When are you going to stop breastfeeding?

Isn’t that the million dollar question?  How many times do moms get asked how long they are going to breastfeed?  I got asked SO many times with my first.  When I chose to follow the WHO guidelines, and let her stop when she was ready, I certainly was on the receiving end of quite a few comments.

Are we setting moms up to fail?  I think some people ask out of a genuine curiosity.  And some people think it’s crazy that you’re STILL breastfeeding your 3 month old/6 month old/13 month old/2 yr old. Do all of these comments get to moms?  Do moms stop breastfeeding before they really WANT to because they feel pressure from others?

I was saddened when I saw this Today Show clip with Kourtney Kardashian.  She says, “I think I stopped early because my sisters were like ‘OK, it’s time, it’s time….I miss it, I loved it.”

Why do we let other people dictate our parenting decisions? At what point does society start to encourage moms to do what they feel is best for their baby instead of pressure them to make the baby grow up faster?  It all makes me so sad.

I’m thankful that Kourtney and Mason had the 14 months of breastfeeding that they did, it’s a great start in life.  I’m sad that all of us fall prey to the pressures of society and have motherhood regrets.

It’s time for us to surround ourselves with supportive people who will encourage us and build us up.

Where do you find your support and community to allow you to make the decisions you feel are best for your family?

 

Comments

  1. says

    I get this question all the time. When are you going to stop breastfeeding? Never (except from my crunchy mama friends) how is it going? What have been your successes/challenges? What do you love about breastfeeding. Because I COULD answer those questions. But I don’t know when I’m going to stop breastfeeding. I guess the short answer is…when WE decide it’s time.

    Thanks for putting thoughts like this “out there”…more people need to hear it!!!

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