Breastfeeding til what age

Kelly - posted on 06/28/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )




I have a 1 month old when is it a good time to stop breastfeeding.. cuz no one in my family has breastfed... any help?


Kate CP - posted on 06/28/2009




Nurse for as long as you and your baby are comfortable with. BTW, there are about 3 other threads about this very topic. You may want to explore those as well.


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Minnie - posted on 06/30/2009




When your child is ready to stop. Which will typically be at a minimum of 2.5 years.

The only way you can know that your child gained what he or she needed from the breastfeeding relationship is to allow him or her to self-wean.

Lauren - posted on 06/28/2009




Most mothers try and start weening their babies off of breast milk around 8 to 12 months old. But what I do recommend is not to deny your little one of it because they may feel that you don't want them or care about them. Hope I could help :D -Lexy

Kylie - posted on 06/28/2009




world standard age is 2 years...if you can breastfeed for 6 months or longer you've done great. Some mums let the child self wean which i think is wonderful, i had to stop BFing at 2 yrs because it was staring to hurt. Still BFing my 7 month old and i don't plan on stopping any time soon, its cheap, easy and my baby loves boobie.

Marcia - posted on 06/28/2009




I breastfed until my little guy was one (though long story short, I am kind of a statistical anomaly due to medical reasons needed to supplement with formula). There is actually a breastfeeding week to promote the practice celebrated in 120 countries organized by the WHO - World Health Organization ( you have any questions about the practice I would ask your doctor and La Leche League ( for support.

Kim - posted on 06/28/2009




My doctor also said until 6 months was best. My daughter had a hard time breast feeding so I pumped from day one and she was on straight formula by 4 months. I was unable to keep up once I went back to work so I had to quit. I really wish I would have been able to do it longer.

Belinda - posted on 06/28/2009




The current reccommendations from the WHO and what my doc told me is only breastmilk til 6 months, then start intoducing solids at 6 months but continue breastfeeding til 12 months to supplement the solid foods as in the beginning they only eat very small amounts. At 12 months you can wean them off the breastmilk and give cow's milk in a sippy cup instead. I'm still breastfeeding my 10 month old. She has 3 breastfeeds a day - usually morning tea, arvo tea and just before bed, then one night feed. With her meals she just has water. It really is completely up to you and your baby what you want to do. If you are producing enough milk and you are happy breastfeeding keep it up!! Some mothers feed much longer than 12 months which is fine and some stop sooner for various reasons, so whatever is right for you is fine. This is just what my doc has said is recommended if you and your baby are happy breastfeeeding...... and like Kala said, it certainly saves the hassle of formula if you don't need it!!

Kala - posted on 06/28/2009




I breastfed my son til he was almost one. i started to wean him at 8 months and pumped instead so i could give him a bottle. I also started giving him water and juices at that time too. It is said breastfeeding til at least 4 months is best. I breastfed my daughter til 4 months. I would have like to have for longer but i was unable to continue with her. Formula, i think, is a huge pain..

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