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March 9th, 2005, 12:13 PM
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What age is the best age to stop BFing? I see some folks talking about BF'ing until 2years old. Whats the best age to BF till?
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March 9th, 2005, 12:42 PM
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The best age is whatever age your child is ready and weans him/herself. It depends on your child's needs and how you respond to them.
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March 9th, 2005, 12:43 PM
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By the way, Welcome to the board!!!!

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
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March 9th, 2005, 01:42 PM
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If you're speaking of the benefits to the mother and the baby/toddler, then as long as possible, usually 2-3 years.
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March 9th, 2005, 11:30 PM
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i nursed my first son until he was 24 months. i had to wean him because of my preterm labor. im not sure how long i would have ended up breastfeeding him. i also dont know how long i will nuse austin. i guess when one of us is ready to stop.
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March 13th, 2005, 07:32 PM
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Tricky question... It is better for baby to nurse until she weans herself.

But...

maybe not always better for MOM to wait for baby to self-wean. Depends on the mom. Depends on the baby. Depends on the situation. A mom unhappily nursing a toddler, feeling like a martyr, doing what she thinks is best for baby but really resenting it is probably not doing the best thing for baby either.... So I guess what is best is whatever makes mom and baby happiest!
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March 13th, 2005, 09:20 PM
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Originally posted by pianojazzgirl@Mar 13 2005, 08:32 PM
Tricky question...* It is better for baby to nurse until she weans herself.*

But...

maybe not always better for MOM to wait for baby to self-wean.* Depends on the mom.* Depends on the baby.* Depends on the situation.* A mom unhappily nursing a toddler, feeling like a martyr, doing what she thinks is best for baby but really resenting it is probably not doing the best thing for baby either....* So I guess what is best is whatever makes mom and baby happiest!*
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I agree with your a saying in a sense. "If mama ain't happy, nobody happy!" HOwever, sometimes we need to change our attitudes about our responsibilities to help ourselves do what we've got to do. KWIM? Again, I don't mean this in all cases. If a Mom is sick and needs medication that is not compatible with breastfeeding, then it's her responsibility to be a healthy Mama for her family. But I feel if we have the ability to give our babies the best, we should- even on the days we don't want to. I have the flu right now. My husband will be gone all day tomorrow until 10pm. Being Super~Mom is not at the top of my list of wants right now, but thank God I get to stay home with my kids, so I'm going to try and do my best. KWIM? I just wanted to add my .02 there, show another side to that coin.
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