Post # 1
When did you stop breastfeeding your child? My son is turning a year old next week. I was planning on stopping breastfeeding when he turned one but he still prefers breastmilk over cow milk. I am getting married in less than 80 days and was planning on having my first drink since having my son on my wedding day so I am just cursious. When did you breastfeeding mama stop breastfeeding?
Post # 2
Dear Daughter self weaned at about 11-12 months old. My supply was too low for her and she got frustrated with it.
Post # 3
I’m still nursing my 2.5 year old once a day as well as bf’ing my newborn.
with regards to alcohol, the common school of thought is that if you’re ok to drive, then you’re ok to feed.
Post # 4
- Wedding: July 2015 - City Hall!
I stopped when they were between 18 months to 2. After 15 months, we really only nursed at night. But we co sleep so this worked for us.
Post # 5
- Wedding: July 2015 - City Hall!
I just want to say though, you don’t have to worry about when it’s ”right” to stop. You did an awesome thing nursing for 12 months, congratulations! Whenever the right time for you is, that’s the perfect time.
Post # 6
When you both want to stop.
As for drinking one day, pump and give it to the baby, then pump and dump the next morning.
Breastfed my last for 3 years. Drank a few times with that method.
Post # 7
I breastfed my son for 19 months. I planned to nurse as long as he wanted and he definitely wanted to continue, but I was so dehydrated from severe nausea/vomiting after getting pregnant with our second that my supply completely dried up. I hope to nurse this one to at least 2 if he/she wants. Also, your body metabolizes alcohol in the breastmilk the same as the blood, so you don’t even need to pump and dump if you want a drink- you can just wait until the alcohol is metabolized (usually about 1 hour per drink).
Post # 8
Mine is 1 and we are still nursing. I stopped pumping at work this week but I nurse before bed and overnight/before work (so 2x a day). mine hated cows milk (spit it out) but I just started mixing it to get her to take it. Started with 3oz breastmilk and 1-1.5oz cows milk and keep upping it until it is all cows milk. I going to go until one of us wants to stop.
if you are ready to wean, go for it. You should go until one of you wants to quit.
As far as alcohol, the standard rule should be if you can drive you can nurse. If you can safely and legally drive you are fine. I would never pump and dump. Do NOT pump and dump. First, alcohol leaves breastmilk at the same rate as your blood. So if you’re sober, so is your milk. Pumping and dumping does not rid your milk of alcohol. Just wait it out. Second, if you were buzzed and needed to pump for comfort or to keep up supply I would just save that milk and spread it throughout X number of bottles mixed with regular milk or breastmilk. I had a decent amount to drink a few times ( not wasted but I wouldn’t have been comfy driving) and I’ve mixed it (lets say 4 or 5oz) over 5-6 bottles. I believe there was a study (or article) that showed if you were legally drunk (.08) that your milk had less alcohol in it then a glass of orange juice. Think about that. http://kellymom.com/bf/can-i-breastfeed/lifestyle/alcohol/
Post # 9
Kemma: Can I ask how this is going for you? I am still nurisng my 13 month old, and due in August. At first I wanted to wean her, but since she is no where near ready, I am not going to force the issue. Did you continue to nurse your first one when they wanted immediately after baby was born? Or did you give it some time, maybe a week?
Post # 10
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
Pump & Dump is for Mom’s benefit, to relieve the pressure of missing a feeding or two. (If you normally nurse before going to bed, for example)
Post # 11
yup what she said about not needing to pump and dump. A lactation consultant told me it’s fine to have a drink or two, just not to get hammered 🙂
im still nursing DS twice a day and he will be 12 months in a couple weeks.
Post # 12
Definitely no need to pump and dump. Feed your baby then have the drink. By the time you feed next time the alchohol will likely be out of your system.
AFM, at 15 months DS still is nursing but has weaned down to just morning. We just took a trip and his molars are partially in now so my plan has been to wait until after the trip and for all points of his molars to come in (the hardest part for him) and then wean that one last session. I also stopped pumping at work at 11 months and he’s been taking either cows milk or water during the day.