Extended Breastfeeding

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Extended Breastfeeding

This group is for Moms who are breastfeeding their babies past their first year or plan to. For giving advice, suggestions, and support and to get it as well.

Location: Brooklyn, NY
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Latest Activity: Feb 21, 2013

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Comment by Amber-joy Tacey on May 27, 2009 at 9:12am
I'm tandem nursing at first I was feeding them both at the same time but now I feed them separately my 2 year old nurses for a few minutes at a time where the baby is more than that. My milk dried up a during pregnancy but she continued to nurse and nurses much more since I had the baby. I don't find it to be that time demanding. And it really seems to make my daughter feel like I still love her with all my heart.
Comment by Cherylyn on May 26, 2009 at 9:48pm
Sabrina, I tried to continue nursing my baby after I got pregnant. She was 10 months old when I found out I was pregnant, and I barely managed to breastfeed her to 12 months. It was a real struggle to try to keep my milk production going, and normally I have no problem with milk supply at all. The first trimester of pregnancy I was CONSTANTLY hungry and couldn't seem to get enough for myself, my nursing baby and the baby inside me. I tried Nursing Mother tea (from Yogi Tea), and that helped a little bit, but in the long run I just couldn't keep it going. I was just happy I made it to 12 months for her. I hope it works out for you :)
Comment by Sabrina Ellis on May 26, 2009 at 5:46pm
Wondering about tandem nursing...I have a 15 month old daughter and am 6 months pregnant with my second. We still nurse to sleep at night but it seems like it's tapering off. I'm wondering if any mothers are tandem nursing and what it looks like in the first few months. How do you make it work timing wise?
Comment by Amber-joy Tacey on May 23, 2009 at 5:55am
I just wanted to send a side note to Tammy my kiddo nursed probably a little more than that at 1 I just let her as much as she wanted, I think part of the reason is Mothering mag put out an article on extended breastfeeding very informational, Did you know it only takes a tablespoon of breast milk to boost your child's immunity. Whatever you can give her is good and the more the better!
Comment by brittney clark on May 23, 2009 at 5:03am
hi all.. my name is Brittney, i have 3 little girls , Taylor 6, Kayla almost 4 , and Isabell 2.5 . Bell and I are still nursing . I nursed all my girls but one longer than the next. Bell loves to nurse at night . she snuggles on and puts us both to sleep. I am now 10 weeks pregnant with number 4!! i will most likey be tandom nursing the 2 of them.....I don't think Bell is ready to give up "her" boobie yet!=p)
Comment by La'El Pierce on May 22, 2009 at 12:43pm
Angela Lowell---OMG, my litle boy is the same way!! SO indepented. We have been attatchemnt parents from day one, and he is so out going and adventurous!!
Comment by Angela Lowell on May 22, 2009 at 12:15pm
I'm Angie. I have 2 daughters, Madeline (25 months) and Samantha (4 months), both of whom are breastfed. Madeline is still nursing occasionally (most days once a day) and I'm exclusively BFing Samantha. I think its great to have forums like this to share your stories, anecdotes, vents, etc. It's especially nice when you don't have a super-supportive family when it comes to extended BFing. My family is OK with it but sometimes seems a little weirded out by my feeding my 2-year-old. My in-laws, on the other hand are much more traditional... MIL tries to get me to wear a blanket when we're out and about with my younger daughter, and makes comments to my older daughter about mommy's milk being for little babies.

A little word about the whole dependency topic: my 2-year-old still nurses and you know what? She's probably the most independent little girl I know. A little too independent, if you ask me! Babies who nurse are more comfortable in who they are and what they can do in my experience and readings. I'm sure it also depends on the child, but I truly believe that a nurtured, well-fed, well-cared-for child will be much happier, confident and self-reliant than one who was deprived even a tiny bit of the things he or she needs as a child.

Hello to everyone here on this board!
Comment by La'El Pierce on May 22, 2009 at 11:18am
Hi there.....I am La'El and I nursed my first until he was 21 months and then he weaned himself and I am planning on nursing the baby I am pregnant with now until he weans himself as well. I am also a part of an extended breast feeding group on Yahoo. Can't wait to meet all of you ladies!
Comment by Aliki Caloyeras on May 22, 2009 at 6:29am
Just wanted to say to Jamie that I can imagine how sad it must be to have your breastfeeding relationship with your 19-month-old end. But you're right that that's probably the best and easiest way for both of you, and if she weened herself, she must have been ready. Congratulations to you for breastfeeding your daughter as long as you did. Cheers to you and your daughter and your 19 months of breastfeeding!!
Comment by Karen on May 21, 2009 at 9:10pm
For us it really became a going to sleep time activity. So he was nursing for naps and bedtime and if he woke up in the night. We also nursed for comfort if he was sick or got hurt. Then we stopped nursing at night. I just let him know that my breasts needed to sleep too and he was OK with it. Now he only nurses to fall asleep at night if I'm home. It's brief and more of a quiet comfort time for both of us.
 

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