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Just a quick survey.How long did you Breastfeed for??

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elliesmoomoo Wed 25-May-05 16:44:20

My DD is 8 1/2 months old and we both love breastfeeding. I plan to carry on for the foreseeable future and wondered how other mums got on with the "Are you STILL breastfeeding??" comments.

SoupDragon Wed 25-May-05 16:44:59

12 months and 14 months

fastasleep Wed 25-May-05 16:45:35

9 months of pure expressing for me, if breastfeeding I think I would have gone to a year- 18 months and then attempted to tail it off (disclaimer: everyone should breastfeed for as long as they and their children want to lol)

purpleturtle Wed 25-May-05 16:46:04

I know plenty of mums who bf straight through to cow's milk - 12-14 months or so.

purpleturtle Wed 25-May-05 16:46:35

I got a bit bored by 6 months. On to the bottle they went.

beansmum Wed 25-May-05 16:46:49

still going, ds is 1 next week. Will probably try and drop the last daytime feed within the next few months but will keep feeding him at bedtime and before brekkie for as long as he wants.

elliesmoomoo Wed 25-May-05 16:47:43

i def would like to feed till at least 12-18 months maybe longer my mum fed till 6 months and is a bit dissapproving of me doing this long lol

WigWamBam Wed 25-May-05 16:48:06

2 years. I totally ignored the "Are you STILL breastfeeding??" comments, and continued to feed until my dd didn't want to anymore.

elliesmoomoo Wed 25-May-05 16:49:31

yeah I think the key is to be guided by your lil one

elsmommy Wed 25-May-05 16:49:49

14 months.

Everyone thought it was wonderful that I was still feeding. But after 10 months I hated it so much, I just couldn't stop. I was soooo glad when it was finally over.

Cooperoo Wed 25-May-05 17:00:00

Just over 12 months. It was the right time for dd and me to stop. I did miss it though to start with, much more than she did. I coped with the comments because for me I knew it was what I wanted and how much less work and expense it was to avoid bottles and formula and go straight to cows milk in a beaker. I loved breast feeding though and can't wait to do it again with my current bump.

motherinferior Wed 25-May-05 17:01:40

DD1 only exclusively for three months, night and day till 10 months when she dropped it; Dd1 exclusively for six months, with food till around, oooh, 18 months or so, and she still has the occasional snarf, like last night. Much to her father's horror

elliesmoomoo Wed 25-May-05 17:01:41

I find it so much easier and me n Bubba have a lovely closeness, even though she wakes once in night lmao

elliesmoomoo Wed 25-May-05 17:02:30

How do u gradually reduce it anyway? sounds like hard work

oops Wed 25-May-05 17:12:29

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suedonim Wed 25-May-05 17:21:02

3wks, 14mths, 14mths, 2years.

emkana Wed 25-May-05 17:21:55

I've been b/feeding for 4 years now - it will be exactly four years next Tuesday - dd1's birthday. And that has been non-stop!

b/fed dd1 until she self-weaned at 2 years four months. At this point I was tandem-feeding, dd2 is now 21 months old and it doesn't look as if we're stopping any time soon. I thought I would stop at 2, but we'll have to see...

LottieG Wed 25-May-05 17:22:43

dd is 1 and still bf.
Haven't had many comments, and most have been positive. I am lucky and enjoy it so much, don't care what anyone else thinks really.

NotQuiteCockney Wed 25-May-05 17:23:11

18 months, and 8 months so far - will certainly go to 1 year, probably beyond.

elliesmoomoo Wed 25-May-05 17:25:26

its great to know there are so many other mums out there enjoying bf and doing it longterm

Kelly1978 Wed 25-May-05 17:27:46

wow hats off to all u who carried it on so long. Personally I'm not sure I could feed a little on who was walkign and talking. I bf for 3-4 mnths before cutting it down,s topped at 6 mnths. I'd liek to keep the twins going a bit longer, but that's ebm. I love feeding a tiny baby, but can't say I enjoy it very much as they get bigger.

elliesmoomoo Wed 25-May-05 17:28:37

yeah i can understand that kelly.

pupuce Wed 25-May-05 17:28:51

DS 8 months
DD 19 months

Twiglett Wed 25-May-05 17:34:15

DS 3.5 months

DD 10.5 months

Fran1 Wed 25-May-05 17:35:10

I breastfed dd till two.

Felt pressure from friends and health visitor to give up at 12 months. And so it i no longer discussed it with those people. It did make me feel like i should give up, although now i've been through it i feel like next time i will proudly feed until 2 yrs or more and not let it get to me.

Health visitor basically told me i was doing my dd no good, only harm by still feeding her!!!!!!!!!!

What infuriates me is all the same people praised me for being able to breastfeed a newborn, but the minute she was over a year it was tuts and frowns, but absolutely no support or advice about how to give up!

Where i was living when dd was one was a pretty grotty area, and i was the only bf mum at the hv clinic, the hv was an idiotic man who nearly fainted when i went and told him i was still bf at a year and said i must stop right now otherwise i'd be feeding at the school gates.

So the moral of the story is is stick your finger up at anyone who tries to tell you you MUST give up or tutts or frowns at you for bf!! Remind yourself what a healthy little girl you have produced and how confident and happy she is because of it.

(OOps you can see this is a big thing for me)

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