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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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FRANCESCA posted this 10 February 2020

i pumped breastmilk for and put that in the bottle

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Sarah posted this 22 June 2019

Did you try slowly weaning? When you give her the bottle is it breastmilk or regular milk. My suggestion is to pump and give a breastmilk bottle then slowly add in milk and get her used to the flavor and consistency. 

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Cheryl posted this 25 June 2019

You can let it run its course. It might make for a few rough days that seem impossible but in the long run, it may be easier faster.

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Sam posted this 27 June 2019

I thought I would only nurse until my daughter was one years old and she finally stopped at 1.6 years! I looked up all sorts of ways to get her to move to the bottle and everything I tried didn't work. I eventually got her to stop nursing during the daytime by keeping her busy and not sitting around in places that she associated with nursing. When she was tired for her nap I started rocking her instead of nursing and that helped. I think part of it is changing their schedule and habits out of the things they associate with nursing and into something else like the bottle. 

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Dre posted this 12 July 2019

This is great information, thanks everyone! The very thought of having to balance this while going back to work was really stressing me out.

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Nicolette posted this 30 September 2019

Sometimes it's helpful to go on a weekend getaway with your hubby and let her stay with grandparents. I know that has worked for a friend of mine.

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Caty posted this 11 November 2019

I breastfed my son up until a little after he turned one.

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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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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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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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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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Lisa posted this 27 June 2019

I still nurse my 1.5 year old but he’s a very picky eater so the doctor wants me to give him whole milk in addition to the breast milk and I’m having a hard time with that. He wants nothing to do with the whole milk. I just keep offering it to him and maybe eventually he’ll take to it. 

Rosa posted this 29 June 2019

As long as you feel what's right and comfortable for you! Do not feel pressured. You know yourself, your limits. As long as baby is healthy everything will be okay.

Star posted this 06 July 2019

Agree! There is no set rulebook. Trust your own instincts.

As long as you feel what's right and comfortable for you! Do not feel pressured. You know yourself, your limits. As long as baby is healthy everything will be okay.

Raine posted this 06 July 2019

This is the technique I used and it worked for us. It took about two weeks.

Did you try slowly weaning? When you give her the bottle is it breastmilk or regular milk. My suggestion is to pump and give a breastmilk bottle then slowly add in milk and get her used to the flavor and consistency. 

Emily posted this 19 July 2019

I wanted to be able to nurse for a year, but due to life schedules and all of that we ended up only lasting 3 months. But a friend of mine also did the weaning strategy and that did work for her daughter when they started it at around 16 months

heather posted this 12 September 2019

i def think slow weaning is best for both you and the baby. i know many others have said this, trust your gut and do what feels comfortable to you not what others tell you

karlie posted this 30 September 2019

I let both of my little ones nurse up to 14 months. When it came time to stop, I found that if I gave in and drug it out longer it made it more difficult for both of us. I ended up sticking to it and just told baby "no more, all gone". Both little ones threw a fit for about 30 minutes the first time I told them no. They however quickly caught on and within 1 day they were weaned off. Just stick to it mama! It'll be worth it. 

Susan posted this 11 November 2019

I am just about to go through this with my son as I need to start weaning soon in order to be able to go through IVF treatments to try to have my second child!  I can't start the process until my son is completely weaned.  I hope it goes well for you!

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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