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Thanks for hopping over from Odd Socks And Lollipops and welcome to my post for the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt Day 5:- Extended Breastfeeding. We have over £700 worth of breastfeeding and baby goodies up for grabs including prizes from More4Mums providing a set of ‘Hot Milk’ Lingerie, a signed hardback limited edition copy of Milky Moments and a £30 voucher from Milk Chic. Full details of the Grand Prize can be found here and all entries to be completed via the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

I breastfed Elsa until she was 16 months and Oliver till he was 14 months. I understand this is known as “extended breastfeeding” but I didn’t know this at the time. Extended breastfeeding is breastfeeding beyond your baby’s first year. It wasn’t a conscious decision to breastfeed until any particular age with either of mine. I didn’t plan any of it. I was simply breastfeeding them for as long as I felt they needed it. I work for myself so I didn’t have any deadline by which I had to cut feeds. I’m very lucky.

You’ll remember the start of my breastfeeding journey was rather traumatic. I can happily say that the middle and the end of my feeding journey with both of my children was an entirely different experience and one that I enjoyed. It was especially lovely with Elsa as Oliver was a fidget on the boob.

Feeding felt natural, comfortable and comforting.

It was my excuse to sit down, relax and (if at all possible) have someone else make me a cup of tea.

I could look down at the little head nuzzling into me and think what a long way we’d come since those first few very hard weeks and that we should savour these precious close times together.

Naturally as they ate more solids (and thankfully both of mine certainly wolfed down their solids!), the breastfeeds reduced slowly and easily.

My big eaters together - just around the time Oliver stopped breastfeeding

My big eaters together – just around the time Oliver stopped breastfeeding

Around the one year mark I was down to the morning and evening feeds, which I did in bed.

I remember loving Elsa’s evening feed, just before her bedtime. I’d lie down and feed her, cuddling her with one arm and I’d drift off to sleep. It was my twenty minute chill out before making my dinner and doing all the evening chores.

This is when I really got it – I got why people say how wonderful breastfeeding can be. Of course it should be enjoyable in the long term. No one should have to struggle and wince and battle through issue after issue. And writing about it now all those lovely feelings about breastfeeding come back. I have to say that I do miss it a bit. And I doubt I’ll ever do it again.

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9 thoughts on “Extended breastfeeding”

  1. Martina Pichova says:

    My first-born for 22 months, now I am breastfeeding his 10 month old sister and hoping for at least the same length.

    1. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Maria Hackett says:

    im pregnant with twins and cant wait to meet my babies. so looking forward to breastfeed them. so excited xx

  3. gemma clark says:

    I only managed 2 weeks with my first, hoping for longer this time around 🙂 xx

  4. Carly Mugulday says:

    I only managed 6 weeks breastfeeding my first son but planning on breastfeeding this baby due in October for as long as possible

  5. Still feeding at 4 years 5 months.

  6. My daughter is still feeding at nearly 20 months and we are doing morning and night feeds only now, in bed too! I love the quiet time with her – it’s the only time she will sit/lie still unless she is asleep. It’s such a lovely time isn’t it =)

    1. It certainly is a precious time – the only time they don’t wriggle!

  7. claire woods says:

    12 months

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