Is excessive whining a reason to wean my son?

Kelly - posted on 01/19/2015 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Hello all. My son just turned two years old and has become increasingly demanding about nursing. He will scream, cry, throw tantrums if I don't nurse him immediately in the morning or when I get home from work. I love nursing him, it gives us good snuggle time and gives him good nutrition. BUT he seems too dependent on it! I try saying no, just snuggle right now, but he just cries and cries until I give in. My daughter weaned herself at 14 months so I haven't been through this before. Anyone else nursed a 2 year old? Is this a phase? I keep thinking, maybe if I wean him, he'll be the happy guy he is with my husband and babysitter! (please no comments about 2 year olds being too old to be nursed, it is a very healthy thing to do until age 3 thank you)

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Sarah - posted on 01/19/2015

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Point taken, I guess I mean to say that is is not necessary for nutrition. Nursing at this age is a comfort mechanism. The little bit he gets does not have an impact on overall nutrition.

Dove - posted on 01/19/2015

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No, but it is a good reason to insist on nursing manners. He's plenty old enough to understand that he has to ask nicely and sometimes has to wait a bit.

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Kelly - posted on 01/19/2015

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Thanks Dove and Sarah - I will work more on teaching him patience and manners. I just have to be patient through his crying fits!

Dove - posted on 01/19/2015

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Eh... my son at 2 would often times nurse for his lunch... cuz he was tired before it was quite time to get food... and then he'd sleep for 3.5 hours (some days... man I miss those.. lol). ;)

Sarah - posted on 01/19/2015

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It is no longer nutritious at this point, and has not been since he moved onto table food. I understand that you enjoy the bond you have. I would not say he is too old to nurse. I think you can nurse as long as you want. Ask yourself this: Are the benefits of continuing to nurse my child greater than the hassles? Maybe that will help you decide?

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