my son is 19 months old and still wants me to nurse him..is it normal ?

Payal - posted on 10/26/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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my son is 19 mnths old and just hates having milk from bottle or cup..he wants me to nurse him all the time...he is just not willing to wean...what do i do to wean him .......

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Jodi - posted on 10/26/2010

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It is more than normal...it's natural, that he doesn't want to wean. He is old enough that you can start setting boundaries or limits...such as, he can only nurse so many times a day, or at certain times of the day, or only for so long. Distraction seems to work best, when he asks to nurse offer him an activity that he enjoys play-doh works well for my daughter!
If, on the other hand, you really want to quit nursing I would suggest removing one nursing session at a time each week until he's allllll done! Whatever you chose, best of luck!

April - posted on 10/26/2010

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i would continue to nurse him...the AAP and WHO recommend nursing for at least the first two years.

you can try to set up some nursing manners for him. just some small boundaries for when he can nurse. that will give you a little breathing room and he can still get what he needs from you.

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Noreen - posted on 10/29/2010

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You don't have to wean him. It is completely normal for babies and toddlers to nurse in their 4th yr of life.

Amanda - posted on 10/29/2010

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unless you really want him to wean, it is really best to go 2-2.5 years. 2 years is when they are bombarded with a lot of viruses and infections as their system is starting to change. I don't remember what it is exactly, but if you go to www.kathryndettwyler.com she has all the info to help with weaning and suggests reasons why to continue if you want to. She is a famous anthropologist and has a lot of really great info.

Jennifer - posted on 10/28/2010

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It's very normal! My son is 19 months old and he enjoys nursing 2-4 times a day. He also will drink cow's milk sometimes, such as when we are in public. You can wean him when you two are both ready to wean. Just gradually reduce your nursing sessions. Take one out and then another gradually.

Allison - posted on 10/27/2010

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My son nursed until age 2 1/2 years - and then I hardly had to "wean" at all - I had been replacing nursing times with playing/visits with friends/ to the park etc - then I just suggested we be done one night and he said "OK" He asked a few times since, but I just said "Mommy is all out of milk now, we don't do that anymore. Would you like some cow milk?" And he is totally happy with that. I wouldn't force it - when he's ready, it will be very easy, especially if you gradually reduce nursing over 6 months or so beforehand. Good luck!

Rachel - posted on 10/26/2010

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I would say keep nursing him, your milk is better for him, made specifically for him. some kids will nurse till they self wean anywhere from 2 till 5 or so personally I have a 19 month old who hates cow's milk and I dont' mind that he is happy nursing he does not get sick nearly as often as other kids i know that don't BF, so as long as he wants it I will let him have it

Brittany - posted on 10/26/2010

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It's very normal for your baby not to want to give up nursing at 19 months. In fact, it's much healthier for him if you do keep nursing. Your milk will greatly benefit his for as long as you decide to nurse him.

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