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Old 04-19-2013, 10:38 AM   #31
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Cuz - I REALLY think that is a personal decision. Ideally, a year is great because that's when they can have cow's milk. But, AAP says 2. Not everyone is comfortable nursing past 1, though. I really think though that when they are older like that, that they only nurse a few times a day, like maybe morning/night with a snack in the day sometime. Not every 4 hours like when they are babies. My *plan* is to nurse/pump until June when I am out of school. Zoey will be 10 months. Then I just plan to nurse her on demand until school starts back up at the end of August. She will be 1 August 1st. I am not going to be pumping regularly though once school lets out, because nursing is quicker and easier for us. Then, once school starts back up, I'll still nurse when I'm home until she decides to wean within reason. I don't see anything wrong with "term" or "extended" breastfeeding, but I really can't see myself nursing a 2, 3, 4 year old. I'm hoping we make it until about 18ish months, because that would get her through another cold/flu season with those extra immunities.

Kari - with my second, I was nursing her and she would nurse for long periods and I got frustrated and then decided to e-pump. That only lasted a month before it got REALLY OLD, REALLY FAST. So I quit and went to formula. I have always regretted it and wished I would have stuck it out with nursing through those tough early months. Zoey was my baby to make up for that, and I feel I definitely have. But knowing what I know now and how wonderful/easy nursing has gotten for Zoey and me, I wish even more that it would have worked out with the other 2! Just keep chugging along and you will overcome those obstacles!
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Old 04-22-2013, 04:48 PM   #32
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Thanks leeann. I want to nurse her as long as possible, but itīs good to start to get an idea of how long it might be good to do it.
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Old 04-23-2013, 12:08 PM   #33
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Yeah. I frequently hear from a lot of people that don't know much about nursing that it's only important to do it until 6 months and I completely disagree with that. Some of my friends are surprised that I'm *still* nursing Zoey and she's only 8.5 months old! I'm like you and I'd like to do it for awhile still. My next goal is 12 months. My ultimate goal though is 18 months. Anything past 12 is just bonus points for me, though. haha! I got nervous this weekend and thought she was on a strike because I'd go to nurse her and she'd just bite me. She just did that on Saturday evening though. She was back to normal yesterday, thank goodness!! I'm not ready to be done yet! haha
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:37 PM   #34
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leann-I agree with you that anything past 12 months is bonus points. I would like to nurse until 18 lbs, but I know that after 12 mo DH will start asking me why I'm still doing it. He has already made a few comments, like-after a yr. bm doesn't provide any nourishment.... Little does he know.
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Old 04-25-2013, 12:10 AM   #35
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cuz - the answer is you should nurse as long as you are both happy nursing. Before I had Anna, i asked my bff how long she planned to nurse her daughter. she said she didnt have an age or weight in mind, cuz those #s would just be random anyway. Nursing never stops providing nutrition, so you stop when it makes sense otherwise. As they age, it also becomes super easy and less frequent. Anna was exclusively bfed as an infant. At 1 year we were down to 3 times a day. At 13 months she dropped the mid day feeding. At 17 months she didnt want to nurse at night any more. At 19 months exactly, one morning we forgot to nurse in the am, the next day she nursed again and then the day after she never wanted to again. as much as i had dreaded the idea of stopping, it felt like it was totally her decision and i was comfortable with how we stopped. My husband was asking questions too towards the end, but i basically told him to keep his funny opinions to himself. No one but mom and baby have any say in when you stop. I dont know if I'll have the opportunity to nurse another baby, so i dont regret for a day going longer than some thought i should. If you are happy nursing - don't set 'end dates' - just go till your done. It seems like in a happy healthy nursing relationship it happens more naturally than you'd expect.
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:02 AM   #36
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Just wanted to chime in that I'm still nursing LO at 15 months. I've introduced cows milk and she has 3 meals and lots of snacks but she was never one for the bottle so she isn't too keen about it when she knows Mom is around. Its a personal decision but I don't think there is anything wrong with nursing as long as you want. I also had people commenting when they realized I was nursing exclusively and acting as if I had no life because I nursed lol. It is so much easier than heating up milk and forcing her to drink it. She nurses morning, night before her nap and randomly when she feels like it. I know she'll outgrow it once she starts preschool so I'm not too concerned.
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Old 06-18-2013, 04:32 PM   #37
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Thanks for the feedback. We've cut back to nursing 4-5 x a day. Good news is that AF finally decided to show. Now praying for a natural bfp. I can't believe that it's been practically a yr since LO made her appearance!
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Old 01-11-2014, 03:01 PM   #38
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Hey ladies, it's been a while since I've been on.. looking to get back involved in the community now that I have a bit more free time... question though, doesn't seem like it's very active in here? Is there another place/site/facebook page that everyone moved to or something??? Fill me in!! Side note- how's everyone doing??
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Old 01-11-2014, 07:27 PM   #39
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Dawn, there is a FB site! I will send you a PM right now with the info
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Old 01-13-2014, 03:07 PM   #40
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I miss the activity here! I hope all the 2013 babies are doing well. Can't believe my little guy will be one next month!
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