weaning

Sarah - posted on 02/24/2015 ( 12 moms have responded )

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i am trying to relactat for my 2 yr old im getting drops here and their but how can i convince him to go back to the boob for a better chance og relactating

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/26/2015

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Getting an infant that has been weened to start latching again is difficult to say the least. Getting a 2 year old to re-latch? Near impossible.

I suggest pumping for your toddler and having him drink from a cup. Good luck.

Sarah - posted on 02/25/2015

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I am curious where you are traveling, that your physician felt it would be important to give breastmilk. Also, what health benefit did your doctor describe re-lactating would do for you?
If you could re-lactate at this point, rather than have your son nurse, would you consider giving him the milk in a cup?

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 02/24/2015

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I'd also like some valid sources on your doctor recommending this for your health. Are you PPD, and your physician may feel that the latching and bonding will help? Because, I'm with the rest here...Once you wean, you've weaned. He won't want to relatch, and really, is too old to, since you chose to wean.

Had you not chosen to wean, he'd still be nursing, and this wouldn't be a big deal. But now, to try to force him to do something that he doesn't want to, (and face it, he CAN obtain nutrients from other sources now that he's a toddler)...that seems a bit much for me.

Dove - posted on 02/24/2015

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If he has already weaned and is not interested... let it be. Once they wean they lose the ability to latch properly.

How long has it been since he last nursed?

And before you jump on me... I nursed my son for over 3 years, so I'm not opposed to a 2 year old nursing... but if he has weaned and he does not want to nurse and you try and force him to nurse... that is wrong.

Michelle - posted on 02/24/2015

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Sarah: This is a public forum and you will get responses that you may not like. There is no need to be nasty to people who respond with something that you didn't want to hear. We can also only respond to what you post, so if you don't give all the information then you can't expect the right responses.
In regards to your post, I'm with the other ladies. Trying to get a toddler to go back on the breast is pretty much impossible. You haven't said how long he has been weaned for though.
Shawnn's suggestion of pumping and offering it in a sippy cup is a better option than breastfeeding at his age.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 02/24/2015

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Sarah, if you had wanted to be an attachment parent, you should not have weaned. Most likely, your now 2 YO is too independent to go back on.

Now, if you would like, you can get medications to start lactation, and pump, serving it to your child in a sippy cup.

I will point out, however, that negating any and all responses you receive isn't going to make people any more inclined to answer your posts. First, no one here knows you. We aren't privy to your daily life, nor do we attend physician's appointments, etc, with you. We also aren't privy to your calendar or travel schedules, so we can only go off what you put in your original post. Please stop calling others out simply because you don't like what their responses are, or you feel that they are 'idiots' because they don't 'know your situation'.

Trisha - posted on 02/24/2015

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You are very hostile towards people who are trying to help you. It is already obvious to you that you are not going to be able to get your child to latch again - there is no need to attack someone who is attempting to give you alternatives. Go look it up elsewhere, not on a forum, if you are going to be hostile towards peoples genuine effort to help if it is not EXACTLY the response you want.

Sarah - posted on 02/24/2015

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seriously you need to get educated aparently you know nothing about health and development so mind your business

Sarah - posted on 02/24/2015

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If he is mentally older then he is not going to start breastfeeding again. He is already pass that. If he needs special milk you may want to look into formulas that you can bring with you. As for your health....that is a strange recommendation from a doctor to recommend. Maybe you need to look at alternative things to help improve your health as you are not going to be able to nurse your son long term. Maybe looking at what can help your health long term without compromising the health and development of your son would be a better option.

Sarah - posted on 02/24/2015

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first off its a he second ....hes mentally older than just any 2 year old and it been tested third im going out the country and he needs special milk his dr recomemded trying and for my helth my dr also recommend it if you camt answer the question please dont respomd tjank ypu

Sarah - posted on 02/24/2015

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Your child is 2 yrs old. Time to recognize that and allow her the independence that is good for a 2 yr old. At 2 yrs old they are doing and learning how to feed themselves, how to drink from a cup, how to dress themselves, how to put on their shoes and coat on their own. Developmentally that is where she should be.....not going backwards.

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