When to stop?
If you can, set a goal to exclusively nurse your baby for at least six months, and anticipate the obstacles you will face. For example, if you are planning on going back to work after a month or two, decide how you will continue breastfeeding. You may choose to extend your maternity leave, leave work periodically to nurse during the day, work part-time or at home or pump and store milk while you are at work. Modern mechanical breast pumps (which can be rented or borrowed from your local La Leche League or other sources) make it possible for most women to mix mothering, work and daycare.
When to start solids?
Sometime during the middle of your baby`s first year, begin introducing solid foods, but continue breastfeeding for as long as you and your baby enjoy it. When you decide it`s time to wean your baby, you can begin giving your baby breast milk or formula in a bottle or a cup. Most experts recommend that weaning begin gradually, taking place over several weeks or even months. Many mothers and children find the bedtime feeding is the last to be discontinued.
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Trini - 986 days ago.
I have been nursing my daughter for 22 months now. I never imaged I would be nursing a child this long. I always had a tied down feeling when she was younger... but it gets better. Now she just nurses a couple times a day and for 5-10 min max. It is not inconvenient at all.
Aidensmommy1223 - 1161 days ago.
Hey!! When i started breastfeeding, i absolutely hated it!! I dont know why, i just felt so tied down (i had the baby blues pretty bad ) and id just deal with it because i knew i wanted the best for my baby, so i made a 3 month commitment. I started to enjoy it more once my son and i got a bit more comfortabkle with it. i had A LOT of help from public health nurses and they kept my head up for me and now my sons 3 months and i really enjoy breastfeeding. It was the first 8 weeks that were the hardest. I was always stressing about milk supply (i became obsessed and worried all the time about my milk) but they kept telling me, 'dont worry, if hes not getting enough milk ull know' well my son is such a happy baby, doesnt cry a lot, and he lets me know when hes hungry and when hes full, and hes awake a lot more now, so i know i have lots and lots of milk. Well my son is 3 months old now and i plant to continue breastfeeding for another 6 months LOL i love it and I know my son does to. Dont give up if u ever feel like your failing. Get help and dont stress, ur baby will let you know if he/she isnt getting enough, and even if he/she isnt,. nursing every hour-2 a day (plan to breast feed all day pretty much) the stimulation will bring ur supply up . I did that a couple days , and it helped a lot.
msmeli81 - 1352 days ago.
my sis breastfed her boy until he was 3 yrs old lol!! and he's a big boy!! lol! im trying to breastfeed my lil right now.hes 22 days old and im having such a hard time, but im planning to breast feed him until hes about 1 yrs old..thats my goal but we'll see...lol!
zookeeper - 1412 days ago.
Milerka - my advice is to keep nursing him right now because it sounds like you are not really sure about weaning. Once he starts daycare I would just send a sippy cup with him to daycare and nurse him at home as usual.
Milerka - 1412 days ago.
my son is 16 months old and im still breastfeeding him. When i try and stop he gets upset, and starts to tug at my shirt. In the end he ends up winning. Part of me wants to stop b/c he's starting daycare for the very 1st time(hopefully in a month!) and i dont want to continue nursing him. The other part of me doesnt. I love the time we spend; even if its for 3 mins. I like how he looks into my eyes and tries to pick 'em out..*sigh* i dont know what to do. Advice anyone?
P-Parent - 1583 days ago.
Don't give up hope - my daughter is now just over a month, and around the 10 days - 15 days I swear it felt like she was eating every hour...I was so upset and tired and frustrated - I thought for sure my milk was not enough for her. But I kept going with it and it was just part of her scheduling...now she is hungry about every 3 1/2 to 4 hours and she's gained over 2lbs in the first month of life...don't give up...give it another few days or a week and see how baby does.
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