How long did you breastfeed for?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
  • poll: How long did you breastfeed for?
    Had a child but never breastfed : (4 votes)
    7 %
    1 month : (1 votes)
    2 %
    2 months : (2 votes)
    3 %
    3 months : (3 votes)
    5 %
    4 months : (2 votes)
    3 %
    5 months : (0 votes)
    6 months : (1 votes)
    2 %
    7 months : (1 votes)
    2 %
    8 months : (7 votes)
    12 %
  • Post # 3
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    7587 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I’m interested in the answers to this. There is currently a family feud about this. My sister breastfed her daughter for 14 months, which was right at the time she found out she was pregnant with her son, now 3 months. My mother keeps giving her a very hard time about breastfeeding past 3 months. I think a year seems normal. My sister says she would have breastfed until 18 months if she hadn’t gotten pregnant with my nephew.

    Post # 4
    Member
    5655 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I breastfed for 6wks.

    I stopped b/c at 6 wks my munchkin began “cluster feeding” again more often and I thought that I wasn’t making enough or good milk since he was “hungry” so often.

    What I just recently learned is that baby’s will begin “cluster feeding” to cue your body to MAKE MORE MILK… so yea

    You can breastfeed for pretty much as long as you want… My midwife told me of a woman who had TRIPLETS and breastfed them until they were a year old without having to “supplement” formula.

    Post # 5
    Member
    5762 posts
    Bee Keeper

    8 months both times. Oddly enough, they each began weaning themselves around the same age. I would have gone longer if they wanted, but they went straight to a cup.

    The few friends that breastfed when I did both went for 2 years.

    Post # 6
    Member
    42 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    i actually didnt breastfeed my daughter. she was kept in the NICU for 5 days for sepsis and when i took her home she was so used to the bottle she wouldn’t latch. i pumped for three months and i was in so much pain from being engorged that i would pump too much i made wayyy to much milk. it was a pain to have so many bottles labeling the constant cleaning. however this worked for us because any one could feed her and i could take a break from it easier

    Post # 7
    Member
    7695 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    When I have a baby, ideally I would like to breastfeed for a year. Maybe up to 14-16 months even. I dont think that is too long. My SIL breastfed her first son for 3.5 years and her daughter for about 2. It was definitely a little weird seeing my nephew ask to breastfeed and then see her breastfeeding him. And then 2 hours later the kid would be eating french fries and chicken nuggets! I also saw a video once about a woman who breastfeeds her 5 yr old and 8 yr old daughters.

    Post # 8
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    5655 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2011

    @PitBulLover yea.. I’ve seen videos about mom who breastfed that long.. kinda weird once they’re asking for in clear language it I think. I definitely want to breastfeed for atleast 6 mths with our future children.

    Had I known what I know now I would’ve breastfed my son longer… the Dr. told me to start supplementing so that’s what I did. sigh

    Post # 9
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    1145 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2000

    We’re getting up to 5 months and still going. Darling Husband wants me to do it for a year.That’s when they can drink cow’s milk, I think.  I’m not sure if I can handle it that long. Maybe 9 months but I’m going back to work at 6 months so we’ll see how that goes.

    We had to supplement formula the first 2 days of life and 3 days when I was on strong antibiotics but  I still consider her exclusively breastfed, but nobody ever asks. 

    Post # 10
    Member
    1145 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2000

    @ItWasntMe: Did you pump at 8 months, give formula or cow’s milk? How often?

    Post # 12
    Member
    7695 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    @ttn133: It doesnt have to be in a bottle. You just have to teach the child not to suck with their teeth. I wish my SIL had been using a bottle for her breast milk!

    Post # 14
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    830 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I breastfed my daughter for 20 months. At 6 months she began to get a few bottles of formula because I couldn’t pump enough to send to daycare. At 12 months I stopped pumping and she only nursed at night and first thing in the morning. I planned to stop at 12 months but she enjoyed it and it was good bonding time for us. She stopped for good at 20 months. During this time she would drink water or juice from a sippy cup then also milk in a bottle. She also ate food normally so the breastfeeding was more for comfort than anything else after 12 months. She never got sick before 12 months. I think breastfeeding is a wonderful thing but boy did I ever hate pumping!

    Post # 15
    Member
    2161 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    2 years.  We have one year maternity leave here, which definitely helped.

    Post # 16
    Member
    7695 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    @ttn133: I didnt know either but we were visiting my other SIL who has a 6 month old and he is just now teething and I asked her about it and she said you have to teach them….I guess you are supposed to scream OUCH every time they bite. I had no idea.

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