I have breastfed all my children. LOL sounds like a lot of kids huh? Only 2 boys and 1 girl. The first was 1 month and the second was 6 months, but with my princess, well she is still going at it...she is going to be 1 next week and I am having debates about how and when to wean her off. She has yogurts, cheeses and all types of foods so I know her system does tolerate it. There are reasons why and why not to wean her at 1, but just need to make a decision soon. Either way, I will have to wean her off at some point. Perhaps she can nurse morning and night only and have cow milk in the day time...IN a sippy cup or Bottle???? she has never had a bottle...only breast... I am confussed. I do see the benefits for her, but I do want to make a a good choice for BOTH of us. Looking forward to your suggestions and experiences. Thanks.Answer Question
Answer by Pauline3283 at 6:11 PM on Apr. 16, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 6:57 PM on Apr. 16, 2009
The World Health Organization suggests breastfeeding for a minimum of 2 years. The American Academy of Pediatrics says a MINIMUM of one year, and then to continue as long as mutually desired. There is no upper limit, there is no harm in extended nursing. ALL children will wean themselves, it just may not be when mom planned! Most kids will wean on their own between 2 and 4 yrs old. There are lots of benefits to continuing. Check out "Extended Breastfeeding Fact Sheet" at http://www.kellymom.com/bf/bfextended/ebf-benefits.html
LIke you siad, it does not have to be "all or nothing", you can keep nursing a couple of times a day and offer her cows milk in a sippy cup with meals.
Answer by maggiemom2000 at 7:25 PM on Apr. 16, 2009
Answer by txbran at 7:33 PM on Apr. 16, 2009
Answer by Collinsky at 7:40 PM on Apr. 16, 2009
Answer by Ewadun at 7:58 PM on Apr. 16, 2009
Answer by BusinessMom123 at 8:54 PM on Apr. 16, 2009
It sounds like perhaps you'd like to do some nighttime weaning :-) La Leche League has a good article on "Setting Limits on Nighttime Nursing" at http://www.llli.org/NB/NBMayJune04p106.html
Several moms share tips on how they weaned their 1 yr old from nighttime nursing. I eliminated nighttime nursing with my babies when they were a year old. Often this is the "break" that mom needs!
Answer by maggiemom2000 at 9:17 PM on Apr. 16, 2009