So i have two questions. 1) At what age did you stop breastfeeding 2) How did your baby let you know they were ready to stop breastfeeding?
I keep getting asked when im going to stop breastfeeding, my DD is approaching nearly 4 months but neither me or her are ready to stop yet. I was thinking about a year old. Just wondering if your baby let you know or if you just decided to stop.
My oldests nursed through my second pregnancy and tandem nursed for about 2 months after that so he was just over 2 (26-27 months). He was not happy with the newborn supply I had developed instead of his regular low flow.
My middle son stopped nursing on his own at about 15 months. He was never a strong nurser to begin with and he just didnt seem to "have time" for nursing LOL.
My youngest son was just about 2 when I decided I was done nursing. He didnt have any issue with the cutoff...
My first was a year. She was nursing for shorter and shorter periods and would get distracted really easily.
With the twins, I nursed them for about 13 months. By then, it was really hard to nurse them at the same time because they would interact with each other so much, they wouldn't actually nurse. I knew they were my last babies and I didn't feel like being done, so I pumped and donated milk for the next 2 months. I figured, that way, if they wanted to take it up again, I'd still have a supply.
I'm sorry they're harassing you about nursing at 4 months. Wow that's ignorant! I've nursed both kids past the age of 2. A baby isn't going to let you know they're done nursing because milk is the number one food they need for the first year. Everything else is just for fun. Have you checked out the Breastfeeding Moms group yet? When I first started nursing I set my goal to a year. That's a great goal to have. I ended up reading about nursing to 2 years old at least being the norm and the best for them so I kept going but it really is no one else's business but yours. And I would tell people that when they asked me lol =)
We self wean. My second weaned at 18 months because of me being pregnant. He nursed 22 weeks of my pregnancy. My first nursed 14 months ( I weaned him and have regrets to this day). I never cared what people thought. This third baby will nurse until she self weans. Proabably 2 years or more. We are anti formula though and will never give that to our babies.