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So, does something happen at this age??<br>
DD had been down to nursing just a few times during the day... while she was waking up, an hour after being up, nap time and bed time (and then night nursing).<br><br>
She then teethed her canines, and of course was nursing more... just like any other time she got her teeth. She's done teething, though. All her teeth are in, alllll the way in. She is asking to nurse like every ten seconds. Ok.. maybe just every five minutes. ;-) Oh, and to make matters more interesting, she is now bringing me her doll, and stuffed puppy to nurse!!<br><br><br>
So, what's the deal?? I saw in a different thread some people were saying their nurslings were nursing more in the second year than as new borns. What's the reason? Is it b/c they are moving towards more independence, but just want to know that mommy is there still?<br><br>
I had been planning on weaning her after her teeth came in, which seems to be know, but I had expected her to be requesting to nurse this much... I'm not sure how to wean now.<br><br>
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I think it could be many things. I could be wrong, but I think there is a 15 month growth spurt. Then if she is accomplishing a new developmental milestone that is a trigger. Nursing can also actually feel good to some teething babies. Dd was that way. Isaac still nurses alot at 18 months. I think part of it is making sure that during our hectic days he gets some bonding time with me. I think nursing and bieng near me and my breasts makes him feel more secure too. He seems to be insecure at times.
 

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growth spurt? i think my 22.5 month old is getting teeth and growing - he hasn't gained weight in a few months, and all of a sudden he's eating everything in sight, nursing non-stop and complaining his teeth hurt all at once. so my theory is: teething (i can see the eye teeth popping through a feel a couple of 2 yr molars) AND growth spurt. we've never done both at the same time before, though - so i can't be sure until the teeth are in and the weight has been gained.<br><br>
good luck. i'll be lurking around to see what others have to say. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I am in the middle of reading "Mothering your nursing toddler" i think i wnted to read it to get tips that would lessen the amount my dd nurses. but the thing that has really stuck out is that we can get so caught up in what we are doing so toddlers know that when they nurse it means mum sits down and gives them attention. This is why i think my dd wants to nurse so much. Because she is capable of occupying herself a lot of the time i often leave her to it and dont nurse her until she requests it. So what i have started doing is making sure she gets plenty of mummy time and a few times a day i make sure im the one who initiates nursing, this has definitly helped, our nursing sessions are now longer but less frequent.<br>
I have borrowed the book thru LLL and I'm really enjoying it, its also been really encouraging and it has made me love nursing even more.
 

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growing pains<br>
teething (still, yes)<br>
developmental phases (one of mine walked at that age)<br>
needing to connect with you<br>
change/stress in family routine<br>
change in seasons/weather<br>
etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.
 

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Mmm, that gives me a few ideas. Maybe I'll try initiating the nursing.<br><br>
The reason I don't believe it is teething anymore, b/c the only teeth she has left to get are the two year molars. All the other ones are completely in, not partially, but completely.<br><br>
Any ideas on how to wean, with marathon nursing going on, or does it make sense to hold out for a month or two longer hoping the nursing sessions go down again??<br><br><br>
thx<br>
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I dont know how easy you'll find it to wean if she is still frequently nursing, even though we have cut down the frequency dd still feeds at least 6 times a day and during the night, I'm kind of thinking if she still wants it why the need to wean?
 

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Yeah, the problem with the 'if she wants it still, why wean', for me... I'm really done. DD is HN, was colicky for three months, wouldn't sleep anywhere but my lap for 10m, if she doesn't nap just right... she'll only nap for 5 minutes the entire day, she woke so much those first 6m I didn't get any sleep (nor would she co-sleep well until she was about 7-8m) ..... I just want to be able to actually sleep in a bed for more than a couple hours. I'd like to be able to sleep restfully enough that I don't wake with a sore back every morning. Guess, I'm just really burned out at this time, and had been planning to wean her a month or two back and am just getting frustrated at the constant "NANA!!!", to which if I reply "not no, a little later", she collapses on the floor into a tantrum. (yeah, I know...weaning is going to happen right now with that sort of reaction from her... but I'm so done <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> ).<br><br>
I seriously must be one of the most reluctant nursers past a year around.<br><br>
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Is there any possibility that you may be pregnant? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"><br>
That was the first sign for me....
 

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with that kind of reaction to u just saying later and HNs and with another dd i would say it is really gonna be tough weaning. yeah u already know that.<br><br>
but i can see ur point of view too. i think it is a v. good idea to wean when u as mom are done with it.<br><br>
i can understand u trying to figure out why she wants to nurse so much. is it comfort or something else.<br><br>
are u going to slowly wean? u know say no to the least important ones - if such a thing exists. can u get any help? i mean i think the weaning process is going to be hard on all of u apart from ur 15 month. esp. u i would imagine are really going to be frazzeled with all the tantrums. if she isnt being violent and u refuse nursing maybe try rubbing her back to kinda calm her and soothe her.<br><br>
i dont know how hard this is going to be since i have only one child, but i found with mine she wouldnt nurse so much if we were out esp. at the park. and i would be there for a long time and she would play hard. maybe 3 to 4 hours (she wanted to stay that long, wasnt initiated by me) and then sometimes she would fall asleep in the car on the way back. so that eliminated a couple of nursings. at that time i wasnt planning on weaning but i remember how engorged i would get and concerned since seh hardly ate solids at the lack of nutrition.<br><br>
best of luck.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Is there any possibility that you may be pregnant? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"><br>
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Think I'd freak out if that was the case. I guess it is always a possibility, but (a) I still haven't gotten af back and (b) b/c dd has been Soooo HN, the bd has been VERY minimal the past 15m. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
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meemee... think ya have a good idea there at least. Yesterday, we went to the water park and dd was so preoccupied she didn't ask to nurse (except while she was sitting on top of me while floating down a lazy river... and she didn't wig out when I said not now). Think you also confirm my thought process of, yeah, it's going to be a bear to wean dd.... I'm tired of the advice of oh, let her cry (in regards to not sleeping through the night)... she's HN, and that does NOT work with her. Same goes with nursing... when she reallllly wants to, there seems to be no substitute with her. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
My mom is visiting next week, so maybe if I make things really busy it would help cut down on the nursing. GOing outside all day won't work, 'cause I live where it is 500 degrees out during the summer... ok, not that hot, but above 110 is warm.<br><br>
Tammy
 
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