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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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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.
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) :)
 

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