Breast feeding – How old is too old?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
  • poll: What age should you stop breast feeding?
    10 months or less : (38 votes)
    12 %
    1yr : (131 votes)
    41 %
    2yrs : (104 votes)
    33 %
    3yrs : (29 votes)
    9 %
    4yrs : (4 votes)
    1 %
    5yrs : (2 votes)
    1 %
    6yrs : (2 votes)
    1 %
    Other: explain :) : (10 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
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    1926 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Personally I think when they start eating solid food I am going to be done. They are going to be getting plenty of nutrients from OTHER sources, not to mention they will have TEETH! Thats just me though, and I totally don’t judge those that go longer. 

    Post # 4
    Member
    7075 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Anything over 2 starts to get really creepy for me. If the kid can chew steak, he probably doesn’t need to be breastfeeding, lol.

    Post # 6
    Member
    672 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I don’t have children so take my opinion with a hint of (lack of knowledge) from my end. But the moment a kid has teeth and can have regular food I’d say that is old enough.

    Post # 7
    Member
    322 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    The “minimum” recommendation I’ve seen varies between 6 mo and 12 mo. 

    Post # 9
    Member
    3360 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding at least until one year, the World Health Organization until 2 years of age, with both recommending continued breastfeeding as long as mutually desirable (as long and both mother and child want to).  There’s definitely a socially constructed image of “acceptable” breastfeeding in the west that is pretty narrow (basically, only infants…a lot of people are creeped out by toddlers continuing to BF).  I will try to breastfeed until at least 1 with my babies, probably beyond until they self-ween.  I would expect that to happen by around 2, but I would probably initiate weening after 2 if they didn’t show interest by then.  Breastmilk is still beneficial at that age, so why not?

    Post # 10
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    8592 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I dont know much about it, but definitely after 2.

     

    Post # 11
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    491 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2015

    @Silly_love:  once I did a research paper on a breast feeding support group and I sat in on a meeting to learn more about them. I overheard two women talking and one was saying how sad she was because her son had just weaned. He was almost four. I’m all for breast feeding, I would definitely try to do it for the entire first year, but after that it gets pretty weird to me. I try not to be weirded out, but I just can’t help it.

    Post # 14
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    5697 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I voted 2, my personal preference is 1 although I don’t have a child so we will see, and frankly I think any kid who is old enough to ask for boob is too old!

    Post # 15
    Member
    491 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2015

    @Silly_love:  yeah I didn’t really understand either, but maybe it’s because I’m not a parent? I feel like I would be happy to not have someone gnawing at my boobs all day. 

    Post # 16
    Member
    6644 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I firmly believe anything above and beyond 1 year is not kosher.  That would be my SIL she BF my niece til age 3 and only stopped cause she was pregnant again.  Now nephew is over a year and is still being BF. 

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