How long should I breastfeed for?

@babykay (2133)
Ireland
January 26, 2008 5:39pm CST
Helpful comments only please! My boy is 20 months old. We are both happy with the nursing arrangement (a few times a day and some at night). He doesn't like to take milk from bottles. I have had a few negative comments recently, from my mother in law, from a doctor, from friends telling me I am crazy to keep it up this long. Very few positive comments. My husband is behind me. I plan to do it till 2 years. What do you think? I mean, I would like to stop so I could do a few things I can't while nursing but we are both content so why should I?
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@lightningd (1041)
• United States
27 Jan 08
Well, personally I think if you are able to do it to about 1 1/2 years old that should be when you start getting them to drink from a sippy cup. But I also believe to each his (or her) own. I guess if you are comfortable with it, go for it, but it sure wouldn't have worked for me.
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• Canada
27 Jan 08
as long as u can. really your baby is very lucky. i was nursed my first one for 2 years she is very healty and very smart compare to other kids at the same age. be happy dont care obout nagative comments. nursing the baby is a unique experience
27 Jan 08
Recently I have had one friend and one family member who nursed their child until the age of 2. The child still drank out of a cup, etc. I nursed my own son until 6 months and would have liked to go longer than that. As far as when to stop that is completely up to you, but I would gradually wean him/her and not just cut them off cold turkey.
@cosylvia (401)
• China
27 Jan 08
hello,it should be comply to your mother in law,maybe she has more experiece in nursing children than you,,sorry for me cant give more advice,wish you have a good day,,
@vera5d (4006)
• United States
27 Jan 08
i had my son completely weaned off bottles at 1 year, so I think almost 2 years is too long...I plan on stop nursing my daughter once she is about 1 year old, too, if not sooner... I would start introducing him a sippy cup with juice or milk & cutting down on how often you nurse...the longer you wait the worse it will probably be trying to get him to stop...good luck!
@babykay (2133)
• Ireland
27 Jan 08
he drinks from cups - the only thing he doesn't like to drink from is a latex bottle...but you are so right, its getting harder the longer it goes on for him to wean!
@msmamaof3 (244)
• United States
4 Jun 08
I think as long as you both are happy, why put a stop to a good thing? I nursed my daughter until she was 18 months old and finally stopped when my milk dried up during a new pregnancy and comfort nursed for a while longer. I ended up developing PUPPS and had to take steroids, so just in case there was ANYTHING left in there, I stopped completely. My daughter was devastated when she had to stop comfort nursing. So IMO, don't stop. The nourishment doesn't stop at a year. He's still getting tons of good stuff from your mama milk!
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
27 Jan 08
I also got dirty looks from my doctor and you would think with all the benefits, that most doctors would be more supportive.. If you have no family or friends to give you positive input, I suggest you look into finding a La Leche League near you. I saw you were in Ireland, so I found a site for you, all you have to do is find if there are other mothers like you that meet together in your area. If not, you can at least get online support through them. Here is the link, I hope this helps: http://www.lalecheleagueireland.com/
• Canada
27 Jan 08
as long as u can. really your baby is very lucky. i was nursed my first one for 2 years she is very healty and very smart compare to other kids at the same age. be happy dont care obout nagative comments. nursing the baby is a unique experience
@asgtswife04 (2482)
• United States
27 Jan 08
I think that two years is suitable, but I wouldn't do it past two years. You do what you feel is best for you and your child. don't listen to the negative comments on what other people say. i think you are doing a fine job, but i wouldn't let it go on to much longer. two is good. i would put him on a sippy cup straight off and just stop cold turkey. you'll find out it's gonna be harder on you to let go of that than it will be for him. good luck and God bless
@Sillychick (3279)
• United States
27 Jan 08
If you and your son are happy, you should continue. Don't let other people tell you what to do. Do what feels right to you. Everyone is different, so there is no rule for how long you should. Do it for as long as you want and forget what people think. The older he is, the more difficult it may be to wean him, so keep that in mind. He won't need a bottle- he is old enough to drink from a cup. If you get him used to the cup before you wean him that will make it easier. I'm glad your husband is behind you. It makes things easier to have his support, I'm sure.