My DD1 is 2.5. She self-weaned during my pregnancy with DD2 (I was around 7 months pg, DD1 was around 21 months old). It was a very gradual process - first she started nursing less at night, then she started sleeping through and stopped waking to nurse, then she started nursing less during the day until she would just ask once or twice to nurse and simply put her mouth on the nipple and then stop. I honestly thought she had forgotten what to do. From around the time DD2 was born until about 2 months ago, DD1 would occasionally (maybe 1x/week) ask to nurse and would just put her mouth to the nipple and then say all done and walk away. One day about 2 months ago, she asked to nurse and latched on and started nursing. I was totally surprised. She asked sporadically for a while, and nursed a bit here and a bit there. But in the past 2 weeks or so, she has really picked up her pace. I'm already nursing DD2 about every 2 hours around the clock. The past few days DD1 has been asking frequently, sometimes almost hourly, during the day to nurse (and she nurses through at least one let-down). I do not mind nursing her, but I do feel like, at 2.5, that it would be reasonable to have some boundaries/limits. I'm not sure that I can keep up with nursing both of them that much. I don't want to interfere with the natural course of things, so I was just wondering if anyone had advice about this. Do you set limits with your older nursling? What kind of boundaries/limits do you have? How do you explain to a toddler that it's ok for the baby to nurse whenever, but not ok for them to nurse whenever? I guess I am just trying to think this through...
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5/12/09 at 11:04pm