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View Poll Results: How long did you BF for?
Up to a month 5 19.23%
Up to 3 months 7 26.92%
3-6 months 2 7.69%
6-9 months 3 11.54%
9-12 months 1 3.85%
over 12 months 8 30.77%
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nikkif
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How long did you breastfeed for?

Jul 15th, 2007, 10:32 AM   #1
 
I am hoping that i will be successful with BF and wondered how long you mummys did it for.

Also did you express? at my antenatal the midwife there was really not encouraging expressing at all.

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Jul 15th, 2007, 10:41 AM   #2
 
I breastfed exclusively for one month and then alternated between breast and bottle for another month before stopping breastfeeding all together. I now wish that I breastfed for longer than two months but I made the mistake of using breast and bottle (formula milk) in the second month meaning my milk started drying up so Jake wasn't getting enough.
 
 
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Jul 15th, 2007, 11:26 AM   #3
 
my LO was in SCBU and was too small to BF I gave her expressed milk for nearly 2 months but it was really hard to get any and i just couldnt meet her demands
 
 
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Jul 15th, 2007, 11:30 AM   #4
 
I am still breastfeeding and Seren is just over 18 months. When I started I was going to do it till she was 1, but as that got nearer I didn't see the point of stopping, she was only feeding a few times. She now feeds in the morning and at lunch. If she is feeling unwell she can feed more but that's pretty rare. I don't know how long I will feed her for. The plan was to have a break from it before I had another baby but as you can see from my ticker that hasn't quite worked out. I am just taking it day by day. It's quite weird, I never saw myself as an extended breastfeeder but it just feels right and TBH I don't know how I would cope without it on those days when Seren is feeling wound up or cranky as its the best tantrum preventer ever. She rarely asks for it when we are out, and when she does I can distract her. I did feed in public the once and got some very weird looks as I had a toddler feeding from me, though I had bad PMT and was able to give them the daggers right back. I can say though it has been the most rewarding thing I have ever done, and I am glad I stuck with it. Breastfeeding a toddler has been a very positive experience for me, and I think for Seren too.

Sorry that turned into a bit of an essay
 
 
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Jul 15th, 2007, 14:28 PM   #5
 
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Originally Posted by beanie
I am still breastfeeding and Seren is just over 18 months. When I started I was going to do it till she was 1, but as that got nearer I didn't see the point of stopping, she was only feeding a few times. She now feeds in the morning and at lunch. If she is feeling unwell she can feed more but that's pretty rare. I don't know how long I will feed her for. The plan was to have a break from it before I had another baby but as you can see from my ticker that hasn't quite worked out. I am just taking it day by day. It's quite weird, I never saw myself as an extended breastfeeder but it just feels right and TBH I don't know how I would cope without it on those days when Seren is feeling wound up or cranky as its the best tantrum preventer ever. She rarely asks for it when we are out, and when she does I can distract her. I did feed in public the once and got some very weird looks as I had a toddler feeding from me, though I had bad PMT and was able to give them the daggers right back. I can say though it has been the most rewarding thing I have ever done, and I am glad I stuck with it. Breastfeeding a toddler has been a very positive experience for me, and I think for Seren too.

Sorry that turned into a bit of an essay
I could have written this, as this is exactly the same situation we are in too (apart from the new baby bit ). I did a lot of reading on extended breastfeeding and it is so beneficial to both baby and mum
 
 
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Jul 15th, 2007, 15:30 PM   #6
 
I breastfed for a couple of weeks then due to exhaustion, lack of support i moved onto formula and bottles.
Im hoping to BF this time around though
 
 
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Jul 15th, 2007, 23:16 PM   #7
 
i didnt do the poll coz my babys only one month old but i am still breastfeeding and intend to until she is weaned onto solids.

my advice is- be patient, and if u are determined dont get any bottles and formula in "just in case", coz u will give up!! i almost did but i'm glad i didnt coz it would hav been so easy to just give up!

good luck, hope ur successful. im a new BF mummy too just a month or 2 ahead of u so if u wanna chat about it pm me ill try 2 help.
 
 

 
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Jul 16th, 2007, 09:50 AM   #8
 
I'm still breastfeeding now, my son is 3 1/2 months old. I originally planned to breasfeed for the first 6 months, but as it gets closer I can't see myself stopping. I don't really want to give his formula at all so I may go on until he can have cows milk.

I won't lie to you, it's HARD for the first few weeks, but if you stick at it it's fantastic. I love breastfeeding now.

I express so that when someone else has to look after Austin they can feed him. Also, my OH always gives Austin his last feed before he goes to bed. It's nice for him because he has to work all day he does Austin's whole bedtime routine including his bottle.
 
 
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Jul 16th, 2007, 17:51 PM   #9
 
I hope people don't mind, but I voted over 12 months, as Ellie will be 1 year in 3 weeks time and I am still breastfeeding and will be in 3 weeks time.
 
 
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Jul 16th, 2007, 19:13 PM   #10
 
thanks for your replies and thanks trixipaws
 
 
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Jul 17th, 2007, 09:31 AM   #11
 
I didn't breastfeed at all with kylie or freddie,but i've decided to BF with dylan cause of all the benifits.I plan to BF till 6 mnths-maybe a year.Definetly not with a toddler though.
 
 
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Jul 17th, 2007, 17:39 PM   #12
 
Its been 7 months now and I am still going.

Originally I had said I would do it for 1 month, then that turned into 3 months then 6 months and now I have no intention of stopping. If you can get through the hard part of the first few weeks then it becomes easy! I have not idea when we will stop I hope Logan will self wean but we will see......
 
 
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Jul 18th, 2007, 02:42 AM   #13
 
Hi

I did it just past her 1st Birthday and plan to do the same again
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Jul 19th, 2007, 00:31 AM   #14
 
I answered over 3 months as thats where I have got to now...I have expressed from day one but this was on adivce of hospital as Dylan had jaundice and needed extra fluid they recommend you wait till your milk is established before starting expressing.

I have times when i am really fed up of having leaking breasts and want my body back but then a few days later i seem to be happy doing it again.I also can't be bothered to get up and warm a bottle during the night

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Jul 19th, 2007, 07:57 AM   #15
 
Brody weaned himself off at around 9 months. He started nipping and grew less and less interested so I switched to formula
 
 
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