How Long Do You Plan To Breastfeed?Natalie
This morning I got a rather depressing email from babycenter.com. Something about how my baby–my baby–is eleven months and two weeks old now, and is able to recognize objects by the words associated with them, and could probably start forming words soon, if he felt like it. I mean, is that not the saddest thing you’ve ever heard? What is wrong with me anyway?!
Eleven months is a really fun age, and I’m enjoying the heck out of it (though I am chasing after Huck 10000% more today than I was even just yesterday!). I’m enjoying his teeth and I’m enjoying his newfound ability to get into every cupboard in the kitchen and I’m even enjoying his passionate love of destroying pop-up books. And I’m excited for him to grow up. I just . . . where was I?
Oh yes. And I am still loving the snot out of nursing.
But, a year, right? That’s the end goal for a lot of people, isn’t it?
(More after the jump.)
I’ve been wondering to myself how long I’m going to keep up this breastfeeding gig. I mean, breastfeeding has been amazing for me. I count myself one of the lucky few who are able to eat like a cow so long as I’m nursing, and who wants to give that up? Plus it’s not like my cycle is tied to nursing so there’s no need to quit for that reason. (I’ve had that back since week seven, thanks a lot Aunt Flo!) Huck enjoys nursing just as much, so I figure we’re in this for as long as we’re in this.
Well, that’s not entirely true. At some point, I have to let my boy grow up, and at some point breastfeeding isn’t going to be necessary anymore.
I’ve been thinking about it and I’ve decided that, for me, the appropriate “if you haven’t weaned yourself by now it’s time for ME to wean YOU” age is going to be 18 months. At that point, comfort nursing and sleep time nursing has just gotta go. Sorry dude. (Sorry ME, is more like it.) And hopefully, by 18 months I’ll be too pregnant to nurse. Going from nursing to pregnant and back to nursing again? Gosh, wouldn’t that be nice? (Calcium supplements, holy moley.)
So, I’m so curious. How long do you plan to breastfeed? When do you think is the right age to wean? RESPECTFULLY if you please :).
Related: Should you extend breastfeeding into toddlerhood?