Any lucky babies still nursing?

Merry - posted on 05/11/2010 ( 38 moms have responded )

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Anybody still going strong with breastfeeding? How is it different now that baby is a toddler? How often are they nursing? At night? Do you nurse in public? Any wean plan or are you going it all natural?

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Sammi - posted on 07/11/2010

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I'm still breastfeeding my 15mth daughter. It's quite different now...especially as she shouts "BABU BABU" when she wants to feed and pulls at my clothes. She's an acrobatic feeder now jumping all over me and she often gets annoyed if I don't get both breasts out so feeding in public is a little difficult these days. She still feeds in the day but mainly if we're at home and less so if she's out and about and distracted. I nurse her to sleep and she still feeds in the night. I've got a very laissez-faire attitude to the whole thing now although I wouldn't mind if she weaned herself. We co sleep and sometimes I long for our bed back to ourselves and a cracking night's sleep. I just don't want to force the issue and upset her so we're going natural and hopefully she'll self wean before she gets married ;) xx

Francesca - posted on 06/25/2010

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My little monster is still nursing at 14 months and still going strong. She still nurses about 6 times a day (3 during the day and 3 throughout the night). She nurses whenever and wherever she needs.



Although we do get a lot of comments. I tried to avoid nursing in public for a little while, but Ella just won't allow it. If I ignore her sign for milk she will start to poke my boob and if I still ignore it, she will just try to pull my shirt and latch. In fact, she will do that to anyone with a boob that is ignoring the sign for milk.



My Dh would like me to try to nurse until 2. Since he read what the WHO had to say about it, he is very pro-boobie. I, however, do not have an arbitrary date set yet. Whenever it happens is fine with me. Bothered onlookers can be put off a little while longer :)

Maggie - posted on 05/11/2010

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Sidney still nurses 3 times per day and we do not have a wean plan. He's a very busy boy and I think he'll self wean when he's ready. We rarely need to nurse in public at this age but do when necessary without any issues.

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Jedotta - posted on 07/07/2010

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my baby just turned 15 months and he is still going at it. i thought we would be done a looooong time ago. my goal was a year. i think part of it is that he doesn't take a pacifier... i am his pacifier! :) still nursing in public with a hooter hider. if anyone heckles you they can get a fine, at least in wisconsin anyway... it's illegal to harass a nursing mother. nursing in public is better than the alternative - an irritated, inconsolable baby that will get on more nerves than my nursing will. my baby has 10 teeth and two more molars on the way. i notice more pressure, but he learned a long time ago not to bite. i nurse upon waking, snacks during the day, and after we pump him full with a bottle at night. my weaning plan is pretty much to follow him. he'll lose interest eventually; i'm certainly not nursing him through college! tee hee!

Michelle - posted on 07/07/2010

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Shaio is 14 1/2 months & still nurses twice a day. Normally these feedings are only @ night but there's the occasional mid-day feed here and there. I no longer BF in public unless absoluetly neccissary.. like this past weekend @ the lake.. can't go too far when your on a boat! Lol! I would like to have him weaned by 18 months but then again I said I wanted him weaned by a year. Whatever will be will be ;)

Tara - posted on 07/07/2010

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Ian has 14 teeth so I agree that teeth do not mean the end of nursing. You just have to teach them not to bite. With Ian it finally came down to dislodging him and putting him down for a few minutes while telling him that we don't bite, it's owwie. Now I still get bit a few times a week but its to let me know he desperately wants to nurse if I put off his cues. We feed in public when necessary, I have a cover for public spots otherwise I find a quiet spot or the van to help him focus, he is to social and will pay more attention to everything else rather than finish nursing then be upset later.

Lauren - posted on 07/06/2010

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I also like the nursing smile and giggle! So cute :) And not painful, now that she's good at it!

Merry - posted on 07/06/2010

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right on about the teeth lauren! Eric only has 8 but he never uses them badly even if daddy tickles him while he is nursing! We think its the cutest when he smiles with the nipple still in his mouth! 16 teeth is a lot isnt it? wow Eric hhasnt gotten any in the past 3 months but I can feel some molars right under the surface

Lauren - posted on 07/06/2010

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My daughter is 14 months and still going strong. I miss her main feeding in the morning as I'm at work, so she gets my pumped milk from the babysitter. We JUST night-weaned her and she's doing really well, sleeping with my husband while I moved out of the room (too much temptation for her, not enough sleep for me). When I am home she nurses every 2-3 hours and I will wean her when she is ready. We nurse in public if she feels the need, but I will try to find a quiet spot or sit in the car to help her "focus." I am loving all the moms who will let the baby self-wean! Keep it up, it's awesome! My little one has 16 teeth now but is better behaved about them than when she first discovered them. Teeth don't mean the end of nursing!

Merry - posted on 07/04/2010

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Eric is still nursing about 7 times a day including 1-2 times at night! its so much more fun in the toddler years!

Danielle - posted on 07/04/2010

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my son is 14 monts and is still breastfed during day and nigt!! we love it!!!!

Carissa - posted on 07/03/2010

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My son is a lucky one! lol He nurses about 3-4 times day. Once in the morning, one before his nap (2 times for both naps when I dont work) and one at bed and wakes in the middle of the night sometimes to feed, he been cutting down onthe night wakings though (thank god, I was getting tired!) :)

Stina - posted on 06/25/2010

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Still nursing at 14 months :-)
I've noticed as she gets more mobile, most of her daytime feeds are very short. She'll be playing, get fussy, come to me, crawl up for a short nip and then roll back off to go play some more. She gets a couple long nurses in the morning, one before nap and then again in the evening in addition to all the short 'snacks.'

I try not to nurse her at night since she gets a hefty dinner and I top her off before bed. Sometimes she falls asleep before she gets her last nursing session in though and I'll nurse her when she wakes up on those nights.
We do nurse in public. Much easier to nurse a toddler discreetly than to nurse a tiny infant since she covers me with her body.
Hoping to nurse till 2-3 years.

Teresa - posted on 05/23/2010

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I am still nursing. not near as much, but still going strong. I will nurse at church in the office, but at resturants and other public places I try to just offter food or a cup. Leiv will not keep blanket on his head any more

Chantel - posted on 05/23/2010

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I JUST weaned my 2 1/2 year old off night-nursing last week. and am still nursing our 13 month old. I said I would only nurse my babies until they were 6 months old ... boy was I wrong!
I hope to have my youngest weaned in the next couple months - but won't be in a terrible rush before she's 18 months. I do still do it in public with my 13 month old - and could care less what others think! My girls are happy, healthy, and have wonderful bonds with mommy! :)

Summer - posted on 05/23/2010

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Still breastfeeding, with no reason to stop anytime soon. She used to nurse a lot at night, then hardly any at day. I got her to cut down to 1-2 night feedings, thankfully. During the day, as often as she wants.

Nisreen - posted on 05/18/2010

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Hi

I nurse my son in the morning when he wakes up and the evening before he goes to sleep...I try not to nurse during the day cause I want him to have table food..I 'm thinking to keep it this way..until I feel he have enough cow milk..he just doesn't like it that much !

Jennifer - posted on 05/18/2010

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I still nurse on demand whenever and wherever. Usually it is only for 5 minutes at a time unless it is before bed. I have no plans to wean any time soon. I am also back at work part time and he is eating food and drinking cows milk also. He is fine when I am away too.

Rosina - posted on 05/18/2010

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We are still feeding 4-5 times a day and sometimes (especially while teething) we still have one in the middle of the night. Emma has always had difficulty putting on weight so she has 5 meals a day and 5 breast feeds and still weighs under 8kgs at 13mths. She is full of beans and has 7 teeth with 3 on the way.

Merry - posted on 05/17/2010

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Misty, I asked my dr and a lactation consultant and babies don't need cows milk! If they are nursing frequently(like 5 times in 24 hours) then they really get alot of the necesuties in the breastmilk. As long as you can give them more calcium, like cheese or yogurt. And vitamin d drops. Cows milk is really not necessary. My son doesn't drink any, sometimes abit with cereal. Breastmilk is FAR superior to cows. Just remember it is natural for the babies to get human milk- cows milk is not designed for humans to drink. So don't worry about it, your son is getting better nutrients from you then any cow!
Ps 6-7 hours is impressive! My son is the same age and usually gives me 5 but often less! Keep trusting your instincts and you will do great!

Misty - posted on 05/17/2010

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I'm a first time mom and my son Carter is 13 months and 1 week today. We are still nursing 3-5 times a day. He is sleeping at night for about 6-7 hours before he wakes up to nurse some more. For us that's pretty amazing! I wondered if i'd ever get to sleep through the night again. I had thought I was going to wean him when he turned 1 year, but i just can't bring myself to do it and i can't get him to drink milk anyway. Which does worry me because i know he needs it. He has never drank from a bottle so i got a sippy cup with a straw and he loves it, but he still won't drink milk. Right now we're just gonna wait and see when he decides to give it up.

Jillian - posted on 05/16/2010

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i was really upset when my daughter decided she didn't want to nurse anymore at almost 11 months, i fully expected to nurse her for 2-3 years, but she suddenly decided she didn't want it anymore i tried every 2 hours for a week, and she bit me (very hard) every time, all the while trying to pump (only getting 1/2 an ounce) after two weeks of trying i gave up. i was very depressed about it for a few weeks, it was so frustrating! not to mention how guilty i felt that i couldn't even make it a whole year. now i know some things that i should have been doing all along, if we decide to have another baby i will do everything i can to prolong the breastfeeding!

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My son is almost 13 months and he is still nursing 3-5 times a day, with one of those being at about 3:30 am ;) My orignal plan was to wean at 1 year, but I don't feel that either one of us is ready for that, so I have decided to wait until he self weans. I rarely breastfeed in public anymore as there is really no need to, but I used to all the time when he was younger and nursing every hour and a half or so, but I didn't have a problem doing it then, and if it was necessary I wouldn't have a problem doing it now. I know I am doing what's best for my son, and anyone who may not agree may look the other direction!

Erika - posted on 05/16/2010

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It feels so good reading this thread!!! My daughter is still nursing about 4-5 times a day and 3-4 times a night (oh, seems a lot when you write it down.....!!). We will let her self wean too, seems very hard to force these kind of things and it would not be a pleasant time for any of us either. Pat on the back to all of us!!!!

Merry - posted on 05/13/2010

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I'm so glad to see all these babies being self weaned! I felt like I was the only one assuming he would nurse for 2-3 years. It's nice to see I'm not the only one ignoring the "one year weaning itch"!

Bodine - posted on 05/13/2010

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I am also still breastfeeding at night and in the mornings. During the day, it is normally as a comfort after bumping his head or having a toy removed. I try not to do it in public ... but often do. I am going to let him wean himself although the way things look right now ... he'll be about 50 before he weans himself off ... LOL

Brandi - posted on 05/12/2010

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My little boy nurses 4-5 times during the day, and then whenever he wakes up at night (was down to twice a night but in the past couple of weeks he has been popping teeth out and tends to wake up a lot more a couple of nights before each tooth emerges)...I nurse in public when he's hungry, but that doesn't happen too often...I am planning on letting him self-wean, and assuming it will happen by the time he is 3...he has not actually bit me yet, but I have occasionally felt his teeth (we are up to 4 right now).

Merry - posted on 05/12/2010

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Tara and Anna, i'm glad there are other 1yr olds nursing often. Eric nurses about 7 times in 24 hrs. About 2-3 times during the night. I don't think he is ready to sleep through the night psycologically so I get up and feed him back to sleep. He will self wean and I assume it will happen between 2-3 years old. I also nurse in public alot and I haven't heard a single comment yet...... We will see as he is the size of a two year old if some people start being rude.

Anna - posted on 05/12/2010

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Lydia is 13 months and nurses 5-6 times a day, and no sign of letting up! She nurses 1-2x at night, but I don't mind because she nurses longer and drinks more when she's sleepy. She has learned the sign for "milk" and is able to ask nicely without tearing my shirt off, lol! She is what I call an acrobatic nurser, and likes to move around alot and try different positions. She's only bitten a couple of times, but is pretty good about it now because my screams scared her half to death. We occasionaly nurse in public, and I feel so much more relaxed about it than I used to. I plan to let her wean me when she is ready.

Tara - posted on 05/11/2010

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Ian is still going strong. He nurses about every 3.5hrs so no it hasn't changed too much. He eats table foods also and has 9 teeth with 3 more coming in but knows not to bite if he wants to stay on.

I plan to let him self wean just like his brothers. My oldest weaned at 16mo and my second at 25.5mo.

Whitney - posted on 05/11/2010

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my little girl Alyssa is nearly 13 months and still nurses at night and morning. i planned to wean her off at 12 months but found i dont really need to yet. she does fine at nights when she goes to a babysitter and doesnt get breastfed for the whole night.

Shawna - posted on 05/11/2010

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My son, now 13 months, still nursing. He nurses in the am, when I come home from work, and yes, at night! Yes, I am a public feeder, not problems here. Despite 8 teeth, he knows not to bite if he wants to get milk. Sometimes I wonder who will break it off first, him or me? His brother had 24 months and 3 days of nursing, so likely will continue for some time. I believe in weaning in the most gentle way.

Paige - posted on 05/11/2010

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Thank-You so much. The doctors were actually great and adjusted her formula and her other foods so that I could breastfeed that long. THey all agreed that breast is best but she also needed to have real food so we had to stop. They were happy to get me to a year though.
A metabolic disorder is somethign that is genetic. In her case it was from both of us we just didn't know we carried the gene. Metabolic disorders can't be cured but most can be dealt with in a way that the child can be basically normal. Some are as simple as having to take a salt pill everyday. In my daughters case she need to take 200mg of Vitamin b6 daily. She also can't have much protein as lysine is in protein. She can have fruits and veggies. No dairy,soy nuts or meats. Her formula will have everything she is missing by not eating these things. As she gets older she will be able to have small amounts of these things though. She does get rice milk as well to drink. We are lucky that they were able to help her. We are also lucky that we were in Canada as her bill for the ICU would have been well over a million dollars if we had to pay it.

Becky - posted on 05/11/2010

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I am still nursing my 13 month old but finding it difficult to figure out the weaning process. I nurse him morning and night, and for his daytime bottle he now has half BM and half almond milk (I'm stearing clear of cows milk). I don't really know what to do from here...also, I'm going away in two weeks, do I need to give him bottles of almond milk to replace his morning/night nursings? That seems like a lot....anyone?!?

Merry - posted on 05/11/2010

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Paige, I'm so sorry you had to stop, but thank god your daughter is living in a day where she can thrive! I'm curious what a metabolic disorder is, I've heard the term but idk what it does. What foods can she eat? Props to your dr to let you breastfeed a full year! So many babies don't even get that while they don't have a disorder. She is quite adorable ;)

Erika - posted on 05/11/2010

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Becca still nurses 3-4 times a day (3 on days I work)...it's quite a bit different than nursing an infant...she is much quicker and more efficient and at times, her nursing lasts 10 minutes (both sides combined)...other times, like bedtime and when she's tired, she nurses longer, 20-30min (both sides combined). I enjoy nursing still, and am sad when thinking to a time when she doesn't want to nurse anymore. Her pediatrician told me that now she's 1, I need to start weaning and cutting down to 1-2 times. I disagree, and found a new pediatrician whom I know will be supportive of me nursing until Becca says it's time to stop.

Paige - posted on 05/11/2010

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I wish my daughter was still breastfeeding I miss it so much. I stopped on the 3rd of April. She has a metabolic disorder in which she needs to limit the amino acid lysine. There is lysine in breastmik so I was lucky I was allowed to breastfeed that long. Now she is on a special formula that she will have to be on till she is 6 so that she gets everything she needs as she can't eat many foods

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