How Long Will You Breastfeed Your Baby?


I just watched a video about breastfeeding that channingsmom posted in the CafeMom Newcomers Club. It's about people's reactions to watching another video called "Breastfeeding from birth until two years and beyond." If you have time to watch it, here it is. Either way, keep reading.

I've also been hearing a lot of talk lately about women breastfeeding their children until they are toddlers—or even beyond.

Kelly Rutherford, one of the stars of Gossip Girl, just told Babyrazzi that she's still breastfeeding her two-year-old son Hermes. "It's an amazing bond with your child, she said. "Some cultures do it up to five years normally. I'll just do it as long as it feels right for my son."

Over in the Toddler Buzz, Cafe Cynthia has an interview with jellyphish, the owner of the Breastfeeding Toddlers/Preschoolers Group, about extended or full-term breastfeeding (feeding your baby until the age of two or beyond). She talks about the benefits of breastfeeding toddlers—and the biting! Check out what she has to say.

How long do you plan to breastfeed your baby?



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clovi... clovismommy25

My first self weaned ( I blieve because I was still in high school full time) at 14 months (he was EBF) My DS2 is 2 months old, and going strong. I will allow him to self wean as well. Even if he is 3 or 4.

Spiri... SpiritedTigress

I'm hoping he'll go for between 2 and 3 years. 4 years is when I'll start to slowly wean him if he hasn't done it himself. I want at least a year to myself before we have the next one (I want the next baby 5 years from now, when I get my Mirena taken out).

Reeni... Reenieredhead

I want to EBF for at least a year. If my little one wants to stop before that, I like the idea of continuing to pump and at least still feeding him breastmilk. (Plus, I paid so much for the breast pump, I'd like to get all the use I can out of it!) If he wants to go beyond a year, or two, or three, I'm fine with that. I am able to breastfeed, and for me, once I got past the initial two weeks, it's so much easier than bottles. When I do have to prepare bottles of pumped milk (so that my hubby or other caretaker can feed him while I'm at work a few hours a day), I tend to feel a little stressed. Washing, cleaning up, whether he'll like it or not, whether it's the right temp when warmed up. I love being able to take my LO anywhere and not have to worry about what I'll do when he gets hungry. I'm glad I am able to breastfeed.

Sidenote: My mom tried to breastfeed me, but I had a week sphincter muscle in my throat, making it so that I threw up basically anything I ate for the first year or so of life. In order to get enough to eat (since I kept throwing everything back up) she ended up having to formula feed me as well. I'm healthy, happy, and I also think my mom is the best. Every woman's situation is different. I'm glad that was included in the video.

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