How Long Did You Breastfeed? Why Did You Stop?
How long did you breastfeed?
I have been breastfeeding Landon now for 2 years, 8 months and 2 weeks — and my little boy and I don’t have any intention to stop. I love it, he loves it. I don’t get tired of giving him the comfort and nourishment he needs and wants, and feeling that little body close to me. And as I always point out, it’s the best diet I’ve ever been on!
My family and extended family went through a phase where they were questioning my decision to keep breastfeeding him past the first year and then, oh my!, past the second years, but I don’t hear any inquiries about it anymore.
They know I’ll do what I think is right for him and me anyway :) Smart people. The health benefits alone are enough reason to keep doing it until Landon self-weans.
After my wonderful experience with it, I have become a passionate advocate for breastfeeding — a lactivist — and want to inspire and encourage as many moms as possible to start and continue to breastfeed. That is a major reason why I started this blog.
No matter how long you choose to breastfeed — one week or four years — I want to be a resource and cheerleader for all new mothers.
I believe most women can nurse their child with the right encouragement and support, of which there isn’t enough out there.
I’m always sad when I hear other moms say they succumbed to societal pressure or their own uncomfortable thoughts about (extended) breastfeeding.
I’m curious: how long did YOU breastfeed — three days, one month, ten months?
And why did you stop — did you have problems with breastfeeding? Did you think it was time? Why?
I’d love to hear from as many of you as possible so I can write articles that address the most common reasons for moms to stop breastfeeding.
Please leave a comment here. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!