My initial goal was to one year, but now when I think of having to stop (even though a year is so far away), I get upset. So now I think I may go beyond a year. I just enjoy it so much and can't imagine not bfing. My MIL is so unsupportive of bfing that it is beyond annoying. She never breastfed and apparantely has never heard of anyone bfing past 3 months. What?? My mom mentioned to her yesterday that I plan on bfing beyond a year and she looked at me like I was crazy. She said that the baby wouldn't even be taking a bottle anymore by that point so why would I want to continue to nurse. She even told me that nursing that long is a terrible habit! Oh Em Gee!!! This woman is going to make me flip my lid! Honestly, I think she wants the baby to spend the night with her so bad and it drives her crazy that she can't since I'm nursng. How selfish is that?
So I wanted to find out from my fellow mama's, how long do you plan on doing it?
I like to try and give my kids at least a good 18 months of nursing. From that point on I've had one that self weaned, and two that I gently weaned as they were slowing down anyway. My one that self weaned nursed until she was 2 and then weaned when my next baby was born and she didn't like the taste of the new milk anymore. With my first I gently weaned her when she was just turning two and I was pregnant with my second. I also gently weaned my second dd (who was slowing down anyway) when I was pregnant with my 4th. I was still tandem nursing and the thought of nursing THREE kids was just too much!! I weaned her on her third birthday. So, I guess my answer is at least 18 months, and from that point on we just wait and see depending on the circumstances.
My initial goal was just to be able to do it lol after my bad experience last time. Now my goal is 6 months until we start solids. If going well at that point then will continue. Still in a fair amount of pain, so even looking at 6 months seems a big goal I am not positive I can make.
I'll go until he self weans. That's what I did with the other two and it worked out well.
DD1 weaned when she was 33 months old. I tandem nursed for 7 months with her and her sister. Then DD2 weaned around 13/14 months old. I was pregnant and she wasn't ever terribly interested in nursing so when my supply started to go down a little she wasn't interested in working for it.
This is my last baby, so I hope he goes at least 18 months, but not as long as DD1. I'd love to make it to around 2.
Oh, and I've found that after a year, I just pretty much stopped talking about nursing. I didn't hide it and if someone out right asked I would tell them we were still nursing. But it wasn't anything that was up for discussion. If someone asked when I was going to stop I'd tell them when we were ready, and we weren't yet.
I love that there are so many who nurse beyond one year! I also heard that weaning is harder on the mom than baby! LOL! I can only imagine!
Ten months for us! It was the same for my first daughter. I'll have to go back to work and for me that's when it's time. I might change my mind but for now that's the plan.
Mélodie: Sept. 27, 2008
Maya: October 26, 2011
I would love to make it to a year, but I am willing to wait and see. I've made little goals all along to keep myself going. 3 weeks, then 6 weeks, then 3 months - After three months I have to go back to work and plan to keep going, but I will have to see how it goes. We are at two months and finally (mostly) off the breast shields, so I am optimistic.
Kristin + Richard May 2007
Mommy to Sarah Caroline
My goal is until she self weans. Hoping for longer than her sister, who weaned just before a year.
DD Annabelle 04/08/10 DD Gillian 09/29/11
I felt the same way with BFing with DS1 that I didn't want to stop because I enjoyed it so much and so did he. I breastfed for 23 months with him, but was pretty miserable after he turned a year because he never slept more then 2 hours at a time until I weaned him before his second birthday. So with DS2 I have been expressing and feeding him with bottles during the say so he drinks more and sleeps more at night and I have enjoyed it more this way so I can get more sleep. I will probably BF for a year with him give or take a few months. I have also been freezing 5 oz a day just in case I want to stop close to a year, that way he is still getting the breastmilk. I plan on having more LO's so I won't be afraid to stop with this one.
Sorry your MIL is being like that. She must be from the formula days where women thought breastfeeding was inappropriate, so I wouldn't worry about it, BFing has come back and is alot more common now and she will just have to accept that. We all do whats best for our LO's. You probably wouldn't let Sophia spend the night even if you wern't nursing right? LOL
I don't *enjoy* nursing. But it's free and it's a hell of a lot easier than mixing/cleaning bottles 24/7, and we aren't having any problems so I have no reason to stop.
I'll probably BF until he gets teeth and starts biting, at which point I hope to be able to pump and bottle feed him breast milk. I'll do that until he can drink cows milk, which is what, 1 year? I can't remember when it's safe to switch them.