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Can you introduce BF to a 2yr old? Nursing a baby right now

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Thread Starter 
I have a 2yr old and a 6mo old. My 2yr old was FF after a few months of EP, but the baby is EBF. The toddler is a little jealous.

Can you BF a toddler if they haven't Bf before?
post #2 of 5
I know I've read of children forgetting how to BF, so it might be tricky. I know there's some technique to it on the baby's part, the tongue and mouth have to work together. But if your 2 year old is really interested, you could let him/her try. That may be all your 2 year old wants, just to know they're not excluded or denied access to BF.
post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
He never learned how, but he is interested now that he sees his sister doing it. He's got such sharp little teeth though, so if its not likely, Im not taking the chance.
post #4 of 5

you could express a little for him in a cup, just so he doesn't feel so left out.

post #5 of 5

maybe let him practice first with a medela calma bottle? it's designed to only work if the baby uses the same mouth and tongue motions as for breastfeeding, so if he figures it out, you should be ok. i think this idea might be too complicated, but i agree with being afraid of toddler teeth! it's really sweet of you to be looking into this for him though :)

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