How long are you planning to breastfeed?

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:54 AM on Dec. 23, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • My daughter is 16 months old and I am still breastfeeding. I plan to stop whenever she self-weens. Granted I do not wish to breastfeed past 3 years of age, but I also do not wish to go against the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO), Unicef, and the AAP who suggest that a parent should breastfeed for a minimum of two years. Breastfeeding is the best thing that a mother can do for her baby and babies continue to recieve essential nutrients past 2 years of age.
    You asked how to succesfully finish breastfeeding without getting mastitis...so, how about finishing when your child is ready to stop breastfeeding? It is an important option to consider.
    I hope that you continue to breastfeed for a long time. =)
    Good luck to you and yours!
    If you have any questions feel free to PM me. Good luck and take care!
    ballerina18

    Answer by ballerina18 at 4:35 AM on Dec. 23, 2008

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  • I breastfeed mine for as long as they want it, with the first he had to wean quite quick because I got pregnant again but since then they've always self-weaned, luckily mine self wean quite quickly because I think if they'd have gone past 20 months I'd have had to stop, or at least try and wean them myself. Good Luck with breastfeeding, it's amazing.
    haleykarson

    Answer by haleykarson at 6:33 AM on Dec. 23, 2008

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  • I'm sorry, I forgot to add something. I wanted to say that if you are dead set on stopping breastfeeding..the healthiest way to do so for both you and your child is to gradually cut back on breastfeeding over a two month time frame. Do not stop breastfeeding on a whim. You need to allow plenty of time for you and your child to adjust to the change.

    ballerina18

    Answer by ballerina18 at 4:37 AM on Dec. 23, 2008

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  • i am breastfeeding my 4 month old and will for as long as we both desire to continue doing so.
    when i stopped with my first DD i gradually took away a feeding and added a cup. like PP said do it gradually for both of your sakes hope this helps.
    gracelynmommy

    Answer by gracelynmommy at 6:54 AM on Dec. 23, 2008

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  • I am aiming to breastfeed for 6 month, my baby is 2 and 1/2 months now. I pump and feed. My breasts are sore and I am considering to go back to work.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:14 AM on Dec. 23, 2008

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  • Breastfeed until baby self weans and you will NEVER have a problem with engorgement, mastitis, etc. It is how our bodies were built!!

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:55 AM on Dec. 23, 2008

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  • I plan on breastfeeding my little girl for a couple years.
    Kat770

    Answer by Kat770 at 8:59 AM on Dec. 23, 2008

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  • I breastfed my son until he was a year. At that point, he had already weaned himself down to 1-3 nursings a day, and those were basically comfort nursings when he was sleepy. I introduced milk in a sippy, because his father and I are separated so he isn't always with me, and then he got kind of impatient with my boobs and seemed to prefer the sippy, so one day I just didn't offer the breast and he never minded. I was a little sad because I wanted to nurse till he was 2, but it would also be wrong to continue BFing just because the mother has the ideals of doing so for an extended period of time, despite the fact the baby is done.

    And yup, I got engorged, and it was a bit painful, but I never got mastitis. It's good to cut the feedings down before cutting them out entirely, so your supply is already low and there's not much to engorge with.
    ohbladi

    Answer by ohbladi at 9:12 AM on Dec. 23, 2008

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  • My daughter self weaned at 14 months old. Because she self weaned, she did it gradually and I never had any problems - no mastitis, no engorgement, no pain. With my son, I hope to make it until 2 years old and hope to let hiim self wean also.
    EricaG

    Answer by EricaG at 9:14 AM on Dec. 23, 2008

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  • My son is almost 33 mths and still bf 1-2 times a day. I'm 35 1/2 weeks pregnant and plan on tandem bfing since he shows no interest in self-weaning.
    miriamz

    Answer by miriamz at 9:47 AM on Dec. 23, 2008

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