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#1 of 38 Old 02-22-2007, 05:12 PM - Thread Starter
 
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This is kind of a spin off of somehting else I was reading. do you nurse your baby/toddler to stop crying when they fall? or get bumped?

I do not. I hold and pat and sympathize but I do not nurse. this is not for any other reason other than that I hate nursing and the only reason my 19 mos is still nursing is b/c I don't how to get him weaned...good for him bad for me

The only time I ever nursed a hurt was when DD fell out of the stroller when she was under 2 and banged her head. I read that nursing was a natural pain releiver and I figured by the way she was screaming it had to REALLY hurt.

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Absolutely, I nurse anytime he needs it, for any reason. Now that he's 2, he doesn't always ask to nurse after a boo boo, but if he does, he is welcome. It is more than food, it is comfort.

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Yes, absolutely. Now that he can ask for "boobie," I wait to see if he wants to nurse or if cuddles will do. Last night he fell in the bathtub and went halfway under the water and got a big fright and cried a lot (he usually doesn't cry much unless he's really sore). We cuddled and then he asked for boobie, so he got it. Every day I'm so happy I breastfeed!!!!

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YES!!!! I can't stand to hear her cry for any reason and nursing her always makes for a happy baby
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No, I never did.

When my daughter fell down or hit against something, I always waited to see what her response was. If she got up again and continued playing, I did nothing; if she cried, I cuddled her. She never expressed an interest in nursing in those situations (and even when she didn't talk, she was entirely capable of pulling on my shirt or indicating in some other way that what she wanted was to nurse), and I never offered.

For those of you who do nurse in these situations, did your child request nursing at these times from the very beginning? I'm wondering if this is one of those things that might wind up being different with my son.

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Absolutely, I nurse anytime he needs it, for any reason. Now that he's 2, he doesn't always ask to nurse after a boo boo, but if he does, he is welcome. It is more than food, it is comfort.
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I might have when she was younger, but I don't remember. Not for any particular *reason*, it just doesn't happen that way.
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If she asks- yes. If she's REALLY hurt and I need her to calm down to evaluate the situation- yes.

A little- I bumped my head or I skinned my knee- not usually.

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For those of you who do nurse in these situations, did your child request nursing at these times from the very beginning? I'm wondering if this is one of those things that might wind up being different with my son.
I always did. I guess I saw it as a natural evolution as they aged. If I had a baby that cried, I offered the breast (they never refused )
If I had a toddler that was crying (from a boo-boo) I offered to nurse. They still never refused. When they fall down and bash their lips/mouth/teeth so much as toddlers nursing is the BEST THING!!! It creates compression that will almost immediately stop the bleeding. And the crying. I always saw nursing as comfort primarily and food secondarily.
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Absolutely. I nurse for anything and everything. It's the best way to get dd calmed down and we get to cuddle and be close to each other at the same time. In fact, whenever there's a boo-boo, whether DH is watching her, my DMother or anyone, they know to just hand her to me when it happens. Probably when she's not an infant anymore, I'll try other ways for smaller boo-boos, but for now, I think it's what she needs.
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If she asks- yes. If she's REALLY hurt and I need her to calm down to evaluate the situation- yes.

A little- I bumped my head or I skinned my knee- not usually.
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I did nurse boo boos on my oldest until she was about a year old. Shortly after that I became pregnant and wanted to wean her before her little sister arrived so I began finding other ways to make boo boos better - kisses worked pretty well.

With my youngest we just found other ways to deal with boo boos from the start since it was a bit harder just to plop down and nurse any time with an active toddler to take care of as well.

But I can totally relate to your nursing longer than you intended to just because you can't figure out how to wean. When I first started nursing my oldest I thought I'll nurse for 6 months and by then she will be eating so much solid food that it won't be a big deal to wean then, can you say du . Then she was (still is at 4) a horrible eater so I nursed longer for nutrition. So once I got past 1 year and she was still not eating much solid food I nursed to 18 months. At 18 months I wanted to start weaning because I was also pregnant and didn't want to tandem. Weaning her was a challenge because at 18 months she was still nursing to sleep and I didn't want to do CIO and we weren't having any luck finding another way to get her to sleep. We finally found another way to get her to sleep and I had her weaned by 22 months, I was 7 months pregnant at the time. I thought the pregnancy would make weaning easier since you hear that it makes supply drop but it had no effect on her nursing frequeny at all.
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Nonnnooonoo.

I figured I would have a hard enough time weaning, and this would only make problems worse when I tried to.
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Yep. She asks for it if she needs it. I am always willing to nurse to comfort her. She doesn't ask to nurse after an accident very often, but if she's very tired or it hurts really badly, she asks to nurse and after about one second she's all better.
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yes he screams and cries and reaches for boobie and he feels so much better after. hes only 7m tho.

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Sometimes. For the 18 month old, I usually try other methods of comfort first, holding, hugging or kissing, sympathizing, but if she reallly needs it, I go ahead and nurse her. The 4 year old, no. He is okay with just a hug and some empathy.

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I guess for the most part I don't. I am a holder and a grab the blankie type. But if it is night or it is a major boo-boo I do... I guess it just depends.

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Yes, pretty often. I don't think I realized how comforting it is to them until I had ds2. Ds1 had been weaned for a few months, and ds2 was wiggling on the couch. Ds1 told him to be careful or he would "fall on the ground and go boom and say wah wah wah, I need milk!" It made me laugh, but it was also interesting how he connected the getting hurt with nursing for comfort. Since then I have been much more conscious about offering "milk" for comfort.
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Yes, if she is crying for any length of time. Usually, if boo-boos are really mild, we try to laugh it off. Interestingly, I now have a couple of dare-devils on my hand!
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you bet i do. nursing is as much for comfort as for nutrition.
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if she asks for it.
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Yes, i do sometimes just trying to give her a cuddle but it never works so i give her a breastfeed and shes soon happy and off to play again

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if she is reallly fussy and tired or teething ( and i'mpretty sure she's not hungry...) i will nurse her for comfort then. i'm not totally oppose to it or anything, she just doesn't seem to need it. i can usually soothe her by snuggles and kisses.
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Yes I do. as they child gets older I find they dont need as much nursing for hurts.
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Absolutely I nurse for owies and the other disappointments that go with being a toddler. I do this for pain relief but also to check on nuero functioning after a head injury. A child who has suffered nuerological damage from a fall will not be able to nurse properly, this was told to me by a very experieced nurse, mother, IBCLC. So when I am able to nurse my child after a hard fall then I know they are most likely going to be OK. I still take them in to the ER if I am worried. I can nurse immediately and then have another family member get the ice pack or whatever is needed.
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With DD, I nursed pretty much any time she was upset about anything, because she always wanted to nurse and it always calmed her. But eventually - probably before she was 2 - she reached the point where usually just a kiss would be enough. DS has never wanted to nurse after getting hurt, so I just cuddle him.
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All babies are different. I started out offering my dd the boob more, but as she got older she started being less interested in it. Now all she needs for a boo-boo is some cuddling. I think the important thing is that you are doing what works for your child to help him/her through good and difficult times.

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i consider one of the main benefits of nursing beyond infancy to be the ability to make everything better instantly. I am working on a gentle weaning now and try to avoid nursing during the day but always offer the comfort for a bad bonk. I usually calm her down other ways for minor boo-boos though.
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DD is 2 years old. We nurse for injuries or emotional upsets if she asks. Lately she only asks if the nature of the situation - physical or psychological! - is more severe. Otherwise just verbal comforting and cuddling works. But if it's bad, then yes, we nurse about it!
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If it is a little owie (fingers slammed in a drawer, trip and fall, head bump) I encourage him to brush it off. You know, the kind of injury where he looks to me as if to ask, "What should my reaction be? Am I hurt? Is this bad? Should I be crying?!" If it was a real tumble, like a fall-off-a-chair goose egg bump and he's obviously scared/hurting, I scoop him up and nurse and soothe him right away.

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