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I have been tandem nursing my ds (2-1/2) and dd (12 days) since dd's birth. Since then my ds's appetite for regular food has diminished drastically. He's probably eating about 1/3 of what he used to. For example, today he ate a small bowl of cereal, 5 large strawberries and a cheese sandwich. That's it!! Before dd's birth he would nurse 2-3 times but there was only colostrum. Now he nurses about 5-6 times a day. Is my milk really so filling that he is filling up on that and not wanting regular food? Is that OK? I know breastmilk is good for him but at 2-1/2 should he be eating regular food more?
 

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I think a lot of tandem nursing moms encounter this.<br><br>
DD was 31 months when DS was born (32 months 2 days later) and went to almost exclusively bmilk for a while. It didn't seem like it, but her poop even went back to the bfed baby poop. She put on some weight (she was probably missing out during my pg) and then after a while went back to eating like "normal."<br><br>
DS never cut back (because I wasn't pg) and was probably getting around 50% of his calories from bmilk as a two year old. He'll be 4 in August and still nurses 6ish times in 24 hours.<br><br>
I would at least not worry until you have really set into a routine w/the new baby and everyone is a bit more adjusted (a couple-three months).
 

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This is completely normal. The older nursling usually nurses more frequently after baby is born (all that good milk!!!) and cuts down on "solids". There isn't a concern about whether the older nursling is getting enough because the older nursling is drinking newborn breastmilk, which is higher in fat and calories than toddler/older nursling breastmilk (breastmilk changes as the child gets older).<br><br>
One of the things to keep in mind is that your child knows when he's hungry and he won't starve himself. In fact, his appetite isn't decreasing (he's replacing solids w/ mamamilk) and he's adjusting his diet rather well - increasing calories from breastmilk and decreasing calories from other sources. It's also not uncommon for the older nursling to not only decrease intake of solids but also to gain weight on the wonderful breastmilk. The weight gain (unless incredibly drastic) isn't a problem either.<br><br>
My experience? I've been nursing for 6.5 years straight, am currently tandem nursing through pregnancy for the second time (nursing through pregnancy for the third time) and triandem nursed my three oldest for over 18 months until my oldest self-weaned. Each time, the older nursling(s) increased nursing and decreased other foods. Of course, they eventually decreased their nursing again and increased other foods and are perfectly happy and healthy kids!<br><br>
You're doing great!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
And btw...mamamilk is regular food, except even better with the immunological factors, etc. ! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I worried at first because my 2 year old did did the same thing as well but after a few days I just looked at it as one of the bennefits of TN because hey that less food to prepare serve and clean up after :LOL But now things are totally bsck to normal! Congrats on your new little one!
 

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Good to know. Ds is still nursing a lot and not eating much in the way of solids so I am glad to hear that it is OK. I mean I figured it was probably OK but it's hard to remember that breastmilk does offer him all that he needs <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> .
 
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