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How long to breast feed for?

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cocojo Sun 05-Dec-10 20:16:51

Hello, How long did you all breast feed for? my wee one is 9 months and am thinking i could stop breast feeds around a year.
Can't wait to burn these bloody nursing bras! but not sure if a year is too soon.
My eldst was bottle fed and I'm sure she stopped taking formla about then.
Any advice? x

Wigeon Sun 05-Dec-10 20:18:34

I went for a year in the end because that way my DD could go onto cow's milk straight away, without having to go onto formula. Although didn't have a year as a particular "target" when she was born.

organiccarrotcake Sun 05-Dec-10 20:24:47

DS1 15 months. He self weaned but I had cut him down to 1-2 feeds a day.

DS2 planning to go to natural term, hoping for 2-3 years+ as he's dairy intolerant and can't have cow's milk (currently having to avoid it myself).

thisisyesterday Sun 05-Dec-10 20:29:52

ds1- 6 months ish

ds2- 16 months

ds3- 18 months and hasn't stopped yet!

Maternelle Sun 05-Dec-10 20:30:45

dd - 14 months
ds - 26 months

Wigeon Sun 05-Dec-10 20:33:34

Looks like the only overall advice from posts on this thread has got to be "depends on the individual mother and the individual baby"!

ArthurPewty Sun 05-Dec-10 20:34:08

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PureAsTheDrivenShow Sun 05-Dec-10 20:34:27

DD self weaned at 3yrs 4 months.

You do what is right for you and your baby.

Well done.

rubyslippers Sun 05-Dec-10 20:35:07

Ah, now I thought I would stop at 6 months, then a year, and now DD is 15 months

Am now thinking she will be 2 probably!

Groovymoves Sun 05-Dec-10 20:37:10

DS 6 months
DD 21 months and still going.

BTW by 9 months I gave up on nursing bras and converted normal ones into feeding bras. There's a kit you can by, I'm crap at links so just google feeding bra converting kit or something similar!

muddleduck Sun 05-Dec-10 20:38:01

Can't you use normal bras now?

From 12 months I just did one bed time feed. Was a good compromise for us.

organiccarrotcake Sun 05-Dec-10 20:38:03

Although interesting that often subsequent babies nurse for longer than earlier babies as if the benefits become apparent with experience, and perhaps the confidence too.

Before I was pregnant with DS1 I didn't even know it was POSSIBLE, or OK to BF after 6 months. And when I learnt it was, it seemed gross to BF over a year but now I think it's odd to give another species' milk to my babies.

I also give EBM to my 6yo BTW.

But it's a very personal decision with no rights or wrongs.

organiccarrotcake Sun 05-Dec-10 20:39:52

Try Hot Milk bras for an example of pretty nursing bras.

Igglystuffedfullofturkey Sun 05-Dec-10 20:40:25

DS is14 months and still going. He can't have cows milk or soya so no chance of stopping anytime soon... I don't mind TBH. We feed 3-4 times a day when I'm home, less when I'm at work.

Caz10 Sun 05-Dec-10 20:43:58

DD 3yrs and still going, I originally was aiming for 1, then 2...!

BUT - never used nursing bras after about 10-12mths-ish, and was down to just 2-3 feeds a day after a year, now 1-2 a day and that's not even every day.

So if you feel like going for longer and so does your wee one, don't worry that it will be the same as it is now!

Babieseverywhere Sun 05-Dec-10 21:23:07

DD1 - 4.3 years still going (only once in the evening)

DS - 2.3 years still going (total milk monster more so since arrival of DD2)

DD2 - Three months just started wink

...and breath

KristinaM Mon 06-Dec-10 00:25:21

DS1 15 months
DS2 3.5 years

BrandyButterPie Mon 06-Dec-10 00:28:03

I used normal underwired bras from 9m. DD2 is a total milk monster at 12.5 mo- she gets all excited when she knows she will be getting milk

BertieBottlesOfMulledWine Mon 06-Dec-10 00:32:43

DS is still feeding and he is 2.2

But you should do what's right for you - if you want to stop at age 1, that's great, if you want to carry on, that's great too

fourisfine Mon 06-Dec-10 00:39:00

As long as you like!

And as you will be saving about £500.00 per year on formula you can justify buying nice nursing bras

dd1 13 months
dd2 18 months
ds1 2 years 8 months
ds2 16 months and counting... ds1 and ds2 tandem fed

cocojo Mon 06-Dec-10 10:13:03

Thank you all for your replys, lots of good advice. Much appreciated. x

SirBoobAlot Mon 06-Dec-10 10:39:23

We're at 13 months so far. Imagine we'll get to about 2 years, unless DS looses interested (not bloody likely) or I loose my rag before then grin

There is no right or wrong length of time, it has to be an individual choice for mum and child.

SirBoobAlot Mon 06-Dec-10 10:44:28

Though FWIW, I always thought "I'll get to a year and then stop". Then when DS turned a year, he was (and is) still such a milk monster, it would have been pointless to try and stop. Guess you kind of have to go with the flow!

ohanotherone Mon 06-Dec-10 14:33:22

Three and a half years, but wore underwired bras after 12 months!!!!!

solo Mon 06-Dec-10 14:38:17

Ds was 18 months, Dd fast approaching 4 years...it's been good for them and I'm happy doing it most of the time...do get grumpy with it sometimes, but Dd still loves it, so...

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