Post # 1
For those of you who breast feed, at what age did you stop nursing? I work in an endocrinology clinic and we had a child who is nearly a year and a half & the mom is still nursing. I mean, the kid is walking and has TEETH!!!! I think I am more wierded out by the fact that he has teeth than anything else (I know a lot of people who pump & bottle feed their children breast milk when the kids start teething). Anyway, I was just wondering what the “norm” is, and I’m sure it’s different for everyone. Thanks, and sorry if this is an idiotic question!
Post # 3
It’s pretty normal to continue to breastfeed into the toddler stage. All of my mommy friends are letting their babies self-wean from breastfeeding, so the majority of babies my daughter’s age (1.5) are still nursing daily. It just depends on what the mother and baby are most comfortable with.
Post # 4
My daughter nursed until 18 months. Of course she was eating other foods by then so it was just before nap time and bedtime. I remember being bitten only once during nursing and I instinctively withdrew. She never bit me after that. I never pumped and gave a bottle of breast milk, although she would drink juice from a bottle.
Post # 5
I don’t have kids and have no idea, but this reminds me of the movie Grown Ups where the woman is still nursing the 4 year old… haha 🙂
Post # 6
@MrsWrangler: Yeah thats what reminded me of this. Creepy. lol
Post # 7
He weaned at 2 years 4 months (last month). Pregnancy has made my breast milk dried up. I was letting him self wean and I know if it weren’t for my milk drying up he would still be nursing.
Teeth aren’t really a problem. Sure, some kids may bite, but they learn not too.
Post # 8
I was breast fed for 18 months and at that point I was too big/biting too often for my mom to continue.
Post # 9
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I suffered through 4 months of nursing DS. It sucked. Major props to the ladies who can make it through longer.
Post # 10
I Boyfriend or Best Friend both until 8-9 months when they self weened.
Some go a little overboard and go until Kindergarten! UGH.
Post # 11
While I don’t have kids yet, once I do, I would like to try to Boyfriend or Best Friend them until they are about 2, since not only is breast milk super-healthy, but it also creates a great bonding experience for the mother and child. (so I’ve heard; like, cuz the hormones released and stuff.) Plus, I’m pretty sure that in just about every culture up until our recent “modern” one, it has been the norm to Boyfriend or Best Friend well past age 2, and I don’t know what changed to make that now seem “odd.”
Post # 12
I don’t have kids yet so I may change my mind on this when I do but I think if they are old enough to ask for it, they are too old to have it.
But then again my opinion may be tainted by the fact that my brother and I were only breastfed for about 2 months, (we turned out just fine), and I don’t really plan to breastfeed either.
Post # 13
Thank you for clarifying!! I appreciate that you ladies are willing to share details about something that is really personal 🙂 I guess I was just a little freaked out about the teeth/biting thing!
As babies my siblings were all lactose intolerant and many of my friends pump & bottle feed breast milk (so the dad can bond with the baby at feeding time as well) so it’s something that never really came up in day to day conversation.
Post # 14
Some babies are even born with teeth, so the presence of teeth has no bearing on weaning age. My son bit me for about a week once he got teeth, but we worked hard on establishing nursing manners and he never bites now.
Post # 15
@DaneLady: (and to a couple other PPs who made negative comments about breastfeeding later,) Also, I am sure that you didn’t mean to come across this way, but by the way you sounded so “weirded out,” it came across as slightly critical of people who breast feed longer. It’s great that you are being so open to asking PPs what they think is “normal,” but keep in mind, that even for a mother who chooses to Boyfriend or Best Friend longer, it’s not necessarily easy for her, but just remember that she is most likely doing what she thinks is best for her and her child! And… given that, even if you did see a mother BFing a 4-year old, I would hope that you all would be considerate enough to neither judge her for her parenting decisions (would anyone actually say that it is bad to Boyfriend or Best Friend so long!? So then what’s wrong with it?!) and certainly not make any “weirded out” comments or even glances.
(ok, sorry…rant over!)
Post # 16
My son already has 8 teeth and he’s only 8 months old, he actually started getting them at 4 months. I still EBF and haven’t decided when I’ll stop. I did want to mention that in other countries the norm is to Boyfriend or Best Friend until the child is a few years old.