwards too if he wakes up cranky. I nurse him if he gets hurt of course. I think it works out to around 4-5 including the sessions around his second nap- but he'll get little sips as well which can be sort of frequent and hard to keep track of. At night he gets his bath and then after jammies I nurse him for a bit more, sometimes longer than others, then he plays and goes to sleep for at least 10 hours.

Ashlei - posted on 01/15/2010

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I nursed my son until he was 14 months old. At that time he was only nursing twice a day, once right after he woke in the morning and once right before bedtime. He only had milk one other time in the day and he drank a cup of whole milk around lunch time. He slept through the night from the time he was about 3 1/2 months old, so no night feedings after that time!

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I am still breastfeeding my 3 and a half year old daughter. I'm as surprised as anyone that we're still at it! My twins were one when they both decided that they were done with breastfeeding. I assumed the same would happen with the youngest. But, she still loves her "snacks", which she gets once a day during the week, and twice or more a day on weekends. I have had people give me strange looks if this comes up in conversation, but I just ask if there's some particular reason why we shouldn't continue. For most people, it's just that they think it's odd - based on nothing! My daughter also sucks her thumb, and soothes herself by putting her hand down my shirt. More odd looks! But, my older girls are now 13, and I know how fast childhood flies by, and I see no reason to deny my youngest those things that make her feel good, and connected to another human being! Nurse on! I say, Nurse on!

Joie - posted on 01/14/2010

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I nursed my son till he was about 13 months old. He was only getting feedings in the morning when he first woke up and at night before bed. Then i just started getting him warm whole milk. He is getting to the point where he is starting to drink it cold sometimes.

Rebecca - posted on 01/14/2010

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I am still nursing my 19 month old!! I enjoy it more now then I did when she was smaller. I nursed/pumped for my twins for 10.5 months.It was so difficult with them that my gaol was to only go for 12 months with the next baby. Well here we are 19 almost 20 months later and still going strong. She has days where it seems she wants to nurse every hour and will wake me up 1-3 times a night. Then there are days where I almost want to beg her to come nurse and cuddle with me because she isnt interested.

I have had a DR recomend and tell me that it isnt necessary to nurse a baby past the age of 1! I agree with Molly that DRs should stop telling moms when to wean and when they feel its a good age to stop!! Why are they so quick to diagnose BFing as a problem with a baby or mother and recomend they quit??? Breastmilk is the most perfect food my daughter can get. What else is made just for her needs and for her?? I am not looking forward to the day where we stop.

Nothing melts my heart more than to hear my daughter say " mmmmmmmm Nummy milk mumma"!!!!!!!

Molly - posted on 01/14/2010

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Sarah, you said "That is how/when my doctor suggested getting them ready to stop nursing", and I am wondering, were you ready to wean and thats why the doctor suggested it, or did your doctor tell you it was time to wean, like "Oh, you're breasts are about to expire, stop nursing!"? I don't think doctors should be telling moms when to wean, so I seriously hope you initiated the conversation.

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That is how/when my doctor suggested getting them ready to stop nursing,That is how my son was, starting at about 14 months. I stopped breastfeeding at 15 months. I thought it was going to be really hard, even had my husband take some vacation days, but because he already was a pro at drinking out of a cup. It really didn't bother him, he did Great! Good Luck to you!

Metria - posted on 01/13/2010

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I am so glad I am not alone! People keep asking me when will I stop breastfeeding her. She only nurses in the evenings when I work, but weekends are a different story. She also refuses cow milk and I know she needs the nutrition.

Molly - posted on 01/13/2010

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My 23 month old son nurses 3 times per day on average. Its usually first thing in the morning, before nap, and before bedtime. He only nurses for maybe 5 minutes per breast nowadays, and although I do hear him swallowing milk, I think its mostly for comfort. I am allowing him to self-wean, and I almost never refuse him.

April - posted on 01/12/2010

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my 12 month old nurses about 4 times a night and before naps during the day. he doesn't eat a ton of solids either and i haven't started him on cow's milk.

Tina - posted on 01/12/2010

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I'm the same. I have a 15 month old and she usally only nurses when she is tired or just wants a snack. But I have noticed that during the day she tends to nurse for comfort. She is my second child and I am really not that worried about it. I figure when she doesn't need it any more she'll let me know

User - posted on 01/12/2010

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twice to three times a day. The third he will have if he wakes in the night which isnt too often. Just if hes poorly:)

Amythyst - posted on 01/11/2010

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my LO will be a year next week and she's feeding before and after sleeps and occasionally in between..average about 5-6 times per day

Nicole - posted on 01/11/2010

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My 15 month old still nurses a ton. Granted I feed on demand and don't give cows milk. She really didn't eat a ton of solids until she was 12 months. Before that food was just a novelty to tinker with. We do BLW.

Briana - posted on 01/11/2010

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My little one is 13 months and he nurses like 6 times a day sometimes less sometimes more. Usually for about 10-15 min

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My son is 21 months old and it depends on his mood or what we are doing. Sometimes he nurses 2-3 times in an hour and other times he'll go 4-6 hours w/out... up to 10 hours during the night...sometimes. :)

ME - posted on 01/11/2010

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From 12-18 months my son went through periods where he seemed totally uninterested in bfing...but we kept going until he was just over 18 months. Some days he would only bf once, some days as many as 5-6 times (seemed related to things like cutting teeth, growth spurts, and amount of solid food eaten during the day). I had to ween my son at 18 months due to a second pregnancy...by that point he was breast feeding 2-3 times/day, and only seemed upset about it for about a week after we quit...he was drinking about one 6-8 ounce sippy of milk per day in addition to the bfing, and I'm sure that made the forced weening easier for him. We just replaced the bfing with 2 more 8 oz sippys of milk. I was 4 + months pg, and hadn't gained a pound...in fact, I was losing weight...the doc was just starting to become concerned...and I figured it was safe to put a stop to it...I think it was actually harder for me than it was for him!

Jennet - posted on 01/11/2010

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my 14 month old nurses about 4 times a day, more if he's not well, and wakes up once or twice in the night for a quick top up feed- lasting about 10 minutes each.

Moni - posted on 01/11/2010

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My 14 month old nurses about 3-4 times a day. With this round of teething she has been waking at night and nursing as well, more of a comfort thing. She nurses in the am, before 1 nap, before bed and then if she wakes at night.

Kimberly - posted on 01/11/2010

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My daughter is 15 months as well. She nurses 3-5 times a night. During the day she will nurse before both of her naps. If she is sick she will nurse much more often during the day. She will also nurse more often if we have been around a lot of people she is not familiar with because I guess she needs the comfort.

Alisa - posted on 01/11/2010

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I had to nightweaned my older kids at 18 months because they were nursing a LOT. I nursed on demand and they nursed when they were bored, hungry, tired, or hurt. So it varied throughout the day.

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I'm still feeding my 15 month old too. She usually has 4 or 5 feeds a day, more if she's ill. I fed my older girl until she was nearly 3, though for the final year she only had one feed a day, at bedtime.

Minnie - posted on 01/11/2010

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My 15 month old nurses at least twice an hour. Each time just about five minutes. She wakes 3-5 times a night to nurse.

Kim - posted on 01/11/2010

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Mia has refused cow's milk so we are still nursing at 15months. I nursed on demand from the start so I don't keep track of how often she nurses. I do see a decrease around the time my period is due but she picks right back up after. She also nurses more if she is growing or teething.

Naomi - posted on 01/10/2010

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well I WOH and he no longer takes bm from anything else. on days I work, he'll get about 3 - 4 sessions in/day



non-work days, 4 - 5 and if he's sick or extra clingy he'll latch on for a bit just for comfort

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