breast feeding when to stop??? - FamilyEducation
breast feeding when to stop???
08/20/2010 at 17:25 PM

I know of someone that breast fed their child till he was 5 years old. I find that odd, maybe somewhat sick. Is this natural or is their something wrong with the MOM?, or will the child benefit from this or hurt him?

It's none of your business. Sorry I was so abrupt.

It is a personal choice. There is nothing unnatural about breastfeeding, no matter how long the mother chooses to do so.

80 years ago in America, it was common especially in poorer families to nurse for a long time. In post war America, it became less common. I agree with others that it's not your business, but it is outside of the normal convention of today's society. Personally, I weened mine before they got teeth! Breastfeeding is personal and should be a choice that each mother makes on her own, not what society thinks.
24376 There is really nothing wrong about breastfeeding a toddler or a 5 year old but then eventually the mother should put a stop to it and teach the child how to have his milk over a glass or cup. It is true that it is really a matter of choice. To each is own.

My son turned 3 in August and I am still nursing. I know that people don't think this is good and I know I probably should stop but I don't want him to start sucking his thumb because he wasn't ready to be weened. I see that happen to alot of children I work with, whose moms either don't breast feed or stop breast feeding (they supplement by sucking on their thumb or fingers). I know this may not happen but I just don't know how to just stop (cold turkey) him from nursing? I know there is no nutritional value to him nursing now but I am still worried for other habits to form. I am going to my GYN soon, but I just wanted some advice on how to stop? I don't think anything is wrong with nursing longer than a year to be honest (it's just the feed back I get from others). And no..I don't want him to be 4 or 5 nursing either, although I have known people who nursed that long. I just want a way to stop without harming my son in the long run (by him picking up other habits). If that makes sense.