How Long Should I Breastfeed?

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Jana posted this 05 March 2019

I've been breastfeeding for six months, and I think I've had enough.  I've been told a year.  Can I stop sooner?  Does it make a difference if I switch now to bottle feeding?  Sorry for all the questions.  

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Kami posted this 03 May 2019

Everyone is different. I think it depends on you and your baby. If it is working out and you both enjoy it then keep doing it. If something is off switch it up and try something new. 

Natalie posted this 29 April 2019

You stop whenever you feel ready! It's completely a personal choice and what's best for you is best for your baby! 

Bonnie posted this 26 April 2019

They say breastfeeding up to a year is what is recommended or at least six months. It isn't for everyone and I think if it becomes too much stress then its time to switch over to formula. But I personally enjoyed nursing.

gorgia posted this 18 April 2019

how long should i breastfeed my baby

betsy posted this 18 April 2019

this is my first child. is breast feeding better than bottle feeding? if so how long do i do it?  just asking anyone with experience.

DAWN posted this 15 April 2019

You do you!!  Whatever is best for you as well as baby.  It is so time-consuming and 6 months is awesome!  Plus remember, the baby will start eating additional foods soon besides just milk!

Maggie posted this 26 March 2019

It's a personal choice...

Brenda posted this 17 March 2019

Great job mama for making it to 6 months!! That's quite an accomplishment and your baby has gotten so much nutrition from you until this point. It really is a personal choice for you and your baby. As others have said, your mental health is also important. I did extended and probably considered extended plus and I had a lot of judgment and criticism for that. Whatever you decide to do is the perfect decision for you! 

Stephanie posted this 17 March 2019

As long as works for you! I'm very proud of extended breastfeeding, but I also believe mom's mental health is important, and ultimately, fed is best! 6 months is amazing!!

Pamela posted this 13 March 2019

I think one year at least. I'm very much for advocating extended breastfeeding! If you can, you should

Leesha posted this 12 March 2019

You breast feed for as long as you feel you should! A fed baby is what is important not how the baby gets fed. Also, you can’t tell which child was breastfed or formula fed in the long run! As long as your child gets the proper nutrition, it is your choice how they get said nutrition! Just do what you feel is best!

Tia posted this 12 March 2019

If you or the child are done then you don’t have to continue! I nursed till 2 with both and ended it for different reasons. 

Maggie posted this 11 March 2019

It's a completely personal decision! I breastfed my first for 9 months; second for 18. Both were different, first loved bottles and second wouldn't take it. Don't let anyone tell you what is right and wrong!

Beth posted this 11 March 2019

This is something that is a personal decision but the way I feel is that if the child can lift your shirt and do it themself then it is defiantly time to stop.  I believe that when you start to introduce foods then that would be a great time.  

dana posted this 10 March 2019

as long as you want or baby wants to , i heard sometimes they wean themselves. if you switch to bottle be sure its for good because i heard nipple confusion is hard to deal with for babies

Melissa posted this 08 March 2019

For as long as you want! Some people don't even make it past one day, so you still did a great job!!! 

Nyssa posted this 08 March 2019

Your mental health is important too so if you feel you can’t do it anymore, that is okay. I would just look into weaning practices and formula or donor milk for your baby.

Gigi posted this 08 March 2019

Go with what works for you mama

Ashley posted this 07 March 2019

No one can tell you how long! It’s totally up to you mama!

Gia posted this 06 March 2019

No one can dictate how long you breast feed for. Baby get's what it needs whether its breast milk or formula.
My first couldn't latch. Was tongue tied. We made it like 6 days. LOL
But the pain! OMGSH.
I was so disappointed from all that breast is best stuff, but I realized that my baby boy was thriving and doing fine! He's happy and healthy. I didn't stress about BF with my other two. It was just too much stress for me and them.

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