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#1 fordmum

Posted 02 April 2012 - 03:05 PM

Sorry... I just wanted to let the whole world know eexcite.gif (or as much of it as possible) that I'm absolutely elated that my DS is still breastfeeding having turned 16 months today.

I managed 7 mths with DD and was devastated when stopped. Had I known then what I knew now (DD was hubby's 2nd so went off his experience) DD would have been exclusively breastfed until 6mo which is what was done with DS.

Admittedly I feel a little guilty at times that DS has in some way had a better start than DD but then again looking back in retrospect the stressors that we around back then including a miscarriage may still have prevented me from breastfeeding DD for longer than I did.

Anyway, I digress... DS still receives at least 3 feeds a day.  He gets first thing in the morning (usually between 7-7:30am), afternoon (between 3pm & 4:30pm) as he's too busy at lunch time and it suits us with me having to return to work twice a week at night, and right before bedtime (anywhere from 7pm to 8:30pm).  Occassionally if DS is rather unsettled he may get another right before I go to bed which is normally around 11pm-12am (joys of running your own business - there's always work to do).

The only problem I have now is convincing DH that should we reach 2 years, that it will still be up to DS when he completely stops although by then it will only be morning and night so no-one else has to know. closedeyes.gif

We even taught DS the sign language for breastfeed so when DS wants a feed/its time for a feed, I sign to him and if at home he walks down to his room where we feed.  If out and about we find somewhere discreet and comfortable with as little distractions as possible. tthumbs.gif

Sorry, I've gone on for longer than I wanted to... even though it is hard work and sometimes time consuming or a bit of an interruption, I love breastfeeding.  For me, it is such a wonderful experience, I'm glad I'm doing it and feel so lucky to be able to still breastfeed. ddance.gif

#2 Tikiboo16

Posted 02 April 2012 - 03:10 PM

Yay for you fordmum! It's a wonderful acheivement and such a wonderful feeling to know that you have gone beyond the one year mark and they are still getting the good stuff.

I am still BFing my 20 month old DD and although hubby keeps telling me it's time to stop, I will keep going until she tells me she's ready.. It's my favourite time of the day original.gif

#3 ~shannon~

Posted 02 April 2012 - 03:16 PM

Congrats!!!

Your story is similar to mine... I could only BF my first child until she was 5 months of age, so with my second bub I was determined to go longer, and now she is 22 months old!

We also tried teaching her a sign for BF but in the end she decided she would rather say "boobie", so it can be a laugh when we're out and about and she asks for it!

#4 BentoBaby

Posted 02 April 2012 - 03:31 PM

Congrats. I'm still feeding my nearly 15 month old although mostly before bed & overnight. I think that at this point if I stopped offering he probably wouldn't ask (& he certainly won't feed during the day, too distracted) but I will keep going for now. I want to get to 15-18 months I think but it's up to him. I'm ready for him to finish when he's ready now. Bfing was a lot of work for us and I worked really really hard on it so I feel happy and proud we've got this far.

#5 fordmum

Posted 02 April 2012 - 03:35 PM

My DS is quite clearly a "boobie (little) man" so am half expecting him to say the word later!  However, I doubt it will bother me and if anyone gives me any grief, I'll just give it right back at them!

I have had a friend that said "I'm guna thump you if you're still breastfeeding when he's five!"

Woo-hoo to all the breastfeeding Mum's out there!!

#6 lucky 2

Posted 02 April 2012 - 05:20 PM

Congratulations fordmum biggrin.gif

#7 Nobody Cool

Posted 02 April 2012 - 06:00 PM

Congrats fordmum!! Baby number two is on the way for me in about five weeks and I can't wait to start breastfeeding again. It was one of my favourite things about having a baby  original.gif

Well done and enjoy your continued BF relationship.

#8 fordmum

Posted 02 April 2012 - 10:28 PM

QUOTE (mtilly @ 02/04/2012, 03:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Congrats. I'm still feeding my nearly 15 month old although mostly before bed & overnight. I think that at this point if I stopped offering he probably wouldn't ask (& he certainly won't feed during the day, too distracted) but I will keep going for now. I want to get to 15-18 months I think but it's up to him. I'm ready for him to finish when he's ready now. Bfing was a lot of work for us and I worked really really hard on it so I feel happy and proud we've got this far.


Congrats to you too!! Keep it up as long as he wants it.  I completely understand the hard work you've put in to breastfeeding it has been the same for us at times too.

#9 Copper and May

Posted 03 April 2012 - 03:22 PM

Let your DH know that your breastfed toddler will not get as many virus's and anything else that is going around, and if he does, it will be very mild - so that is a plus. Another plus, is that you will be a low risk of contracting breast cancer at a later date, because mums who breastfeed for two years cumulatively (1,2 or 3 babies) lower their risk of getting this insidious disease. cclap.gif

#10 TwiceTheWoman

Posted 03 April 2012 - 03:39 PM

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How fantastic and wonderful you are!
I BF so long ago...... and have such fond memories rolleyes.gif
Our nn for breastfeeding was "the boozzie".  Our eldest son couldn't pronouce it so just said "bee".
Eventually with excitement and hunger at around 18 months he would say "humbee?".  So cute.  Humbee stayed with us as a nn for the others who came along later on as well.
It is such a special time and for anyone negative, just tell them that they are little for such a short time - and that time passes so quickly. Enjoy!

The negatives around me - PIL's and associated relatives, insisted I was raising the children to be clingy, pathetic creatures.
I stuck to my guns, believing in the reassurance of the nurturing going on and am so glad I did; they have grown to be strong, confident adults and I feel sure that BF provided a strong cornerstone there.

Keep it up you are wonderful - it's so much harder when you've had a tough time first time round.

Edited by TwiceTheWoman, 03 April 2012 - 03:46 PM.


#11 two_ones

Posted 04 April 2012 - 07:26 PM

Congratulations Fordmum - what a fantastic milestone!

We are celebrating our own tomorrow - DS is turning one and I am patting myself on the back for 12 months of continued breastfeeding! My initial goal was to get to 6 months but I am finding that I am happy to keep going until DS is ready to finish. Although I am expecting the relatives to pipe up soon with the "when are you going to stop" business!

Congratulations again! original.gif

#12 fordmum

Posted 12 April 2012 - 03:01 PM

QUOTE (Winterdanceparty @ 03/04/2012, 02:52 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Let your DH know that your breastfed toddler will not get as many virus's and anything else that is going around, and if he does, it will be very mild - so that is a plus. Another plus, is that you will be a low risk of contracting breast cancer at a later date, because mums who breastfeed for two years cumulatively (1,2 or 3 babies) lower their risk of getting this insidious disease. cclap.gif


So, because my biological mother did not breastfeed is one of the reasons behind her increased risk of getting breast cancer which she did get and has had to have a double mastectomy.

Does this mean that although I'm at risk of getting it because it is also genetic that I have now decreased that risk due to having breastfeed for over two years cumulatively?

If so, awesome and I will continue to feed as long as possible. hands.gif

#13 fordmum

Posted 12 April 2012 - 03:07 PM

Thank you all for reading and to those who replied.

I often consider giving up but the votes of confidence from everyone here including many at my DD's school continue to give me the boost to keep on going.

It is such a wonderful experience and I feel very fortunate and privileged to be continuing to BF.

Good luck to all those that choose to BF and enjoy it while you can.

To those who aren't enjoying the BF experience, think about all the benefits you are giving your baby including convenience of not needing a microwave and therefore to be able to feed anywhere, reducing illness, providing the best sustenance there is, the good it is doing your baby's brain (and therefore their intelligence), your less at risk of breast cancer (so now I've been made aware)... there are so many more benefits.
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