What is the ideal age for the child to be breast fed?

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Christi - posted on 01/23/2009

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Have you tried warming up the whole milk? If your son is used to breast milk, he is used to it being warm. I warmed up the whole milk for my DD just a bit the first few times I gave it to her, and it made the transition very easy. I only had to warm it the first couple of days and then she started taking it right out of the fridge. She is 17 months old and still nursing twice a day (morning and night), but she loves her whole milk, too. Good luck!



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Adf0905 - posted on 01/23/2009

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Quoting Meghna:

Hey All!!!
Thank you so much for all the replies...This indeed is helpfull. My only problem is that my son doesn't take whole milk. He has curd,cheese etc but no milk and hence i have no clue till when he plans to wean off. ;)


My 15 month old also doesn't drink cows milk or soy milk. She does, however, love orange juice (not from concentrate.) It has the same amount of calcium as whole milk. Kids don't HAVE to drink milk...they just need the fat, calcium, and vitamin d, which they can get from other foods. Now that I've found a source of calcium that she likes, we'll be ewaning in the next month.

Danielle - posted on 01/23/2009

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It was highly recomended to me to nurse my Daughter until she was at least past 1 year old. As you will get another burst of really good milk full of important antibodies and nutrients after you have been producing for one year. I nursed Grace until she was a little over 14 months and she was ready to stop. I totally agree that it is a personal choice, follow your instincts and do what you feel is best. And listen to your son, he will start to show you that he is becoming less interested and when he does, just start taking it away slowly.

Kelly - posted on 01/23/2009

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bork it then put it back so when she go to get it its borkun then tell here you will have to put it in the bin and she will have to go where mummy go if it dose not work get a new one ? or tell here mummy has no money to get a new one and she will have to go where mummy go ?

Meghna - posted on 01/22/2009

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Hey All!!!

Thank you so much for all the replies...This indeed is helpfull. My only problem is that my son doesn't take whole milk. He has curd,cheese etc but no milk and hence i have no clue till when he plans to wean off. ;)

Shae - posted on 01/16/2009

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I guess I haven't really been up to date with what the AAP and WHO has said to breastfeed for 2 years.  I still think that breastfeeding for a year, until they can start drinking whole milk would be ideal.  Having said that, I had planned on breastfeeding my 3 children until they were a year old, but #1 weaned himself at 9 months, #2 at 7 1/2 months after a few months of battling thrush with the both of us, and I am still currently breastfeeding my 4 1/2 month old, and plan on doing so until around a year...unless she has other plans. 



Like others have said, it definitely it a personal choice.  Some moms go longer, some shorter, it depends on what works for you and baby.

Caron - posted on 01/16/2009

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I agree with the other responses. I have read some places a year and others 2 years. In reality any amount of time that you are able to breast feed is going to be beneficial to your child. I nursed my daughter for 14 months and then she weaned herself. She started pushing me away and even biting sometimes. At that point I felt why push it on her when she clearly does not want to nurse any longer.

Gabrielle - posted on 01/16/2009

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I think the American Pediatriac Assoc recommended 6 months to a year. I only managed 7 months, but I was proud of myself for trying. My SIL nursed both her boys for about 2 years each, but part of what was because whenever she would try to stop, she was in a lot of pain. You just need to do what's right for you and your child. I have heard that your baby gets the most benefit from the first 6 months, so if you can even just manage that, you're doing really well.

Sonya - posted on 01/16/2009

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its just a personal choice i think for the mom and also the child. some moms let the child self wean, but that could go on for a loooonnngggg time, so again, just a personal choice.

Rebecca - posted on 01/16/2009

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Hi there, it is recommended by WHO (World Health Organization) to breastfeed for 2 years. But, it really is a personal decision. I took the route of going with the flow and seeing where we would end up. I am currently still breastfeeding my third child who is 21 months and we are both still enjoying it, when that changes we will make changes and possibly wean. I never thought I would bf for this long, but I know it is so good for my daughter and good for me! Hope that helps!

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