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Old 11-07-2008, 11:38 AM   #41
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Thanks for this thread. I was very comfortable nursing DS (my second) past a year...but he is 40 months (he was 3 in July) and we are now tandem nursing (since July) and I have had periods of almost resentment that he hasn't self weaned. The family pressure was strong after 18 months then dwindled and is back now, including DH. I can't make him stop nursing...we have tried to limit it to 2 times a day, but we have had a couple weeks where he wants to nurse 4-6 times a day. I usually can keep at 4 or less. I wonder if he will ever wean? But for now we are tandem nursing and I hope #3 nurses for a long time (DD, my first, self weaned at 14 months after we had a miscarriage and the milk supply had suffered, a lot).
PM if you are nursing a preschooler, I could use the reminders that this is normal and he eventually will wean

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Old 11-07-2008, 01:13 PM   #42
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I nursed my two DS's until they were around 2 1/2.
Now I am nursing my 4 week old and loving it!! I will nurse him as long as I can, as I'm assuming he will be the last baby.
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Old 11-14-2008, 01:53 PM   #43
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Thank you for posting this

My son is 15 months old and while most support it (my dh is our biggest supporter, in fact on days when I want to wean my dh says 'no' lol) others find it 'gross' or 'weird'. My son bf's 3+ times a day and is no where near weaning and I am happy to know the benefits to him and myself :-)

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Old 11-14-2008, 08:57 PM   #44
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I loved nursing my daughter & really kind of mourned when she weaned herself! She was 18 months, so it's not like we gave up early or anything, but it was such a special time! I can't wait to do it again & I have been praying that baby #2 is a good nurser, too!!
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Old 11-16-2008, 12:16 PM   #45
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My son is 4 and is still nursed a few times a week. I am happy with that decision and feel like I have given him the best start. If anyone has questions about how it is to nurse a child, feel free to PM me.
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Old 12-13-2008, 11:18 PM   #46
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Thank you for posting this!
My ex thinks it's strange that I want to go past even 1 year (he didn't want me to bf to begin with), so it's been a fight! One that's not his business either :P
So thanks and maybe he'll read this if I print it out for him? lol
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Old 12-19-2008, 04:49 AM   #47
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Breast milk is the best possible food for your baby and will give her the best start in life.It can give befits to you and your baby.Breast feeding is the only way to give her right food.It will give right nutrients.

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Old 12-26-2008, 08:05 PM   #48
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I am glad to have read this. I didnt know about the benefits of breastfeeding past a year with my fist daughter. I thought you were supposed to try to go for a year and then you were supposed to stop. I never realized there were continued benefits and thought it was weird to do it longer so I stopped at 15 months to the dislike of my daughter. My second is 16 months now and i thought about trying to wean and looked into it and have found all this new info and am definitely now going to try for at least two years or just wait until she wants to stop. Anyhoo, keep up the good work getting the word out!
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Old 01-02-2009, 11:09 PM   #49
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This is some awesome information!!! Being a nurse in an Intensive Care Nursery, I completely understand the benefits of bm to babies. My son is 15 months old and is still nursing and LOVES it. I love it to, as it is "our" special time!!
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Old 01-14-2009, 05:30 PM   #50
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I loved this information! My DD is 18 months and my other DD is 7 weeks. I thought we were crazy for attempting tandem nursing (hadn't even heard of it before I found myself in the middle of it!) but I'm glad to see there is so much support for extended breastfeeding.
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