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Breast feeding
March 20, 2012, 10:16pm
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The AAP states mom should breast feed for twelve months. The WHO suggests upward of two years and beyond.

hmm I find the image of a toddler breastfeeding a bit strange.

Mothers, how long did you breast feed?




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Bad Wolf
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Breast feeding March 21, 2012, 06:55am
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Jason you're bordering on creepy right now. Let the lady with the boobs figure out how long she wants to breastfeed her kid if at all.


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Breast feeding March 21, 2012, 11:23am
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Breastfeeding increases intelligence, reduces the chance of SIDS, reduces obesity and allows for higher social functioning.

Somehow, I don't buy that in its entirety. Maybe the SIDS and MAYBE intelligence. But I'd buy that it's only correlative.

I'd think a breast-feeding (vs. bottle-feeding) mother is more likely to be more involved with her child, from a bare statistics perspective. Which would then more directly relate to reduced social functionability and behavioral health issues.

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Breast feeding March 21, 2012, 11:51am
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I breast fed for about 5 months. We only stopped b/c the moment Molly started to cut a tooth, she wanted nothing to do with boob. It was formula from then on.

I'll address the rest of this later.


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Breast feeding March 22, 2012, 01:44am
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Yes, there are definitely benefits, but it's not your decision whether she breast feeds or not. And pressuring her about it, at all, is going to turn out VERY bad for you.
Some women have no trouble at all with breast feeding. Some have to work very hard to get to a point where the baby will latch and even then, it can be very hard. Add to that problems with milk production and it can be an incredibly stressful experience. Don't try to pressure her. Seriously. Let her make that decision for herself.


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Breast feeding March 22, 2012, 09:43am
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Jason, I don't mean this in an offensive way at all, and understand I have a huge amount of respect for young men who want to help raise their kids, but there are a ton of things that actually are not your decision. Some things are very personal decisions for a woman and a mother to make. Things that honestly only involve the mother and child are between them and you can't expect to change them. I promise you that if I had any feelings one way or another about breastfeeding, and my boyfriend/fiancÚ/husband/whatever tried to tell me what he thought was best... That would be the biggest fight EVER.

You can have an opinion on things, but keep them to yourself. She wants a natural birth? Let her do it. Water birth? Go for it. All the drugs? By all means. Doesn't want to breastfeed? A-Okay. She's carrying an infant for nine months in her body, then forcing it out of her ladyparts. She gets to make these kinds of decisions. Try and change that and you will make all of your lives miserable.


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Breast feeding March 22, 2012, 12:25pm
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Yeah, see if she's open to supplements of nutrients found in meat. Like B vitamins and such. There's a brand called Nature's Valley (I think) that is a little pricey, but is derived from natural sources instead of synthetic sources. Though really there are plenty vegetarians that have healthy children without changing her diet.

I'd say go speak to her doctor together and raise any concerns you have there. That way you have a professional's opinion on what she should do as far as diet, and she may be more apt to listen to it coming from her doctor.


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Breast feeding March 23, 2012, 12:21pm
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Well....... B vitamins mostly come from animals, and therefore is something vegetarians lack. So if it's naturally derived, it's not entirely vegetarian.


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Breast feeding March 23, 2012, 12:31pm
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Maybe look into local meat from farms? It'd probably be better for her than just supplements.


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Breast feeding March 23, 2012, 01:28pm
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You should make her fall in love with you again and introduce marmite into her diet.

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Breast feeding March 24, 2012, 01:59am
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It grosses a lot of people out. Dunno how to describe it. Molasses-ey.

I love it on Carr's Table Water Crackers.

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Breast feeding March 24, 2012, 09:07am
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Home raised chickens are a lot tougher than store bought. Other than that they're pretty much the same though. hmm


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Breast feeding March 24, 2012, 08:03pm
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Marmite and Vegemite gross me out. lol omg GAG!


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Breast feeding March 24, 2012, 10:29pm
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Noooo they're HORRIBLE! They smell like death. lol


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Breast feeding March 28, 2012, 07:20am
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Jason, I really admire your eagerness to be involved in everything, but do NOT get involved with labour or breast feeding decisions. At all. Even just to present information.

Breast feeding is a really tricky subject, and one that you won't ever understand without your own set. Some women will never produce enough milk to feed their babies, some babies will never properly latch, for some women breastfeeding is torturous and they simply can't take it, some women's milk dries up only a few months in, some babies reject the boob a couple of months in. Even your lady won't necessarily have control over how long she breast feeds. You telling her how long breast feeding is recommended isn't going to change anything.


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Breast feeding April 11, 2012, 08:27am
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I found it extremely hard to get my son latched on, and the midwives in the hospital were not very helpful. I had an emergency section and therefore couldn't physically move for a day, I think they were just to lazy to help me get him to feed off me.
They gave him formula in the hosp, and it broke my heart as I felt like I couldn't give him the best start.
I kept trying though, every time before I gave the bottle I would try my breast, and eventually he began to take enough from me that I didn't need to give him formula.
It took me 2 weeks to get him properly latched, and believe me it was hard and sore.
I am so glad I stuck at it, I love feeding him and not having to steralise bottles is great.
I was advised to do it for atleast 6 months - to 1 year.

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Breast feeding May 06, 2012, 06:49pm
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Breastfed for 27 months so past 2 years.

Be prepared for hard times in the start - latch on, pain, etc

Growth spurts - honestly don't remember how often they happen but i know there are at about 4ish weeks, baby eat a lot and still seems hungry and stuff which makes mom feel like she isn't producing enough.

Ups and downs in production, breasts adjust to how much go out so more baby drinks, more milk you get kind of deal. So its normal to have dips, if she's worried she could take extra suppliments such as fenigreek or eat oat, for example.

Read, read and read.
I'd recommend checking out kellymom.com since they tend to have very good information.
Same with justmommies.com's breastfeeding subforum.



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Breast feeding February 22, 2013, 02:54pm
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I plan to breastfeed my children for at LEAST 2 years.
I know a woman, who is still breastfeeding her 3 year old.
I know another who is with her 4 year old.

The natural weaning age is between 4-7.


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Breast feeding February 22, 2013, 04:07pm
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The natural weaning age is between 4-7

o.O citation, please.

I hope you're able to breastfeed until your children are 2. Sometimes that's not an option and women who aren't able shouldn't be made to feel like shit about it.


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Breast feeding February 22, 2013, 04:24pm
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No. No one should be made to feel like shit for breastfeeding/not breastfeeding. Your body, your boobs, your choice.


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Breast feeding February 24, 2013, 09:03am
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I was only able to pump for my daughter for 3 weeks.

I was pumping every 2 hours save for a 4 hour period at night where she slept. I never got more than 4oz between both breasts at it's maximum production and only got 2oz at the end.

She was eating 4oz from about 4 weeks on. She is now 3 months and eats 6oz of formula.

My OB and her Pediatrician think that because of the trauma to my body from her birth and that I didn't start producing until she was 3 days old my body just shut it down and couldn't do it.


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Breast feeding February 26, 2013, 01:07am
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Im sorry you had trouble MissBridgett :-(
I want to breastfeed for at least two years, unless they want to qean beforehand. Id be so upset if I had to look for donor.milk or even switch to.formula :-( Its so hard to find support these days!

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Breast feeding March 28, 2013, 07:57am
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I am currently breastfeeding my daughter, 2 months. I couldn't do it with my son. He never latched; however, I did pump for him the first 3 months. I think that weaning age is really up to the mother. I want to get at least a year in with my little girl. She's even had formula before but would rather have the tit.


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Breast feeding September 17, 2013, 04:16pm
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Breast fed all three of my sons(two at the same time), and they all decided to self-wean just shy of 13 months.
The first didn't have any problems latching, and I was more sore than I'd ever imagined I could be, but never had any problems with production. Through cracked and bleeding nipples, and mastitis, I never thought of stopping.
For the twins it was a bit harder because I couldn't feed them at the same time. With a curious 3 year old about, I always needed a hand free. But in some was it was also easier. Again, no problems with supply, and no more soreness; though I think that the only reason I stayed semi-sane was because my breasts could hold a large enough volume to satisfy both in one sitting. I will never in my life wish twins on someone again! lol
This is all very fresh in my mind since the twins just decided they were done with me. I think that they're more likely to wean if they're getting more than just pureed baby-food. Mine liked to start stealing scraps off of my plate as soon as they could crawl, and once they figured out how cups worked, they went to town on those and never looked back. I had thought about donating to a milk-bank, but I haven't been able to find one in my area.
But no matter how it goes, don't ever let her feel like she's any less of a fantastic mother! Kudos.


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Breast feeding January 03, 2014, 08:40am
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I breast fed my older one too 18-19 months
The little one turned 1 in November and I breast feed on demand :-) She will stop when she is ready :-)


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Breast feeding August 18, 2014, 03:29am
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I am currently breastfeeding my eight month old and really don't plan on stopping in the near future. The first two weeks were unbelievable hard, mostly because it hurt and we both were learning. I would highly recommend to try to breastfeed though. A very good feeling to be able to provide complete nourishment and being able to bond at the same time. :3


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Breast feeding September 05, 2014, 07:41pm
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One month away from our one year goal! I am thinking to decide whether I want to wean or not. I will probably have to because my son's POS dad left and I will have to find a full time job when I move back home.


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Breast feeding September 19, 2014, 09:48am
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I was only able to breastfeed my son partially for 6 months. It was mixed feeding as my milk never came in. I had barely any support (aside from my partner's) Which is so strange here in NZ. I had my midwife and everyone around me all for bottle feeding him. I wish that I'd had the knowledge I have now as to how I could have got my milk in. I had no help from doctors in any way, so I feel a bit robbed with that. I would have loved to have breastfed for at least two years.


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Breast feeding September 21, 2014, 03:56pm
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I fed for 11 months and I went back to work full time when he was 5 months old and expressed for him :-)

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