how long should I breastfeed

How Long Should I Breastfeed?

A common question among nursing moms is “how long should I breastfeed?”  The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that breastfeeding continue for at least 12 months, and thereafter for as long as the mother and baby desire.  The World health Organization (WHO) recommends continued breastfeeding for up to 2 years of age or beyond.

Breastfeeding timeline

If both you and your baby are enjoying breastfeeding, you can continue for as long as you both desire.  There is no need to cut your breastfeeding journey short if the two of you are not ready.  Both you and your baby will continue to reap the benefits of breastfeeding for as long as you choose to nurse.

It is common for most moms to set breastfeeding goals; the majority of nursing moms wish to breastfeeding for a minimum of 3 months and if possible up to 1 year.  However, it is not uncommon for mothers to nurse for 2+ years.

Breastfeeding support

It is your choice how long you decide to breastfeed your little one however, support from your partner as well as your family and friends will prove to be invaluable throughout your journey.

Unfortunately many moms stop breastfeeding before they are ready because of pressure from friends, family, and even coworkers.  This brings us back to the point that how long you breastfeed your little one is your choice, and your choice only.

If you plan on returning to work and fear this will cause you to cut your breastfeeding journey short, you’re in luck! Many moms continue to successfully breastfeed their infants with the help of a good double-electric breastpump.  Not only do breastpumps allow you to continue your breastfeeding journey, they will aid in increasing and/or maintaining your milk supply!

How long you choose to breastfeed is a decision that is yours to make.  There are no negative consequences when breastfeeding so continue your journey for as long as both you and baby are on board!  If you wish to continue breastfeeding and are returning to work or just wish for more flexibility, a breastpump is a great solution. Aeroflow Breastpumps specializes in qualifying moms for their free breastpump through insurance.  Head over to our Qualify Through Insurance form and we’ll verify your benefits and contact you regarding your options.  Our goal is to not only make getting your breastpump through insurance fast and easy, but to also help you continue breastfeeding for as long as you desire.  For immediate assistance, please call 844-867-9890. We look forward to hearing from you!


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