Who else is breastfeeding their older baby?

(69 Posts)
PurplePidjin Wed 06-Nov-13 20:37:11

DS turns one in a couple of weeks, we're down to breakfast and bedtime but i just know people are going to stop saying Wow and start looking hmm

Even my very supportive GP needed reminding of the WHO guidelines of feeding to two when i saw her recently the look on her med student's face was a picture grin

Come in, have a brewcakewine of your choice and we can remind ourselves it's them not us wink

DrinkFeckArseGirls Thu 07-Nov-13 18:07:59

I still do one feed in the morning. DD us 3.smile

CillaBANG Thu 07-Nov-13 19:03:36

I'm back at work now, my DD is 9 months and breastfeeds first thing, at bedtime and during the night. I'm expressing during the day so DH can give her bottles. Work have been really supportive and set aside a room for me to go and express.

I never thought I'd feed her this long as we had so many problems to start with, but I love it and hope I'll be able to keep the morning and evening feeds going for a while yet. It's so good for calming her down!

DS stopped feeding at 4 - he'd just had a bedtime BF from age 2. Honestly, you are doing what you think is best for your DC and the GP has no right to be judgemental.

Hobblethwaite Thu 07-Nov-13 19:28:57

Still feeding pretty much on demand at 23 months here. We only really feed in the house now, but as soon as we get in she dances about chanting "corner milk, corner milk". I am considering cutting down the day feeds but I'm quite laid back about it at the minute. If its not broke and all that.

YokoUhOh Thu 07-Nov-13 19:36:22

Hi PP, our babies are the same age (DS is one on Sunday!) and he still has a good old tank up on the boob at every opportunity. Everyone judges me for co-sleeping/bfeeding for longer than usual but I don't care: we've never been awake all night with teeth or illness (he had horrendous chicken pox at 6 mo) because he just rolls over onto the boob and settles down. Was it ever meant to be any other way? smile

MooseBeTimeForSnow Thu 07-Nov-13 19:36:32

I'm still feeding 22 month old DS pretty much on demand. He won't drunk cows milk unless it's vanilla flavoured but does drink plenty of water. He likes asking for "booobieeee" though and who am I to refuse? smile

Nonsensical Thu 07-Nov-13 19:40:56

Still BF my youngest in the mornings; he is 2.7 and very insistent he's not too big! I also used slings and cloth nappies but am very happy to say no especially now the older 2 children are 6 and 5 ...

Don't forget the only people who need to have an opinion are you and your baby, as long as you are both happy then it is no-one else's business.
Good luck.

HaveAQuestion Thu 07-Nov-13 21:23:42

"Still" feeding at 16m. At least 6 times a day and on demand at night as cosleeping.

stottiecake Thu 07-Nov-13 21:34:16

I am still breast feeding ds who is 2.3. He had a fall and cut his head the other day and we ended up in A+E and he wanted a feed which I felt uncomfortable about doing, but I gave him a feed anyway. I am not planning to stop him I am very happy to feed him at home. It is mostly breakfast and bedtime.

Ds1 stopped at 2.3 but I think that was because my supply had dried up with pregnancy.

ChristmasCareeristBitchNigel Fri 08-Nov-13 23:40:55

Dd will be 4 in feb and shows no sign of stopping.

As for forcing her haha ! They should see her practically rugby tackle me to the floor on saturday afternoons (she stays with my parents on friday night) trying to shove her head up my bra shouting "mummy, BOOBIEEEEE !!" joyously and raucously until she gets the desired result.

Yes, i latch her on with brute force

mammy2012 Sat 09-Nov-13 12:44:29

DD is 18 months and loves her milk. Has been in nursery full time since 1year and just has water during the day but goes crazy for milk when I get home. Doesn't want to wait for me to change out of my smart clothes!!! It's such a lovely, comforting thing that We will keep going for a while. I wouldn't mind cutting down on the night feeds - we co sleep from first wake up but it would be nice to have a night of totally undisturbed sleep with no one touching me!

ShoeJunkie Sat 09-Nov-13 15:21:23

DS is 20 months and still has a feed in the morning and any other time he can access a boob No plans to stop any time soon.

squidkid Sat 09-Nov-13 15:45:47

Baby squid is 13 months and we still feed at bedtime and once in the night. So nobody sees any more really. I do mention it in passing though, it's not a secret. Sometimes people seem a bit surprised and all I ever say is "it's good for her and it's good for me".

I'd like to get to 2, though some days I find it a bit challenging.

squidkid Sat 09-Nov-13 15:47:47

There's a nice list here of the health benefits for you and baby at different ages. When I'm having a tough/tiring time of it, I like to read it.

www.thealphaparent.com/2011/12/timeline-of-breastfed-baby.html

larlemucker Mon 11-Nov-13 19:08:11

that was really interesting, thanks for the link

larlemucker Tue 12-Nov-13 19:05:57

so I had a chat last night with DH about carrying on breastfeeding after 12 months . DS is a terrible sleeper, he is 10 months and still feeds 3 times during the night. he probably doesn't need it but its an easy way to get him back to sleep.
anyway I just dont know if I want to carry on breastfeeding after 1 mainly because im worried about other people's reactions. I know that probably sounds silly but I've already had some negative comments.
do I carry on? what has your experience been feeding past 1?

NachoAddict Tue 12-Nov-13 19:19:44

I am still feeding ds 16 months. I don't mention it unless asked and have had a few people sat I will be feeding through the school fence but I laugh it off and say yep, I will have to go off to uni with him.

dyslexicdespot Tue 12-Nov-13 19:25:55

Larlemucker- Could you contact your local LLL?

www.laleche.org.uk/find-lll-group

Feeding after one is especially useful when your LO becomes ill. I'm not sure how I would have handled several bouts of D&V without breast milk. Good luck and I hope you find a good group of supportive people!

PurplePidjin Tue 12-Nov-13 19:27:35

I'm of the Fuckit school of thought generally, larle although there's a week to go until ds is 1. It was around 10 months that he (and friends) started dropping feeds, so it might be worth a little push if you feel you both need more sleep? Otherwise, why buy processed cow's milk when you can have organic people milk for free!

An awesome response to "are you still breastfeeding" i heard was "are you still bottle feeding" grin

larlemucker Tue 12-Nov-13 19:29:55

I go to my local support group most weeks and they have been very supportive. I only planned to feed to 6 months! we found it very difficult to start and ended up topping up but with help from booby group I got him back to ebf.
how do you teach DC to just feed at home if you dont want to feed in public?

jimijack Tue 12-Nov-13 19:31:04

10 month old ds 2 here.
I am asked daily if I am still breast feeding.

Very proud to say yes I am.

Cucumberscarecrow Tue 12-Nov-13 19:34:44

I am bf my 14 month old.

I don't give a fig what other people think about it but I am bridesmaid at a three day wedding in March and really want to leave DD with my MIL so I can concentrate on being a good bridesmaid but have no idea how my boobs or baby will cope with what will effectively be a four day separation. At the moment, she still has four to six feeds in 24 hours.

Sorry to hijack thread with my worries but has anyone had a similar experience?

IsThatTrue Tue 12-Nov-13 19:37:04

pidj DS is 1 on the 8th dec, he still feeds about 5/6 times a day, wherever, whenever, no one has batted an eyelid yet.

either that or I just don't notice

comedaygoday Tue 12-Nov-13 19:40:05

Still feeding DS3 at 21 months and no signs of stopping. Fed DS 1 and DS2 until they wanted to stop and plan to do same with DS3. He is definitely the keenest on breastfeeding so think it'll be a while yet till we stop.

lovelyredwine Tue 12-Nov-13 19:54:21

I bf dd until she was 2.1. People at work were incredulous that I had NEVER had a night away from her in ALL THAT TIME! Like it was totally mental of me.

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