Can you breastfeed your child for too long?

My mother breastfed me until I was two. I really don't plan on stopping until my baby wants to. Is that wrong of me?


Asked by bluelady27 at 2:44 AM on Jan. 2, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Not wrong at all.
    Very wonderful, actually.

    Answer by Liyoness at 2:46 AM on Jan. 2, 2009

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  • The advice my mom gave me is this; When you have to have a conversation with your child about stopping the breastfeeding, you've gone too long! Lol... She said that b/c she had a friend who bf her 4 year old...

    Answer by Iskkra at 2:49 AM on Jan. 2, 2009

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  • I know that some of us women on here have watched a special on TLC or Discovery health recently that did show mothers breast feeding their children up until the age of eight.

    Is breastfeeding a child up to that age socially acceptable in the U.S. Not really!

    But you are the mommy and you get to determine how long you want it to go on for.

    Answer by girlneffy at 2:56 AM on Jan. 2, 2009

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  • Not at all! Wean when you and the baby are ready to. Nobody else gets a vote.

    It's so sad that moms have to second-guess this. A century or so ago it was expected that a child would nurse up to and beyond the second birthday.

    Answer by gdiamante at 3:07 AM on Jan. 2, 2009

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  • I don't think two is too long. I did get approached by a woman who breastfed until her daughter was 6. I think that is too long, but that is just me personally.

    I had to put my kids on bottles when I went back to work so I don't know much about them weaning themselves but I would assume that it happens naturally around 2.

    Go for it.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:18 AM on Jan. 2, 2009

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  • I breastfed and am still breastfeeding my baby. My 3 year old I breastfed past 2. He was almost 2 1/2. I plan on breastfeeding my baby till he also wants to quit. I think it is awesome and more mothers should do it. If you want to extend the breastfeeding I say go for it. You are momma and momma knows best. If someone gives you hell for it, It's on them not you. You are chosing what is best for YOUR child.

    Answer by nyteowl at 3:49 AM on Jan. 2, 2009

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  • It's your choice. My daughter weened herself at 15 months. So I guessed that I was done!! lol

    Answer by KaceesMom at 4:00 AM on Jan. 2, 2009

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  • I have bfed all my kids...but i'll be bluntly honest and say I find it downright creepy to see women bfing a child that is over 2 yrs is just disturbing to me.

    Answer by ChaoticSoul at 7:00 AM on Jan. 2, 2009

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  • My second child weaned herself at about 18 months. But by 14 months it was only bedtime and night feedings. I have an issue with bf once a child is older, like 2. But then I also had an issue with bf after a year before having had kids so.... I could likely change my mind. Being that people are so judgemental about bf older children I would suggest that it be something you do in private. Just to save you and your child from other's comments and judgements.

    Answer by AmandaH321 at 7:12 AM on Jan. 2, 2009

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  • My son is almost 33 mths old and has no interest in fully weaning yet. He nurses 1-2 times a day usually and we're both ok with that.

    Answer by miriamz at 7:43 AM on Jan. 2, 2009

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