My mom bf'd me for about 7mo. This was in 1973, and she was a maternity nurse until she retired to 'raise her family'. Given the atmosphere in the medical world at the time, it's actually well to her credit that she still chose to bf.
She did the best she could, but insists that I self-weaned at 7mo. She didn't understand about "nursing strikes".
But despite that, and despite getting fed cereal very early, etc, I give credit where it's due and I know I was better off than most babies in those days.
My younger brother was BF'd for 3mo, then the youngest brother for just 3 weeks. She said it was just too difficult to keep it up with 3 young kids. She does wish she had done things differently.
I have digestive issues, which I think are mostly attributable to early solids, rather than duration of BFing. No major allergies.
My youngest brother who was mostly FF'd, has the most severe allergies of all of us.
My mother was not BF'd herself. She had "homemade" formula. She has *severe* digestive problems, as in she has needed surgery and takes daily medication to get by.
On to my DH! His mom was an LLL leader so he was certainly BF'd, not sure how long but it was at least a year. He has no digestive problems, he can eat anything.
But, he does have allergies and lots of them. Allergic to pet fur, hayfever, and severe exzema or psoriasis all over his body (and I do mean ALL over).
Some of the severity of his skin conditions might be due to an acne medication he took as a teenager which has since been pulled off the market, skin problems and anxiety/depression (which he also suffers from) were unknown side effects.
It's so hard to isolate one thing from another, with so many potential causes and effects!
Heather, mom to Caileigh 12/06 and aspie ADHD prodigy David 05/98 :intact lact