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DS1 turns 2.5 tomorrow. In the last two or three weeks, I believe I've noticed a steady increase in his requests to nurse until they have been about every 2 hours. He is also refusing most meals (but would eat "brown" food carbs until he made himself sick, I think.) Luckily, the 6 month old has both finished his 6 month growth spurt and has spaced his daytime feedings to every 3 or 4 hours, because if he was still eating every 1-2 hours, I'd never do anything but nurse my children. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
I appreciate the comments in "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding" that talk about how frequent requests to nurse by your toddler may indicate not enough quality time is being spent with mom. And it is true that I have begun working on my graduate degree again (though this is very flexible and from home). But I have been making every attempt to counteract that, and don't know what else I can do to create "quality" time with him.<br><br>
More than this, when he is nursing, he is actually, no-holds-barred, nursing (more often than not.) He is not comfort nursing. He is gulping.<br><br>
So is there a 2.5 year old growth spurt? Or some sort of developmental spurt at this time that is causing him to keep my boobs on a short leash? I don't particularly like nursing him right now, so dealing with his requests every 2 hours is a real strain. I feel like I am training for the "Extended Breastfeeding" chapter of the Mama Olympics, and no one but me knows that I am dealing with an athlete's training schedule and mental challenges. (No one, that is, but MDC and my lovely local La Leche League Ladies (that would be the LLLLLL, I think.) )<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:<br><br>
Any been-there-done that advice or hugs? I want to CLW, I do, but I feel like my patience is getting sucked right out my boobs.
 

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Your writing makes me giggle.<br><br>
I don't know about what is supposed to be normal, but my 2.5 year old is a frequent nurser. I never really timed it because I don't have much of a schedule in my days. I suppose she probably does nurse every 2 hours. I guess I'll wait and see if anyone else posts about growth spurts. Sophia has always been tiny and I have never noticed any growth spurts with her. She has only ever gained weight very slowly.<br>
I honestly don't remember Abigail's nursing at that particular age, nothing that specific, anyway. She wasn't nursing from 8 months through 2 years due to my pregnancy of Sophia and then her lack of interest in picking it up again. Abigail started nursing again at the age of 2 through 3 years, and then it really tapered off and now she hardly ever nurses anymore. I would say at 2.5 I think she was nursing more often, but really my memory isn't all that great. I think Abigail may have had a growth spurt at 2.5 years, though.
 

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It can be both--growth spurt and more mama time.<br><br>
Hope you can get some rest.<br><br>
Bravo for the tandem mama!
 

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2-year-molars?<br><br>
DD is getting all 4 at once, so we've been doing A LOT of nursing, the past few weeks!<br><br>
And she's backed off food (I assumed because chewing was probably painful) so she's been gulping down mama's milk, like there's no tomorrow.
 

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I second the molars idea. My now 2.5 year old nursed so much more with every tooth but the 2 year molars were the worst. They are finally done. I would offer a cold wet washcloth to chew on sometimes and she took it occasionally.<br><br>
Good luck.
 

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I would guess molars or he's dealing with some kind of change. When we moved 4 months ago my DD, almost three at the time, started wanting to nurse all the time. Anytime I sat down she'd climb in my lap to have milk. We were in the new house about 2 months before things started getting back to normal.<br><br>
When her molars all came completely in at about 29 months the nursing, especially at night, became less often immediately. I put ice in the blender until it was the consistency of fresh snow. The cold really helped a lot with teething pain. We also used ibuprofen at night when it was really bad.
 

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mine was doing that at 2 1/2...he had always nursed about every 2 hours during the day....the benefit? very little night nursing
 

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My ds is 22 months and he nurses constantly, day and night. It's driving me nuts. I can't sit down (even on the toilet) without him trying to get into my shirt. This is the same kid who, at five months, would nurse for exactly seven minutes at a time and only lying on my bed in a dark room.
 

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Been there, done that. Sophia is finally understanding and agreeing with me when I tell her to wait until I'm done using the toilet. I think most of the attraction to nursing while mom is on the toilet is because mom is sitting and they know they can catch you before you're off doing some other busy mom thing. Also, the boobs are right at eye level and easy to reach. There have been times I was crawling around on all fours picking up toys under and around the table when Sophia crawled up from my side and latched on under me.
 
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