Breastfeeding beyond the “baby” stage.

I do it.

My daughter is 19 months and still breastfeeds regularly.

I’m not the only one who feeds an “older baby”.

It’s normal.

It is true we are not “in places like Africa” (an ‘argument’ I have heard many times from friends), but the nutrition of breastmilk does not depend on the location of the mother, nor do any of the other numerous health benefits. (I am a breastfeeding bore, you can read my other posts rather than me repeating them here)

Recently an article was published in The Mirror about a mum breastfeeding her six year old.  This article prompted two things,

1) The inevitable flurry of “Ugh, how can you feed when they have teeth/Can ask for it?” ignorance.

2) A beautiful coming together of breastfeeding mothers.

I belong to many breastfeeding support groups on Facebook.  One in particular group is full of mothers who feed their children beyond 6 months.  A mother in this group has written a letter to the Mirror.  With her permission I share that letter here.  If you would like to add your name to this letter then please visit her blog to do so.  http://breastfeedingthoughts.com/2015/02/05/a-letter-to-the-mirror-newspaper/

Dear Mirror Team,
Thank you for running the story on December 27th 2014 about Denise Sumpter
feeding her 6 year old daughter.
You have highlighted a little known fact about our species, which is that when left to
choose, we humans continue to drink our mother’s milk until anywhere between the
ages of 2 and 7+ years old. Anything less than that is a cultural norm. In other words,
ending breastfeeding at 6 months old is unnatural for our species, and feeding a 6
year old is not.
This will likely come as a surprise to many people, as it did to most of us!
One of the leading worldwide authorities in the field of natural term weaning,
Professor of Anthropology Dr Katherine Dettwyler, Ph.D., is aware of our letter and
has confirmed that she would be very happy to talk with you if you should want to
know more on the topic. Just let me know if you would like her contact details.
There are in fact a number of children older than Denise’s daughter still feeding in the
UK. And there are thousands of us feeding toddlers and older children. We know this
because many of us belong to social network breastfeeding support groups, and we
are those mothers.
So a handful of us thought we would write you a quick note to say hello!
Many thanks again and kindest regards,
1. Claire, Bristol, feeding our 25 month old son.
2. Charlotte, Bournemouth, feeding my 24 month old.
3. Natalie, Bristol, feeding our 4 year old.
4. Katie, Barnsley, feeding my 18 month old son.
5. Stacey, Hitchin, feeding a 3 year old and a 20 month old.
6. Kelly, Long Beinnington, feeding my 27 month old daughter.
7. Sarah, Somerset, feeding a 4 year old and a 2 year old.
8. Sarah, Edinburgh, feeding a 3 years 3 month old and a 4 month old.
9. Misha, London, feeding a 2 year old.
10. Rachel, Lincolnshire, nursing a 3 year old.
11. Claire, Bolton, feeding a 15 month old daughter.
12. Donelle-Jane, feeding my 25 month old little girl.
13. Emma, Kings Lynn, nursing a 32 month old daughter.
14. Anna, Kent, nursing a 24 month old.
15. Bethan, Merthyr Tydfil, feeding a two year old and an 8 month old.
16. Lisa, Potton, feeding a 5 year old son.
17. Donna, Cheshire, feeding my 3 year old son.
18. Claire, Lancashire, nursing a 38 month old.
19. Zoé, Derbyshire, nursing a 23 month old.
20. Emma, Hadleigh in Suffolk, feeding my 14 month old son.
21. Valerie, Oxfordshire, nursing a 19 month old.
22. Clare, Stockport, feeding my 18 month old son.
23. Charlotte, Nottingham, feeding my 2 year old daughter.
24. Beth, Newcastle, feeding my 14 month old daughter.
25. Emma, Sunderland, feeding our 17 month old son.
26. Amy, Cornwall, feeding my 29 month old son.
27. Denise, Rugby, feeding a 34 month old daughter and a 7 month old son.
28. Lotte, Leicester, feeding our 2.5 year old son.
29. Emma, Wigan, feeding my 27 month old son.
30. Kim, North Yorkshire, feeding my 17 month old son.
31. Helen, Cumbria, my nurseling is 26 months old.
32. Sioned, South Wales, feeding my (just turned) one year old daughter.
33. Kay, Somerset, feeding my 27 month old son.
34. Nikki, Norwich, nursing my 31 month old son.
35. Sarah, Tamworth, feeding my 34 month old son.
36. Lucy, Gosport Hampshire, feeding a 14 month old.
37. Michelle, Scunthorpe, feeding my 2 year old.
38. Jen, feeding a 3 year old.
39. Rebecca, Coventry, daughter aged 22 months.
40. Sam, Wolverhampton, feeding my 15 month old.
41. Lorna, Shropshire, feeding a 2.5 year old daughter and a 10 day old son.
42. Natalie, Port Talbot, feeding my 13 month old daughter.
43. Emma, Hunmanby, feeding my 20 month old and 22 weeks pregnant!
44. Asha, Kent, feeding my 16 month old.
45. Kirsty, South East, nursing an 18 month old.
46. Christine, Port Talbot, feeding a 17 month old son.
47. Rebecca, London, nursing my 20 month old son.
48. Andreia, London, feeding my 27 month old son.
49. Jane, Liverpool, nursing our 16 month old.
50. Sarah, Bristol, feeding a 15 month old daughter and regretting listening to societal
opinion and weaning my eldest at 8 months.
51. Natalie, Kent, feeding my 10 month old.
52. Emma, South Oxfordshire, feeding a 5 year old and a five month old.
53. Katie, Grimsby, feeding a 3.5 year old son with no plans to stop anytime soon.
54. Diana, Gloucestershire, feeding my 28 month old.
55. Charlotte, feeding my 15 month old son and loving it!
56. Andrea, Kent, feeding a 3 year old.
57. Sophie, Derbyshire, feeding my 3.5 year old son.
58. Sue, Great Yarmouth, feeding my 24 month old.
59. Shirley, Buckinghamshire, feeding my 17 month old daughter.
60. Lola, Romford, feeding my 2.5 year old son and pregnant with number 2!
61. Amy-Lou, Weston-Super-Mare, feeding a 21 month old.
62. Joanna, Northern Ireland, feeding my 22 month old son.
63. Pagan, Tamworth, feeding my 22 month old daughter.
64. Claire, Gloucester, feeding a 23 month old and a 4 month old.
65. Christina, South Humberside, nursing a 3.5 year old.
65. Nicky, Kent, feeding my 3 year old son.
66. Erin, Somerset, feeding an 8 month old.
67. Lindsay, Derbyshire, nursing a 20 month old and a 4.5 year old.
68. Nadia, South Yorkshire, feeding my 19 month old boy.
69. Sarah-Jane, Bolton, feeding my 5.5, 4, and 2 year olds.
70. Michelle, South Wales, feeding my 25 month old.
71. Carrie, Kent, feeding a 23 month old.
72. Catriona, Dundee, nursing a 4 year old and a 22 month old.
73. Lisa, Hull, feeding my 29 month old and 13 week old daughters.
74. Kelly, Birmingham, fed my son till he was 2.5 years old and feeding my 17 month
old daughter.
75. Alicia, Co Armagh, feeding a 2.5 year old and an 11 week old.
76. Rebecca, Leeds, feeding my 3 years 8 month old and 4 month old sons.
Previously fed my girl up to 14 months, boy till 11.5 months, daughter for 27 months
and my son till 4 years 1 month.
77. Audrey, London, feeding my almost 3 year old.
78. Lorraine, Durham, feeding my 14 month old daughter.
79. Pennie, Brighton, feeding my 19 month old.
80. Ali, Nottingham, feeding my 1 year old.
81. Jasmine, feeding my 14 month old daughter.
82. Carla, Durham, feeding my 22 month old.
83. Beth, from Somerset living in Scotland, feeding a 3 year old.
84. Rebecca, Glasgow, feeding a 4 year old son and a 21 month old daughter.
85. Rachel, Wigan, feeding my 19 month old daughter.
86. Dawn, East Sussex, nursing my 16 month old.
87. Tessa, Bournemouth, feeding my 16 month old.
88. Federica, feeding a 3.4 year old girl.
89. Julie, Portstewart, feeding a 15 month old.
90. Kerry, Wiltshire, nursing my 3.4 year old daughter.
91. Jessica, London, feeding my 21 month old son.
92. Louise, Northern Ireland, feeding my 5 year old and my 2 year old.
93. Mod, Sheffield, ending a 3 year old and a 3 month old.
94. Kate, Shropshire, feeding my 22 month old.
95. Tamsin, Devon, was fed until 4 myself and am feeding my 26 month old.
96. Kim, Birmingham, feeding a 23 month old son.
97. Laura, Sheffield, feeding a 3 years and five months old.
98. Katy, Herefordshire, feeding a 3 year old.
99. Kelly, Southend, feeding a 2 year old.
100. Laura, Bury St Edmunds, feeding a 25 month old.
101. Amy, Leeds, feeding a 22 month old daughter.
102. Emily, Wirral, feeding my 26 month old son.
103. Nikki, Oxfordshire, feeding a 5 year old. Previous children were fed till 2.5, 4.5
and 6.5.
104. Mirja, Bushey, feeding my 10 month old and fed my first born for 24 months.
105. Claire, Bristol, feeding our 26 month old son.
106. Lisa-Marie, Dudley, feeding a 28 month old.
107. Vicky, Manchester, feeding a 4.2 year old.
108. Kristy, Eye in Suffolk, fed my son for 14 months and still feeding my 2 year old
daughter.
109. Jennifer, Salford, feeding a 30 month old, first fed for 22 months.
110. Mum of 4, Cambridgeshire, nursing a 4 year old.
111. Maria, London, feeding my 3 year old (37 months).
112. Laura, SE Hants, feeding our 30 month old son and fully supported by husband,
family and friends.
113. Emma, Exeter, feeding my 11 month old.
114. Chloe, East Sussex, feeding a 4.5 year old.
115. Sophie, Port Talbot, feeding my 12 month old.
116. Cara, Bristol, feeding my 17 month old.
117. Carrie, Northamptonshire, feeding mt 26 month old.
118. Helen, fed eldest for 4 years and currently feeding a 2 year old.
119. Caroline, Wolverhampton, feeding my 20 month old daughter.
120. Julia, Sheffield, feeding an 8.5 month old (might not seem old but getting a lot of
pressure to stop).
121. Emily-Anne, Warminster, feeding my 2 and 4 year olds.
122. Sherry, Lincoln, feeding our 23 month old daughter.
123. Laura, Lincolnshire, feeding a 13 month old son.
124. Emily, Surrey, feeding my 13 month old son.
125. Nicola, Herts, feeding my 29 month old.
126. Caroline, Bristol, feeding my 18 month old daughter.
127. Adele, South Yorkshire, feeding my 21 month old.
128. Kimberly, Aberdeenshire, feeding my 2 year old son.
129. Laurel, formerly of London (now in Canada), feeding my 34 month old.
130. Joanne, Llandudno, feeding my 2 and 4 year olds.
131. Miriam, Leicester, fed all babies for over 2 years and currently feeding my 24
month old.
132. Lizi, Yorkshire, feeding a 17 month old son.
133. Steph, Fring in Norfolk, nursing a 26.5 month old son.
134. Simone, Sheffield, nursing my 19 month old daughter.
135. Carey, North Yorkshire, feeding an 8 month old and fed middle child into
toddlerhood.
136. Elaine, Sunderland, feeding my 32 month old daughter.
137. Jo, Manchester, feeding my 16 month old daughter.
138. Michelle, Wales, feeding my 4 year old daughter.
139. Helen, Stokenchurch, feeing my 18 month old.
140. Kerri, Co. Down, Northern Ireland, feeding my 2 year old.
141. Libby, Edinburgh, feeding our 27 month old son.
142. Abbie, Birmingham, feeding our 18 month old.
143. Geraldine, Sheffield, feeding my 27 month old.
144. Eleanor, Coventry, feeding a 13 month old.
145. Aleksandra, Nottingham, nursing a 12 month old son.
146. Helen, Derby, feeding my 3 year old.
147. Sophie, Spalding, feeding our 20 month old.
148. Leann, Carmarthenshire, feeding my 13 month old son.
149. Lisa, Huddersfield, feeding an 18 month old.
150. Kerri, Gloucester, feeding a 20 month old.
151. Stephanie, Grimsby, currently feeding my 28 month old son having fed my
daughter for 3 years.
152. Claire, South Yorkshire, currently breastfeeding my 2 and almost 4 year old girls.
I also breastfed my 3 older children.
153. Steph, Bournemouth, 29 months and counting.
154. Sarah, Cwmbran, feeding my 2 year old son.
155. Nadia, South Wales, currently allowing my 4yr old to self wean.
156. Flo, Canterbury, feeding my 20 month old daughter.
157. Elle from London, feeding 3 year old.
158. Jess, kent, feeding our 27.5month old daughter.
159. Jo from Cheltenham feeding my 3 year old daughter.
160. Agnes, London, feeding 38 month old son.
161. Paula from Kent feeding 16 month old daughter.
162. Helen, Wetherby, feeding a 30 month old son.
163. Julie, South Wales, currently feeding my nearly 3 year old.
164. Emma, South Yorkshire, feeding my 2 year old.
165. Lisa from Romford feeding my 27 month old.
166. Ingrid, Warminster, feeding 3 year old & 20 month old.
167. Sarah, Oxford, feeding my 3 year old and 1 year old.
168. Kerry from Cork, Ireland – feeding my 3 and a half year old.
169. Charlotte, Coventry, feeding 21 month old daughter.
170. Lisa, Norwich, currently feeding a 2 year old.
171. Megan, Dagenham. Feeding my 1 year old.
172. Anna, Coventry, feeding my 3.5 year old.
173. Josee, Huddersfield, feeding my 25 months old.
174. Donna, Atherton, feeding my 13 month old.
175. Abi, Burnham on sea, Somerset, feeding my 11 month old.
176. Naomi, Norfolk, feeding my 4 year old.
177. Katie, Teesside, feeding a 30 month daughter and currently pregnant with 2nd.
178. Emily, Coalville, feeding a 33 month old child.
179. Sara, London, feeding a 3 year old.
180. Julie, Sheffield – feeding my 27 month old and fed my older child until he was
almost 4 years old. I have many friends who feed their children until they naturally
weaned at 2, 3, 4 or more.
181. Tzeni from Surrey, feeding a 3.5 y ear old.
182. Joan, Surrey, feeding my 20 month old.
183. Natasha, Shrewsbury, feeding our 4 year old and 17 month old daughters.
184. Angelika, Surrey, feeding my 2.5 year old.
185. Natalie from Coventry, feeding my 22 month old.
186. Lhea, Derry, feeding 19 month old.
187. Victoria, Devon, feeding 3 & 5 year olds.
188. Leanne, Liverpool, feeding my 33 month old.
189. Ashley from London, feeding a 5.5 year old and 5 day old.
190. Nicola from Leeds, nursing my 27 month old daughter.
191. Morgan, Abergavenny, nursing a 20 month old.
192. Alexandra, Eastbourne, nursing my 15 month old daughter.
193. Emma, South Wales, nursing an 11 month old.
194. Jen, nr Pontypridd, feeding a 17 month old son.
195. Caroline, West Sussex. happily nursing my 26 month and 15 month old children.
196. Kate, Basingstoke, nursing my 2 year old daughter.
197. Janine, Suffolk, nursing my four year old.
198. Iulia, Essex, feeding a 1 year old.
199. Cushla, London, feeding my almost 3 year old son.
200. Emma, Cambridgeshire, feeding 3 1/2 year old.
201. Clare from Hampshire feeding 22 month old premature twins
202. Kerri, Derby, nursing a 15 month old.
203. Hannah, Northampton, feeding my 3.5 year old and 9 month old daughters
204. Eleanor, Freckleton feeding my 34 month old daughter.
205. Eleanor, Birmingham, nursing my 26 month old..
206. Karen, Manchester, fed our daughter till age 5.5 years old.
207. Berengere from Worcester, feeding a 14 months old.
208. Ellie, Lymington, feeding my 16 month old.
209. Michelle from Stirlingshire, still feeding my 3.5yo xx
210. Carolyn, Buckinghamshire, nursing our 25 month old.
211. Sue, North Herts, feeding a 27 month old.
212. Laura, Cheshire, feeding a 3 year old and a 3 month old.
213. Tara, London, nursing my 12 month old son.
214. Eve, feeding my almost 5 year old.
215. Louise, Poole, feeding and 21 month old.
216. Kirsty, Cambs, nursing my 20 month old.
217. Sam, West Sussex, currently feeding a15 month old, also have 3, 4, 6 and 7
year olds who regularly ask for milk (though have lost ability to latch so I have to
express)
218. Jacqueline, Staffordshire. Feeding my 4 year old son and my 8 month old
daughter.
219. Jacki in Bolton, Lance. Feeding a 19 month old.
220. Margaret, Glasgow, feeding a 4 year old and 1 year old (16months).
221. Claire, Nottinghamshire, still feeding nearly 4 year old son.
222. Anna, Sheffield. Feeding 26 month old for as long as she needs.
223. Claire, Spennymoor, Co. Durham, feeding my 16 month old x
224. Lyndsey, Nottingham, happily feeding my three year old son
225. Jennifer, London, feeding 3 year old x
226. Kerry, Warrington. Breastfeeding 24 months old girl
227. Emily, North Wales feeding a 17 month old.
228. Corinna, Cheshire, feeding 18 month twins and my 7.5 year old son still latches
when he wants to. X
229. Jen, Essex, nursing a 2.5 year old and 11 month old.
230. Norma, London, feeding my 11.5 month old son.
231. Michelle, Lancashire, feeding a five year old son.
232. Lucy from Leeds, happily feeding a thriving 2 year old x
233. Sinead, Leeds, feeding a 23 month old. x
234. Sharon, London, feeding my 2 year old son.
235. Sarah, surrey, feeding 15 months and going strong until she self weans x x x
236. Natalie, Baldock, feeding our 4.2 year old xx
237. Liz, Bracknell. Currently nursing my 3rd child who is 2 weeks. Previously nursed
my nearly 4 year old and nearly 2 year old until ages 13 months and 11 months.
238. Erika, London, feeding a 29 month old son.
239. K, West Wales, feeding my 19month old.
240. Emily, feeding my 21 month old and 34 weeks pregnant.
241. Lou, Stockport, feeding 12 month old and 2.5 year old.
242. Charlotte from Crawley, West Sussex, feeding my 19 month old son xxx
243. Lisa, Lancashire, feeding my 23 month old son until he weans himself.
244. Samantha, Chester, feeding 33 month old son.
245. Ellie from kidderminster. Feeding my almost 14month old.
246. Sarah, Shoreham, feeding my 14 month old as much as she likes.
247. Josie, Sheffield, feeding my 2 year old and 4 month old.
248. Anna, Beverley, feeding my 2 and a half year old daughter. X x
249. Claire, Leicester, feeding 4.5 year old and 2 year old.
250. Kathryn, Staffordshire, feeding 15 month old daughter . . . Lots!!
251. Rosalind, Hertfordshire, feeding my 13.5 month old daughter.
252. Hollie, Essex, feeding my 15 month old daughter.
253. Suzy. I live in Airlie Beach, Australia but am from London. Breastfeeding my 3
year old son.
254. Ali, Liverpool fed eldest until 4 years 7 months. Now feeding a 2 year old & 9
month old and an 11 week old.
255. Chelsea Marie, Bristol, feeding my 2 year old daughter.
256. Talie, Norfolk, feeding my 28 month old with no plans to stop until she wants to
xx
257. Felicity from Teeside feeding my 18mo little girl till she decides otherwise. X
258. Caz, Berkshire, feeding a 28 month old x
259. Abi from Reigate, Surrey, feeding a 15 month old x
260. Kate from Cannock feeding a 2 year old.
261. Jo, Southampton, nursing our 3 year old son.
262. Nicola, Tamworth, feeding 2 years 2 months little girl.
263. Meg, Brierley Hill (West Midlands) feeding 14 mo old daughter (previously fed
son to 18 months) x
264. Mary from Stourbridge, West Midlands, feeding a 26 month old son.
265. Jenn, Worcestershire, pregnant and feeding our 18 month old.
266. Jo from Devon, feeding our 24 month old daughter.
267. Robyn, Bristol, feeding our 17 month old daughter.
268. Sally, Weymouth. fed our first till 3.5 year old & currently feeding 9 month ild.
269. Sophie, living in Switzerland, currently feeding our 2.5 yo toddler, our fourth
happily breastfed child.
270. Natalie, Middlesex feeding my 14 month old (and also giving my almost 4 year
old some of the expressed milk).
271. Catherine, Edinburgh, feeding our 33 month old son x
272. Emma from Exeter, Devon, feeding my 31 month old son x
273. Lucy from Essex feeding a 2 year old.
274. Rachael from Norfolk feeding my nearly 3 year old son x
275. Lucy, Wolverhampton, fed our son till 2 and feeding our 24 month old daughter
now.
276. Phaedra from Hull feeding my 3.4 year old daughter x
277. Kathryn from Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland, fed a 2yo who self weaned during
pregnancy but still demands expressed milk, and feeding a 2 month old.
278. Fran, Herts, feeding a 25 month old son.
279. Mirrie from Suffolk, feeding my 3.5 year old & 10 month old.
280. Lisa, Staffordshire, feeding my 2 year old son x
281. Alison, London, feeding our 2 year old.
282. Natalie, Leicester, feeding a 15 month old daughter.
283. Dawn from Stoke-on-Trent still feeding my 31 month old once or twice a day with
child number two due in March.
284. Lou from Essex, pregnant and breastfeeding our 2.5 year old.
285. Angela, Manchester, nursing my 4 year old.
286. Mel from Wellington, nursing our 22month old son.
287. Katie, Gloucester, feeding our 18 month old and plan to let her self wean x
288. Michele in Kent, fed my daughter until 3 years 7 months and intend to feed my
newborn son full term too.
289. Heather, Isle of Wight, feeding my 14 month old daughter.
290. Hannah from Worcestershire, feeding a 26 month old.
291. Tamsin, Gloucestershire, nursing our 20 month old.
292. Heather, Greater Manchester, nursed to 4.5 years when she self weaned.
293. Cath, Nottingham, nursing our 3 year 4 month old son and 8 week old son.
294. Lisa, Surrey, feeding a 30 month old and 8 month old.
295. Ebony, Gorleston-on-sea Norfolk, feeding my 2 year old.
296. Sadie, Shropshire, nursing our 2.5 year old.
297. Laura from Kent, feeding my 2 year old
298. Sarah, south Yorkshire, feeding my 31 month old.
299. Sarah from Penllergaer, South Wales. Nursing a 14 month old.
300. Charlotte, 22, feeding a 20 month old, Warrington x
301. Michelle from Caerphilly, South Wales feeding her 9 month old and no sign of
stopping!
302. Hannah, Haverhill, feeding my 32 month old.
303. Sarah from West Sussex, feeding my almost three year old daughter.
304. Lisa, North Wales feeding my 28 month old son.
305. Valeska, Shetland, feeding a 32 month old and a 16 weeks old.
306. Staci, Wales, my kids naturally weaned at 5.5 and 3 years.
307. Hafsa, Bristol, feeding a 24 month old little boy.
308. Maddie, breastfed our son for 14 months and daughter for 4.5 years.
309. Lucy, nursing my 18 month old.
310. Christine, Moray, feeding an 18 month old son.
311. Eleanor, Cambridge, feeding 23 month old son.
312. Emily, Northamptonshire. Nursing my 3 years and 4 months old daughter until
she decides to stop.
313. Jessie, Bristol feeding a 5.5 year old.
314. Aileen. Feeding our 18 month old daughter. X
315. Sushila, Essex, feeding a 22 month old.
316. Emma, Co Durham – currently feeding a two year old and previously fed my
daughter to four. For a short while I was feeding both x
317. Sophie, Norwich, feeding my 21 month old.
318. Angela, Lincoln. Fed eldest for 3.5 years. Currently feeding a 33 month old and 5
month old.
319. Lorraine, near Derby feeding an almost 2.5 year old & previously fed until 26
months.
320. Alison, Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire, feeding my 2.5 year old girl.
321. Karen, Swindon, nursing my 17 month old little boy.
322. Lili, Hampshire, feeding my two year old daughter x
323. Yvonne, London feeding my 20 month old daughter.
324. Patricia, Derbyshire, feeding a newborn and a 17 month old and will continue to
do so until they are both ready to stop. X
325. Zoe, from Neath, breastfeeding a 13.5 month old with no plans to stop soon.
326. Rosalind, Switzerland (but from Surrey), breastfeeding 8 and 27 month old boys.
327. Kerry, Liverpool, feeding a 24 month old daughter and won’r stop until she
decides.
328. Shirley from Bridgend, currently nursing a 35 month old and fed my boys for 18
months and 3 years x
329. G, Swansea, feeding 29 month son and he shows no signs of wanting to stop
soon!
330. Jessica in Swansea, feeding our daughter nearly 3 years old.
331. Jude, Liverpool, our daughter is 2 and 3/4.
332. Saffron, Hemel Hempstead, feeding our son, 10 months.
333. Ally, Teignmouth Devon fed my son until 23 months & will be feeding new squish
until they chose to stop.
334. Louise, Southend-on-Sea, feeding my 2-year-old daughter.
335. Emily, Staffordshire. Founder of Free to Feed. Mother of two. Currently nursing
19 month old daughter.
336. Eleanor, Cambridge, feeding my 21 month old.
337. Catherine, Gloucester, nursing my 24 month old.
338. Caroline, Cwmbran, nursing our 28 month old
339. Amanda, Devon, feeding my 26 moony old.
340. Sarah, Brighton, feeding Wynne at 18-months.
341. Sarah, Leicester, feeding a 3 year old.
342. Jennifer, New Zealand (ex-pat), feeding my 33 month old with no plans to wean.
343. Sarah, Loughborough, fed my eldest to age 5.
346. Rosemary from Rotterdam but living in West Wales feeding almost 4 year old
and no signs of stopping.
347. Catriona, Tayport, Fife, feeding my 2 years and 7 months old son and he
appears to not be planning on stopping soon.
348. Lauren, in London. Feeding my 34 month old and no plans to stop until she
chooses to.
349. Beth, Cornwall. Feeding our 15 month old with no signs of stopping soon.
350. Ruth near Neath nursing my 16 month old.
351. I’m Julie, Jersey, I’ve fed 3 babies and am currently feeding no 3, 18 months old
and I intend to feed until he chooses to stop xxx
352. Hannah in London, feeding a 3 year old. My older child stopped at 5.5 years.
353. Beth, Liverpool feeding my 14 month old.
354. Allison in Headcorn Kent, feeding a little boy, 2 at the end of the month x
355. Helen, Cheshire, feeding a 15 month old x
356. Hannah, Sheffield, feeding 14 month old twins.
357. Kirsty, London, feeding our 18 month old.
358. Michelle, Bognor Regis, feeding a 33 month old.
359. Leanne, West Yorkshire, and a 26 month old nurseling.
360. Sharon, Leeds, feeding a 6 year old.
361. Kerry, Ipswich, 21 months
362. Claire, Harwich, 31 months
363. Gail, Ipswich, feeding a 16 month old.
364. Rebekah, Lowestoft, fed my first to four years and now feeding a 15 month old x
365. Amy, Ipswich, feeding a 17 month old.
366. Kerry, Ipswich, 3 years 6 months.
367. Pree, Ipswich, 18 months x
368. Georgie, Ipswich, feeding my 21 month old.
369. Tally, Ipswich, feeding our 24 month old.
370. Laura, Ipswich, feeding 3yrs 10 months.
371. Georgia, Ipswich, feeding my 17 month old.
372. Christine, Felixstowe, fed my 1st till 13months still feeding my 2nd at 14 months
xx
373. Cate from Suffolk, loving feeding my 3.5 year old son x
374. Tracey from Suffolk, feeding our 31 month old daughter x
375. Kelly from Suffolk, feeding our 19 month old.
376. Emma, Suffolk, nursing our 3 years 27 days old.
377. Hannah, Suffolk, nursing our 18 months strong
378. Rebecca, Suffolk, Currently nursing my 7 month old, but also nursed my eldest to
3 years and 3 months. 🙂
379. Alice, Bristol, feeding my 2 year old and occasionally my 6 year old
380. Elisabeth, Lancashire, breastfed both my sons till the age of two, one of whom I
am still feeding at 26 months . X
381. Jade, Nottingham, currently feeding my 18 month old daughter.
382. Stacey, Berkshire, feeding a 3 year 4 months old.
383. Anna, Ipswich, feeding our 14 month old.
384. Gem, Pembrokeshire. Fed my first until 2.2 years and my second is feeding now
at 2.5 years.
385. Karen, Leeds, feeding a nearly two year old, soon to be feeding 2.
386. Jennie, Sandwich , feeding a 13 month old, also fed a 22 month old.
387. Fran, living in France, feeding my 13 month old and occasionally my nearly 4
year old if he asks.
388. Sharon, Bristol, feeding 36 month old son with pride.
389. Philippa, Wiltshire, feeding my 2.5 year old son.
390. Kirstie, North Tyneside, feeding my 15 month old son.
391. Aimi, feeding 2.5 year old, Wiltshire.
392. Mhari, North Yorkshire, feeding a nearly 2 year old.
393. Nicola, Cardiff, feeding a nearly 2 year old.
394. Vikki, Neath, South Wales, feeding 14 month old.
395. Charlotte, Eastbourne, feeding an almost 2 year old.
396. Sara, Bridgend South Wales, feeding a 2 year 3 months old.
397. Francesca, Derby, feeding a nearly 3 year old.
398. Liz, near Derby. Nursed son till 39 months until he weaned during subsequent
pregnancy. Now currently feeding his 3 month old brother.
399. Cathy, Swindon, feeding my 2 & a half year old daughter.
400. Emma, Leicestershire, currently feeding a 3 year 6 months old.
401. Pamela, Glasgow, fed my daughter till she was 4 years 8 months.
402. Corrine, Bedford, feeding a 2 year 10 months old.
403. Jennifer, London, feeding a 26 month old.
404. Francesca, Kent, feeding my daughter at 2 years 10 months with no plans to
stop before she’s ready.
405. Lauren, Oxfordshire, feeding Hazel aged 18 months.
406. Charlotte, Berkshire, feeding Felicity, 18 months.
407. Tricia, Bristol, feeding a 22 month old.
408. Sarah, North Yorkshire, feeding a 30 month old.
409. Debbie, West Yorkshire, nursing a 2 year old.
410. Theresa , Ipswich, feeding 30 month old and pregnant with no 2.
411. Jodie, Surrey, feeding a 15 month old.
412. Naomi, Hertfordshire, feeding our 26 month old.
413. Emma, greater Manchester, feeding my 9 month old.
414. Kate, Cambridge feeding my 12 month old daughter, with no plans to stop until
she’s ready.
415. Leaha, Wakefield, feeding our 13 month old daughter with no plans to stop.
416. Charlotte, Tamworth, feeding my 2 year old and very occasionally my 4 year old.
417. Sam from Oxfordshire, feeding our 20 month old son.
418. Amy, Northern Ireland, very happily feeding our 19 month old son.
419. Kayleigh, Bristol, feeding a 16 month old.
420. Emma, Cornwall, feeding 15 month old son.
421. Victoria, Liverpool, feeding 3 year old and 13 month old daughters.
422. Alice, South Devon, feeding a 16 month old.
423. Kim, West Wales, feeding my 21 month old daughter.
424. Georgie, Shropshire, currently feeding our 15 month old son, with the intent to
allow him to self wean whenever he will be ready to do so.
425. Stevie, Sheffield, feeding my 1 year old daughter.
426. Charlotte, Bridgwater, feeding my 26 month old.
427. Sophia, Sheffield, feeding 10month old daughter.
428. Rose, Somerset, feeding my 33 month old.
429. Sarah, Kent, feeding my 29 month old.
430. Tasha, Scunthorpe, feeding 22 month old son.
431. Caroline, West Yorkshire, feeding my 5 year old daughter.
432. Laura, Suffolk, feeding my 18 month old.
433. Emma, Wigan, feeding a 15 month old.
434. Laura, Portsmouth, feeding a 34 month old & a 10 month old.
435. Kelly, Stockton-on-Tees, feeding both a 4 month old and 19 month old
daughters.
436. Laura, Yorkshire, feeding my 2 year old.
437. Charlotte, Chatham, feeding my 10 month old daughter.
438. Sara,York, feeding a two year old. Fed three other kids till at least 18 months.
439. Nicky, Bedfordshire, nursing my 21 month old daughter.
440. Sheila, Cornwall, feeding my 17 month old.
441. Maggie, Basingstoke, feeding my 16 month old daughter.
442. Carrie, Uxbridge, feeding my 2.4 year old and 11 month old.
443. Philippa, Gloucestershire, feeding my 18 month old daughter.
445. Kate, Bucks, feeding my 32 month old son.
446. Hayley, Dudley, feeding 16 month old boy.
447. Hannah, Kent, feeding my 26 month old and 26 weeks pregnant.
448. Andrea, Durham, feeding my 33 month old twin daughters and fed my older
children until they were 4.
449. Demi, Worksop feeding my 17 month old.
450. Sarah, Wales, feeding my 21 month old daughter.
451. Anja, Wiltshire. Nursing my 19 month old daughter .
452. Lauren, Oxfordshire, feeding my 3.5 year old and my 17 month old daughters.
453. Holli, Torquay, feeding a 13 month old girlie.
454. Kirsti, Suffolk, feeding my 17 month old son.
455. Megan, Glasgow, fed eldest till two and about to start again.
456. Nadine, Glasgow, feeding my 14 month old daughter.
457. Kate, Cornwall, feeding my 22 month old son.
458. Lynsey, Essex, feeding 5 and 3 year old sons. 1st son weaned aged 7.
459. Debi, feeding a 28 month old.
460. Louise, Halifax, feeding a 33 month old.
461. Sue, Chester, feeding a 3 year old and a 1 year old.
462. Lucy, Kent, feeding my 22 month old daughter.
463. Ali, Felixstowe, happy to be feeding my 6 year old daughter.
464. Elisa, Dorset. Feeding my 21 month old daughter.
465. Sinead, Derbyshire, fed my son until 15 months, currently feeding my 16 month
old.
466. Emma, Buckinghamshire, feeding my 2 year 1 month old, and occasionally my 3
year 5 month old.
467. Anna from Coventry, feeding my 7month old son, no plans to stop anytime soon
x
468. Keren, Worcestershire, feeding my 18 month old.
469. Sam, Gloucester, feeding my 9 month old daughter.
470. Laura, York, feeding my 2 year old.
471. Naomi, Milton Keynes, feeding a 34 month old, and a newborn.
472. Susie from Bristol, feeding my 31 month old with no sign of stopping any time
soon.
473. Rachel, Cheshire, feeding a 7 week old. Daughter aged 3 fed until 13 months.
474. Gill, Cheshire, Breastfeeding William age 5 years, and Harriet age 9 months.
475. Helen, Cheshire, Fed daughters now aged 11 and 9 years old, plus son aged 5
until they were 13 months.
476. Jenny, Manchester, Currently feeding 11 month old and fed other daughter until
2 years.
477. Louise, Cheshire, Charlie 7 months and Ruby 15 months.
478. Tracey, St Ives, Cornwall. Currently breastfeeding 2.5 year old son. Also
breastfed 1st son until he self weaned at 21 months.
479. Paula, Lincolnshire. Breastfeeding my 6 month old daughter Ada with the full
intention to keep going for 18+ months.
480. Jennie, Hampshire. Breastfed daughter for 15 months.
481. Elena, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, son aged 3 fed until 23 months.
482. Catherine, Dorset, fed eldest daughter until aged 15 months, now currently
feeding a 10 month old.
483. Helen, Cheshire, currently feeding our 8 month old daughter.
484. Melanie, Manchester, feeding my one year old son.
485. Rebecca, London, feeding my three year old son.
486. Rebecca, West Midlands, fed 1st baby for 13months, currently feeding 7 month
old.
487. Kelly, Cornwall, my son is only 4 months but plan to continue until AT LEAST 12
months.
488. Suzi, Shropshire. Fed my 3 year old until 22 months.
489. Hannah, Wiltshire, fed eldest until 13 months, second eldest until 17 months, fed
third eldest until 22 months and currently feeding 4 month old and will carry on as long
as possible for both of us.
490. Lisa from Doncaster, feeding my 16 month old daughter.
491. Sarah, Glossop, eldest self weaned just before her second birthday, youngest
still going strong and showing no signs of stopping at 22 months.
492. Lydia, Walsall, fed until 20 months.
493. Katie, Wilmslow, fed until 13 months.
494. Jennifer, Dorset. Currently feeding my 13 month old with no intention of stopping
anytime soon.
495. Victoria, Sheffield. Fed my eldest child until 14 months, currently feeding
youngest at age 2.
496. Sarah, Durham, fed till 2 years.
497. Lucy, Dorset, feeding our 14 month old.
498. Ellie, Dartmouth, fed until 22 months and now 6 months with second so far.
499. Kerri, Nottingham, feeding at 6 months until whenever he decides to stop.
500. Sam, Cheshire, feeding my 6 month old son and I will continue for as long as he
wants me
501. Alexis, Cornwall, feeding our 12 month old.
502. Laura, Cheshire, fed until we were both ready to stop at 18 months.
503. Ayla, living in Darwin, Australia, 6 months and going strong!
504. Sarah, Germany (British RAF posting) currently feeding my 7 month old and will
continue until he is ready to stop.
505. Lauren, Herts, feeding my almost 1 year old.
506. Agnieszka, Norwich, nursing our 3.5 year old plus our 4 month old x
507. Maria, Devon feeding our 4 year old.
508. Anna Knight, fed our first till 3.5, and now feeding our 4 month old.
509. Elisa, London, feeding my almost 1 year old, previously fed our son until 15
months.
510. Ruth, Bristol, feeding my 18 month old.
511. Bruna, Rugby, feeding my 14 month until he self weans x
512. Liz, Bristol, 20 weeks pregnant and feeding a 28 month old.
513. Rachel, London, feeding my 20 month old.
514. Eve-Marie, Edinburgh, feeding my 28 month old.
515. Trish, Manchester, feeding my 19 month old.
516. Shelley, living in Detmold Germany, feeding my 15 month old.
517. Aimee, London, feeding my 12 month old.
518. Bonnie, South Devon, feeding my 22 month old.
519. Jo, living in Zürich Switzerland, feeding my 3 year old. Older child self weaned at
4.5 years old.
520. Elizabeth, Devon, feeding my 24 month old son.
521. Seirian, Sheffield, feeding my 15 month old son.
522. Katy, London, feeding my 4 year old.
523. Thais, Leighton Buzzard, feeding my 10 month old and no intention to stop just
yet.
524. Katya, Surrey, currently feeding my 14 month old little girl.
525. Terri, Essex, feeding my 26 month old.
526. Ella, South Devon, fed my two older daughters until 2 years old, and still feeding
little one at 2.5.
527. Caroline, Essex. Fed my son until 18 months and currently feeding my daughter
of 21 months.
528. Yvonne, Paisley, feeding my 2 year old son x
529. Zoe, Gloucestershire, feeding my 2 year old son.
530. Temitope, London, fed my son until 2.5 years.
531. Chhaya, Northamptonshire, feeding my son who is nearly 2.
532. Rowenna, Wales, feeding my 2 year old.
533. Antonia, Manchester, feeding my 26 month old.
534. Viv, Gwynedd, feeding my 20 month old son.
535. Lynsey, Uxbridge, feeding 15 month old son.
536. Laura, Gloucester, feeding my 2 year old.
537. Kat, Bristol, fed until 22 months and looking forward to doing the same for any
future children.
538. Rosie, Swindon, feeding a 20 month old.
539. Julia from Plumstead, feeding our 2 year old.
540. Katherine, Liverpool, feeding my 3 year old.
541. Stefanie, Poole, feeding my 3 month old daughter and 2.5 year old daughter.
542. Rachel, Shrewsbury feeding my 17 month old and 34 weeks pregnant.
543. Jenny, Bury, Lancs, feeding my 22 month old son.
544. Carly, Wolverhampton, nursing our 28 month old and 23 weeks pregnant.
545. Nikki, North Yorkshire, feeding a 29 month old.
546. Georgina in Bristol, nursing my 13 month old daughter.
547. Lucy, Orpington, fed first son till 13 months, second just weaned himself at 4
years old.
548. Michelle in Sheffield, nursing a 9 day old baby and a 27 month old toddler.
549. Kim, Herts, nursing my 18 month old daughter.
550. Amy, Norfolk, nursing a 20 month old.
551. Catherine, South wales, feeding my 27 month old.
552. LJ, West Yorkshire, nursing a 2 year old who is 3 in May and no sign of stopping.
553. Melissa from Bristol, nursing my 29 month old and 4 month old boys.
554. Trudi, North Lincolnshire, also nursing a 2 year old who is 3 in May.
555. Chris from Bath, currently nursing my 28 month old and 2 week old sons.
Previously fed my daughter until she was 3.5.
556. Victoria, living in Bergerac, feeding my 18 month old son x
557. Vicky from Nth Lincs, currently nursing my 32 month old son xx
558. Helen, Hampshire. Nursing a 2 year old and due to start feeding a newborn in a
couple of months.
559. Kirsty, North Oxfordshire, currently nursing my 2 year old son.
560. Lauren, Devon, feeding my 24 month old.
561. Louise, Flintshire. Feeding 3rd child, latest one 16 months old.
562. Theresa, Devon, happily feeding my 20 month old daughter.
563. Claire, Bristol. Proudly feeding my 1 year old son.
564. Jo-Anne Kennedy, feeding my 9 month old and 3.5 year old.
565. Lizzie, Birmingham, happily nursing a 15 month old.
566. Cheryl, Gillingham (Kent), nursing our 20 month old son.
567. Jennie, Derbyshire, nursing our 23 month old daughter.
568. Justine, Bristol, feeding my 2 year old son.
569. Rebecca, Swansea. Feeding my 23 month old x
570. Karen, North Wales, feeding our 3.5 year old and our 17 month old.
571. Chloe, Dudley (West Midlands), nursing our 13 month old Son x
572. Deb, Kent, feeding our 34 month old.
573. Holly, York, feeding my 12 month old.
574. Ellie from Cambridge happily nursing my 3 year old, she loves it and we’ll keep
going until she decides to stop.
575. Gilly, Gloucestershire. Feeding my 23 month old.
576. Sophie, Gloucester. Feeding my 25 month old.
577. Kendra, Preston, feeding my 2 year old.
578. Denise, Exeter, feeding my 11 month old.
579. Rhian Doyle. Fed my daughter till 2 and still feeding my son now 2.
580. Beckie, Miskin, feeding a 15 month old with no plans of stopping.
581. Julie feeding twins who are 4 in March.
582. Jo, Rugeley, feeding my 15 month old x
583. Catherine, York, feeding my 11 month old until she’s ready to stop x
584. Catherine, Devon, feeding 12 month old twins.
585. Sandra, feeding our 4 year old.
586. Amy, Liverpool, feeding my 23 month old daughter.
587. Dawn, Nr Norwich. Happily feeding 28 our month old & 36 weeks pregnant, so
preparing to feed both together.
588. Katalin, Cheshire, feeding 22 months old daughter.
589. Becca in Staffordshire, feeding our 15 month old son and planning to continue
for the foreseeable future.
590. Ashley, Edinburgh, feeding my almost 2 year old daughter.
591. Fiona in Cornwall, feeding my 16 month old son and occasionally my 8 year old
daughter.
592. Katie, Holmfirth, still feeding 23 month old son.
593. Katherine from Armitage feeding my 16 month old daughter.
594. Vicky, Leicester, feeding our four year old just at bedtime now, for as long as he
needs it.
595. Jenny, North Essex, feeding my 18 month old son.
596. Emma, Essex, still feeding my 19 month old daughter.
597. Amy, New Forest, still feeding my 2.5 year old.
598. Laura, Lichfield, still feeding my 16 month old.
599. Eve, West Sussex, feeding an 18-month-old son.
600. Sarah, London, feeding an 18 month daughter x
601. Emma, Preston, feeding my 31 month old and planning on also feeding our baby
due in march.
602. Lesley, Stirling, feeding a 14 month old.
603. Jennifer, Dumbarton, feeding a 4 year old.
604. Julie, Lanarkshire, feeding my 17 month old daughter.
605. Gemma, Inverness, nursing a 16 month old.
606. Nicky, Cheltenham/Glasgow, feeding my 21 month old son.
607. Laurna, Inverness, nursing my 17 month old daughter.
608. Pamela, Lanarkshire, feeding our 17 month old son. Only stopped feeding my
3.5 year old last month.
609. Julia, Stirling, feeding my 32 month old.
610. Holly in Auchendinny feeding my 17 month old
611. Carrie, Inverness, feeding an 18 month old.
612. Rachael, the Scottish Borders, feeding my 27 month old.
613. Charlotte, Derbyshire, feeding my 18 month old son.
614. Jana, Cambridgeshire, feeding my 16 month old girl.
615. Keri, Gravesend, feeding a 28 month old and a 7 month old.
616. Eleanor, Portsmouth, feeding 39 month old son.
617. Nicola from Glasgow feeding my two year old son.
618. Charlotte, feeding our 18 month old.
619. Zoe, from Ripponden, feeding 2.5 year old (31 months)
620. Jennie, Cheshire, feeding my 3.5 year old son (literally as I type) and 27 weeks
pregnant. Planning to feed our newborn as well, after breastfeeding both my first two
children together for 18 months, until my daughter was 4.5.
621. Michelle Taylor, from Clacton on Sea, feeding my 39 month little lad.
622. Lucy from Lancashire feeding my 2 year old.
623. Fiona feeding a 17 month old x
624. Laura, Durham, feeding my 26m girl who will hopefully self wean when she’s
ready x
625. Donna, from Cardiff, feeding a 4 year old.
626. Louise, Durham, feeding my 25 month old girl x
627. Colleen from Salford, Manchester, feeding my 27 month old. x
628. Emma from Devon feeding my 3rd 3 year old.
629. Sarah, St Andrews, feeding a 16 month old.
630. Felicity, Helensburgh, feeding a 21 month old.
631. Michelle, Dumfries, feeding my 18 month old boy.
632. Hannah, West Yorkshire, fed my little one for 17 months.
633. Rachel, Herts, feeding my 25 month old.
634. Nicole, from Essex, feeding my 17 month old son x
635. Charlie, from Norfolk, nursing my 32 month old son.
636. Zoe, Kent, feeding a 37 month old girl.
637. Rachel, Bristol, feeding my 34 month old daughter.
638. Alison, near Dundee, feeding our 20 month old and previously fed older sibling to
27 months.
639. Valerie, Suffolk, currently nursing our 21 months old daughter, but also nursed
our son until he was 13 months.
640. Teresa, South East London, currently nursing 14 month old daughter – intending
to feed till she naturally weans.
641. Jenny, from Warwickshire, feeding my 12 month old daughter.
642. Caroline, from Portsmouth, feeding my 22 month old son.
643. Fiona, from Reading, nursing my 29 month old son.
644. Claire from West Calder, feeding my 16 month old daughter.
645. Miriam, Helensburgh, feeding our 21 month old.
646. Buffy, Helensburgh, nursing our 20 month old.
647. Cecilia, Wales, feeding two little boys aged 34 months and 5 months.
648. Elanor, Greater Manchester, feeding my 34 month old.
649. Julie Anne, Rochdale, nursing my almost 3 year old daughter and previously
nursed my son until until he was 5 years old x x x
650. Penny, Essex, nursing our 32 month old.
651. Sarah, Darlington, feeding a 2 year old.
652. Helen, Devon, feeding my 14 month old.
653. Michelle. Colchester, Essex, feeding a 2 year old and a 7 hour old!
654. Kate, Bolton, feeding a 3 year old and an 8 month old.
655. Ruth in Devon, fed my first until 2 years 7 months, now feeding my 14 month old
‘until she’s done’.
656. Jess, Buckinghamshire, nursing a 3 year old and an 11 month old.
657. Jade, Wirral, nursing a 12 month old until natural term.
658. Lyndsey, Warwickshire, nursing a 34 month old and 6 month old.
659. Katherine, currently feeding baby number 4 after feeding my 36 month old.
660. Lauren, Liverpool, feeding our 21 month old.
661. Amy, Lincoln, feeding a 2 year old and a 9 month old.
662. Libby, Lincoln, feeding a 2.5 year old.
663. Becs, Essex, feeding a 3 year old and 14 weeks pregnant.
664. Rebekah, Lincoln, feeding a 15 month old.
665. Emma, Lincolnshire, Feeding my 20 month old

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3 thoughts on “Breastfeeding beyond the “baby” stage.

  1. Love the list of mothers attached to the letter To the daily mail, what an inspiration xx brought a tear to my just scrolling down

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