So..what is the oldest child you have breastfed? - Mothering Forums
View Poll Results: What was the oldest child you have nursed?
8 Yrs and above 1 1.41%
6 to 7 yrs 4 5.63%
4 to 5 yrs 24 33.80%
3 to 4 yrs 19 26.76%
1 to 2 yrs 21 29.58%
less than 12 months 2 2.82%
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Breastfeeding > So..what is the oldest child you have breastfed?
orange_hills's Avatar orange_hills 09:44 AM 02-07-2011

I was watching the BBC documentary on EBF.. and I wanted to ask this question.. What was the oldest child you have nursed?  

 

I am not asking how long you have been breastfeeding or have breastfed.



Marissamom's Avatar Marissamom 03:44 PM 02-07-2011

20 months, but still going. 


Plaid Leopard's Avatar Plaid Leopard 04:12 PM 02-07-2011

My second child nursed until she was 5 1/2, and probably would have continued for much longer if it had been completely up to her.


GreenGranolaMama's Avatar GreenGranolaMama 04:14 PM 02-07-2011

DS is 22 months and still going strong- I LOVE documentaries, what was the name of the one you watched? 


woodchick's Avatar woodchick 04:16 PM 02-07-2011

My eldest daughter will be five in May and I fully expect she'll still be nursing.


~Boudicca~'s Avatar ~Boudicca~ 08:44 PM 02-07-2011

My daughter will be 4 in May...and we are still going.  I have actually tried to wean her but I'm inconsistent and a total pushover when it comes to giving her "boobie" when she sounds really desperate.


columbusmomma's Avatar columbusmomma 08:06 AM 02-08-2011

DD is 3.5 and nursing. I'd like her to wean by 4 but doubt she'll want to...


GardenStream's Avatar GardenStream 08:19 AM 02-08-2011
We prepared DS1 for weaning by talking about it for at least 3 months. We kept talking about how when he turned 4 he would be a big boy and didn't need to nurse anymore. He was down to once a day at that point anyway and was all for stopping when he turned 4. One his birthday he woke up and announced that he didn't need his "nilk" anymore. He was pretty good about it but did ask to nurse 3 or 4 times after that. I allowed it because it wasn't every day he was asking. There was never any crying, begging or anything like that.
Sharlla's Avatar Sharlla 08:23 AM 02-08-2011

age 2 is my cut off


CJ's mommy's Avatar CJ's mommy 08:28 AM 02-08-2011

5 years 2 months.


elaine_benice's Avatar elaine_benice 09:07 AM 02-08-2011

Have a toddler and a 6+ yo who ocassionally still nurses.  


Parker'smommy's Avatar Parker'smommy 11:05 AM 02-08-2011

I breastfed dd1 for 4 years. Her older brother was breastfed for 3 years.


beebalmmama's Avatar beebalmmama 03:25 PM 02-08-2011

Oops, I just voted wrong. I voted 4-5 yrs, but now that I pause to think about it ds was just shy of turning four. I think he was 3 yrs and 10 months. He had voluntarily said he was going to wean when he turned four (really with a little coaching from dh, irk). But when I became pregnant it was just too painful to continue and we gradually cut back until he was done.


contactmaya's Avatar contactmaya 03:32 PM 02-08-2011

 I would have said 5. But now i will have to say 51/2. Last week ds got his first ever ear infection (blame breastfeeding for that) He suggested he nurse again, saying 'do you think nursing will make me feel better?'  I dont think he got much, but was better by the morning.


katbomumof3's Avatar katbomumof3 07:13 PM 02-08-2011

DS is 3 yrs and 3 mos and still nurses once a day.  He would nurse more if I were up for it.  I don't see him stopping anytime soon.  DS2 is 1 and is also nursing.  They have had very different nursing habits since day one so i'm interested to see how long he nurses compared to his big brother.


Kokopelli-mana's Avatar Kokopelli-mana 06:57 PM 02-09-2011
31 months
orange_hills's Avatar orange_hills 10:18 AM 02-10-2011

Wow.. look at the number of 3-4 year olds and 4-5 year olds .. way to go mammas!!  Also - a couple of 6+ yo's .  I am sure there are more EBF out there.  Maybe some closet nursers too.. :)  can we get all the ladies in here to vote pls.. and also put your comments!


Mamato3wild ponnie's Avatar Mamato3wild ponnie 10:43 AM 02-10-2011

5 years and 11 months. One week before his 6th birthday. The day he was born I knew we would have a very long nursing relationship. I just knew it! He weaned himself. I never pushed him in either direction!


Chloe'sMama's Avatar Chloe'sMama 10:49 AM 02-10-2011

DD1 is 32 months and going strong. 


sunnygir1's Avatar sunnygir1 02:45 PM 02-10-2011

27 months for dd, 17 months and going strong for ds


Rani's Avatar Rani 02:56 PM 02-10-2011

DD made it to 4 years and a few months


tammylogan's Avatar tammylogan 07:43 PM 02-10-2011

hi my name is tammy and i breastfed several times per day until i was 8.5 years old and it is such a wonderful memory i have of a very sweet time i spent with my mom, im now a mommy myself of a dd and hope i will have the same special times with her as she gets older and will nurse her until she no longer wants/needs that bond with me. i continued to comfort nurse after 8.5 years old when i was feeling down/lonely or wanted to feel close to my mom and it was so special to spend that time with her and made me feel so good and loved. i encourage you moms to do clw (child led weaning) and continue that special time that only a mom can have with her dd or ds and believe it creates such an amazing bond...

 

please let me know if any of you have any questions from a childs stand point as im happy to share my experience.

 

take care and happy nursing!

 

tammy


Xavismom's Avatar Xavismom 11:27 PM 02-10-2011


 

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Originally Posted by tammylogan View Post

hi my name is tammy and i breastfed several times per day until i was 8.5 years old and it is such a wonderful memory i have of a very sweet time i spent with my mom, im now a mommy myself of a dd and hope i will have the same special times with her as she gets older and will nurse her until she no longer wants/needs that bond with me. i continued to comfort nurse after 8.5 years old when i was feeling down/lonely or wanted to feel close to my mom and it was so special to spend that time with her and made me feel so good and loved. i encourage you moms to do clw (child led weaning) and continue that special time that only a mom can have with her dd or ds and believe it creates such an amazing bond...

 

please let me know if any of you have any questions from a childs stand point as im happy to share my experience.

 

take care and happy nursing!

 

tammy


Thanks for sharing this Tammy!

 

I remember reading another account once of someone who remembered nursing clearly as an older child, and it was nothing but positive as well.

 

I didnt vote as we are still nursing, and I dont know how long it will go on. But I do plan on letting my DS decide himself when its time. I trust him to know what he needs. As of now though, we are almost 15 months, and going strong! He still nurses for most of his intake during the day (oddly picky about food) and night nurses quite a bit too.


major_mama11's Avatar major_mama11 11:43 PM 02-10-2011

DD was 33 months. She would probably have gone longer, but I wasn't okay with going longer.

 

DS is almost 2 and still going. I don't know how long he'll nurse, but I think I'm okay with it if he want to nurse longer than DD did.


Drummer's Wife's Avatar Drummer's Wife 12:04 AM 02-11-2011

3 years, or 37 months old to be exact.  He was in no way ready to wean (considering how attached he was and his frequency of nursing), but I had no other choice but to abruptly wean him then. 


treemom2's Avatar treemom2 01:52 AM 02-11-2011

My DS was a little over 5 years.  I think he would have quit later, but my mother went into hospice and died so I was away from him for about 4 weeks.  He tried it a couple times when I got home, but he was done.


summermommy2004's Avatar summermommy2004 10:03 AM 02-11-2011

DD self-weaned at 3 years, 7 months. I am particularly proud of that, because I was 18 when she was born and I didn't know anyone who breastfed. :) DS is 5 days away from 5 months and I look forward to seeing how long he will want to go.


D_McG's Avatar D_McG 01:28 PM 02-13-2011
DS was 22 mos, DD was 20 mos. Both MLW. I am expecting again and figure we'll go to 18 months-ish. 12 mos seems young to wean but I dislike it as they get older. So 18-20 mos feels about right to me. We shall see smile.gif
samikashi's Avatar samikashi 04:20 PM 02-14-2011

Over 4 yrs! I voted, too.


kohlby's Avatar kohlby 01:20 PM 02-16-2011

I voted 4-5 years.

 

I weaned ODS since I was nursing another child at the same time and wanted to ttc.  (And have rough pgs).  He was a month shy of 5 years old.

I'm currently nursing DD, who will be 5 years old in a few weeks.  And also nursing YDS, but he's a smidge under 2 so he has a while.

 

*DD and ODS had very different nursing habits.  ODS would have nursed every second of every day at even 3 had I let him.  DD cut herself down every step of the way and I had to work hard to get her not to wean from 4-12 months.  Yet, here she is, almost 5 and still nursing daily!


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