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What does it mean? To some it means past 6 weeks. To others it is 6 months, and according to the WHO it is to at least the age of 2.
I prefer to call it “term” breastfeeding. As in, your child will determine when they are ready to stop. This is usually from age 3 and up.
3! 3 years old. I hear you exclaim.
Well yes. 3, 4, hell, maybe even 7!
I really hear you! A few years ago, I’d be saying the exact same thing!
I always wanted to breastfeed. My mum breastfed my siblings and I. It is the natural thing to do (you can see my very first day as a breastfeeding mama Here)
But, breastfeeding once baby has teeth? I was never going to do that. “Ugh”
Breastfeeding a baby that can crawl over to you and pull your top down and latch on by themselves, regardless of whether it’s convenient for mama. Nope. I wouldn’t be that crazy hippy.
“If he can ask for it, he’s too old for it”
Once he has teeth, you’ll soon stop.
You’re just doing it for you now, he doesn’t “need” it.
Omg. He’s STILL breastfeeding?
Yes. Yes he is. But he’s only 14 months old.
We’ve had some major wobbles, there have been many many times that I could happily have stopped.
Fighting through nursing aversions when my husband is away on Operations, (the joys of army life) and feeling utterly alone. The resentment because I can’t have a day off without needing to pump, the sadness because we’re TTC and it just isn’t happening, and everyone is pointing at the fact that I’m still breastfeeding.
Gingerly latching Sebastien on to a nipple that has recently been bitten so hard, it needed gluing (that wasn’t an awkward gp visit at all!) “yeah, I’ll stop when he has teeth”
Nope. 14 months on. We’re still here. And you know what? We don’t plan to stop anytime soon.
The benefits of continuing to breastfeed are immense, not just for Sebastien , but also for myself.
Having recently had a scare with a lump in my breast, the lower risk of cancer is somehow reassuring. I was pretty sure the lump was nothing. And I was right. It still scared me though!
Right now I have a beautiful outgoing little boy, he is so very sociable, happy, lively and loving. He is a “snuggly” baby. A joy to mother. He is self assured, but when the day gets too much, he nuzzles content on my breast and all is right with the world once again. Why would I give up HIS comfort and nutrition? I just wouldn’t. At least not for a while yet.
What would you consider extended breastfeeding? How long did/have you breastfed for?
*Edit* (3/08/2016) 1 year in since writing this post. Sebastien weaned at 18.5 months. He weaned because I was pregnant with Vivienne.(20 weeks pregnant when he actually weaned, so the irony is, when I wrote this post about TTc, we were actually already pregnant!) I’m still gutted we didn’t make it to 2 years of breastfeeding.
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This is a fab post! Great to read. We are still feeding at 19 months – 20 months next week! It’s awful when people give ‘advice’ like that isn’t it.
Unsolicited advice, I have discovered is part and parcel of being a parent! I look forward to getting to 20 months! Even at 8 months, I was sure I would “stop at one” but nope! I have a boob monster! X
Still feeding at 4 years 5 months.
That’s awesome Shoshana! Hopefully I’ll be able to say that one day too! X
I only managed 2 weeks with my first, hoping for longer this time around 🙂 xx
Good luck! There are many support networks out there, and I’m always happy to help another mama where I can xx