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post #41 of 50

Every chance she gets. orngtongue.gif

post #42 of 50

My 16 month old ds nurses 20+ in 24 hours. He doesn't eat a lot of solids yet and also is teething.

post #43 of 50

My DD is now 2 years and 1 month old.  She's down to nursing only once a day at bedtime.  Although sometimes she asks for nee-nees (as she calls them) whenever the mood strikes or she's in need of some comfort.

post #44 of 50

at 17 months I cut DS nursing down from whenever he wanted it (8 times/day) to wake time, nap time, bed time and overnight. Most of the time he'd wake once or twice to nurse at night. By 20 months he was completely weaned because I got pregnant and my milk dried up.

post #45 of 50

Lately my 19-month-old has been nursing all the time, but when she was between 12-15 months, she didn't want to nurse much at all. It definitely ebbs and flows. I'm feeling exhausted by it right now, but am going to try night weaning (starting tonight) to preserve my sanity.

post #46 of 50

My DD is 16 m/o and nurses 6-10x a day.

 

OP I think it is REALLY important not to stress about it. It is very rare for a child to wean before 2 y/o and and most wean between 2-6 y/o Or 7? I can't remember. Some people's 12 m/o nurse like 3x a day...You are doing more than fine!

 

Anyways I don't push nursing (unless we have been out all day and it's been like 6 hrs and my boobs kill!) but I do not limit yet. Once she is 2 maybe we will start the morning, nap, bedtime thing.

 

I remember when I was pregnant and talking about nursing my 2+ y/o everyone was like OMG BUT NOT WHEN YOU ARE OUT! So IDK a part of me is like forget all of you I should nurse my 3 y/o in public proudly b/c it's normal but another part of me knows it would make my friends/family feel weird and could bring on some negative attention from strangers (already had a lot before DD was even 1!!!) (someone called me disgusting for NIP with my 7 m/o...) I don't do covers. So we may do a "only milkies on the couch and in bed" thing. But IDK yet I def wont worry about it until she's 2.

post #47 of 50

My 13mo DS usually nurses before afternoon nap, bed and once in the night. that said yesterday he nursed for over an hour in the middle of the afternoon. so :shrug: He's usually too busy doing his thing to bother with poor old momma and the milkies. so 3-5 times in 24hrs would probably be the range for us

post #48 of 50

As you can see from prev. posts, normal is a very wide range. My first was a big comfort nurser, every time she fell down, got frustrated, etc, she nursed. Night nursed 2-3x/night till she was maybe 20 mos, I was pg and milk stopped at night. Then she night weaned. I didn't really like tandem nursing, but didn't think she was ready to wean, so we compromised by limiting the time she nursed to my count to 10. Still she wanted to nurse frequently throughout the day. That wasn't easy, but it was workable until she was ready to wean, a little past her 4th birthday.

dd2 was never so much of a comfort nurser. I barely remember night weaning, and though she still nurses before bed at 44 mos, I don't even remember when she cut down from multiple times through the day to just before nap and bed. It's been such a different journey with her.

post #49 of 50
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I remember when I was pregnant and talking about nursing my 2+ y/o everyone was like OMG BUT NOT WHEN YOU ARE OUT! So IDK a part of me is like forget all of you I should nurse my 3 y/o in public proudly b/c it's normal but another part of me knows it would make my friends/family feel weird and could bring on some negative attention from strangers (already had a lot before DD was even 1!!!) (someone called me disgusting for NIP with my 7 m/o...) I don't do covers. So we may do a "only milkies on the couch and in bed" thing. But IDK yet I def wont worry about it until she's 2.


You know, I always thought I'd be self-conscious about NIP with a 1+ year-old... Then DS turned one, and it just wasn't a big deal. But I thought for sure I'd make people uncomfortable NIP with a 2+ year-old, and then I'd really need to limit him... Well, DS is over 2, and we are still NIP. I sat down & nursed him in the middle of the mall just today (and DS decided to completely expose me as a couple people walked by!! LOL) And it's not weird. He needs it. Some kids don't, by this age, and you can easily limit or redirect them, but my DS isn't like that, and so, we nurse, whenever, wherever. I get stares etc. but oh well... he needs it, I know that 100%, so I could care less what my relatives or friends or complete strangers passing by would think!!! smile.gif So yeah, don't worry about it, you will know when she's ready for limits and if she's not ready, you won't care how uncomfortable you might make someone!!
post #50 of 50

That is so true Crunchy. I feel like I would just nurse her if she needed it. It is not so much that I would be self conscience or anything, but I know my family/friends would. So i guess that's a really stupid reason lol I am in the US and BFing is not well accepted even though it's normal. You go to Europe and NIP no one cares, you throw a blanket over yourself doing it and people will think you are insane lol makes me want to move.

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