Monday, August 20, 2012

Breastfeeding

At 11 months Evangeline is still nursing. This is the longest I've ever made it with breastfeeding. Christopher was weaned at 3-4 months, Andrew self weaned at 6-7 months. My goal for Evangeline is 12 months, so I can go right from breast feeding to cow's milk.

Many people have told me "she's too old to still be doing that." I reply that they are welcome to buy her formula at nearly $25 a can ;) Besides the huge expense I'm saving, it's much easier for babies to digest and healthier for them. She hasn't had any ear infections or major sicknesses and I think part of it is from the antibodies she gets through nursing. It also lowers my breast cancer risks. I feel like it helped me bond with each child as a baby.

Of course, there are some moms and babies it does not work for. I was lucky not to have any issues and I don't judge moms that choose to use formula. I started supplementing with baby food at 6 months and now she eats table food 3 times a day.

The biggest challenge thus far was our week long cruise, when she stayed with my parents. I was able to pump enough for our trip and freeze it and she took right back to nursing once we got back! I was amazed. That's our journey so far... :)

17 comments:

  1. You are seriously so so so blessed to be able to still breastfeed! She is NOT too old to be doing it and I'm so envious that you get to breastfeed! Avery only breastfed for 2 months and I completely dried up, it was so devastating for me! I say, go for it as long as you want!

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  2. She really isn't too old to be breastfeeding still! People who say that are uneducated on it. I believe every baby should be attempted to breastfeed until at least 6 months, with 12 months even better. I had problems breastfeeding my son, so I pumped for 6 months before my supply was barely there. He has never had an ear infection or any major illnesses! Women need to be more educated and not have formula shoved in their faces if attempting to breastfeed. A lot of hospitals are no longer accepting cans of formula to give away so mothers choose to breastfeed or at least attempt to. I hope that I am able to breastfeed my next kids!

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  3. It's nice to hear someone else's son self-weaned at only 6-7 months. That was Will - and I was kind of emotional about it! I will feel so lucky if we can make it to 12 months next baby! I can totally relate to you :) So glad you are getting that longer, gentler (cheaper!) experience!

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    1. Yes, my pediatrician actually said it's a very common time for babies to self wean. It really amazes me that babies can be so different, even if they are siblings!

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  4. Good for you! I'm hoping for that experience next baby - Will self-weaned early as well :( I took it pretty emotionally lol... The hormonal change didn't help!

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  5. And if i just sent you two comments I'm so sorry - technical difficulties! Haha you don't have to publish them both obviously ;)

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  6. i'm in the midst of a breastfeeding battle. my little girl is only five months, but she's already acting like she's done. i really want to make it to 12! both my others quit at 7 months.

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  7. I love that she is still nursing! I was actually the shortest and I nursed for 9 months. The rest of my siblings nursed much longer...sometimes just at bedtime or when they were sick, but definitely well into being one. Every child is different, but I'm glad she is nursing well for you!

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  8. She looks so big and healthy! Good for you for still going strong.

    I cannot believe people tell you she's too old for it. I'm not sure how I feel about breastfeeding a three year old, but I know doctors now recommend breastfeeding until two. That still seems a little prolonged since they have teeth and can chew their own food but that's how long I sucked on my mama's teet for. It's a little weird but I remember being weaned and actually breastfeeding.

    Again, kudos to you. :)

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  9. You know how I feel on the subject ;) It is a lot of work, and I am so proud of you making so far along! Congratulations, MJ!!

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  10. you are awesome. I am a total failure in this department.

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  11. I say if she takes it then let her. Its not like she is 3 and still doing it. Lol. I was only able to do it with Sydney for about a month, but I wish we had been able to go longer. Its amazing how connected I felt with her doing that. I'm a new follower and I love your blog!

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  12. Coming from a nurse, do it for as long as you can. The benefits are unparalleled. This is the one thing I'm majorly worried about for my baby. With PCOS the hormones being crazy can really mess with your supply. I'll definitely try to breast feed and am hoping I'm successful. Good for you!

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  13. I wish opinionated people would respect your opinions!

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  14. I agree with every comment so far! Congratulations on nursing this long - I think that's amazing and you are giving her the best of the best. I am still nursing Charlie 2-3 times a day and he just turned a year old!

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  15. I love that you breast feed! My mom is a lactation consultant/nurse in the maternity ward, so I've grown up knowing about the pros and cons, along with the HUGE benefits of doing it.

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  16. Go you (and Evie)! All the benefits you listed are exactly why I did it, and E is better off for it. So many people are squeamish about the topic of breastfeeding and the idea of babies doing it for very long, and I just can't understand it. Good job and I hope you make it to a year!

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