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My 2-Year Old Is Still Breastfeeding…How About Your Child?

July 20, 2011


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I have a confession to make: my daughter is 2 years old and she’s still breastfeeding.  Actually, she’s pushing 2½.  She’ll be 28 months next week, and from the way things are going, it doesn’t look like she’s interested in giving up the boob any time soon.

But I’m not complaining, at least not right this second.  Sure, there are days when I wish she was done and over with it, but for the most part, I like the close bond we have when I’m nursing her…plus I haven’t lost all the baby weight yet.  I kid, I kid!

So how long will we keep this up?  I nursed my son until he was 29 months old, so maybe it’ll be the same this time around.  I really don’t know.  All I know is that sooner or later there will come a time when my daughter will decide she no longer wants to breastfeed.  In the meantime, I’ll just enjoy this special time with her before it ends.

What about you?  How long did you nurse your child? Tell us in the comments below.

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  • Meg
    July 20, 2011

  • 11 months with my first, 24 months (weaned three days after her second birthday) with my second. And absolutely everyone I knew was horrified and discouraged extended bfing (“extended” meaning anything beyond six months). It was a very challenging decision, but I feel accomplished to have allowed both children to self-wean on their schedule because it was the right fit for us.

  • Naya
    July 20, 2011

  • Way to go mama!! I’m currently nursing my son who is 7 months old. He started solids only recently and I’m already having issues with him not nursing me as much as he used to. I can only imagine what will happen when we finally wean. My goal is to nurse for at least 12 months. After that it’s up to him. We can nurse for as long as he would like.

  • llf
    July 21, 2011

  • i breast fed my first till 1, he weaned himself. my 2nd had health issues and she nursed till she was 40 months. after that, i didn’t care. my son was 37 months, and my last one was 51 months. i was ready to stop before she was.

  • Tracey
    July 21, 2011

  • My daughter is nearly 16 months and shows no signs of giving up nursing any time soon. She only nurses a few times a day now (morning, after work/daycare and before bed,) but I will continue until she is ready to stop.

  • Asantewaa
    July 21, 2011

  • I nursed my daughter until she was almost 4, and I nursed my son until he was about 2 1/2. Both stopped when they felt like it.

  • Erlinda
    July 21, 2011

  • I had a friend who breastfed her daughter until she was 4 1/2 years…It wasn’t a constant thing, just at night or in the morning, but there were times when it was lucky that she was still BFing for that long. For instance, her daughter had a really awful stomach bug and the only she could keep down was breast milk. Their doctor said it was great that she was still BFing to keep her daughter hydrated. In the end, her daughter decided she was ready to stop and they had made a deal that if she could go without BFing for a week, she could have her first mani-pedi. I applaud my friend for sticking to what she believes in…she is a wonderful person and her relationship with her daughter is awesome! Love them both! I’m still nursing my 10-month-old and hope to continue until she’s ready to stop…She’ll let me know!

  • Ashley McCullough
    July 21, 2011

  • Right around 10 months with my first. I quit only because of a new medication I thought I needed. Ended up with mastitis and I regretted quitting so soon. My 2nd child is 6 months old and going strong, I will let him wean when he is ready to!

  • Shari
    July 21, 2011

  • I don’t know….there is just something so wrong about going straight from breast feeding your child to a mani-pedicure. Personally, I BF for as long as I could (about 6 months). But BFing a child that is almost ready for Kindergarten just seems wrong. Ewwww.

  • Stephanie
    July 22, 2011

  • I didn’t get to get past 6 weeks. She would never latch and I couldn’t produce enough by pumping. She just never developed wanting to latch on. I had help and nothing worked. She had intolerance to regulare formula as well, so we had to place her on more expensive formula supplementing breastmilk when I could produce enough. It took our insurance almost a year for them to finally cover the cost of formula. $200 a month on formula drained us and stressed me out.

    I couldn’t produce any at 6 weeks. No medications, herbs, organic or therapy helped. I cried…..and cried.

    I would have hope to reach at least 2 years of giving breast milk. (from the breast or pump).

  • Toye
    July 23, 2011

  • I am a mother of five children. I breastfed all of them. My youngest is 21 months and we are still bfing. I have never had to wean any of my other children, they all self-weaned. I am patiently waiting for her to let me know when she is ready to stop. I must admit, at times I just want my body back. The only times she breast feeds is in the morning, after lunch and at bedtime. I feel like we are getting closer to her stopping soon. I try to remain positive about my situation, however, my family gives me grief about her still breastfeeding.

  • Trina
    August 18, 2011

  • I weaned both my boys breast to cup at just over a year old.

  • Katherine White
    October 8, 2011

  • I went 3 yrs and 4 months…there were occasionally moments when I wished to be done earlier, but when she finally decided to wean, there were no tears on either side, no regrets, no engorging, just one night she didn’t want it…just rolled over and went to sleep. Peaceful. Easy.

    Was very happy to have a way to comfort and nourish her during the tummy flu, glad to make it past all of her molars with no major drama, and very limited tylenol…
    If allowed to self wean, most children do so between 3-4 years. I don’t think there’s a downside to extended weaning except feeling like you’ll never get your boobies back…which isn’t true.