breastfeeding a toddler...tips?

Vanessa - posted on 11/02/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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my son is almost 14 months old and we're still breastfeeding. he eats some solids, but mostly he prefers to nurse. he is in daycare 3 days a week and i'm getting nothing from pumping. any tips would be greatly appreciated...

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Jessica - posted on 11/02/2009

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My son was exclusively breastfed until he was 14 months. I'd nurse like usual when he is home but start offering breakfast, lunch and dinner finger foods in a highchair when you eat. You could offer those Gerber puffs. My son loved those when he first started eating solid food. Offer a sippy cup with milk or water. My son would only use the straw sippy cups. Try different things and you'll find something that works for your son that he'll enjoy. My son breastfed until he self weaned at 2 1/2 years old when I got pregnant.

Justine - posted on 11/02/2009

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my son is 9 months old and in daycare 5 days a week, i nurse him before i take him, when we get home (around 330), after supper and before bed, plus through the night. he has never taken a bottle so even if i pumped it would be pointless. it can and is done. good luck and happy breastfeeding.

Minnie - posted on 11/02/2009

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Send him to daycare with water and solids. He'll transition.Many mothers find that their breastfed toddlers take nothing during the day and nurse a lot during the night. This is called reverse cycling- and is perfectly fine (considering many babies go 8-9 hours during the night without nursing). Nurse him frequently when you're at home- offer it- and during the night. Those nighttime nursings are great at maintaining an adequate milk supply and continuing the breastfeeding relationship.

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