Should you breast feed a two year old?

United States
August 18, 2007 3:35pm CST
Before my daughter was born, I asked my OB/Gyn how long I should nurse my baby and he was very little help. And, my daughter's pediatrician wasn't much help at all either. Most of the advice that I received wasn't tailored toward her specific needs, just general advice that you could get out of any parenting book! Anyway, the entire nursing experience turned out to be a very positive one for me and my baby, but only lasted three or four months before we had to switch to formula. One day my body just decided that it had enough and wasn't going to work anymore, and that was the end of the story. Needless to say, I was very disappointed. Recently, I was reading that the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that women (around the world) nurse their babies for at least one year if not longer. And, it's not that unusual for a woman in a third world country to continue the nursing for practical purposes into the child's second year. But, in America, there seems to be a stigma against breast feeding the baby past a few months. On other parenting forums when you hear a mom talk about how she is still nursing her 15 month old, people get irate and tell her that she's doing something wrong. As if it's ammoral to nurse one's child beyond the first few months. Which is weird, cause all the medical literature supports the decision to breast feed for a longer period of time, even past the first year. So, I was wondering from a practical or medical or moral point of view how long should a mom nurse her baby? Do you think there comes a time when you should absolutely close the door on breast feeding? Is there a point at which it would be considered immoral to breast feed one's child? I'd like to get other moms opinions on this subject if possible.
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@amy0214 (1513)
• United States
19 Aug 07
my daughter weaned herself at nine months but i had planned on not going past one year.
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@taylorblue (1286)
• Canada
18 Aug 07
OK I am a mom...I have had some good discussions on this one. I think that you should do what you want to do. I know many moms who will just nurse their older kids in the morning and at night so it doesn't cause any conflict during the day around people. I nursed my son until he was 13 months I was going to let him go as long as he wanted but he stopped then. WHat do you want to do??? THen do it.... :)
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@jz1977 (84)
• United States
29 Aug 07
My opinion, is that is way too old. It's my opinion and not something I would do. But if you do, good for you.