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How long did you breastfeed for?

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MonkeyBusinessxoxo Tue 16-May-17 20:06:47

Just that really, some people say to do it for 6 months then wean and some say 2 years, so I'm wondering what the average was and when most people found it "normal" to stop feeding and start the weaning process?

I want to BF for as long as possible but have no clue what's considered a normal amount of time to do it for!

ScarlettFreestone Tue 16-May-17 20:08:22

I breast fed my twins for about 18 months.

Mermaid36 Tue 16-May-17 20:09:07

My twins are 13 months old and still breastfed

Elllicam Tue 16-May-17 20:10:46

Currently feeding a 2 year old and 3 month old.

Mummamayhem Tue 16-May-17 20:11:25

7 months and six weeks

Katelocks Tue 16-May-17 20:11:39

8 months

Clickncollect Tue 16-May-17 20:12:51

3 months

DilysMoon Tue 16-May-17 20:12:51

6 months for dc2, dc3 is still feeding at 2.5 yrs.

Moregilmoregirls Tue 16-May-17 20:13:00

I breastfed both my DS's for around 7 months. Was not my decision to stop but had complications with both (tongue ties) and so had to introduce some formula.

namechange20050 Tue 16-May-17 20:14:23

18 months.

Sunshinegirls Tue 16-May-17 20:14:23

16 months for my first, 6 months for my second. There is no "normal" time to stop, each baby is different. It's entirely up to you whether you do 6 days or 6 years.

LiDLrichardsPistachioSack Tue 16-May-17 20:14:34

I fed DD for 28 months.
Who cares what's "normal"? It's however long you both are happy with.

LauraPalmersBodybag Tue 16-May-17 20:14:36

16 months and counting...

InMemoryOfSleep Tue 16-May-17 20:14:52

DS is 11 months and still going, although he's reduced right down to 2-3 feeds a day. Initially my aim was to continue til he's one so that I didn't have to switch to formula, and avoid all the hassle and expense! I'm not sure how long I'll continue for, I'm not going back to work so I'm able to be a bit more baby-led with weaning, however pretty sure I want to stop by 2-ish, maybe - I'm just seeing how it goes.

sunnysouthend Tue 16-May-17 20:15:03

18months, 2 and 1month, 2 and 4months, nearly 3 and still going.

It is personal though - should be whatever works for you and your baby/child. Good luck!

minipie Tue 16-May-17 20:15:12

Why be led by what other people think is normal... we're all different

I bf for 11 months each time but know people who (by choice) stopped at 6 weeks and people who are still BFing after 2 yrs plus. Depends how you are feeling about it and any practical considerations really.

MoanaofMotunui Tue 16-May-17 20:15:13

4mths for my first, hoping for the same this time round!

iwasbornaunicorn Tue 16-May-17 20:15:19

2 years 1 month with the 1st, 20 months with the 2nd (would have gone longer but kept getting the aren't they to old for that comments which made me doubt myself) with number 3 I plan to go past 2 and not listen to the opinion's of others.

amysmummy12345 Tue 16-May-17 20:17:07

You'll probably get 25 pages of all kinds of lengths of time. Six months for some, days or years for others.

It's what's normal and feels right for you that counts 😊

(dd1 2 years 2 months, dd2 11 and a 1/2 months and counting)

LadyMonicaBaddingham Tue 16-May-17 20:17:22

2 years, both times.

SleepWhatSleep1 Tue 16-May-17 20:18:33

Dd1 4 years (I gently weaned her as I was having increasing nursing aversion)
Dd2 2.5 years (she self weaned while I was pregnant) and tandem fed with dd1 for 2 years of that
DS still feeding at 9 months.

user1471495191 Tue 16-May-17 20:20:18

Reduced naturally from 8 months (baby stopped feeds out and about) and dropped final bedtime feed at 21mths

Sunshinerainbowslollipops Tue 16-May-17 20:20:31

Still breastfeeding my twins and they are 2.5 yrs.

BetterEatCheese Tue 16-May-17 20:24:53

I breastfed for 3 years and dd stopped when she was ready. Wasn't really planning on feeding her for so long but it just felt right and although I couldn't feed in public (massive boobs and rugby gold needed so nothing remotely discreet about it!) and it was a bind, I'm glad I did. If I have another baby however, I plan to try much harder to mix bottles with expressed milk and breast. I was exhausted.

HeyMicky Tue 16-May-17 20:25:14

DD1 13 months
DD2 23 months and I only stopped because my shoulder was out of whack and the BF was exacerbating it - we would still be going otherwise

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