How long to breastfeed? in Breastfeeding

Posted by Anonymous on - 1 reply

My baby is aged 26 months. I am still breastfeeding but i want to stop. I don't know how many years I should breastfeed?

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Nov 18, 2016 15:47 PM

Many thanks for your email. It is not unusual to continue to breastfeed beyond baby's second birthday and is recommended by the WHO (World Health Organisation). It is you and your baby's decision when to stop breastfeeding.

If you want to stop breastfeeding, there are a number of ways to stop or reduce breastfeeding. Probably the easiest way that does not involve expressing reducing volumes of breastmilk, is simply to reduce the time (each feed) that baby feeds for, by a few minutes each feed.

Whilst reducing breastfeeds, do ensure that baby gets enough milk from other sources (approximately 500mls in 24 hours), as well as other foods that your family usually eats.

Hope this is helpful, please contact me if you need more information.

Katherine Fisher IBCLC