(Closed) Breast feeding – How old is too old?

posted 6 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 # 93
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2011

    Biologically most children will wean sometime between 2-5. The WHO recommends nursing ATLEAST 2 years as breastmilk provides much needed nutrition, immunity, and security (unlike other objects used for security the breast cannot go “with” the child & when the child is ready easily gains independence without it). Also, a child’s immune system really isn’t completely formed until around the age 5 so it makes sense that without stigma/parent-led weaning most children would breastfeed much longer than they do. (if you look at other mammels in the animal kingdom they breastfeed MUCH longer when comparing specie “age”)

    So, I chose “other” because there really is no “too old” as the needs of each child is different. Nutrionally, children deserve, by design, to have breastmilk as a major source of nutrition through the first 2 years.

    For us, I will continue to offer until age 2 and then let each child decide when they are ready to wean.

    ETA: I do have to agree that it’s really sad for our future generations the stigma & ignorance around breastfeeding in this day & age. It’s not sexual, icky, or anything else negative b/c it is by design what we were all created to do (NOT doing so puts our species are risk, which we’re now starting to see come to fruition).

    Some children are BORN with teeth (or teethe early), many children can signal or ask for the breast around 6-8 mths of age and ALL children should have breastmilk make up atleast 75% of their nutritional content THROUGH the first year (we start solids WAY before most children are actually ready for them physically or mentally in this country).

    I understand that not all moms “want” to breastfeed, but parenting choices really should be made out of being informed and not by social stigma or ignorance.

    Post # 94
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    2652 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Catholic Church

    I’m planning to breastfeed until about 1 yr, maybe a few months longer. Solids will be introduced before that though, so it won’t be exclusive breastfeeding anymore at that point. We’ll see when the time comes though; I may continue until 2 years.

    Post # 95
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    2775 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    I plan to Boyfriend or Best Friend for at least a year.  Personally, I can’t see myself Boyfriend or Best Friend beyond the 2-year mark.

    Post # 96
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    747 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @curlymama318: +1 here. My baby girl got her first tooth at around 4 months and I definitely would not have wanted to wean her at that point.

    I have a personal goal to try and keep breastfeeding until 1 year and then go from there. My milk supply is already not as great as it was due to some unfortunate health issues, so we’ve had to supplement a bit with formula but I did make it to my (first) personal goal of 6 months prior to having to use formula so I’m happy about that. Now that my little one is eating a few solids and having a few bottles of formula on top of the breastfeeding, she’s not quite as interested in breastfeeding as she was previously. However, I really will try to at least supplement with breastmilk until 1 year. I’m perfectly fine with going even further than that if at all possible but we’ll see what happens. Either way, it’s a very personal choice and there are a lot of things that factor into breastfeeding and I don’t judge any Mothers who choose to feed their babies differently than I do.

    Post # 97
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 1998

    Depending on the organization, they’ll recommend up to 12 months or beyond – and 6 months is generally the absolute minimum advocated by organizations like the American Academy of Pediatrics. I’d say 2 years is the cut-off for me personally.

    I plan to breastfeed as long as I can (though, really, I’ll be pumping). That’s plenty of calorie burning just by sitting on my duff if nothing else. I can pump while I watch TV.

    And of course, there’s no harm in letting breastmilk be a supplement in your toddler’s diet. Most kids will naturally wean themselves off as they get more interested in solids.

    Post # 98
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    It makes me terribly sad to see how many people have voted to wean a baby at such a young age. Children are meant to naturally wean themselves and that happens between the age of 2-6. Breastmilk is nature’s truly perfect food and has so many benefits, benefits that do not stop at a certain age of the child. There are ALWAYS immunity benefits as well as a perfect balance of fats/proteins/vitamins made just for baby/child at the age they are at. Our country is so ignorant when it comes to breastfeeding and has forgotten that breasts are made to feed your child not to sexualize. I will be breastfeeding my baby, exclusively for as long as I can up to a year and then when solids are introduced (I plan to use the baby led weaning for introducing solids, no mushy stuff) I will continue to breastfeed until the child is ready to wean from it. Breastfeeding is not only very beneficial to both child and mother, but it is also a form of comfort for a child who is hurt or upset or overwhelmed and I don’t think that should be taken from them before they are ready. The ONLY reason people find it disturbing is because we’ve been brainwashed to believe that breast isn’t best and that it isn’t natural, when in fact that world average for weaning is 3 years old and that is lowered by our country’s average being a meer six months, poor babies!

    Post # 99
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    @KateByDesign:  Amen for women like you and I 🙂

    Post # 100
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I only breastfed my daughter for a year, but it was because I was working full time and just could NOT keep up anymore so had to stop. I would have liked to longer. The World Health Organization recommends 2 years, if you can.

    Personally I think people in the US generally have a hang up about breastfeeding being icky-but honestly is it grosser than drinking milk out of a cow teat :O?

    Breast milk is soooo much healthier than anything a baby can eat or drink (I am not knocking mama’s that can’t!) Babies can survive completely on breastmilk and no solids until about age one with nothing but extra health benefits. They are even doing studies on how human breastmilk can help older people battle cancer-amazing stuffs!

    That said it isn’t always feasable for people to breastfeed that long, I couldn’t. But I think it’s the best stuff for babies and young toddlers. The longer you can the healthier your babies immune system will be. Maybe it’s just coincidence but my little one had zero ear infections/colic/etc unlike the majority of the other kiddos I know.

    Post # 101
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    If I can I plan on my baby having breast milk until 2 years old.  When teeth appear I plan on just pumping. But whatever my body allows me to do.

    Post # 102
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Well, and the “once they start solids” is tricky, because the current recommendation is to start solids no earlier than 6 months, and breastmilk should be the main nutrition source until 12 months. Hence the “Food is for fun until one.” It’s just getting them introduced to solids – they won’t be a big source of nutrition.

    And just because a kid has teeth doesn’t mean he’ll chomp you. And if he does, there are ways to discourage that behavior. La Leche League talks about the importance of teaching nursing manners.

    Nursing a two or three year old isn’t like nursing an infant – they don’t nurse 8-12 times a day. They may only nurse before a nap or as part of a bedtime routine. They may want to nurse when upset, and it’s up to you how you handle it. It’s a nursing relationship, and it has to work for both parties involved.

    FWIW, my son is 3.5 mo. BFing was difficult at first, but I’m so glad we stuck with it. I’ll keep going as long as we’re able. What’s that mean? Probably 2.5 or 3. We’ll see.

    Post # 103
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I stopped at 14 months, but all of the health care systems here advocate 2 years +.

    My Dear Daughter was ready to stop at 14 months though..so good enough 🙂

    I don’t have a problem with how long anyone decides to breastfeed for..it makes more biological sense than switching to cows milk.

    Post # 104
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2016

    I put other. I am not a mom but I do want atleast one child and I notice a lot of “mommy shaming”.  It seems mothers, especially ones with what my dad calls “new parent syndrome”, have THEIR parenting choices and try to push them on all parents. Or try to hold all parents to their “standards”. If a woman for whatever reason decides to formula feed that doesn’t make her a bad mom and she shouldn’t have to justify her choice. If a mom decides to only breastfeed for the first week or so to ensure the baby gets the colostrum, then stop well that is also her choice. A mom like the time magazine “are you mom enough” lady bfing a toddler is not a bad mom but she is no better than any other mom.

    Post # 105
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    Too old is when either Mum or baby decide it is and breastfeeding is no longer working for both parties.

    Post # 106
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    i’m very surprised at the responses to this thread.

    people breastfeed past 1 year. get over it. yo.

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