What do you think about breastfeeding until age four?

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my2kidsmommy23

Asked by my2kidsmommy23 at 10:42 AM on Jul. 15, 2008 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • IMO, its a little old to nurse.
    drowninginboys

    Answer by drowninginboys at 10:51 AM on Jul. 15, 2008

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  • IMO, I don't think it's good to nurse that long. Your child is going to remember that! Can you imagine remembering being breast fed? I think your child needs some newfound independence by becoming a big kid! What will you do when he/she goes to school? Maybe you're home schooling, but I really think breast feeding at this age is unhealthy for your child mentally. We've all got to grow up sometime. Let your child grow up! I don't mean to sound rude and don't want you to get your feelings hurt. That was not my intention of what I just said. Good luck to you! I wish you the best!
    flowrchild77

    Answer by flowrchild77 at 10:58 AM on Jul. 15, 2008

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  • If it is okay for you and it works for you then do it. If he still nurses good for you b/c he is getting extra antibodies from you to help his immune system. If you are uncomfortable with it then try to start cutting it back until it is done with. Don't stop just b/c popular society does. They have no right to judge you.
    momoflilangel

    Answer by momoflilangel at 11:34 AM on Jul. 15, 2008

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  • Oh, and one more thing there are groups on here for mothers who still nurse beyond babyhood years. Maybe they can help you out.
    momoflilangel

    Answer by momoflilangel at 11:35 AM on Jul. 15, 2008

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  • I have to agree that is a little old to nurse. I have a four year old and I cant imagine nursing him!! Have you talked to your doctor about it?? I think just like you are supposed to take your baby off a bottle at 1 you are supposed to stop nursing a baby at 1. I would stop nursing him cold turkey. Let him have some ice cream or something instead of nursing. Good Luck with everything
    MommyMel03

    Answer by MommyMel03 at 11:46 AM on Jul. 15, 2008

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  • 4 years old is too old to nurse. Have you talked to his doctor? I have heard that even the bottle goes at 1 year old that breast feeding can remain til 18 months old. The psychology end of it is what should concern you. A child that is that dependent will not have the self-esteem or confidence to deal with things on his own as an adult. I know you think the extra nurturing is helping him and great for him, but it is not. Tuck the boob away.
    HappyHomeMommy

    Answer by HappyHomeMommy at 11:51 AM on Jul. 15, 2008

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  • He should probably be weened soon to me 4 years is old to be nursing but the worldwide average weening age is 2-4 years.
    Lizzie32390

    Answer by Lizzie32390 at 12:10 PM on Jul. 15, 2008

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  • If my research is correct, Americans are the only populace that wean their children as young as we do. It is believed elsewhere that the longer you can breastfeed, the better. However, I would think that at this point you will need to start thinking about preschool and the like where he may not be with you all the time. I think it would be good to wean him before separation becomes a problem. However, having cognitive memory as he gets older, especially into puberty, of breastfeeding may have some negative impact on him, IMO.
    Mom1Stepmom1

    Answer by Mom1Stepmom1 at 12:18 PM on Jul. 15, 2008

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  • It is very normal to nurse beyond 1 year. Your breastmilk changes as your child grows, it will suit his needs, no matter what his age. As long as you both are happy with the situation, than it is not a problem
    HaydensMommy007

    Answer by HaydensMommy007 at 12:32 PM on Jul. 15, 2008

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  • Oh good grief. The WHO says we should all nurse our children for at least two years (not 18 months). If it works for the both of you, go for it.
    CreativeSpirit

    Answer by CreativeSpirit at 12:46 PM on Jul. 15, 2008

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