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How Long Did You Breastfeed?

Now that's one multitasking mama! Supermodel Gisele Bündchen was the picture of a pampered, multitasking mom this morning, sharing a picture of herself getting her hair, makeup, and nails done all while breastfeeding little Vivian, 1. She wrote, "What would I do without this beauty squad after the 15 hours flying and only 3 hours of sleep"?

It's the first time she has openly talked about showed her support for extended breastfeeding since suggesting that there should be laws requiring breastfeeding for six months back in 2010. Her words sparked a world of controversy at the time. Earlier she wrote, "Breastfeeding, mainly the first days, poses some challenges, but the reward is sublime. In addition to having all the proteins, fats, and vitamins the baby needs, breastfeeding is an act of love and affection." But it appears that Gisele is sticking by her beliefs, as Vivi (as Gisele refers to her) celebrated her first birthday last week.

The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding up to 6 months of age, "with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond." But only 29 percent of American moms nurse until the 6-month mark.

So tell us — how long did you nurse your tot?

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Lakisha15171897 Lakisha15171897 2 years
Breast feeding is an awesome way to feed and also bond with your baby but the key word is baby, not toddler! My friend breast fed her son till he bit down so hard on her nipple that she bled. I was told by the hospital that after a year its just milk. I feel that a lot of women do it after a year for the weight loss benefits mostly. You burn a lot of calories when breast feeding. Having a 3 or older child sucking on your breast is weird and uncomfortable to see. Of course its every woman's choice but don't say its for the baby/ toddler but its actually for weight loss benefits. Lol
EricaWinn EricaWinn 2 years
FYI - for those that have been lied to and told that the most nutrient dense milk is only in the first few months to a year of nursing. Please do more research. I suggest looking up extended breast feeding on sites like kellymom.com Your milk changes and adapts to your child's needs as they get older. Your milk increases in vitamins, minerals and calories to meet your growing child's needs, it's the prefect food. Yes, I have to supplement with formula, for now, as I was not producing a quantity amount large enough to keep up with my child's appetite. But for those who don't need to supplement, don't let anyone ever discourage you from nursing as long as your heart and your baby desires. You're doing a wonderful thing by giving your child the highest form of nutrition they will ever receive. :-)
EricaWinn EricaWinn 2 years
With my #1 baby it was a struggle to get started. They self-weaned at 29months of age and I believe that was only due to the fact I was also 7 months pregnant at that time. My #2 baby is just now 4 months old and our breastfeeding relationship is just getting going. They will breast feed until they self-wean as well. ;-)
JenD37146 JenD37146 2 years
I breastfed all 3 of my children until they were ready to stop, which was between 8 months and just over a year. I would have stopped them around a year if they hadn't stopped themselves. If you want to breastfeed until your child is 4, more power to you. But most women don't want to do that, the most important benefits of breastfeeding are provided in the first few months, or even weeks, and I think the huge "push" that you need to breastfeed for some minimum amount of time is part of the reason more women are choosing not to do it at all.
RobinMitchell72171 RobinMitchell72171 2 years
I agree with Lisa. I am still nursing my almost two year d and have no intentions on stopping anytime soon unless he wanted to stop of course. It has been such a beautiful bond between is and a shame that more moms are not given the necessary support to breast feed their babies. Questionaire needs to go beyond 2 years.
LisaVerlo LisaVerlo 2 years
I breast fed for four years! My boy is happy, healthy, secure, easy going, and confident, no doubt the love, bonding, exceptional nutrients, and extra attention in the super formative years helped. So why does your questionair only go up to two years? It would be interesting and refreshing to see an unbiased perspective and more accurate report on the numbers. I was originally going for two years minimum, but when I did all the research and came across some incredible and indisputable information, I wanted to give my son the best start possible. So there were a few small sacrifices along the way, but the cost (free), convenience (had the supply at my fingertips 24/7), and quality (5 star) made it well worth it! It is sad that so many people are so uptight about something so fundamentally important to the well being of humanity. Share the love!
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