Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Day 240 - How long to breastfeed

Today's first time parenting tip - Don't let anyone pressure you into nursing for longer or shorter than you want to

The issue of breastfeeding vs. formula feeding is already a loaded issue. Everyone you mention it to will give you an opinion (and many you don't ask for). The point is, many babies are breastfed exclusively, many are formula fed exclusively, and many get a mix of both. And all of them turn out perfectly fine.

So if you're getting to the eight or nine month mark, and you want your body back or start wishing you could stop nursing, there's good news. You don't have to feel like a horrible person. It seems that the consensus is that most of the benefits of breastfeeding take place in the first two months, so if you decided to stop now, it'd be fine.

Some people breastfeed until their child is 3 or 4. Some never start. Don't let someone pressure you into a decision only you can make.

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Anonymous Matt said...

Hey Jef, I hope all is OK since I have not seen a post for quite a while and that is most unlike you.
All the best to you and the family,
Matt (from Minti)

1:56 AM  

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