View Poll Results: How long do you plan (or have) BF your child?
Up to 6 wks max 2 0.47%
3-6 months 13 3.02%
6-12 months 43 10.00%
1 to 2 yrs 188 43.72%
2 1/2 yrs - 3 yrs 38 8.84%
3 - 3 1/2 2 0.47%
3 1/2 - 4 4 0.93%
CLW - but would prefer them to wean before 4 yrs 112 26.05%
CLW, even if it's over 4 1/2 yrs 15 3.49%
Other - please specify 13 3.02%
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Old 09-24-2008, 02:33 PM   #21
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Re: How long do you plan to BF?

I nursed DD1 for 18 months and had to wean b/c I was pregnant with DD2 and due in a month. I only lasted 7 months with DD2 b/c I was worn out. I am now expecting a son in 12/08 and hope to go about 18mo-2yrs this time around if I can.
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I nursed my second child to 3 1/2 when he self weaned, my 3rd is 11 mths and still going strong, I will let him self wean also.
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DD#1 weaned herself at 16 months. I was totally ok with that. Id tenatively set a goal of weaning by 18 months, anyways...so it worked out well. With DD#1, I'd nurse up until 18 months also. The long extended nursing just isnt my thing.
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I want to BF as long as she does she is my last baby and I want her to stay one
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I'm saying 1-2 years... probably closer to 2, and maybe a little over.
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I BF DD1 until 11 months. DD2 I tentatively plan on weaning around Christmas time so about 9 months old. I am returning to school in January (nursing) and will be working 12 hour shifts and sometimes can go the whole time without a break. I just can't see it working out without being able to pump. I haven't 100% decided to wean then, so we'll see. I'd LOVE to go till around 18 months or so.
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I voted CLW -prefer before 4yrs. I don't see myself nursing Dakota past 18mo-2yrs. But who knows. I didnt think I would be nursing her at 7.5 months either!
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My first was 19 months.. i was pg and thought I had to wean her.. I didn't offer she didn't ask.. I cried!!

Second is 24 months and nursing umm 1-3 times a day..

Third is ebf and I plan do do clw We'lll see though b/c I dont know that I want to go over three.. dh says he wants me to go till 5!!! He's a great supporter of bfing!!!
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I BF DD1 until 11 months. DD2 I tentatively plan on weaning around Christmas time so about 9 months old. I am returning to school in January (nursing) and will be working 12 hour shifts and sometimes can go the whole time without a break. I just can't see it working out without being able to pump. I haven't 100% decided to wean then, so we'll see. I'd LOVE to go till around 18 months or so.
I'm a nurse too and those 12 hour shifts are killers sometimes I really get annoyed when they aren't pump friendly. I say personally don't let the pressure force you to wean if you have no other reason not to.. pumping sucks!!! but I wouldn't give it up just because of some idiots who won't give you a break when they really should!!

ETA I have gone the whole time or close to it as well without pumping.. I know it isn't fun.. I do think that nursing school teachers as well as co workers should be more supportive!
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Going for CRW (or as Dr Sears puts it "child respectful weaning"). It's very much like CLW but with a bit of input from mom. I pretty much let my oldest two CLW with some encouragement toward the end. My current youngest is 16 mos and eats like a grown man, but still nurses about twice a day. I'm also PG with LO#4 and do not really like the idea of tandem nursing but am not "pushing" DS3 to wean. I don't know that he'll nurse through my whole pregnancy ... but we'll see ...
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