TIP'S FOR EXTENDED BREASTFEEDING???

Lorraine - posted on 06/09/2011 ( 17 moms have responded )

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i'm bf my second lo and knowing that this will be my last time i want to know if there's any tip's for EB, my daughter is nearly 5 month's & with my first bf son he self weaned at 14 month's so this time i'm hoping to BF for as long as can, i'm slowly introducing solids to my LO does that help?

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Melissa - posted on 06/16/2011

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My advice if you want to EBF is to not stop offerring..."Don't offer, Don't refuse" is a parent led weaning technique, so if you never offer, they will be weaned prematurely. Remember that breast milk is supposed to be the main nutrition for the first year and that solids are just for experience and should NOT replace the milk. That means that if baby doesn't eat for a week or two, there will be no worries because they are getting what they need from breastfeeding.

My two oldest nursed until 5, my third was 4 1/2 and my 16 month old is still nursing many times a day. I see breastfeeding not only as nourishment but as a parenting tool. It is the most amazing quick fix and works in so many situations while the child is in the process of learning to deal with situations in a different way.

For the solids/dairy question: We only started Solids at about 9-10 months and never did the baby food. We just gave the kids what we eat (not mushed up) and let them experience taste and texture and self-regulation. As they grew older, they naturally started eating more.

As for Dairy, we don't drink/eat dairy here besides for the occasional cheese. for the kids, breast milk has everything they need. For the adults, there are way better sources of nutrients and honestly drinking another animals breast milk is a bit weird to me and is not at all natural.

Laura - posted on 06/11/2011

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My twin girls were not interested in anything but breast until about 11 mos and I never pushed it. Let her nurse on demand. If she decides to self wean there is not much you can do, but if you always offer the breast before solids that will help. My twins are 3 1/2 and still nursing once or sometimes twice a day. Good luck

Merry - posted on 06/13/2011

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Awesome :) I'll bet you learn a TON! I learn more every time I go there, and trust me its been quite a lot already! Ok, now I'm going there too :)

Tiffany - posted on 06/12/2011

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I'm still nursing my daughter who's now 18 mos old. When she was younger, I added food as recommended by her dr, but I did try to nurse her first. Now, she tells me when she wants milk, which is helpful. I did introduce cow's milk after she turned 1 yo, but did a slow introduction, which didn't decrease her breastmilk intake. I'm hoping to make it to the 2 year mark, but not sure if she'll want to go that long. I'm being flexible. :) Kudos to you for wanting to EB. There are so many people that don't understand and criticize those that do EB. There are some good books too, like "Mothering your nursing toddler" and several other EB books that you may find helpful. Check out La Leche League, as they have several of the books and other resources listed there. Good luck!

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My pediatrician said as long as baby is nursing 3 times a day then there's no need for cow's milk (or a cow's milk substitute). My daughter did eat yogurt, cheese, etc. around 10-11 months, but we didn't give her her own glass of cow's milk until 20 months.

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Dee - posted on 06/15/2011

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Staying hydrated is important for me. If I don't get my water I know my milk suffers. My son is 2 years 8 months and still BF - glad to see other Mom's still out there BF as long too. Not a thing I share with most people because of the comments you get but it is worth it for my son and frankly that is all that matters to me.

Cinda - posted on 06/13/2011

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My son just turned 2 1/2 & we're still breast feeding. I would HIGHLY recommend drinking Mother's Milk Tea to keep up your supply to keep you lo interested. I would also nurse BEFORE feeding solids to not only make sure she gets the nutrition she needs from the breast milk that might be lacking in the food but that way she's not too full from eating the solids to want to nurse fully if at all.

Merry - posted on 06/13/2011

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Holly not every baby will strike, but any baby *can*. Common times are new milestones, teething, illnesses. The most common time I've seen is 9-11 months. Many moms think this is self weaning, but if it's a quick stop of nursing it's not self weaning. Self weaning is going to always be slow and gradual, like over weeks slowly dropping feeds on their own until they stop asking all together.
Strikes are usually the baby fussed, fights, refuses the breast and tries to just not nurse.
Kellymom.com has some amazing info about strikes, as well as amazing info about all things related to breastfeeding! Check it out, you will learn SO much, I sure did :)

Rebecca - posted on 06/12/2011

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good for you Laura! My twins will be 2 this month and I nurse 2-3 times a day but I get so much pressure to quit. I don't want to and I think I will just secretly do it.My husband is supportive. So that is good. When people ask I may just say no.

User - posted on 06/12/2011

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Im planning on EB also my DD is only three months but i had a few questions also. Does every baby/child go through a nursing strike? why do they go on a nursing strike?

Marie - posted on 06/12/2011

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My son is now 3 years old and still nurses 2-3 times per day, eats a reasonable amount of solids. I have been taking a prolactin medication since he was 11 months old when my milk started to fade. I have been on it ever since and am now weaning myself off the drug. I am hoping to wean my son before September, and at some point in there, I am hoping that by stopping the drug, my hyperthyroid will also re-set so I don't have to force-wean my boy.

We are currently working on dropping the breakfast feeding, but he's really putting up a fight. If I can manage to distract him with fun before he notices, we're good, but mostly he is used to our routine and doesn't respond well to change.

Jennifer - posted on 06/12/2011

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Well my daughter is 2 1/2 and still nurses several times a day. She is my 2nd and last baby and that's most likely why I still let her. Some think its weird but its not she is still my baby!

Cheryl - posted on 06/12/2011

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I'm still nursing my 19 month old. He LOVES to nurse & would do it all the time if I let him. My doctor said try not to introduce any dairy until at least 2 years. He thinks the longer the better. So we have given him coconut, hemp or almond milk only.

Lorraine - posted on 06/09/2011

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did anyone hold of on dairy and keep breastmilk as the main dairy? or you still offer cheese & yoghurt when there older at around 6-7 month's?

Lorraine - posted on 06/09/2011

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yes thankyou i thought everyone new what EB meant but yes that what i meant, and yes i'm only letting her try 3 veggies until 5 month's then will try a few more but i don't make it a habit to give food i give a teaspoon or 2 then that's it breast after that i don't give more food.

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You mean extended breastfeeding? Just wanting to clarify :) Always offer the breast before solids. You want breast milk to be her main source of nutrition until around a year. After a year, I just followed my daughter's lead and nursed her on demand. She nursed pretty frequently until about 18 months and then just slowly dropped nursing sessions. We're now at 2 years and she's down to nursing once a day. I could probably offer more, but I'm 34 weeks pregnant and nursing is a little uncomfortable. She may nurse more once the baby gets here. If you want to let baby self wean then just follow their lead. Don't replace nursing sessions with cow's milk or anything else too early. We didn't introduce cow's milk until almost 20 months. I didn't do anything special, we just kept going. Remember that weaning happens very gradually so if your daughter all of a sudden stops nursing then it may just be a nursing strike and by continuing to offer you can get her back to the breast. Good luck!

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