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A Zanzibari woman breastfeeding. Photo by Brocken Inaglory.


If you have ever breastfed a baby, how long did you feed them for? If you are currently breastfeeding, how long do you plan to continue?

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Seven months and counting. I was afraid I wouldn't be able to breastfeed because both my mother and grandmother had issues doing so. So every day I breastfeed is a bonus for me.
by Vee
It's been nearly five years continuously (with two kids) so far. I let them wean when they're ready.
12 months with my first daughter - she weened herself. My 2nd daughter is 7 months and still breastfeeding, so hopefully she'll follow suit!
Between 11.5 mths and 58 months I think. (5kids.)
I did for 1.5years.
I did all of ten minutes.
Total fail.....
A few drops of colostrum would still be better than none at all. Good on you for trying.
Thanks Jennifer.....yes at least I tried. :)
by jonaj
My youngest is almost two and I'm still breastfeeding him. I've noticed lately that he's getting more restless at night, so am supplementing him for the first time so he can get what he needs, so I think it won't be long before he is weaned. It's such a comfort to him when he wakes up in the night to have a cuddle and a breastfeed, I'm not in any hurry to stop.
My first child I breastfed for 16 months, my second child for 2.5 years.
First baby, 6 months'.
Second baby, 3 months'.
That was long enough for me!

If it wasn't for the 'goodness' received by babies' with breastfeeding, would NEVER have done it. Hated it with a passion, for SO many reasons'. Never again, thankfully!


I thought you might find this interesting. http://wholewoman.hubgarden.com/the-natural-age-of-weaning/

and on a personal note. My first had her last feed a bit after she turned 4, my second was just before 3 (my milk dried up as I was pregnant). Number 3 is 2 1/2, and no signs of stopping anytime soon.
18 months.
six to seven months is long enough because they are solid foods and breastmilk is not needed. At that age babies are able to digest cow's or goat's milk whichever you use.
They don't need to be breastfed exclusively after six months or so, but starting solids doesn't mean you have to stop breastfeeding entirely. The World Health Organisation recommends women continue breastfeeding alongside appropriate foods for up to two years and beyond. Of course women don't have to do it for that long, or at all if they don't want to, it's just a recommendation. http://www.who.int/topics/breastfeeding/en/
Unfortunately I didn't get a chance of breastfeeding as much as I wanted to, I wasn;t producing enough milk for whatever reason, and although I was seeing a lactacting nurse I did persist, but I was worried for my baby he wasn't getting enough to feed on so I had to go on formula I wa.s disappointed.
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