Why breastfeed longer than one year?

I'm not bashing. I think it's wonderful that some moms do this!! I am planning on BFing until my son is a year old and can eat solids exclusively and have cow's milk. For those of you dedicated mommies, why do you personally breastfeed longer? Or, why do you believe in self weaning?? I've always wondered about this!! =)


Asked by MarlyeGirl at 1:29 AM on Nov. 21, 2008 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • i'm glad you wanna go a year. but just so you know, a baby won't be exclusively solid fed by then & that's the minimal age for introducing cow milk. i'm breastfeeding my 13mos old cause it's natural & healthy. no cow can make human milk for my human baby. no solids change with age to accomodate my child's growth or contain natural antibodies. my milk has no artificial flavoring, coloring, sweeteners, preservatives, hormones, chemicals, or supplements. breastfeeding promotes jaw development unlike bottles or sippy cups that are terrible on a toddler's mouth. my daughter was in my uterus til she was ready to come out. that was her birthright as is bfing. to rob her of this amazing source of nutrition for a petty rule of society would be criminal.

    Answer by jus1jess at 2:46 AM on Nov. 21, 2008

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  • Because they want to have huge popeye's.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:32 AM on Nov. 21, 2008

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  • ??? Wow. that was rude.

    OP: I nursed my daughter for two years. It was an incredibly bonding experience for both of us.

    Answer by SusieD250 at 1:36 AM on Nov. 21, 2008

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  • popeyes? I don't even know what that means! OH MY, such weird answers on here. I WOULD HAVE breastfed longer, Marlye, but my DD just wasn't interested past 11 months. She was a busy bee! She stopped one morning when she was nearly a year old so I put it back up in the bra and didn't offer it the next day, a week later she asked for it, I gave it to her she put it in her mouth for one second, looked at me and laughed. That was it. I guess that's not much of an answer for you, because I didn't have a whole lot of choice in the matter! =)

    Answer by KnoxvilleDoula at 1:38 AM on Nov. 21, 2008

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  • Dude, I tried sooooo hard to get to the 1 year mark, went 8 months with my daughter and 10 months with my son. There was something in common as to why I quit...not my job, not my classes, not that I was tired of having a kid attached to my boob all hours of the day/night...............no it was their tiny little TEETH! yikes! Oh man, I wanted to do it for a year, but I'd look down and see a glimpse of mischieviousness in their eyes and then the bite :'( Then again they were eating baby food by that time so it's not like they were begging for boob, they just wanted to chew. Oh well!

    Answer by prettyrayray at 1:44 AM on Nov. 21, 2008

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  • I wanted to wean at one year. I never liked breastfeeding, I just did it.

    But weaning is hard work and I don't believe in that. *grin** They will all wean on their own...mine did at 26 months.

    There's a ton of good info on kellymom.com on why it's beneficial to continue. One plus for moms...breast cancer risk is cut in half when you nurse to age two or beyond. You don't get as much benefit from only going a year.

    Answer by gdiamante at 2:41 AM on Nov. 21, 2008

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  • I breastfed my son for nearly three years. Because I could.

    Answer by LovinIt247365 at 2:43 AM on Nov. 21, 2008

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  • CONTINED i've been through a few bites & pulls, but who cares. self weaning is in the best interest of the child. when you think about it, how is early weaning best? what does the CHILD get from being weaned? it's a struggle filled process, so obviously, it's not what the kid wants. letting her continue is better for her health, her IQ, her little intestines, her security, & her jaw development. so the real question is, why breastfeed for less than 2 years? this is a decision for the child. so shouldn't the child's best interest come before mom's plain desire to wean?

    Answer by jus1jess at 2:46 AM on Nov. 21, 2008

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  • I am nursing my 13 month old. Why? Because he doesn't eat many solids and enjoys nursing. There are many reasons to nurse for over a year. They include all the same as the first year and more. The longer you breastfeed, the more you reduce your and your child's risk of certain cancers, you give them that much more immunity to sickness and disease, they are always getting the correct vitamins and nutrion (even on the picky days), the American Academy of Pediatrics says to nurse for up to the 1st year and however long is mutually desired after, and the World Health Organization says a *minimum* of 2 years. I think moms who give their babies the breast for that first year are doing them a world of good, but the good can keep going :)

    Answer by NoNonsenseMama at 3:05 AM on Nov. 21, 2008

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  • I've learned it is hard to break away from it. I think that's why moms do it. It is a sad experience when you quit. You'll know what i'm talking about later.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:06 AM on Nov. 21, 2008

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