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
Members: 179
Latest Activity: Feb 21, 2013

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Comment by Tammy Miller on May 21, 2009 at 8:54pm
My daughter is nearly 10 months old--my goal was to nurse to 1 year old. Now that it is so near I dont think we want to think about stopping yet. She still nurses 10 + times a day. My question is after a year and then going on 2 years how often do your babies typically nurse in a day? Is it more for comfort or hunger, what do you think?
Comment by Jamie Bond on May 21, 2009 at 12:22pm
I just wanted to post a note sayng that my 19 month old has just weaned herself. I'm saddened and a little dissapointed, although I know that her weaning herself is way easier than trying to wean. I was hoping that she would nurse until I had another one so she could help me with engorgement. *sigh* Beastfeeding was so roughfor us in the beginning, but we persevered and now it's all done. It was lovely. Kudos to all you mommies still nursing your little ones (and not so little ones) :)
Comment by Erica Wiswell on May 21, 2009 at 11:44am
Becki, I remember those comments when my first son was younger. Certain family members just loooved to tell me that he was going to be clingy. For whatever reason, people like to ask how long you're planning to breastfeed, and when I would give them a vague answer about my plan to child-led wean, I sure got some interesting looks and responses!

My son is now three-and-a-half, and he is one of the most independent children I have ever met (as he has been, since he was able to roll, lol). He has never met a stranger, is a social butterfly, and has more self-confidence than any child his age needs! :)

You're doing a great thing for your little girl! Is there a LLL group in your area? I bet you'd find lots of other mamas there who are nursing babies at least as old as yours, if not much older.
Comment by Aliki Caloyeras on May 21, 2009 at 11:06am
Hi all. My son is 11 months and I hope to continue breastfeeding him at least until he is 2, maybe longer.

Re exclusive breastfeeding and vitamin D, I decided not to give my son vitamin D supplements because I feel he gets enough through both of our brief daily sun exposure.

Here are two interesting articles about vitamin D supplementation to put thing in perspective:

http://www.mothering.com/articles/new_baby/breastfeeding/vitamin-d.html

http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/vitamins/vitamin-d.html#mother


Happy nursing!
Comment by Darcel on May 21, 2009 at 10:52am
Sunshine is all you need
Comment by Amber-joy Tacey on May 21, 2009 at 10:47am
Ok I just got off the phone with my ND who says the Vitamin D drop is garbage, Vitamin D is a hormone can't even be absorbed in pill form and that if you get 15 minutes of sun every other day your totally fine.
Comment by Amber-joy Tacey on May 21, 2009 at 7:17am
Hey what do you all think about the new rule of giving exclusively BF babies vitamin D drops?
Comment by Becki O on May 16, 2009 at 12:48pm
Hi I'm Becki, I'm still breastfeeding my 14mth old daughter, and hope to continue as long as she wants to. My mum feeding me is the longest BFing relationship I know of which was 11mths, but none of my peers have fed past 6mths, so I am very grateful to have support from forums like this to remind me how normal it ought to be!!
Someone at work made a passing comment the other day implying that it will make her clingy and that I'd NEED to stop soon to make sure she didn't get too dependant on me - if only they had seen my bright and oh so independant little girl working the room at a party of 30 people this afternoon, she had everyone charmed and barely looks to check if I'm still there, as if she just knows I will be.
Comment by Julia on May 15, 2009 at 12:02pm
Hi. I nursed my son until he was 2 years old, and now I'm planning on breastfeeding my baby due in Sept. for 2 years too (or longer if the baby wants to I think). I look forward to talking to everyone here. :-)
Comment by Jennifer Wolf on May 14, 2009 at 8:01pm
Hi everyone! I am still nursing my son who will be 21 months next week! My first son self weaned at 13 1/2 months when I was 3 months pregnant and lost my supply. We are TTC our third now (we're on month 8) and hope it happens soon! I look forward to talking with other full term nursing Moms!
 

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