10 Moms Answer the Question: How Long Did You Breastfeed?
The AAP recommends breastfeeding for Baby's first year, but how many moms actually follow this advice? Here are 10 moms willing to divulge the details of their breastfeeding experience.
I breastfed for 9 months & 10 months (and counting)
Name: Anastasiya G.
Why this long?I am the mom of two sets of identical twins. I started off breastfeeding my first set of twins, until at six months, we moved from Europe to the United States. The change of time zones as well as the stress of the move really affected my milk supply. I was able to nurse a little longer (for about 3 more months), but no matter what I did I couldn’t produce enough milk for the twins. At 9 months, they also decided that biting me while nursing was a really fun game (for them, not for me!) so it was the end of mommy milk for them.
My second set of identical twins is 10 months old now and I am still breastfeeding, but have to supplement with formula.
I breastfed and pumped for a total of 9 months
Name: Allison R.
Why this long? My son was exclusively breastfed (with no bottles) for about 7 1/2 months until he got two teeth and started biting and actually became completely uninterested. I then switched to pumping and bottle feeding. This drastically lowered my supply and although I did as much as I could to keep my supply up, it just wasn’t enough. I would get maybe 2-3 oz a session, so I started supplementing with formula. Eventually, I stopped pumping all together because it was making me crazy. I’m a full-time working mom (work from home) and I have him all day with no help, so the 2 oz that I would pump didn’t seem to be worth the set up, time pumping, and the extended time of still having milk. Since he had 9 months of breastmilk, I felt good about it. I took his cues and we both were just sort of done!
I breastfed for 3 weeks & 3 years
Name: Jacqueline T.
Why this long? When my oldest was born, we had every breastfeeding difficulty in the book and as much as I tried, it just didn’t work out. I ended up switching to formula after three weeks. Still, I’m proud I managed for even that long with basically zero milk production! For my second baby, it was a completely different story. Despite some birth difficulties, she latched on within moments of being born and that was that… until she self-weaned not long after her third birthday!
I breastfed for 10 months & 12 months
Name: Tiffany F.
Why this long?With my first child, I breastfed for 10 months, but stopped because my production slowed down and we were supplementing a lot. I was really struggling because I was working full-time and going to law school at night so pumping at work and in between classes in the bathroom was taking a toll on me emotionally and was very stressful. I was trying herbal supplements and every trick in the book to increase my supply (even ordering prescription meds that were known to increase supply!) that just weren’t working.
I breastfed my second child for 12 months. I stopped because this was when I decided to wean and also because production was slowing down a lot and instead of stressing over herbal supplements and ways to increase, I just accepted what my body was doing and went with it!
I breastfed for 7 months (and hope to continue!)
Name: Lisa L., aka The Domestic Life Stylist
Why this long? My schedule allows me to stay home with the children on most days. My kids are 4 years (girl) and 7 months (boy). I breastfed my daughter for one year and will be nursing my son for 5 more months to get to that one-year mark. I made a commitment to myself to try to nurse our kids until their first birthdays. I am really not interested in breastfeeding longer than that.
I breastfed for 13 months
Name: Caren R., aka Mommy’s Point of View
Why this long? I breastfed my daughter for 13 months. As a full-time working mother I breastfed every morning and evening during the work week and supplied pumped breast milk in a bottle during the day, also nursed exclusively on the weekends and off from work days. I loved it. I stopped because I felt it was time and doctor said she could start on regular milk.
I breastfed twins for 14 months
Name: Gina L., aka MoneywiseMoms.com
Why this long? I had twin girls when I was 34 was able to breastfeed until they were 14 months old. It was the hardest thing I have ever done! For their first few months, I mostly tandem nursed (meaning both at the same time), but single-fed them overnight so I didn’t have to wake the second baby. Once they were older and started pulling each others’ hair while nursing, I switched to single-feeding them. Those feedings were quicker, though, since they were better at it as they got older. I actually stopped at 14 months because I was just done. I think they would have continued, and I did appreciate the brief alone time with each daughter at that point.
I breastfed for 2 years
Name: Tangela C.
Why this long? I was not able to pump, so that created a situation in which my daughter had to be with me all the time in order for her to nurse. I stopped breastfeeding when my daughter turned two because she was old enough to eat table food. I felt like 2 years was a good age to wean her (Tangela also managed to find time to invent her own nursing pillow along the way!).
I breastfed for 18 months & 16 months
Name: Angela T.
Why this long? While I am a “homepreneur” at Funnermother now, when I had my kids, I worked at a major university in an academic archive. So in 2003 when my first kid was born 16 weeks early I could pump at work, thankfully. I credit breast milk with a lot of his excellent progress! I worked with a lactation consultant for several weeks after he came of the ventilator, and he latched with a shield at 3 months old. It was a lot of work for him after starting with a bottle in the NICU, though, and he only breastfed for a few months; after that I pumped again until he was about 18 months old. I had to supplement almost the whole time, though, and by the end I was down to a trickle.
When my daughter was born full term a few years later, she latched on in the delivery room and nursed well, voraciously! Then she weaned herself at 16 months and I was so disappointed! I wanted to nurse her at least two years, but she was not having it.
I breastfed each of my babies for one year
Name: Andi K.
Why this long? I nursed each of my boys for one year. It was quite a challenge to pump each day at work, but I wanted them to have a healthy foundation. As they started eating more and more solid food, I cut back on breastfeeding and supplemented with formula. By one year I felt they were each ready to be completely weened, even from night feedings. Besides, by then they had a lot of teeth! They are now very healthy and happy at 14 and 10 years of age.
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