Last night my H and I went out to dinner w/ a group of his work buddies. Several of the wives and I were having a conversation about BF'ing. They asked me what my intentions were, and if I was going to FF or BF. I told them that I plan on BF'ing. Two of the women breastfed and were giving me tips and suggestions. One of the ladies then made a comment about not BF'ing past one year with either of her children, and she "didn't understand why some women choose to do so". Well the other lady said, "I BF'ed my daughter until she was 29 months, and the ONLY reason I weened that soon was because she started to bite me and leave marks" (I cant make this stuff up). Well, that's when all helll broke loose.
The lady who stopped at 12 months (her name is L) said that it seems sexual to do it for anything longer, and the lady who BF'ed for 29 months (her name is T) told her that she was mildly retarted to think that way. I just sat their and watched the drama unfold at that point b/c it got pretty tense, and ended with the husbands having to suggest it was time to leave (I didn't even get to eat dessert!!!).
So, here is the question that I refused to ask last night for fear of my head being bit off... What is the benefit of BF'ing longer than what a child would be on formula for and at when should you stop? I know there is a lot of debate in this topic, but I am genuinely curious. I plan on BF'ing for the first 12 months, but didn't really think to continue for any longer b/c that's when I would stop FF'ing... So, please, enlighten me.
Also, if you are planning on BF'ing, how long do you intend to do so and why?
TTC: 07/2012 - BFP: 9/30/12 - EDD: 6/9/13
Radley Quinn was fashionably late via induction on 6/17/13