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How long to breastfeed?

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Diane posted this 22 June 2019

So I had planned to stop breastfeeding at the 1 year mark and switch to milk. I figured that if she wanted to continue nursing at night to put her to sleep, I would do that. She is now 15 months and when she wants it, she wants it! I hand her a bottle and she throws or pushes it away and throws a serious tantrum. I don't mind doing it sometimes, but I'm kind of over it except at bedtime lol. I know I should just stick with bottles and let her get over it, but it's just easier to give in most times 😬 . Anyone else deal with similar struggles? And how long did you let it go on for? Do they eventually move on themselves?

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Johnny posted this 12 March 2020

Is it okay to stop breast feed when your baby hits 1 years old?

Christine posted this 11 March 2020

I nursed until she was 2-1/2. At that point we were early morning, nap time, and bed time only.  When it was time to wean, I found I had to either let my husband give her the bottle and I had to be out of sight, or I had to lay her down with the bottle and leave the room. She would climb out of her crib but I just had to leave the door shut and let her sort herself out. I would go check on her of course after about 10 minutes. We had a video monitor too and that helped. It was so hard on me. 

Corey posted this 10 March 2020

My youngest is ten months old. She slowly decreased herself to just bedtime and then stopped. Once in a while she wants to but I just give her some snuggle time (face against my clothed chest) and she is happy. Try pumping and encouraging the bottle with breastmilk. The more they have that and adult food, the quicker they seem to stray away from the Tata's.

Brianne posted this 09 March 2020

My daughter and I still breastfeed, but I'm starting to switch her to the bottle but of my milk... she's only 8 months. I'm hoping by one we can get her interested in real food.

Carly posted this 27 February 2020

I had a friend that breastfed until her daughter was 3 yrs old. Personally, I definitely could not deal with the teeth but you have to do what you feel is best for you and your baby. Will she accept pumped breastmilk or does she just want the bonding time? I think all.1 yr olds do this because they know they are transitioning out of the baby phase to toddlers and sometimes aren't ready for that.

Isabell posted this 24 February 2020

My son is 11 months and still exclusively breast fed

Rachel posted this 24 February 2020

So happy to see all these honest mamas coming together!
I breastfed my son up until a little after he turned one.

Rachel posted this 24 February 2020

I also did the same thing

i pumped breastmilk for and put that in the bottle

Rachel posted this 24 February 2020

It has been a little over 11 months of strictly breastfeeding and idk how i am ever going to get my son off the boob! 

Jenny posted this 21 February 2020

I plan on breastfeeding until the baby no longer wants to. This could be my last baby and I want nothing more than to bond with her for as long as possible. I also do not plan on using formula at all. This baby will have to be completely on table food before we take away the boobie... from what I hear the longer you breastfeed the harder it is to stop. My friend breastfeed until her baby was over 3. 

Kelly posted this 21 February 2020

I know a lot of people who nurse all way up to two. But, I think doctors advise to nurse until at least 1. I'd say you're doing what you feel is best for your baby! There's no right or wrong.

Maggie posted this 20 February 2020

I'm planning on exclusively breastfeeding for at least two years. I'll introduce a cup but mostly boobie.

Olivia posted this 20 February 2020

I plan on 1 year. I know the longer the better. So maybe try weening and doing bottles as primary and them supplementing with breast milk in between?

Kate posted this 11 February 2020

You'll receive A LOT of opinions on this top and I feel like it truly comes down to a very personal decision. If you're comfortable, keep going. But, if you're ready to stop, start slowly weening and use a distraction technique. Introduce milk in a cup, snuggle and read a book, find other ways to bond and distract from the boob! Best of luck to you in this journey. Both of my boys weaned themselves when they were ready, both at about 12-13 months, but it was emotional nonetheless.

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FRANCESCA posted this 10 February 2020

i pumped breastmilk for and put that in the bottle

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Lexie posted this 10 February 2020

I think the bedtime feeding is probably the first thing you need to wean off of. It's used as a soothing mechanism so she's going to stay attached to it until she finds a way to soothe herself.

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ELISE posted this 10 February 2020

If you are ready to move to bottles during the day then do it and stay firm.   I had a similar problem when i switched from bottles to sippy cups.  My son threw terrible tantrums but after about 3 days, he was over it.

Jodi posted this 28 January 2020

I did about a year and then my milk gradually dried out and my kid just moved on.

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Hannah posted this 11 November 2019

Whole milk might set on their tummy a little harder. They have a toddler formula. Maybe try a little bit of that and wean 

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Emily posted this 11 November 2019

I fed my first and third for about 6 months and my middle child it just didn't work out. 

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