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Is is possible/advisable to un-wean a 2.5 year old?

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To my great regret, I fully weaned DS at 14 months.
: Not to make excuses, but I was extremely run-down from a long-term parasitic infection (we are living in Africa) and had no support for continuing breastfeeding -- everyone around me, especially dh, was encouraging me to quit.

DS is now 23 months old and I am pregnant again, due in December. He will be 2 years 4 months when the baby is born. Is is possible to start breastfeeding him again? And would it be a good idea? Ever since I found out I was pregnant, I haven't been able to stop thinking about this.

At the same time, I'm scared because I don't know if I could handle breastfeeding two. DS was a voracious breastfeeder, and he woke up every 1-2 hours at night until he was weaned. I don't do well without sleep, and I think that the sleep deprivation might have weakened my immune system and made me more vulnerable to the infection. Looking back at photos of that time, I definitely did not look well.

Any advice from those with experience would be deeply appreciated. DS still pats my breasts almost every day and calls them "num".
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my ds was 21 mths when ds2 was born. he knows that when ds2 nurses he's eating and he wanted to eat too. he tried but had forgotten how. now he "eats" by laying on my breast in the rocker where i nurse ds2. i still pump and give him ebm. it's really helped for when he gets a cold. he still loves drinking it out of his cup
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It certainly won't hurt to try!! However, often toddlers who have weaned or even stopped for a week or two have forgotten how to latch. But like the PP said, it's always an option to express some into a cup for him if he doesn't remember how to nurse.

I love his reaction to your breasts! Obviously his time nursing has provided him with a lot of comfort and fond memories!
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