13 months for me but 2.5 before we could actually conceive.
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9 months for me and I started predictable ovulation at the same time
Esme breastfed for 3.5 years. I weaned her, with great difficulty after two whole years of 'don't offer, don't refuse', her Breastfeeding through a pregnancy and tandem feeding for 6 months. She still asks to Breastfeed regularly now and hasn't been breastfed since February. But I had had enough. And I got my period back at 5 months, which seemed most unfair.
Tbh I'm struggling with bf, due to low supply. My goal now is three months, then I'll reassess. I'd love to get to 6 months. You ladies that have gone past 12 months- Well done! its not easy! I couldn't bf my first past the first few days due to a tongue tie.
To the pp saying just express- when I express I'm lucky to get 20ml. I know and know of many people who breastfed but couldn't express.
To those saying its gross etc to bf a toddler- there is no evidence that I'm aware of to say this is a harmful practice, and plenty to say its beneficial.
The problem with extended breastfeeding is YOUR attitude towards it, not theirs.
I have a 4yo, and if I still fed him, it would be a non-issue for the rest of the world as it would just be the occasional feed at home. He has rarely drunk any type of milk for over a year, so I imagine it would just be a feed at night or if he felt insecure.
I can't see any psychological danger as he doesn't view breasts as sexual. They are just something that mummy has that produce milk.
As it turned out, I weaned him at 2 as I was sick of feeding and didn't want to be grabbed by a toddler anymore, and I don't have it in me to feed a 4yo. However, I applaud those who can as I think it's optimal.
Stiflers Mom (09-11-2012)
A serious genuine question. For those that for whatever reason can't or don't want to physically bf but prefer to express, at what age do you decide enough is enough? I know some people do it this way for various reasons. Personally for dd1 I had over supply and could have exclusively expressed for a year longer if I desired. Whereas with dd2 I had under supply so bf let alone ebm wasn't an option.
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