my son is 26 months and still nurses often. the problem is he is 46 pounds. he is very active. i hope when i can get him to wean that he can drop the weight. but right now he wont nap or sleep with out it. he is my only baby and we are together 24/7. he is a very picky eater as far as food thats why i think its the breastfeeding.

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Lori - posted on 06/19/2013

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So he's in 90th percentile for both height and weight. Sounds like it's probably right for him to weigh 46 lbs then.

I know it's so easy to question yourself when you're doing something that most other moms aren't doing anymore (like still nursing a 2 year old), but just because they're not doing it doesn't mean it's wrong for you to be doing it. There are plenty of us moms out there that still nurse our toddlers. And nursing a toddler is both normal and healthy.... for you and for your toddler. Picky eating is one great example of why breastfeeding is so good for toddlers. Most toddlers don't eat a balanced diet. I know both of my girls have gone through phases where they pick one food.. and that's ALL they want to eat... for weeks. Breastfeeding helps fill in all those nutritional gaps. Your son is still getting the vitamins and nutrition he needs by breastfeeding even though he's not getting those things from solid foods yet. And don't listen to anyone who teases or threatens that you'll still be nursing him in school etc. Children who are not pushed to wean by their mom will naturally wean on their own. Usually sometime between the age of 2 1/2 and 5.

Lori - posted on 06/18/2013

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My daughter is 31 months and still nurses about 3 times per day. More when she's not feeling well.

It does sound like you've got a big boy on your hands... but I wouldn't go blaming breastfeeding. It may be perfectly right for him - and while you say he's a picky eater as far as foods are concerned I'm guessing he does eat SOMETHING??? What foods does he eat?

Another thing to keep in mind is that fat cells that are laid down in a baby from breastmilk are different from those laid down from cow milk or from sugars etc. I wish I could find the article that I read this in. A chunky baby/toddler who eats breastmilk is healthier than a chunky baby/toddler who is fed formula or cow milk. If I can find the article on this I'll post it later.

AND of course... how tall is your little guy? If he's in the 90th percentile for weight and 90th for height... then he's just a big boy. I really really wouldn't worry about it. But if he's in the 30th percentile for height and 90th for weight - then you may want to seek a consultation from his doctor. Also important to look at is what percentile he's been at throughout his life so far. Has he always been a big boy? Has he always been average and just now jumped into the higher percentiles? If he's always been on the bigger side and higher percentiles - again I wouldn't worry. If this seems to be a big change and all of a sudden he's gaining weight like crazy and you're worried about him... then go to his doctor.

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