What do you think about breastfeeding until age two?

I breastfed my DD til she was 11 1/2 months. And I miss it. I am going to breastfeed any other children I have, and I want to breatfeed maybe til two. Does anyone know if this honestly hurts the childs development? And please no arguing, I know some people feel strongly about this, but I just want facts.


Asked by Mikayla_lynn at 12:59 AM on Dec. 27, 2008 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Extended breastfeeding is actually very good on many levels for your baby. No, it does NOT hurt the child's development. Children who are allowed to wean on their own are less clingy than their counterparts who were forced into it.

    Check out kellymom.com for a lot of great info on extended breastfeeding.

    Answer by gdiamante at 1:15 AM on Dec. 27, 2008

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  • Quoting dtetz: It makes sense for a year to be the max brestfeeding limit. Thats when they tell you to switch from breastfed or formula to regular milk Who exactly is "they"?  Because as far as I know, the AAP advocates nursing until AT LEAST 12 months of age and for as long after as is desired by both mother and child and the WHO reccomends nursing until at least 2 years old ... and the way I see it is why would you want to deprive your kid of cow milk   LOL  Deprive your child of cow's milk?? Do you realize how crazy that sounds?  We are the only species in the world that regularly drinks another animals milk.  The kids heave rest of their lived to drink regular old cow's milk - they only get the GOOD stuff for such a short time.  


    Answer by EricaG at 4:51 PM on Dec. 29, 2008

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  • continued from above....

     I mean really have you tasted your milk? Or formula?... its not to tasty. Actually I have tasted my own breastmilk. It's quite sweet and to a child's pallette woul be far superior to cow's milk. But you're right about formula - that stuff does taste nasty. And breaking your kid off at the terrible twos... yikes Good thing there's no reason to NEED to break them off at two years old, they can be nursed right through those terrible two's. And I think honestly that kids should start to use sippy cups when they are 6months so that by the time they a 1 they can use only a sippy cup... because sucking on the bottle can damage their pearly whites...


    Answer by EricaG at 4:53 PM on Dec. 29, 2008

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  • breastfeeding can be done for as long as it's comfortable for both you and the baby

    Answer by MEIGHANJ at 3:24 PM on Jun. 17, 2009

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  • My son breastfed for just short of 2 years and has in NO WAY been developmentally harmed.

    Answer by mysonismyjoy at 8:28 AM on Jun. 25, 2010

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  • I think that 2 is fine, but I personally would not do it that long. I think at that age kids need to be learning how to pour drinks for themselves and I would be uncomfy w/a 2 yr old. But I think it's up to u. What bothers me is when children walk up to their mothers, lift their shirts and latch on-that is inappropriate and they need to be taught about privacy. kwim?

    Answer by Bearsjen at 1:02 AM on Dec. 27, 2008

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  • What is kwim??

    Answer by Mikayla_lynn at 1:04 AM on Dec. 27, 2008

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  • I think as long as you don't take it past that than your fine. however when a child can come up and say "mommy I want milk" and lifts your shirt to try and start sucking .... then it's time to call it quits. But 2 yrs? Nope nothing wrong with it.

    Answer by 2murphyboys at 1:10 AM on Dec. 27, 2008

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  • i think thats fine. breatsfeed until you feel your and your child are ready to stop.

    Answer by KelsoBabeyy at 1:51 AM on Dec. 27, 2008

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  • I think up to two is fine. I've never breastfed so I don't think I can give a very good answer on this. I've read that it is perfectly fine and does not hurt them in anyway to do it until then. I just wonder if they will remember being breastfed at that age?

    Answer by heatherann0221 at 2:19 AM on Dec. 27, 2008

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