Extended Breastfeeders- How's It Going?

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Registered: 04-08-2008
Extended Breastfeeders- How's It Going?
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Mon, 09-12-2011 - 10:44am

Hi ladies,

I know there were a number of us that are still breastfeeding.

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Registered: 03-28-2008
I weaned my daughter around the time she turned 2 (June), but she still "nurses" at nap and bedtime. She also asks to nurse when she sees babies breastfeeding, though I have NEVER given in in public, 'cause nothing is weirder to strangers than a breastfeeding toddler except a toddler pretending to breastfeed. :-P

My husband rolls his eyes when he sees me doing it, it is a guilty little secret of mine, only one close friend and my mom know. My only reservation/fear is that my milk might return. I've heard that it is possible, though extremely unlikely.
Lilypie
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Registered: 04-08-2008
I think they just like the comfort of being close to mama, even if they aren't nursing or nursing much at all. My hubby tends to give me a look as well, but he's never said anything about it. He knows it will end when both my son and I are ready. ;)

Landon still asks to nurse about two times a day but his sessions are so so short- sometimes less than a minute. He usually says "well, that was fast!" when he's done. Always makes me laugh!

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Registered: 07-26-1999
I just wanted to jump in and say congrats to you guys for XBFing. I nursed Emma all though my pregnancy with Madison and I ended up weaning her at 27 months, shortly after Madison was born, and then Madison self weaned at around 20 months. Emma (4 1/2) has asked a few times lately if she could have "mommy milk". LOL! I told her I didn't have any little girls anymore and there was no more mommy milk. She would occasionally ask to nurse after she turned 3 and (as long as DH wasn't around) I would always indulge her, but it was always a quick on and then off, or lots of giggling.
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Registered: 06-17-2008

Good for you guys! I nursed Nadia until about 28 months, when I got very sick and stopped making milk. I miss it sometimes, especially if she is sick - I loved that I had a way to make her feel better. I never thought I would nurse so long, but it just felt right t o me.

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Thanks, Tracy! I think it is so awesome that you were able to nurse both of your girls so long (especially while pregnant- you are my hero!).

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It is so bittersweet when nursing comes to an end, isn't it? Landon hasn't nursed for 3 days now and I know we are close to the end of our nursing relationship (if we are not there already). It is so emotional! Way more emotional than I thought it would be. So so bittersweet.