Who else is breastfeeding their older baby?

(69 Posts)
PurplePidjin Wed 06-Nov-13 20:37:11

DS turns one in a couple of weeks, we're down to breakfast and bedtime but i just know people are going to stop saying Wow and start looking hmm

Even my very supportive GP needed reminding of the WHO guidelines of feeding to two when i saw her recently the look on her med student's face was a picture grin

Come in, have a brewcakewine of your choice and we can remind ourselves it's them not us wink

HeeHiles Wed 06-Nov-13 20:42:35

I B/F till 3 - fuck em do what you want and what's best for you and baby!

BerstieSpotts Wed 06-Nov-13 20:43:58

I BF DS until he was 4 - he stopped by himself in January of this year smile

KittieCat Wed 06-Nov-13 20:46:27

Well done you. Always worth remembering that no one need know you're still breast feeding, unless you want them to. I don't tell people I'm still feeding DS because no one asks and he only does it at home. I decided early on that he'd wean when he was ready. He feeds morning and night time most days...if he doesn't get distracted by something more interesting!

Well done too for reminding your GP of advice, although I know it's advice for the people across the world and takes in many factors. 12 months is still so, so little, so I hope not too many people are funny about it.

It's deffo them not us. I'll have a wine.

BerstieSpotts Wed 06-Nov-13 20:46:49

It's a tricky 6 months or so until you can get them to be a bit more private about asking for it (and willing to wait!) - you may avoid this if only feeding morning and night though. I can honestly hand on heart say I never had a negative comment, though. In fact I had a couple of people say how nice it was and that they had fed theirs longer than the "norm" (in a conspiratorial whisper sad )

I mostly let people assume we had stopped.

It's going to be weird feeding a baby again if I have another one because of course my overriding memory and experience now of breastfeeding is of feeding a toddler/older child.

AnABumDanceofVampireVipers Wed 06-Nov-13 20:49:51

Still feeding DS at 3, OMG I must be making him do it! Haha, yeah right, who on Earth would be crazy enough to force a very sensitive part of the body into a toddler/child's mouth? winces at the very thought of being bitten

Bunnychan Wed 06-Nov-13 20:55:48

My LO is 5 months - I hope I'm still feeding her when she's one. I'm worried she'll wean early because she's having bottles in the day. I love our snuggly night feed :-) x

Itsmymove Wed 06-Nov-13 20:56:43

I know what you mean, for ages everyone is saying how fab it is and now it's 'you're STILL breastfeeding?' !!!

My boy is 1 today grin and feeds just morning and night too, although still during the day at weekends and my day off! I find it so cute when he's pulling at my top but again, it's usually in private and I think now I am more aware of others if I'm out, whereas I didn't bother before.

I find some people do actually ask me if I'm still breastfeeding and I'm honest because I try not to care what they think.

We are night weaning just now as he was getting up lots for a feed since I went back to work but my OH has taken over settling him in the night with water so I'm enjoying the break!

MadameJosephine Wed 06-Nov-13 20:57:09

Hello!
DD is 1 next week and is BF morning and night when I'm at work and also during the day when I'm off. I've only had a couple of people comment so far 'you're not STILL breastfeeding!', mostly people are pretty positive but I do have the advantage that I'm a midwife so even if some of my friends and family are a bit shock they probably wouldn't dare say grin

happydaze77 Wed 06-Nov-13 21:35:58

I'll join you smile

dd turned 1 this week. On my days off she feeds 1st thing, bedtime, pre+post nap and a dreamfeed when I go to bed- too scared to drop this one! On my work days she has one expressed bottle during the day.

We've been very lucky as she took to feeding really quickly and have had no major problems, so why would we want to stop!

I really enjoy feeding her still, especially now she's on 3 meals a day and so breastfeeding is more like an 'optional extra', rather than worrying whether she's full or not. Also she only feeds if we're lying down in a dark room (she's very distractible) so it's a great excuse to have some chill out time with her.

PS I'll take cake, thanks!

dyslexicdespot Wed 06-Nov-13 21:42:33

DS just turned two and I'm BF him whenever and wherever he wants. It works for us!

TrinSnowPastaMelonity Wed 06-Nov-13 21:45:38

I was still feeding Gecko when she turned 5

sod everyone else, you do what you feel is right

PurplePidjin Wed 06-Nov-13 22:07:08

Yay lots of us! brewwinecake

I'm not sure how much further we'll get, the dropped feeds have been led by him and today he didn't have the breakfast one.

GP asked how long i plan to feed for. "Well, WHO say 2" was the first thing out of my mouth blush how should i know? It's quick and easy and healthy - why stop?

He bites at my clothes but not necessarily the boob area - and is happy with a drink and/or rice cake - so no manners to teach luckily!

Anyone who suggests you're forcing them has clearly never put a sprout on a toddler's plate hmm

Fingers crossed bunny

Happy birthday minimove, miniJosephine and minihappydaze grin

We night weaned a couple of months ago - he was struggling with overtiredness. Much better now, at least when I'm not changing him twice a night due to stinky teething wees!

WhatABeautifulPussy Wed 06-Nov-13 22:11:58

I BFed DS past 2 and hope to BF this next one until they decide to stop. Good for you grin and keep going!

Gingersnap88 Wed 06-Nov-13 22:15:20

DD is 19 months and is still feeding at least 3 times a day, doesn't seem to be slowing down yet!
She doesn't really ask for it when we are as she is so busy doing stuff / being distracted.

Well done smile

NoComet Wed 06-Nov-13 22:15:32

It's them not you grin

DD2 was old enough, when she stopped, not only to read the WHO guidelines, but write them a letter or send an email telling them two is far too small to stop feeding!

Mrsostrich Wed 06-Nov-13 22:21:52

Still bf dd 15 months here. She isn't well at the moment and if it wasn't for bm she wouldn't have eaten or drank for days now.
No plans to stop until she is ready but would love to night Wean

MummyCoolski Wed 06-Nov-13 22:22:19

DS is nearly 16 months and still breastfeeding first thing and last thing.

I exclusively expressed until he was four and a half months due to a tongue tie that was divided, but healed, and needed dividing a second time before we could establish breastfeeding.

The way I see it, we're catching up with what we missed in the early days!

leedy Wed 06-Nov-13 22:24:47

DS2 is one next week and still feeding morning, noon (soon to be expressed when I'm in work), teatime and bedtime, DS1 fed til he was 2.5.

Pascha Wed 06-Nov-13 22:27:22

Ds2 is feeding 4x daily at 10 months old. Ds1 still has a morning feed aged 3.2. I don't think anyone apart from dh knows I feed both boys though.

WeAreSix Wed 06-Nov-13 22:27:52

15mo DD has just beautifully calmed down and gone back to sleep after a HUGE teething pain screaming 15 minutes. Latched on and.... Ahhhhhhhh, silence.

It's magic! smile

gwenniebee Wed 06-Nov-13 22:32:34

Dd (nearly 16mo) is just feeding last thing at night now. I dropped the morning feed last week and she doesn't seem too traumatised smile We were just doing first thing and last thing from 11 months and never had any problems with her demanding it during the day. Some people are surprised, but only one person ever made a negative comment about it. None of her business, anyway!

larlemucker Wed 06-Nov-13 22:34:47

Baby larle is 10 months. Bf morning and night when I'm at work and during the day on days off and weekends.
He head butts my chest when he wants a feed now!!!
I originally planned to bf till 6 months but now planning till 1 although I feed to sleep every night and he still feeds 3 times a night (we co-sleep, never thought I'd be an 'attachment parent'!!) so really quite worried about giving up and sleep!

PurplePidjin Thu 07-Nov-13 10:03:11

There's half a dozen or so of us still going to bosom pals every week, all babies born within 2 months with ds being the oldest - so it's not exactly a secret here wink

I use a sling and cloth nappies, people seem surprised when the word No issues from my lips grin

larlemucker Thu 07-Nov-13 18:05:50

It came up at work the other day that I am still bf, one of my colleagues was disgusted and made sure I knew it. Tbh I was too shocked by her response to tell her about WHO guidelines.
We still go to bumps and babes most weeks, the bf counsellor there is still bf her nearly 3 yr old

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