Breastfeeding—the 11 month update

11 months! Who’d have thought it? Not me. I was hoping to manage to breastfeed to 6 months, so I’ve vastly exceeded my expectations. Again, there’s not much new to report this month. Jacob’s two teeth aren’t causing me too much trouble. He manages to avoid the temptation to bite most of the time… I think I got very lucky having such a late teether.

Like last month, we are still doing two feeds per day (morning and evening) with a bottle in the afternoon. At 10 months, I’d started to think he was losing interest, but I think that was just a particularly wriggly phase. He’s settled down a bit and has quite long morning feeds now. It’s still easier than sterilising lots of bottles, so I’ll continue for a bit longer. Once he drinks milk from a cup I’d be more inclined to stop. It seems silly to stop right now anyway. Just a few more weeks and we’ll have been feeding for a year.

11-month-old Jacob sweetly playing with my necklace, but 2 seconds later he tried to look down my top!

Stopping at a year?

I’m very conflicted about whether to stop at 12 months. I feel like I should. Everyone expects that I will. But I’ve read a few articles lately about people who continue past a year and let their baby decide when to stop and I’ve started thinking “well, why not?”. The bond we have is lovely and Jacob definitely gets a lot of comfort from it (and antibodies and presumably some nutrition). But sometimes I do get sick of it. I always have to do the early mornings because I have to feed him, which is hard. It would be nice to get a proper lie in some time.

Before having a baby I was definitely in the “breastfeeding past a year is gross” camp. Now I think it’s nobody else’s business and can’t believe how judgemental I was. Who knows how I’ll feel next month. I’ll be back at work so my viewpoint might change. I’m keeping an open mind.

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If you are interested, here are my previous monthly updates (it’s such a shame I only started this at 4 months, because the early months were the interesting ones! Maybe I’ll do some retrospective ones):

Breastfeeding: 4 month update

Breastfeeding—the 5 month update

Breastfeeding—the 6 month update

Breastfeeding—the 7 month update

Breastfeeding—the 8 month update

Breastfeeding—the 9 month update

Breastfeeding—the 10 month update

 

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  1. July 25, 2017 / 1:08 pm

    I planned to breastfeed for 6 months, then 6 months turned to 12 months, then 12 months turned to two years. We made it to 21 months before I was ready to wean. Keep going mama! You got this! You’re giving so much goodness to that wittle baby!

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