My son is 10-months old, how long should I breastfeed him?


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As long as you and baby are happy - keep going. Don't make plans and don't look at the calender, just take it one day at the time. Why stop something that works for you?

Ruth - posted on 01/25/2011




My son is 10 months as well, and he is still breastfeeding, although, not as much as when he was around 8 months. He has started to bite sometimes at the end of a feeding, and he has 8 teeth, so that has been a challenge! When he bites, I tell him "No" firmly and it is the end of the feeding at that point. I hope to continue to breastfeed until he is at least a year old. I feel that it is up to you when to stop breastfeeding, and that it will feel right for both of you : )

Jolene - posted on 08/19/2009




It is completely up to you. I personally will breastfeed for 12 months but that is just me. If you feel like you want to be done now that is your decision. You have done wonderful doing it as long as you have already and also if you want to continue do it for as long as you want.

Dania - posted on 08/18/2009




Thanks for the advice. I was only planning to breastfeed for 6 months, so I'm just amazed I've made it this far!

Stina - posted on 08/16/2009




For as long as both you and the baby want to. My first two weaned around one year... but I wish they would have nursed longer. Such a wonderful time. I'm hoping my third baby (4 mo) will nurse till 2 years.

Etta - posted on 08/16/2009




I was determined to bf for at least a year, because I had problems early on and lacked support from our pediatrician. Yes, I am stubborn. Still, there were moments when I would get frustrated and feel like I was nothing more than a milk dispenser. I kept at it and ended up bfing my oldest for about 26 months, when we both decided it was time to quit. I feel it was worth it to bf for 2 years and I'm currently bfing my second child. My point is, if your going through a rough patch, they don't last that long. I went back and forth several times. You might try giving it another month. If you still feel it's time to quit, then go ahead and wean. You know yourself best. And feel proud you've bfed as long as you did.

Minnie - posted on 08/16/2009




I believe that you can't possibly know that the child gained what he or she needed from the breastfeeding relationship unless the child is allowed to self-wean.

Lori - posted on 08/16/2009




I agree with the other moms that you should breastfeed as long as you and your son feel you should. As an extended breastfeeding mom, I can tell you that if you continue past one year, you will get funny looks and comments from some people. Some people who are unaware of current research may actually feel that breastfeeding a one or two year old is akin to child abuse. If you decide to continue, you may want to prepare some responses. I like to say something like "The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding until at least age two, and I'm not the kind of mom to do the minimum for my kids" :) Of course, this is not meant in any way to put down moms whose kids self-weaned before age two. I had difficulties breastfeeding my daughter when I was a teen mom, and was only able to successfully breastfeed for six weeks.

Dania - posted on 08/16/2009




I agrees with Orsnat! Do what u think is right for you. My little is guy is 8mths and growing teeth. But I don't think it's time for me to stop yet.

Erin - posted on 08/16/2009




you should continue to breastfeed for as long as you and your baby are comfortable with it. my oldest self weaned at 6 months, my middle weaned around 10 months and my youngest is going strong at nearly 8 months right now and will likely continue on past a year

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I think it is completely up to you. There no shoulds and shouldn'ts. I breastfed my first born for 15 months and my second one for 18 months. I have friends that carried on for 3 years and some that had enough after 3 months. Follow your body and your heart. As long as you are happy so wil be your baby. Osnat

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