anyone else breast feed over 2 years?

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

I breastfed my daughter until she was three.

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Registered: 05-15-2009
Sun, 06-05-2011 - 1:40pm

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Registered: 12-30-2006
Sun, 06-05-2011 - 6:30am

I breastfed my first until she was just over four, and only stopped because I was going through a very difficult pregnancy. My second is still b/f, mostly just at bedtime, and she's 38 months old.

There is no upper limit to breastfeeding, and studies have shown absolutely no harmful effects to so-called extended breastfeeding. As a matter of fact, children who are allowed to self-wean have been found to be more confident and self- reliant than those who are forced to stop.

You're doing the best for your child, and anyone who tries to tell you you're doing him harm is full of hot air. Ignore them.

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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.

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

I breastfed my daughter until she was three.

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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: 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: 06-24-2008
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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