he wants nothing to do with nursing, he is 14 months old. I get nervous about him not having my antibodies. He has refused to nurse for awhile but would nurse in the mornings and now he won't nurse at all and I am all but dried up. I have friends who have not vaxed but nursed their kids until they were 2 and their kids have been healthy. Since my son has nursed only in the morning we have had chicken pox and whooping cough. I guess I need feedback from other moms. Should I push the nursing issue with him or am I overreacting?
1) Nursing- have you visited kellymom.com? Excellent breastfeeding resource and really delves into the occurence of nursing strikes--very common around your son's age. It is VERY unusual to have child-led weaning before 2 yrs (but does happen) so you may want to check into that.
2)Germs- Your child is 14 months and already had CP and whooping cough? And he came through it fine...with natural immunity?? I'm not seeing the problems, that's great!
What exactly are your concerns? Are you worried that he will be 'sickly' because he stopped nursing or possibly be more susceptible to germs? This can be true..and is a possibility. BUT, you've nursed for 14 months....that does offer quite a bit of protection even into early childhood.
If you are truly concerned, I second the suggestion for pumping and giving breastmilk in a cup until you feel more comfortable with your child's ability to fight germs
My older son only nursed for about 11 months, and he is not vaccinated. 18 years old now, never had a visible case of a VPD, missed about 15 days of school during 10 years (pretty much all of it in one chunk, when he had pneumonia at 10 y o).
Happy to be a mommy and teacher to D , born 1-17-06 via and A , born 10-6-08 with a
Jennifer, LPN and nursing student, Doula, CPST, and VBAC mama x3 to
AJ (5/03), Evan (12/04), Ilana (11/06), Olivia (2/09), and Unity (8/2012)
Mom to Jackson, b. January 2006
and Cassandra, b. October 2011