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What is the average amount of time to breast feed?

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Asked by wifey000175554 at 11:16 PM on Mar. 9, 2011 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Do you mean how many months/years or how many minutes each time?
    The average age for weaning worldwide is 4 yrs old. In the US only about 12% breastfeed for one full year. The World Health Organization suggests a minimum of 2 yrs.
    Minutes at the breast? Totally varies! 5 minutes or 50 minutes are both normal!

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 11:19 PM on Mar. 9, 2011

  • I think it depends on the breasts. My ds only eats for about 5-10 minutes and he has enough dirty diapers and is the perfect weight for his length the doc says.

    Answer by slowyourrole at 11:20 PM on Mar. 9, 2011

  • I was one of those moms that let my baby guide how long we nursed. I kept book near by. Sometimes was just a few minutes, sometimes she just needed to be there longer.

    Answer by ochsamom at 11:26 PM on Mar. 9, 2011

  • If you mean how long at each feeding, it varies greatly by child. Some babies nurse, and get a complete feeding in 5 mins, and others will take half an hour.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 7:38 AM on Mar. 10, 2011

  • im sorry i should have been more specific i meant how old can you start taking them off the breast at average. or when did you stop breast feeding

    Comment by wifey000175554 (original poster) at 2:58 PM on Mar. 10, 2011

  • You can stop nursing whenever YOU feel it's right. It's recommended to nurse to 12 mos at least, by the AAP, and the WHO recommends 24 mos minimum. You need to find what works best for you and your family. My oldest weaned at about 14 mos, and my youngest is 3 1/2 and still nurses at bedtime. Obviously, if you wean before 12 mos, you need to use pumped milk or formula.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 3:31 PM on Mar. 10, 2011

  • it depends on you and your baby

    Answer by Amanda11810 at 11:27 AM on Mar. 13, 2011

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