View Poll Results: How long have you breastfed or do you plan on breastfeeding for?
0-3 months 6 2.51%
3-6 months 13 5.44%
6-9 months 8 3.35%
9-12 months 20 8.37%
12-18 months 70 29.29%
18-24 months 70 29.29%
24-30 months 37 15.48%
30-36 months 27 11.30%
Other (please explain) 42 17.57%
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Old 03-16-2010, 11:24 PM   #1
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How long has your LO breastfed?

I know this has been asked before, but I'm looking for current information. I'm writing a paper in college on extended breastfeeding and that it is happening more often, as well as why it's happening. My professor already thinks I'm crazy after the essay I wrote him on how to diaper a baby (what can I say, he assigned it as a topic) ended up being two pages and everyone else wrote a paragraph.

My youngest DD is still nursing at 31 months and I am proud of it. I had tried to wean her, but she is way more stongwilled than I am, so I gave in and am letting her self wean.

I would greatly appreciate any help. Thanks.
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Re: How long has your LO breastfed?

My DS1 weaned at 19 months though I blame that on pregnancy. I guess I'm not much help!
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My DS1 weaned at 19 months though I blame that on pregnancy. I guess I'm not much help!
Everyone is help at this point. My professor is convinced that only crazy people nurse thier babies past nine months. For the record my first two DDs weaned at 5 months and 8 months.
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Everyone is help at this point. My professor is convinced that only crazy people nurse thier babies past nine months. For the record my first two DDs weaned at 5 months and 8 months.
Call me crazy then, because we are at ALMOST 30 months (DD will be 2.5 on April 2) and I keep thinking we are almost ready to wean, but we aren't there yet... it feels just as natural now as it did when she was a newborn.
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DS1 weaned at 3.5yrs
DD weaned at 3yrs
DS2 is 13months and still going strong (eats very, very little solids & nurses all day and night!)

I have been Breastfeeding for 6yrs straight in May. I guess I am a crazy one!
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DS1: 18 months (when I got pg w/ dd)
DD: a little over 30 months (I was several months pg w/ ds2)
DS2: still going at 23 months, and I don't see it stopping anytime soon.

So I voted 3 times.
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Re: How long has your LO breastfed?

DD quit nursing at 5mo It was a whole host of things, but it boils down to me being an idiot and not educating myself. My goal has ALWAYS been one year at least, then let them wean when they want. My goal has since risen to two years, I refuse to fail this baby with mommy's goodness!
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Both of mine self weaned between 18-19 months.
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I weaned DS at 23 months only because he really didn't care if he nursed or not, DD is still going very strong at 10 months, the way she's going I swear she's never gonna stop, lol
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Re: How long has your LO breastfed?

DS is 33 months and still nursing semi frequently. He will nurse 5 times a day if I let him or more. I am doing child led weaning because I believe it is the most natural thing.
The average age for a child to wean in societies where a child is allowed to nurse on demand is about four years of age.
This is a good article about some statistics http://www.kathydettwyler.org/detwean.html
It really makes you think about how long we really were intended to breastfeed.
I think we as humans are intended to nurse much longer than most women want to because society has taught us otherwise over the years.
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