Great thread. Before I had DS, the oldest BF person was my cousin, 11 months. I've since broken that record!!
The longer I feed though, the more people I meet who have fed for much longer. I found out yesterday that a lady at work fed until just over 2 years so I will no doubt be seeking her out for advice!! (And bubhub of course!)
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19-04-2012 07:56 #101Still Eli's mum :)
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19-04-2012 08:15 #103
Again, thanks for all the interest on this thread. I really had no idea it was so common to feed past 3, 4...9 years!
19-04-2012 09:09 #104
19-04-2012 09:35 #105
I breastfed both my boys to around 3-3.5 and love that I was able to do that, it was just a natural thing, we slowed down as they got older and stopped when they were ready. My youngest is 5 and is still cuddly and smooshy, he had to be gently persuaded to stop he is such a cuddler. I don't personally know anyone older than that.
19-04-2012 09:47 #106
I'm BFing a 22 month old and that is the oldest I know so me I guess! Ever since DD was born and I would go to my nan and pops house they would ask me 'still breastfeeding?' and I would say yes and they would tell me how wonderful that is and that their next door neighbour fed her little boy till he was 6. So I always thought they were supportive, but last time I was there and said yes to the 'still breastfeeding' question my nan said 'oh dear you are going to have to stop that!' so I guess it's all of a sudden weird now. I don't know anyone who has BF much past 1 or is supportive of it except my mum and DH, thank god for them. I really wanted DD weaned by the time she was 2, and I have been worrying lately that she won't be and that DH will think its 'gross' that she is still feeding (coz his family will tell him it is!) but he said to me 'it's such a big comfort for her, how come no one makes a big deal about when a baby gives up its bottle? It's the same thing. If she still needs it for comfort then we can't take that off her just yet'
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19-04-2012 10:46 #107
19-04-2012 18:24 #108
I'm currently BFing my 18 month old and am starting to feel very self conscious about it as DS is 90cm so quite tall... I was thrilled to make it to 12 months which was my goal and the goal of most BFing mums I know... But it's just so easy and so comforting for ds that I'm going for the 2 year a mark and then will reassess things...
19-04-2012 19:57 #109
19-04-2012 22:38 #110
Just going to remind people to not bring personal attacks on others.
Curious question - what is regarded as extended feeding?
I fed my son till about 18months - he self weaned at this point - and I wonder if he stopped liking the taste when I got pregnant and I fed my daughter beyond 2 - but never thought of either of them being "extended feeding".
I'm curious as I've never actually discussed how long any of my friends breastfed their babies - it never came up in conversation and I was never interested in it.
Another FYI - from a developmental point of view - the sucking reflex which is present in all mammals from birth is gone by about 3-4months as this is when it becomes a voluntary motor function - the muscles are well developed by this time - so anyone thinking breastfeeding beyond 4months is anything to do with helping integrate a primitive reflex (which occurs when a baby is bottle fed too) is misinformed.
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