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    All mothers need to.be truly free to make this choice and make it work. No guilt no shame no pressure. Women who want to bf should be able to and be completely supported and free to feed publicly and for however long they like and women who are unconvinced about bf or.can't must be supported and educated on bottlefeeding and formulas too eg which formulas are easily digested and storage and how to make formula safely. If we women were truly free to choose and there were no obstacles it would be amazing

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    I was so cranky with the spin off thread "how old is too old for bf". Can you imagine the furore if a thread was aimed at telling mums telling them how "selfish" they were to stop bf.

    I'm not talking bout the ones that stopped for supply/mastitis etc but the ones that stopped cos they didn't want too.

    It amazes me how it's perfectly ok for some posters to say they think it's creepy to breast feed past 12-18mths but by the same token ok for them to not follow WHO guidelines till 2yo.

    Well I'm putting it out there. I think the minimum age a child should be offered bm either by the mother or donor milk is 6mths.

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    That's as narrow-minded as the posters saying that it's wrong or creepy to BF a 3yo Izzys Mummy, making you just as hypocritical as the people who's posts 'amaze' you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FearlessLeader View Post
    I would question the 97% who want to BF also. Fact is, it's deemed completely unacceptable for women to just say 'i don't want to breastfeed' so instead, they make up stories to themselves and others about how their milk dried up, etc. I am NOT saying that people don't give up because they are not given support, I'm sure there are many in that situation and my heart truly goes out to them. But if someone doesn't want to BF, whatever her reasons, even if that reason is 'i want to go out clubbing every weekend' or 'i want to reserve my boobs for my husband and sex' then that is no-one's business but HERS.

    So I will answer as I did in the 'how long should a woman feed' thread. However long she damn well likes. If she wants to at all.

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    exactly this.
    i bf because it works for me. i dont have an issue with someone making a different choice because they are in a different situation

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    I couldn't attach DD because her mouth was too small. I expressed each feed for a month and stopped. I have no regrets, sense of loss, or guilt. The only emotion I had was an intense hatred of the breast pump.

    You do what you gotta do to keep you baby fed and your sanity in tact.

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    I refuse to discuss how other people feed their babies.

    I prefer to save my judgement for those who don't feed their children at all, not those who nourish and nurture them with nutritious formula and/or breastmilk.
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    For however little amount of time that a mother agrees on.

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    In my circle of friends, I'm a long term breastfeeder, that is, I fed both my girls past 12 months and continued while I was pregnant with their younger siblings. Also, because of my babies' food issues I've had to eliminate whole food groups from my diet, which makes me some kind of crazy woman/hero in the eyes of others.
    I don't love breastfeeding, but I do it because it's cheap, easy and IMHO better for the health of my children.
    I come from a family of breastfeeders, so I didn't grow up seeing babies given bottles, and I hope the example I give my daughters is that breastfeeding is normal. Both my girls will sit next to me and breastfeed their dolls while DS is being fed.
    My friends who have had issues feeding their first babies have gone straight to formula when their 2nd has been born. I think there's a pressure for woman to feed even if they don't want to. "I didn't have enough milk" is a reason I hear a lot, and I haven't been in that situation, but there are ways to boost your supply that I'm sure my friends haven't tried. I think it's more acceptable to use an excuse than to admit you don't want to feed?
    Anyway, each to their own and everyone needs to do what works for them and their family, but if such a high proportion of woman HONESTLY want to feed and so few make it to even 6 months, the system is failing miserably.
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    For what it's worth babies who are not exclusively breastfeed still get breast milk and a lot of the benefits.

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    To answer the OP. 12 months. But that is just my opinion.


 

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