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20/09/2013 at 12:32
as above? i intend of BF for the first 12 weeks or so, but thats just a ball park figure
when did you stop?
20/09/2013 at 12:36
5 months with both.
20/09/2013 at 12:38
#1 - mixed fed from 6 weeks, moved to fully formula fed at about 13 weeks.
#2 - BF until 2.5yrs.
#3 - BFing at 6 weeks and intend to continue to a similar time to #2.
20/09/2013 at 12:41
19months - exclusively breastfed for first year. Then 50:50 with cows milk from year onwards
20/09/2013 at 12:48
I expressed for over 6 months. Luke never BF but had the milk down his nasal gastric tube with fortifiers and later additional formula for failure to thrive. I did it for so long in the hope that he would one day be well enough to latch on. I didn't do it for so long to be able to say he was exclusively fed by breast milk, as although my supply was great (I had bottles and bottles of the stuff in the freezer) my milk was never enough calories for him, it was to keep my supply going. I didn't want to stop just in case I got the chance to have just one breast feed with him. I gave up expressing when he got his tracheostomy tube and it was clear he wouldn't be an oral feeder either by breast or bottle.
20/09/2013 at 12:52
Still going at 8 months. I originally wanted to do a year and then stop, thinking he could have cows milk after that so I'd never need to use formula. But now I think I'll keep going - he'll be off to nursery at 12 months and I like to think BFing will help him not get so many colds (perhaps wishful thinking but he's not had any colds/illnesses at all apart from when he was very small... and I've had loads of colds, so he has been exposed!). He'll have formula milk at nursery as I can't express very much any more and to be honest I don't feel it's worth the stress for me. But he can have breastmilk when I'm home (I'll only be working 2.5 days a week). I'm not sure now when we'll stop completely, I can see us continuing to do at least a bedtime feed if not a morning feed as well, for a good while longer.
20/09/2013 at 12:53
First baby - 20 months (she self weaned)
Second baby - still going at 19 months
Tbh, 12 weeks sounds a bit of an odd time to give up to me. Feeding will be established by then so the initial potential problems with latch, supply etc should be sorted. It's at this point that formula becomes very much more of a faff, whereas you don't need any supplies or preparation if you are BF. Would you think about seeing how you go and making the decision when you get to the 12 week mark? Lots of women find their attitudes to feeding change completely once the baby arrives.
20/09/2013 at 12:57
Agree with what SL said re. setting timescales - take it week by week and see how you go, your thoughts may well change once baby is here. I never pictured myself feeding until 2.5yrs but it worked for us so we kept going.
20/09/2013 at 12:58
Harry wasn't managing and started losing weight so 3 or 4 weeks in I was advised to mix his feeds, but after having formula my stuff just wasn't doing it for him, too much like hard work and we quickly shifted to 100% bottle.
I'm only going to have about 2 months mat leave so (realistically, although others manage to express enough etc, I know) we'll be moving to mainly or all bottle in that timeframe.
20/09/2013 at 13:15
Lucas 14 months
Isaac 12 months
In all honesty I wouldn't set a target, each feed is a bonus so I took it one feed at a time as had difficult starts both times
20/09/2013 at 13:28
2 weeks, desperately wanted to but a mix of factors stopped me.
Hoping for a lot longer with this one.
20/09/2013 at 13:53
16 months with A, I think she weaned then as I was 6 months pregnant and the milk was changing. L weaned at 12 months but then had another 4-5 weeks of expressed milk I had in the freezer. He was to lazy to bf after regular expressed bottles were introduced when I was at work.
20/09/2013 at 14:17
I think it was about 22m. I'd take it one day, one week at a time tbh. I loved breastfeeding. Once out of the newborn fug it was so easy as I could feed him anytime, anywhere and I really loved our feeding snuggles.
20/09/2013 at 14:24
6 months exclusively, another month swapping with formula as i went back to work.
I agree with the others about not setting a target, take week by week and see how far you can get.
20/09/2013 at 14:35
13m. He was only down to 1 feed a day at that point anyway and he self weaned off that. I followed his lead all the way through. 4 weeks in with #2 and I hope to do the same. The whole FAFF of bottles and formula and sterilising just seems way too much hassle and expense!
20/09/2013 at 14:47
2 days exclusively then mix fed for four weeks then ff. I didn't have any milk.
20/09/2013 at 15:07
We are still BF at 14 moths just a short feed morning and evening playing it by ear here so have no set end point in mind
20/09/2013 at 15:20
6.5 months so far and still going. He has had one bottle of formula most days however, since about eight weeks old. I'm planning on starting to phase his day feeds to formula in the next couple of weeks ready for me going back to work, but ideally I would like to keep breastfeeding his overnight/ early morning feeds until at least a year. Well, thats if he stops the biting phase he is currently in, I'm not enjoying feeding right now!
20/09/2013 at 15:29
#1 10 months
#2 all 44 hours of her life so far! no real target, but loose aim of 1 year.
As everyone else has said, just see how you go. If you get to 12 weeks it'll by then be a lot easier, so you may as well make the most of the benefits of your (possible)
hard work to get to that point.
20/09/2013 at 15:38
I didn't breastfeed at all
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