1. I’m reading through these comments after bedtime and it’s enough to make me want to go wake baby up to nurse again! We’re going strong at 7 months; after a lot of fear before and a painful beginning I love it more than I ever could have imagined.

  2. Two years four months, and two years ten months. Beautiful times with our lovely boys. Our eldest I weaned probably because of lack of support and a bit of pressure to do so. Our second I weaned not by choice but because I came down with a severe dose of influenza. I said to my husband on that morning “I can’t feed that baby” and he managed the cuddles and nursed me back to health for that terrible week. George the baby didn’t seem to notice that I’d stopped! I absolutely love that photo of you in the pool. I was admonished by a lifeguard for doing the very same thing, albeit with my back to the public’s view. It was very upsetting for me at the time. Thanks for your wonderful posts. Beautiful.

  3. 12 months and counting. She loves nursing so much I can’t imagine ever stopping!!

  4. Amazing that there are so many posts about this!
    I have a 16 month old and am down to two feeds a day – morning and night. My plan is to continue until he’s 18 months.

    There are so many reasons to keep breastfeeding for as long as both mom and baby want to. The immune properties in milk actually INCREASE after the first year. It is as though nature knows that your baby is now beginning to walk and stray away from Mom and Dad! And so nature protects them. Not only that but all the protective aspects around breastmilk (lower risk of allergies / eczema / respiratory ailments / type 1 and type 2 diabetes / leukemia / asthma / obesity and higher IQ, etc, etc, etc) continue to INCREASE – so its awesome for baby. BUT its also awesome for mom’s. All the protective aspects around breastfeeding include lower risk of heart problems, ovarian cancer, breast cancer, type 2 diabetes,etc also INCREASE. Win Win!!

    http://www.theadventuresofatticus.tumblr.com

  5. I nursed my daughter until she was 30 months (2.5 years). I only managed to stop because I am pregnant with my second!

  6. I love that photo, really reflects for me the every day nature of breastfeeding, being able to just do it whenever. I’m still feeding my baby at nearly 14 months, though weanng him down to just morning and night since 13 months and happy to carry on with those two feeds as long as he wants to. I think I was really lucky (in a way…) that I was made redundant so didn’t have to go back to work, I’m not sure if I’d have carried on if I’d had to pump all the time. I’m so glad I stuck with breastfeeding, it has been the most special thing to be able to to for my baby and I really wanted to give up in the first couple of weeks!

  7. My son is older than one and I still nurse him (but he doesn’t depend on me solely for food). In fact my husband encourages it, and he tells me to feed him when he starts fussing. Which may includes while I’m in the shower, our living room, eating dinner….you get the idea.

  8. Jen says...

    I breastfed my daughter for four months. It was very difficult and painful at first but then we both got the hang of it. She was very colicky and my milk supply couldn’t keep up with her demand so I had to switch her to an organic formula. The guilt was incredibly intense and I cried and cried. I wanted to nurse her for so much longer. I felt like it was my first big failure as a Mom. Now I realize that I did the right thing for her. Breastfeeding was a wonderful bonding experience but the child’s needs must come first, not our ideals.

  9. I love the picture – beautiful!! I am breastfeeding my four year old a few times a day; we still nurse to sleep! I love it – what a gift to give!
    I have always fed her wherever she wished as well – on demand, no restrictions! I ignore everyone else, and put her first!!

  10. I just gave birth to my first child 3 weeks ago, and so far I’ve been breastfeeding him. I’m surprised that so many readers love the experience, because I’m finding it rather difficult and exhausting :(
    but I don’t plan on stopping any time soon. I heard it gets easier after 3 months. I hope so!

    love your blog Jo. It always makes my day :)
    xoxo

  11. Hi Joanna. I find it interesting you like that photo. I personally don’t like it. I think the woman looks spaced out and unconnected with her baby. She is also feeding in a very unnatural environment. To me it looks like she isn’t giving the child the time with mum that it needs to feed. I think this photo is sad. I guess everyone is different!

  12. It’s a lovely picture and she looks so good into the water with her little baby, I would like to be behind her… you know… I could be a good daddy too.

  13. Anonymous says...

    I have to say that working outside the home makes breastfeeding nearly impossible. I wish that maternity leave was at least 6 months to coincide with the minimal recommendation of 6 months exclusive breastfeeding.

    Having said that, I had an unusual situation with both of my babies. In one case, the doctor advise me to stop breastfeeding for a few months due to suspected intolerance to breast milk. To this day, I regret not trying again but I’m glad I experienced breastfeeding even for a little while. It was a magical bond. My “formula” baby is very healthy and strong.

    My other baby did get a mix of breast milk and formula but only through a bottle. He never latched properly and had other health issues.

    I know only a small minority of babies end up in the NICU but I want to advise women who end up with NICU babies to rent the hospital grade breast pump. If I had even thought of doing that, I might have been able to keep up production until my baby did mature enough and become “ready” for breastmilk. Unfortunately I gave up on pumping while he was still in the NICU.

  14. My first I breastfed for about 15 months, the second for about 14 months.

  15. I nursed my two oldest (now 4.5 and 2.5) until they were 13 months. I stopped with each so I could become pregnant (I do not get pregnant while nursing). I am currently nursing my 7.5 month old and plan on nursing until she weans OR if we decide on adding a 4th into the mix!

  16. Lady says...

    I plan on breastfeeding exclusively for the first 6 months – to get the weight off and build the baby’s immune system. after that, try formula? haven’t thought that far ahead since i’m not planning on having babies for a few more years, but i know i want to breastfeed for a long time!

  17. My 15 month old is still nursing! My goal is somewhere between 18 mos and 2 years. We’ll see!

  18. Nadia says...

    I’m still breastfeeding my first and he’ll be 18 months on Sunday. I’m also a full time student and a fellow physician, he only nurses early morning and before bed unless its a weekend.

    We’ve been lucky, even though he’s in daycare and always has sniffles and gets whatever is going around, he’s only had 1 ear infection and has never been sick enough to even call a pediatrician. (knock on wood). It’s been hard, but it’s the best part of my day.

  19. I love breastfeeding! But my kids always wean themselves around the same time they start on solids. They totally lose interest. No work on my part to wean any of them either.

    The longest nurser I’ve had was one year.

    I hear the stories of the long nursing babies and I’m always slightly jealous. :)

  20. My two oldest weaned after their fifth birthdays, my third nursed until 4 and my youngest is still nursing strong at 14 months and hopefully still has a few years left…

  21. Anonymous says...

    I LOVE breasfeeding. I’m so glad that I stuck with it, it was so incredibly painful for the first 6 weeks. My sweet baby Millie just turned 6 months and is going strong. My supply dropped a bit when I went back to work after 3 months but I started drinking Mother’s Milk tea and it worked wonders – seriously it’s amazing. I’m also lucky because I can come home everyday for lunch to nurse her so I only have to pump before I go to bed at night. I plan on going as long as she will have me!!!

  22. My baby girl is 9 months next week and the goal is to breastfeed until her 1st birthday. A couple weeks ago we introduced formula for her night feeding, because my milk was extremely low at that time of the day. I continue to breastfeed for her morning and afternoon feedings after her solids. She already has 5 teeth (6 is on the way!), so I don’t know how much longer I can go before the little nips turn into big bites. I nearly threw up the first time she bit me while nursing!

    One thing I’ve learned from becoming a parent is you can only plan so much. After that little one arrives, it’s all about what works for her (or him) and what works for your family.

  23. Swordspoint says...

    My daughter Kivrin is 2 years and 5 months (almost) and we’re still going! It’s down to maybe one or two feeds a night now. We had a really rough time breastfeeding for the first several weeks… I anticipate feeling quite sad when she’s finally weaned.

  24. Anonymous says...

    2 1/2 years, 9 mo., and 3 1/2 years. I followed my children’s lead.

  25. sara p says...

    I am breastfeeding my 10.5 month old now, and I have no plans to stop any time soon. I pump 2-3 times at work and send that milk the next day to daycare. I recently pumped on a business trip and came home with a suitcase full of milk!

    Breastfeeding wasn’t easy the first few weeks, but I’m so, so glad I stuck with it.

  26. Anonymous says...

    this is kinda a hard topic for me. I tried so hard to nurse but my milk is completely gone now at only about 3.5 months. i feel pressured from others or i feel guilty i could’nt do it as long as other moms. I feel as if sometimes i let my baby down. I tried pumping too but with work, i just couldn’t find enough time in the day to nurse/pump so of course my milk supply went down. I talked to my doctor and he gave me these statistics:
    25% of women breastfed exclusivly
    25% of women use formula exclusivly
    50% breastfeed & use formula

    so then i didn’t feel as bad knowing that i wasn’t alone.

    people sometimes tell me if i only drank more water, or ate more often, or wasn’t so stresesd, etc. it’d be beter… its different for everyone!

  27. My mom said she loved breast feeding her children (4) so much, but she never produced enough milk. This made her really sad, but there was nothing she could do.

    If I can, I plan to breastfeed for a year. I think I’ll want to stop soon after that. I definitely want to be done before he/she is talking.

  28. I breast fed my lovely until she was 13 months old. She’s now thirteen years old. This photo brings back wonderful memories of the magical connection I felt to her during that time. Thanks.

  29. I love your blog and has been following it for a while! I’ve been wanting to write a comment after every single one of your posts – they each touch me so much – but never did, thinking that I have nothing significant to say.
    I have 3 months old twins. While pregnant I thought I’d nurse exclusively till they are 6 months and start weaning after a year. But it happened that I don’t have enough milk for two babies, so I have to supplement with formula. During the first weeks I thought I wouldn’t last more than 3 months – and now – despite back pains and body shape changes – I want to never stop nursing. :) Sigh. Breastfeeding is as rewarding as it is hard.

  30. I’m still breastfeeding, he is almost 5 months , at the begining , I thought I would do it for 3 months

  31. I breastfed my first until 15 1/2 months and am currently nursing my second who is 14 1/2 months. Don’t plan on stopping until she’s ready! I love breastfeeding.

  32. I always had a thing with shoes…in my head it was kind of weird to have a child lying on my lap feeding with shoes on! Hence my shoes = no breastfeeding :)
    My son breastfed till he was about 11mths though. I wouldn’t say it was all ‘lovey dovey’, but I know I gave him a great start!.

  33. such a wondeful array of comments … we have been going for 8 months now …. was only expecting to make it to about 6months … but it;s not nearly as hard as many described …. the ease of it & it seems to keep baby calm … I am really hoping he weans himself before 12 months.

  34. I’ve loved breastfeeding my 7 month old son and think I will continue until he weans himself. He’s growing up so quickly, nursing is such a nice reminder that he’s still my baby!

    Love the pic, and love that you are talking about this.

  35. Love how I’m in a 4:30am feeding with my 2 week old daughter as I’m reading all these wonderful comments :)

  36. i breast fed my first for 3mnths only – i struggled as he was born early and wouldnt latch on properly for a long time – he much prefered the bottle so I expressed for a couple of months, it was hard emotionally and I must admit I hated anything to do with breastfeeding – i felt like I failed somehow?! if that makes sense.
    With my 2nd bebe i was determined to breast feed so i latched him on as soon as he was delivered – so much easier and it all happened naturally!
    and we breast fed for 9months – i loved it and was teary when I had to wean him off as I was due to head back to work – we did struggle for him to take to the bottle.

  37. I just caught up to this post, and what a great one it is! I nursed my daughter until she was somewhere between 3yrs and 4yrs. What a wonderful experience between mother and child. I am a working mother as well and had great support from my bosses. Both were women who whole heartedly supported me, one even had a private pumping area created so that I would not have to find an office or pump in the bathroom.

    Once my child was eating solids, nursing became a way for her to wind down from the sitter’s or calm her when she was upset, or just to connect. I think some of my coworkers and family thought it was a little strange that we continued for so long, but it was just so natural and my husband supported us both.

  38. I breast fed my first until he was 20 months and my second child until 2 years and 2 months old. It has been almost a year and I still miss it once in awhile

  39. Hi Joanna
    Thanks so much for these wonderful, uplifting photos of Michal Rubin, to whom you’ve introduced me. I’m a blogger and current affairs columnist at the Toronto Star who’s childless (alas) and loves both moms and children. To all the moms who’ve commented here (wow, 381 so far!) thank you for bringing new life into the world, for nurturing your beloved darlings, for enduring the discomforts, for doing the best and most noble thing one can do with one’s life. Chances are I’ll never meet you, but I’m grateful to you. And Jo, if I can call you that, you’re now bookmarked – what a wonderfully eclectic blog!

  40. Hello Joannna,
    Here frome France; i breastfed my first son Thibault for 6 months and when i stopped i caught my firts white hair, my second son Julien was fed for 9 month; i worked, pumped and fed and was very tired; a friend of mine, “sage femme”, a men, told me that the aim wasn’t that i loose all my hair because i was too tired! But i loved so much these moments of intimity; it(s a wonderfull thing to do!
    kisses from east of France
    (maternity: a story of breast and hairs!!!!)

  41. I didn’t have an end date in mind initially–I just prayed that my son would want to nurse! Ultimately, I ended up nursing for 16 months. It was a natural weaning process, no stress on me or Peter. I honestly loved every minute of nursing (well, except for the occasional painful clogged duct) and I’m still amazed by how, um, “pleasantly plump” MY milk made him! It’s just amazing.

  42. Anonymous says...

    hi! i am not a mama yet! But my mother breast-fed me till i was 3 years old! i was a very hungry child. :D Funny thing is i never got a fever in my live and i am 24 years old… i always tell people thats because i was breast-fed for so long.. what do you girls think?

  43. I breast feed my first child exclusively for 4mths then up to 10mths supplemented with formula. My second for one entire year exclusively she refused the bottle and my girls were supplemented with formula from birth ( they were both just under 5lbs at birth)They gave up breast feeding at 10mths yes their choice I was really sad.

  44. 3 years… I worked the entire time, it was hard, but we made it work… and weaning never happened, she just decided she didn’t want to anymore…

  45. I have two daughters and breast feed each one firts all year, im proud of it, and miss that moments

  46. Due in October, hoping to breastfeed as long as the babydoll wants. I started seeing a lactation coach so hopefully I can really max the benefit for the baby. crossing my fingers!

  47. I started wanting to breastfeed her for at least a year. A year turned into 2 and 2 turned 2.5 and she still comes to me every once in a while (she’ll be 3 at the end of May). I did return to work when she was 3 months old and pumped at work until she was 10 months (food introduced at 7 months). After that, I started pumping before work and at night, nursing and if needed, supplementing with soy milk (I’m allergic to dairy, so we thought best not to introduce dairy to her that early – now we know she is fine with it though). I produced a lot…but I could definitely see changes when I was either too stressed or didn’t pump regularly…thankfully we made it through! Hope you do too!

  48. Em says...

    Henry weaned just after his 2nd birthday. We would have probably gone longer, but I had experienced a couple miscarriages and OB recommended I wean so I could take progesterone when I got pregnant again. I was SO stressed out about weaning and in the end, Henry took it like a champ. We are expecting long awaited #2 in 2 weeks and honestly other than meeting him and not being pregnant anymore, nursing with confidence is that thing I am looking forward to the most. Of course, now I have probably jinxed myself, but it was so hard to get the hang of it the first time I figure it can only be easier this time!

  49. 3 kids about 2 1/2 yrs. per kid. loved the natural ease of it all. not to say that it’s easy, but always felt so right. live in colorado and the west is more tolerant of flagrant feeding…i’m from the deep south and felt ‘odd’ there. definitely couldn’t pull off the fabulous picture you showed at the country club! totally could, and did, at the hot springs! i joked that my breasts were a part of the ‘public domain’.

  50. Anna says...

    The baby looking up without stopping is so sweet!

    I breastfed my first for 7.5 months – it was the first time she tried a bottle and she wouldnt go back to breast! My second was born prem and he is physically disabled so couldnt breastfeed and Im very proud that with a 18month old and a new disabled baby (with all sorts of complications) I expressed for 3 months! My third I breastfed for 14 months. All were perfect for different reasons!

  51. Anonymous says...

    I breastfed all three of my children between 20-22 months. I swore I would never breastfeed after a year with my first child. Obviously that did not pan out. I loved every moment of breastfeeding them. The only negative was the sad state of my breasts after almost five years of constant nursing between my three babies.

  52. Anonymous says...

    I live in Austin, there is a large community of extended nursing mommas down here — I nursed my son until he was one month past 2.5 years old, and my daughter is 2.25 and still nursing quite a bit– I’m thinking she will likely want to wean later. There so many wonderful benefits to nursing a toddler!I mean, they’ve recently found that stem cells are present in breast milk — how cool is that?

  53. Anonymous says...

    My oldest nursed for about three years…she’d almost stopped and then her dad left (we got divorced) and she started again. It wasn’t a big deal, mostly just at night, and I can’t even remember when she stopped, it was so gradual. I pumped at work until she was about 18 months, then it was just when we were home together in the morning and evening.

    I’m pregnant again and will nurse this baby as long as it’s mutually agreeable.

    For the mamas who are getting bitten, a lactation consultant suggested trying to remain calm and pressing their head into the breast, which obstructs their nose and makes them open their mouths, which they don’t like. Two times of doing that, and the biting stopped for good. Just a suggestion…it worked like magic for us!

  54. I’m on month 2 right now. I hope I can breastfeed for at least a year.

  55. lbs says...

    cont…..I am working full time, but had lenient hours. So I would BF when he woke up, again when I got home from work and then at bedtime. I dropped the 5 pm feeding a few months ago and just dropped the AM feeding and it didn’t bother him at all. But I’m still going to do the last feeding as long as he wants it and my body produces. I tried pumping in the beginning and it never worked for me. I really only did it when I first returned to work to release the engorgement. I feel very fortunate that it worked so well for me and my little guy. It’s a funny topic though. I don’t mention it to people, but if it comes up they usually say, “you’re STILL breastfeeding”…I don’t get why people get so worked up by how long you BF YOUR baby for. It’s a wacky world…and seems to only get wackier upon entering parenthood.

  56. lbs says...

    did breast and bottle from about early on. Still breastfeeding right before bedtime at 18.5 months. I completely surprised myself.

  57. So far I have been breast feeding our daughter for 5 months now! I plan on breast feeding her for a year… but with everything we will work together and if she weans before or after that time frame- that works with me!

  58. My son was born January 17th, so I’m still new at this. I had a bad experience at the hospital with the lactation expert, so breastfeeding has been difficult. With the exception of a couple of weeks where he was willing to latch on, I’ve been feeding him expressed breastmilk with a little formula supplementing.

    When I was pregnant, I looked forward to breastfeeding. When he wasn’t able to latch on in the first week he was born, I was heartbroken. I felt like a failure. It was really difficult for me to reconcile. I’ve come to terms with it, but I haven’t fully given up on him. I’m hoping to feed him breastmilk in some form for a year, but 6 months at the very least.

  59. Fed my 3 boys for 18 months each and my youngest, my daughter, for 2 years.

  60. Baby #1 our sweet daughter nursed for 31 months.

    Baby #2 our little boy nursed for 25 months.

    i miss it so much.

  61. Anonymous says...

    When my first son was born, I worked for the bookmobile department of a local library. I was committed to breastfeeding, and luckily had supportive coworkers (with fellow new moms among them), and had the adventure of finding places to pump in strip mlls, community centers, and schools all over town. He weaned for good just before he turned three. My second son is nine months old (born just a couple of weeks after Toby!) and nursing again is so sweet. I don’t work for the bkmobile anymore, but am again lucky to have a supportive employer–so important!

  62. WT says...

    I breastfed my first for only six months. I went back to work after three months and she seemed to prefer the bottle. So I let it happen. She now has severe food allergies (don’t know if it is related but…). For my second I was determined to breastfeed for a year. My brother-in-law joked (ha ha) that what, did I think I was mother earth? I merely explained some of the benefits purported to exist with breastfeeding, one of them intelligence. He replied, “We’ll see.” Ass.

  63. I breastfed my daughter Jane for 14 months. I had so much support from my mother, who breastfed me for over a year also. It was really wonderful, and I can’t wait to do it again!

  64. I breastfed my Daughter up until about a month before her 2nd birthday. It was her choice. But It was also a couple weeks after we found out we were pregnant with our 2nd baby who is due in July of this year. So it may have been a supply or taste issue.
    I have to say that even though it is nice having time off from being a milk maid . . . I do miss it. My Daughter is a Daddy’s Girl so I don’t get cuddles anymore, just the occasional hug. =(

  65. BF’d my first until just last week, when my second was born. My first turned 2 in February! I will go just as long with my second, if she wants. I hear sometimes the 2nd child does not nurse as long as the first.

  66. I’m due in 2 weeks (eek!) and I plan on breastfeeding full time for 6 months. This will be hard however as I return to work part-time when bub will be 5 months :(. Thankfully my work place has day care so I’m hoping to continue feeding during lunch breaks etc.
    After 6 months I will still try to feed up to 2 or 3 times a day but also introduce solids up until bub is 1 year old. Then it’s on to cows milk. :)
    I took a breastfeeding workshop which has made me feel really empowered about feeding my baby and now I know that there is a lot of support out there if I’m struggling.
    http://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/

  67. I breastfed for the first six or seven weeks but then I was diagnosed with postpartum bipolar disorder (I know, I hadn’t even heard of the possibility–I just thought I had PPD) so then I had to stop nursing because lithium (my medication) is toxic in breastmilk. So to all moms who are pregnant or recently given birth, please, please be aware of your mental health and get help if you need it.

  68. I love breastfeeding my 2 month old daughter. But it’s hard sometimes since she wants to be fed every 2-2.5 hours. I hope to go until she’s 6 months, but we’ll see!

    Love your blog!!

  69. Joanna, I commented already but I just saw your comment about pumping/working. I went back to work full-time and tried to pump but found that I didn’t have enough time in the day to pump enough, then when I got home, I was needed and couldn’t relax enough to pump, so I put Stella on formula during the day, and breastfed her in the morning and night. I was losing time at work, feeling incredibly stressed out at home instead of enjoying my children, whom I hadn’t seen all day and realized that it just wasn’t worth it. So, consider that option, if no one else has mentioned it. (You got so many comments on this post, I didn’t read them all!)

  70. love the photo! I think it will be amazing to look back on photos like this and remember such a special relationship we had with our children! I have some great pictures on my blog as well http://livingandlearninginfreedom.blogspot.com

    I am still nursing my just over four and a half year old. It’s mainly a sleep thing although she’s been sick this week and it has been such a huge help to be able to nurse her when she’s feeling so yucky. Somedays I’m ready for it to end and other days I remind myself how she’s still little. It’s so sad that we look only at babies as being the ones who should be nursed when it’s such a huge part of a connection to continue to nurse till around four or even five.

  71. My son weaned himself at 14 months. I would have gone longer, as I loved the snuggles. As a working Mom, I pumped every day for 9 months of it. It was hard, but I would do it again, knowing I’m giving my baby the best. Breastfeeding is wonderful! My poor husband was so jealous because I got to snuggle with him so long!

  72. Joanna,
    I have to say this is the only blog where a breastfeeding discussion is so warm and non-judgemental. That is a testament to what a kind person you are and what a nice space you have crated here!
    I nursed Micah until about 7 months. He weaned himself once he had solids and bottles with dad and I was initially so sad about it. But he kept growing bigger, sleeping longer and letting his amazing little personality come out and now I only have warm fuzzy memories of that time :)
    I can’t believe he will be 3 this summer!

  73. I nursed until 20 months, but by then it was just at bedtime, and by then my daughter had a name for it: “Side?” as I would ask her/myself, “which side should we do first. . . ok, now the other side”. She asked for a “side” for two weeks, and it was hard to say no, but on the other hand I was very ready to be done.

    I can see if there there is a #2 I would nurse a bit longer, just because it would be the “last one”.

    I’m living in Norway, and I just found out that breastfeeding Norwegian mothers (when they go back to work) get TWO HOURS a day out of their work schedule to either pump or run home and feed their babies!!!

  74. I planned on breastfeeding for a year, like my mom always did. However, the breast feeding hormone greatly effected me in a bad way unfortunately, so I only lasted 6 months. With my next baby, Im hoping that doesn’t happen again and I can go for a full year.

  75. Thank you for the post. I am pumping at work while reading and the pic “inspired” me ;). I bf my first till 15 months and I’m 7 months in with baby 2. I’ll let him decide when he’s ready to stop, probably sometime between 1year and 18 months. I will so miss it when he’s done.

  76. I nursed my first until he was 8 months, but had to combine with formula when I went back to work at 5 months. This time I’m nursing exclusively and will probably wean him at a year (7 months now) if he hasn’t self-weaned by then. He is always watching big brother or dad and has a hard time concentrating during feedings; I’m sure he’s ready to get up and run around with them.

  77. I breastfed my daughter for one year (because at that time she decided to stop) and then breastfed my son for 26 months. I´ve never thought it would last so long, but it was so natural. them one day he just doens´t wanted any more. It was great!

  78. Wonderful shot and a great discussion! It’s nice to see what other moms are doing. I was aiming for a year with my son, but he loved breastfeeding and it seemed silly to stop, so we kept going. He turns 2 this week (yay!) and is still happily breastfeeding 2 times a day. My Dr said,” That boy knows a good thing when he sees it.” :)

  79. What a lovely photo!

  80. I loved breastfeeding and I breast fed forever! Best thing I ever did was breastfeed all three boys!

  81. i exclusively breastfed for 5 months and started supplementing w/ formula when her demand increased when I went back to work. i still pump but she refuses to take the breast now.

  82. My son is almost 16 months old and we are still going strong with the nursing. I am a single mom and work full time so it is a great way for us to bond + he is allergic to cow’s milk, so he needs the calories! We have no plans to wean any time soon.

  83. My son is almost 16 months old and we are still going strong with the nursing. I am a single mom and work full time so it is a great way for us to bond + he is allergic to cow’s milk, so he needs the calories! We have no plans to wean any time soon.

  84. I’m at 17 months with my daughter Piper. Have not really thought about stopping…..so convenient and wonderful.

  85. One year and enjoyed every minute of it.

  86. hello from russia.
    i breastfed my daughter almost two years. my friend’s daughter turned two years a week ago and she’s still on breastfeeding. so do most of my friends’ children. nowadays this is a normal situation with breastfeeding in russia.

  87. My son is 19-months-old and I’m still breastfeeding him. I’ll continue as long as I can.

  88. For both my sons, I breastfeed for about 6 months. I tried it all, lactation consultants, using a pump to increase my supply but no luck. My supply was in a shortage and while I was sad when it ended, I enjoyed it while it lasted. It was the most amazing bonding experience for me with my sons.

  89. I breastfed my daughter for 2 years! It wasn’t planned – I was going to do it for a year, but managed to get to 2! She’s amazingly fit and healthy so I’m glad I did it.

  90. I nursed my first until 19months. He weaned when my milk dried up when I got pregnant. He tried to nurse after my second was born, but forgot how. :(

    My second I only nursed for 10months from the breast, and 12months total. :( DH and I left on a cruise for a week and he went on a nursing strike. It was a very difficult time, and I still cry when I think about it.

  91. i’m a mother-to-be but hope to breastfeed for as long as possible if i am able! i have heard that it is painful though so i am quite nervous.

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  92. I breastfed my son for 2 years and it was fantastic! My only regret is that I weened him right at the beginning of cold season and he’s gotten so many colds since that I wish I’d waited until the spring. Lesson learned for the next bambino!

  93. Oh, how I miss nursing. My babes are 8 and 2.5 years old now. With no. 1, I nursed 9 months and stopped when I returned to work, with number 2, I nursed for 16 months and then stopped b/c my production was getting lower with less frequent feedings. In both cases my boys weaned themselves. Once they began to lose interest I stopped, but those moments with them are the ones I treasure most in their first year/ year and a half of life! Nice to see so many passionate mothers out there commenting!

    Tessa

  94. Love the photo! Everytime I get in the tub with my baby, she wants to nurse, so this is fun to see other moms doing similar.
    My daughter is 11 months now, and I plan on nursing until she is 18 months or when she decides to stop. Nursing has been a difficult road for me. I was blistered and bleeding at the beginning, wanting to give up but knowing it was best for her to keep trying. I would just get myself thru each session, saying if this was the last time, I did my best. Well, with patience, endurance and a great lactation consultant, nursing is the most amazing and bonding experience for me and my babe. I am so glad I didn’t give up. I went back to work at 8 weeks, and she didn’t take a bottle until she was 4 months, so for 2 months i had to drive across town on my lunch break, nurse her and go back.
    Like other mom’s have said; I would do it all again if I had to.

  95. i breastfed my daughter for 15 months. she was ready to stop – i didn’t think i wouldn’t be. i remember my last night nursing her. i cried. it was the most amazing experience of my life and i treasure that time. my little one never had a bottle or a pacifier. she also drank from a cup starting at 6 months when we introduced water followed by organic no sugar juice. there is nothing more natural or wonderful than a mother breastfeeding her babe. then again, there is nothing more natural or wonderful than a mother giving her babe a bottle. it’s all about nourishing and caring and cherishing. xo

  96. i breast fed my children longer than most… my son was 2 when he weaned himself and my daughter was 3.
    I live in a community where this seems quite common and bonding between mother and child is ‘normal’.
    My advice is to not over think it you will know when the time is right for the both of you….

  97. I breastfed my first for 1 year and my 2nd for 2 years. I became pregnant, and had to stop nursing my 2nd because it hurt quite a bit. But when my 3rd and last baby came along, I nursed her for 3.5 years. I loved nursing my babies!

  98. I’m very impressed with all of the answers here, I think it’s so great to be able to breastfeed that long!
    I don’t know whether it is frequent in the US, but I’m french, and here is is pretty uncommon to breastfeed after 2 months (when most of the working moms go back to work), and it is even almost ill-considered to breastfeed when your baby is more than 1 year.
    I have a 5 month old daughter who I’ve breastfed until now, and as I’m going back to work in a week I’ve started giving her formula on the day, and I breastfeed her on mornings and evenings – I plan to do so at least until she’s 6 months old.

  99. My littlest one just turned one, and is not showing any signs of wanting to stop anytime soon, so it looks like it may be a little while.

    It is so sweet to be able to nurture our little ones.

    Just wait though-Toby may just get to the hand on your breast stage a year or two down the road when he is needing comfort! Funny how they will just pull your shirt down, and put their hand on you as if it is “theirs”. This of course wears off eventually…

  100. I breastfed my son until he weaned himself at 13 months. It was an amazing bonding experience that I will always treasure. The pumping at work on 15 minute breaks was not fun, but well worth the benefits!

  101. I planned on about 7 months to a year but my supply took a dive at 4 months.

  102. Anonymous says...

    3 kids, 12 months each.

    After that, I pumped occasionally, for a couple weeks, (to prevent engorging) and put the breast milk in a cup for them.

    Then they were on whole milk.

  103. I am in complete support of breastfeeding, when possible. I think it is a beautiful, beautiful thing.

    However, for my two cents, the lack of modesty associated with this private issue, including this picture, doesn’t not appeal to me.

    I’m disappointed when charming blogs that I love to read share things that cross the line for many readers, I’m sure.

  104. www.fernandavanderlaan.com says...

    My son: only 3 months and my daughter 15 months!!!
    I’ve also donate a lot of milk both times. In Brazil there is a program that works very well. You call the fire department (yes, fire department!) and they come to your house and deliver containers and pick up yours with milk. They then go straight to hospitals and give to milk banks and to mothers who are unable to feed their kids at hospitals, and to babies at Intensive Care unit etc.

  105. Anonymous says...

    i breastfed my daughter for 10 months until she weaned herself. never had a bottle until then, and then only at night. preggo again and plan to go with the flow on the next one but I’m happy to nurse for a year.

  106. Anonymous says...

    Until my girly was just shy of 24 months. I love the closeness & sweet quiet time together, even when we were out & about. I can say I have nursed in some carzy places. But baby still needs fed while your on vacation. :)
    I think we both weened each other.
    She got tired of laying still & I was starting to feel like a milking cow.
    I do miss it. And look forward to it again. Just hoping my next one is just as excited as I am.

  107. My daughter weaned herself at a few days shy of 10 months, she was walking by 8 months and the teeth were biting a lot by than and she had zero interest. She is 14 months now and although breastfeeding was the most difficult thing I had to endure for the first few weeks it was like second nature at the end. It truly is a beautiful thing.

    I also thought I would care more about covering up in public, but as soon as she was born I could care less. They were made to feed. and feed I would!

  108. I nursed exclusively for 6 months and weaned at about 14 months. It was not only cheap, healthy and a wonderful bonding experience, but I lost all of my baby weight plus!

    It is a personal decision however, and every situation is different, so do what feels best for you and your baby :)

  109. Anonymous says...

    I breastfed till my son was 18 months, and it ended so effortlessly. (you hear stories of painful boobs and unhappy kids) He had been only taking to the boob at night for the last few months, and I just decided one day to try stopping and if he didn’t fuss then it was the right time. So I just stopped one night, and instead of breastfeeding, I cuddled him longer and told him he should go sleep now, and he just went happily.

    I missed it for awhile though! Sometimes I think it’s the mom who has more separation anxiety. :P That bonding was absolutely special, I am so glad I tried to go as long as I could. (My boy is 3 now)

    Jo

  110. The nursing mum is also very beautiful to look at!

    I tried with Mila for several weeks but it never worked so I ended up expressing milk with the pump for 3 months to give her some good things because it was important for my husband.
    Saying that my mum never breastfed me or my siblings and I don’t think it had made the slight difference.

    Breastfeeding should be a choice made by the mum. If you can that’s great, if you can’t it’s not the end of the world!

    http://bodieandfou.blogspot.com/2011/03/my-home-in-london.html

  111. I breastfed my first for almost 2 years. My second is 7 months now and we are going strong. After the holidays and traveling, my milk production went way down and I started freaking out. I started taking fenugreek and it went right back up.

  112. 18 months with Aila and time will tell with Elliot. If i’m around he still wants feeds often at nine months, but he goes hours without if he’s with his dad.

  113. Anonymous says...

    Wow ladies! I am first and foremost a firm believer that ultimately a happy mum is a good mum. However having read a number of these comments and as a mother who successfully breastfed, I would question whether extended breast-feeding is more about the mother than it is the needs of the child. Certainly, in physical terms, once a child is eating an ordinary, varied diet they don’t need their mother’s milk. While it’s been argued that prolonged breast-feeding boosts immunity, the immune system is extremely complex, and it’s difficult to say scientifically that any one thing categorically improves it. Psychologically, there is little evidence to support long-term breast-feeding. In the first couple of months it is important to the bonding relationship, but you can still have this with mothers who can’t breast-feed. It is not exclusive to breast-feeding. And in many ways the earlier you develop other bonding methods the better – watching a clearly distraught mother try and comfort her hysterical 4 year old by giving her her breast was a particular difficult scene to witness, particularly as it was being rejected.

  114. I breastfed my first until he was 16 months, which was unusual amongst my friends, although it was only one a day before bed for the final 6 months or so. He’s a great sleeper still!

  115. I love that you are putting images like this on your blog and advocating breastfeeding in public. Go, you! I nursed my oldest until he was 2.5 years old–at this point I was six months pregnant with my second and my first decided that it was “all dried up” and weaned himself. I gently encouraged my second to wean right when he turned three years old. My third is 15 months old and who knows what will happen with him–I just try to follow each child’s lead. We have a lot of allergies in our family and I believe nursing them for a long time is the best thing I can do for that! And honestly, it is the best way to end a toddler tantrum. :)

  116. My daughter breastfed until she was 9 months. Don’t hate me for saying it but there where times that I was so frustrated and tired that I was actually kind of mad about nursing…but I knew it was the best for her so I just kept chugging (I think I can…I think I can!) I know that sounds horrible, and I know it’s not the actual breastfeeding part that killed me…it was the dreaded breast pump! I used to cry because it would take hours for 5 drops to come out and sometimes I’d fall asleep w/ the damn this attached to boob! Sheesh! Anyway the connection was the best feeling ever and I’m planning to do it all over again with baby number 2…just hope the pumps have gotten better in the last three years :)