Restart breastfeeding after a year?

Valerie - posted on 08/20/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My two year old, who stopped BF at age 1 has started grabbing and playing with my breast. "boobies mommy". Do you think she is trying to start BF'ing again or do you think she is just learning about the body?

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Laressa - posted on 08/29/2011

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MY 2 year old daughter actually comes up and begs to nurse. She was weaned around 13 mo. Generally she just begs when I have left her with a babysitter for a day. I have let her try be cause I had hoped to tandem nurse. My baby is 6 months. She doesn't really remember how so it doesn't last long. I think what my daughter really is asking for is cuddle time with mom.

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Valerie - posted on 08/28/2011

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Thanks for the feedback everyone. It may be curiosity. Not sure. I wanted to try but I'm a little fearful of the teeth! Has anyone ever done this before? She may be just learning about breast. "boobies", as she calls them. And where in the world did she learn that? I do know she like to be very close, she is a snugly girl. I hated to break that bond when I did. I just don't want to hender her growth and make her feel dependent on me. She is very independent with almost everything... Well except needing mommy time.

Kerstin - posted on 08/28/2011

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I've heard of toddlers relactating after a long break like that. Mine seems interested, too, and once I have the baby (I'm 37 weeks today!) I may let her try. Only if you feel ok about it after researching it, though. I'm completely fine because I'd like to tandem nurse.

Renee - posted on 08/28/2011

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i would say just curious. my almost 1yo has a habit of latching onto me in the bathtub & my 2yo then wants a quick turn cos his brother has. all he does is suck for a few seconds & says oh yummy & that's it. he doesn't ask for it any other time.

but the others are right, they might not remember how to breastfeed either, i stopped breastfeeding my 2yo at 8mths (because i fell pregnant again)... and when he tries to do what his brother does i can tell he's not doing it right.

Beckie - posted on 08/27/2011

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I would guess she's just curious. Chances are, she doesn't even remember breastfeeding. My 2 year old will try to play with my breasts every once in a while, but with her it's obvious that it's not about wanting to bf again. As Tanya and Ashley said, you can always try if you want, and just see what happens.

Tanya - posted on 08/21/2011

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She likely won't remember how. You could let her try to latch, and when she realizes she doesn't know how anymore, she'll probably let it go.


My oldest became obsessed with resting his head on my breasts around 18 months old, and he had weaned at 14.5 months. At 6 years old, I still have to ask him to rest his head on my shoulder or chest, and not my breasts! lol

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