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when to stop breastfeeding

when to stop breastfeeding

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  • akchic akchic's Avatar 03-18-06 | 07:33 PM
  • I am still breastfeeding Rosie and have been thinking about when I am going to stop. For those of you who started out breastfeeding, why did you stop?

    For those of you still breastfeeding - when do you plan to stop and why?

    Another question - anyone know when most babies stop having formula and/or breastmilk and go to regular milk for good?
  • MImom23 MImom23's Avatar 03-19-06 | 12:30 AM
  • Thoose are all personal choices, My DD (now6) nursed til she was 18 months and she weaned her self, it was a good time for both of us cuz at the point she weaned I was 3 months PG

    I plan on doing the same with Kaylee, allowing her to give me the signals, and i don't introduce cow milk til 13 months or so if she is still nursing. My DS was bottle feed from 3 or 4 months and we introduced cows milk at 12 months.
  • Sheeeva Sheeeva's Avatar 03-19-06 | 02:44 AM
  • I believe in child-led weaning, so when my DS started refusing the breast at 11 1/2 months I let him wean. My daughter is 18 months old and still nursing. I plan to BF her until she's two, but if she self-weans between now and then, so be it.
    As for the milk, from the age of 1 children can have cow's milk, but personally I gave/give both of mine follow-on formula. DS until he was over 3, I plan to give it to DD for the same amount of time.
  • Oreo Oreo's Avatar 03-20-06 | 02:16 PM
  • I nursed DS #1 until he was 15 mos. We started weaning at about 13 and it was a slow process. I just needed to be able to put him to bed w/o nursing him. It made it hard on DH to watch him when I was at a school function, etc.... He always hated the bottle.
    DS#2 is down to one nursing a day and we will let go of that soon, too since I want to start losing weight like a mad woman to get pg again this summer. Both my boys got milk at 12 mos.

    My advice, for whatever it's worth, is to do what your child and your heart say. I cried when we were done nursing with #1, but it was also necessary. You have to be ok with it.
    Good Luck!

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