anyone else breast feed over 2 years?

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Registered: 05-28-2011
anyone else breast feed over 2 years?
Thu, 06-02-2011 - 1:00am

I breastfed my daughter until she was three.


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Registered: 10-01-2010
Thu, 06-02-2011 - 3:05am

Welcome to the debate board. It's wonderful to see you posting here and I hope that you will stick around and post more often.
There are several of us here who nursed a child past two years old. My 2nd son nursed till he was 3.75 years old and my youngest till he was 5.75 years old. My mother always gave me a hard time about nursing the boys for so long. One day my two older sons sat me down one day to explain to me why I needed to wean their younger brother!
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Registered: 04-13-2008
Thu, 06-02-2011 - 5:14am

I breastfed my youngest child for two and a half years. I let him go as long as he wanted without weaning him, even though I had not heard of extended breastfeeding at the time, as he was allergic to a lot of things. I was able to follow an elimination diet, so at least my milk did not cause him to react.

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Registered: 06-24-2008
Thu, 06-02-2011 - 9:16am
I didn't, I bf'd my oldest to just under 2 years. I never had anyone tell me that it was a problem. I was kind of a loud mouth about the AAP and WHO guidelines so it's possible nobody really wanted to take me on.

If I could have nursed my youngest two as long as I wanted, I would have gone to 3 years. I'd have been a loud mouth just the same, and I imagine that would have also helped keep the naysayers off my back.
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Registered: 05-20-2008
Thu, 06-02-2011 - 9:48am
I have breastfed my DS for over 4 years now. I have received very little in the way of criticism though I have made a conscious effort to hide it from anyone who I knew would be very negative about it. I have hard from various critics of extended BF'ing on the internet who are not afraid to tell me all the psychological damage my child will receive from EBF'ing though I don't worry so much about them since somehow anonymous on the internet forums where these sorts of discussions take place..


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Registered: 06-04-2004
Thu, 06-02-2011 - 10:45am

Hello, and welcome to the board!

I breastfed my first child until he was four, and am currently nursing my second child at about 33 months. I got lots of negative comments about my first child especially, and they seemed to mostly be about him being a boy, as if that made it even weirder than nursing a girl long-term? LOL. I didn't pay any attention. Normal breastfeeding duration was important to me, and I want/wanted to give my children the chance to decide when to wean. You're doing a great job, keep it up and do what you feel is right for your child.

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Registered: 06-16-2010
Thu, 06-02-2011 - 12:30pm
srprsboy wrote:

I breastfed my daughter until she was three.



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Registered: 04-18-2003
Thu, 06-02-2011 - 2:15pm

You are lucky to have a dr who knows that this is fine and will not damage her.

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Registered: 10-27-2006
Thu, 06-02-2011 - 2:34pm
My DD is still going and she'll be 4 on the 27th. My DS is almost 18 months. I hear fewer negative comments about him, I think because he has a large number of food intolerances and really needs the nutrition in a way my DD didn't by this age. My MIL has given up on negative comments and I think my FIL just assumes she's weaned. My DH is really the most vocal against it, unfortunately, but I feel like my DD really isn't quite ready. So I'm a bit caught in the middle. Anyway, it's not something I ever thought I would do. I just followed her lead and here we are!
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Registered: 11-29-2005
Fri, 06-03-2011 - 6:43pm
My elder dd weaned herself when my milk tanked in the 2nd T while pg with my younger dd. I would have tandem fed them if she hadn't weaned. If my second weans before 3 I'd be disappointed.


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Registered: 03-28-2003
Sat, 06-04-2011 - 10:37pm

To answer your original question, my milk dried up around age 3.5.

Either i was lucky enough to be around accepting people or my "serenely confident" attitude provided a boundary. :smileyhappy:

my sister went ahead of me with breastfeeding and extended breastfeeding, so I never got hassled by family.