Celebrating 18 Months of Nursing

Abigail Walston

Posted By: Abigail Walston

I'm returning to work as a teacher in September. I'm not a big fan of pumping and my son has rarely used bottles so I know that going back to work is going to be a big adjustment for both of us.

Joshua is now 18 months old, which also means that I’ve been breastfeeding for 18 months! I’ve decided to combine two of my favorite things—breastfeeding and math—to calculate the actual amount of time I’ve spent breastfeeding in the past year and a half. Disclaimer 1: I’m a huge nerd and this was actually really fun for me. Disclaimer 2: I had to do some rounding and estimating. Next time I have a baby I may just carry around a stopwatch so that I can get an exact accounting of time spent breastfeeding. Disclaimer 3: If you’re a new mom and are feeling kind of anxious about how much time you spend nursing your baby, you might not want to read this right now. Okay, on to the calculations!

I’m not going to show all of my work, but like a true nerd, I made a table to organize my data. I did my calculations using an average month length of 30.4 days (364 days divided by 12 months in a year).

Timeline of Joshua’s Life

Estimated nursing hours per day

Total hours spent nursing

1st month

On maternity leave



2-3 months

On maternity leave



4-5.5 months

On maternity leave



5.5-13 months

Back at work, expressed milk



14-15 months

Back at work, transitioned Josh to cow’s milk and stopped expressing



16-17 months

Home on summer vacation



18 months

Back at work again! Back to cow’s milk during the day



That’s a grand total of 5836 hours spent breastfeeding. In case you were wondering, there are approximately 13, 132 hours in 18 months. That means that I have spent 44% of the last 18 months breastfeeding (or pumping). That also means that Joshua has spent 44% of his first year and a half attached to me, literally. In case you’d like to see that in pie chart form (and who wouldn’t?) here you go, from both our perspectives.

The pie charts may look a little scary, until you read the key on the Motherhood chart. See that? Time spent nursing is not JUST nursing. It’s also “me” time where I get to sit down, put my feet up, relax and enjoy. It’s also time spent bonding with my child, every single time.

One last math problem: If I’ve spent 5836 hours, or 44%, of the last 18 months nursing Joshua, how many months have I spent nursing? Think about it… I’ll give you a little time…

Almost 8 months. E-I-G-H-T months. That’s almost as long as I was pregnant! It’s like sitting down and nursing for the same length of time that a pregnancy lasts! You might think I’d feel overwhelmed by actually sitting down and doing the math, but actually I’m very, very proud.

9:00am on Monday October 17


2:18am on Friday February 3


7:24am on Thursday December 15


I am SO PROUD of you, Abbie! Don't listen to anyone who may say Joshua's too old to nurse; he's certainly thriving! I did the same with you and your brothers . . . Love you both!!!

P.S. Especially LOVE the Math piece; bonding is the BEST!!!

Jena Becker
10:00pm on Wednesday December 14

That. is. AWESOME.
In so many ways...

Emily Lovely
1:42pm on Thursday November 17

I'm still breastfeeding my two-year old and have not intention of stopping. It's best for mom and baby, and we both love it!

April Leigh
7:53pm on Friday November 4

My youngest child, Jakobi-Lynne, is 18 months on the 08th and a true champion nurser! My boys only nursed for 3 weeks (the oldest) and 3 months (my second)and my oldest daughter nursed for 17 1/2 months. Nor too shabby! Great work, Abby! It isn't always easy, but it is always worth it!:-)

1:55am on Tuesday October 18

Wow, love it - Thanks for sharing Abbie! You are an inspiration being that my son is now 12 months and we are still nursing/pumping even though not as much as prior but I love that he and I get to spend time together during nursing...so precious! Looking forward to your next entry. :-)

11:13am on Monday October 17

Congratulations! Guess what I and my 17 month old are doing rught now! :)

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