Did you "breastfeed" or do you - for how long?

By Amy
Abernathy, Texas
May 15, 2008 7:57pm CST
My doctor said a year is fine, even though the American Pediatric Association recommends two years. Personally, I give kudos to any mom that even gets though six weeks because it can be difficult. I had a little bug the day before yesterday - stomach virus and I was vomiting and...stuff. My baby threw up once and had soft poop. I called the nurse and she asked if I was still nursing - even a little. She asked because, as I know, but its nice to be reminded, "breastmilk" provides some amazing things, antibodies, vitamins, the perfect source of nutrition all around. And she said, electrolytes, which the baby needs if he's throwing up. She said something nasty was going 'round - indeed I had it really bad, cramps, headache, vomiting and she said it might get worse - most callers were calling with horror stories about their kids. But it never did. I attribute it to nursing. Although around sick kids and adults, he got sick once before - around his first birthday, after a plane trip and an exciting visit to his Ama - his grandmother and his cousins. So do you "breastfeed", what are your reasons around this, for how long did you feed this way or how long do you plan to?
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@moneyandgc (3430)
• United States
30 Jun 08
I nursed my first child for a whole 5 days. It hurt and I had no support system or information. I pumped until my milk dried up. My second child nursed something like 15 months. My third child nursed until she was around 17 months. My fourth and final child is going on 26 months and still nursing. She only nurses in the morning now though. She would nurse more often if I let her but usually I can distract her.