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How long did you breast feed?

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Gangle Sun 28-Jun-09 22:05:41

DS is 15 months today and have no intention of stopping anytime soon. He only has 2 feeds a day, morning and evening and is only really for the comfort as I don't think I have much milk left. Coming under lots of pressure to stop but really don't want to as DS seems to draw such comfort from it. When he's feeding I can feel all the tension leave his body, plus it's the only time in the day I get to sit down and relax with him.

emkana Sun 28-Jun-09 22:06:56

All three children stopped more or less by themselves at about 2.6

Gangle Sun 28-Jun-09 22:08:15

Emkana, how much milk did you have at my stage?

emkana Sun 28-Jun-09 22:09:46

It's very difficult to tell at this stage I found, but I just trusted them to know whether they still wanted whatever it was that it gave them, comfort or food or drink or all three.

HumphreyCobbler Sun 28-Jun-09 22:10:08

If you don't want to stop then you don't have to! My ds is two and a half and still has one feed in the morning.

When people ask if I am STILL feeding him I just say brightly
"Yes, isn't it fabulous! I never thought we would get that far"

bumpybecky Sun 28-Jun-09 22:10:10

dd1 13 mnths
dd2 8 mnths
dd3 22 mnths
ds 17mnths so far

ds had fed today at 5am(!), several between 6am and 9am (was attempting lie in!), about 2pm, 4pm, 5pm and bedtime (7.30pm)

FairyLightsForever Sun 28-Jun-09 22:10:12

My dd is 2.3 and still going strong, I have no plans to give up until she's ready smile

mrsjammi Sun 28-Jun-09 22:10:12

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mawbroon Sun 28-Jun-09 22:10:47

DS is 3.8yo and shows no signs of stopping.

As long as both you and your ds are happy, then it's nobody else's business how long you breastfeed for!

PigeonPie Sun 28-Jun-09 22:11:58

Don't stop. I don't know anyone else in RL who is still feeding. My DS2 is 17 months and he still has two feeds a day; he often doesn't have much in the morning, but the evening feed is still long and necessary smile

Just smile and ignore them - they don't know!

pooter Sun 28-Jun-09 22:12:04

2.5yrs and still going strong. DS feeds quite a lot i suppose, probably 4/5 times a day. Im pregnant at the mo so i dont know how much milk there is as its meant to drop off a bit before really kicking in at the end.

Sod what everyone else is telling you - if you still enjoy it, and can tell that your DS loves it, then get some hard facts from about how wonderful 'extended breastfeeding' is for toddlers and just hand it to the naysayers. Enjoy it while it lasts smile

mawbroon Sun 28-Jun-09 22:12:04

BTW, I am trying hard to remember to say that ds still breastfeeds, rather than I still breastfeed ds IYSWIM.

Makes it sound less like I am making him do it to those who don't understand!!

harpsichordcarrier Sun 28-Jun-09 22:13:11

both dd1 and dd2 self weaned soon after they turned three.
you don't need to stop (or carry on that long!) but allowing them to self wean was the single decision in my parenting that I am absolutely sure was right and good.
well done you
HC xx

whomovedmychocolate Sun 28-Jun-09 22:17:22

Still feeding DD who is ummmm 3 soon. DS is 1 soon. No more babies allowed - never have more children than nipples, you can always temporarily silence them by feeding them wink

Pannacotta Sun 28-Jun-09 22:21:09

DS1 till he was 2-2.5 ish, DS2 is 2.2 and feeds morning and night.
I ignore any negative comments about breastfeeding, is nobody's else's business...

PortAndLemon Sun 28-Jun-09 22:22:28

DS 3.2 years. DD will be 15 months on Tuesday and still going.

fishie Sun 28-Jun-09 22:26:23

ds is 4.3 and still feeds. but it is about as far from 15m as 15m is from newborn, it all changes as you go along gangle. carry on if you want to. nobody else's business.

VinoEsmeralda Sun 28-Jun-09 22:33:53

DS at 15 months when I was pregnant with DD, he stopped very suddenly. Milk changed and that was it for him

DD - at 8 months as she was biting so much!

CMOTdibbler Sun 28-Jun-09 22:35:28

23.5 months. Bloomin brilliant, and I was sad that he stopped

Gangle Sun 28-Jun-09 22:51:19

So glad I'm in good company. Everyone I know has stopped and thinks I'm mad for carrying on.

WoTmania Mon 29-Jun-09 07:50:20

DS1 12 months (4 months pg by then)
DS2 2yrs 3 weeks - still going
DD 4 months still going grinI do get some pressure to stop with DS2 now but I just try and ignre it. I also call it Nursing not BF IYSWIM as I find it has different connotations.

Bucharest Mon 29-Jun-09 07:55:41

5 yrs 8 months. Still at it. smile

Tambajam Mon 29-Jun-09 07:59:39

DS stopped a few days after 4th birthday.
DD going strong at 19 months.

Agree with harpsicordcarrier - for me the decision to allow self-weaning felt absolutely right and natural.

Would the people with problems have any issues with a toddler drinking the milk of a different species with entirely different muscle mass, brain development, nutritional requirements? Unlikely.

Check on for the host of benefits of feeding past 12 months.

Why do you not feel you have much milk? Usually your supply will meet his demand.

goingnowherefast Mon 29-Jun-09 09:35:35

DD is still going strong at 14 months. I would like to stop at around 2 I think, but am keeping an open mind!

mrsgamp Mon 29-Jun-09 12:42:40

Feeding DD, 3.7 years and DS, 20 months as I write! Pregnant with baby number 3 (23 weeks)!

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