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    How old is too old to breast feed? I am all for breast feeding, but I know a family who has a 4 year old that still breast feeds. Personally I think that this is a bit too much. What do you think?


    Lynne Huysamen

    Angie this is really a great topic, I said to my hubby when our babies were born that I would not have a walking,talking little human sucking on my boobs. My daughter weaned herself from the boob onto the bottle at 6 months old and I weaned my son at 13 months from the boob.

    That said I know of a lot of moms that bresastfed their children till they were much older. There was even that contraversial photo of a mom breastfeeding her nearly 4 year old son on the cover of Time magazine.

    Some women breastfeed their children up to 7 years old. I’m not going to judge others here on their choices but for me I wouldn’t do it
    What age do you breastfeed your child to


    Points: 154

    Great topic i also saw moms with big babies like @lynne mention walking talking little human sucking boob i dont feel its right up till that age maybe a year max my opinion i cant really talk as im not a breast feeding mom.


    Points: 1,430

    I prefer up to 1 year older than that its to much. And i don’t know if it’s true that i hear that the child who was breastfed for far long becomes slow in life activities


    Points: 3,016

    I think this will always be a highly debated topic 😛 and one that can go on for hours lol
    People believe different things and i always say each to their own, but my opinion on this matter is that if “baby” can formally ask for it – he/she is too old 😛


    luther Wood
    Points: 5

    That is an individual thing. It can be physical or mental or both. If you are physically healthy and mentally healthy, there is no number for age. I’m 82 and but for a few more aches and pains, I don’t feel old, and don’t act old. Like I said, age is just a number, I’m #82, that’s it. Now, I realize I’m in the minority in that thinking. And speaking of that, You are what you think, plain and simple. My wife and I don’t talk about being old and not even older, much.

    Like I said:If you are physically healthy and mentally healthy, there is no number for age. It’s all between the ears.


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    Hmmm…personally if I’m able and all’s smooth, i think i will breastfeed for as long as it is naturally possible…or until my child reaches schooling age max, so that’s about 3 years old. That said, however, my experience is only until my baby is about 6 months and he kept biting on my nipple and it was too painful and sore to continue. So perhaps naturally it’s only until when the baby starts teething and is having solid foods and is chewing off your nipple?


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    My personal opinion is that it is a choice every mom makes for herself.And in a way i think your child decides for him/her self too.

    I breastfed my son till age 2 and personally that was way too long for me i was practicly begging my son to stop wanting breast milk!!!! I could not wait for the end to come. Needless to say when the end came i was heartbroken by it and how quickly he was growing up.

    He stopped just after his second birthday i think he was ready as well and if i forced him to stop before he was ready i would have struggled ALOT. My son was born headstrong so everything is an uphill battle.


    Points: 431

    I believe it is a personal thing.
    When you as mom start feeling uncomfortable or feel it is enough now then it is time.
    I breastfed my son until 2years and 4months we stopped due to medical reasons.
    I was never planning on bf him past one but medically it counted in our favour.


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    The World Health Organisation recommends, based on research, that exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months is the optimal way of feeding infants. Thereafter infants should receive complementary foods with continued breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond. I believe you should breastfeed for as long as possible, as long as it is comfortable for both you and baby.


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    This is really up to the mom, and what decision she is comfortable with.

    Years and years shall pass and we will never receive or conclude an answer to such a question.


    Points: 2,290

    Such a controversial topic. I breasted for a year where after my little monster weaned himself. I had stacks of frozen milk and prepared his cereal with it. I don’t personally think I would be comfortable with feeding for more than 18 months.

    Also the dietary sacrifices on behalf of the mom is huge!! Here I am specifically preferring to coffee and wine. I think my nearly two years without coffee or wine was long enough.

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