Nursing a 15 month old

Katie - posted on 03/31/2011 ( 32 moms have responded )

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How often does your 15 month old nurse?? My son nurses upwards of 4 times a day. He takes a sippy cup and eats well. Should i cut out feedings?? It seems like he nurses a lot.

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Melissa - posted on 04/07/2011

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19 month old son nurses 4-6 times during the day and night. I do get comments from people but I ignore them. It is my business and not theirs. I enjoy it and my boy still needs and wants it so my opinion is GO MAMA GO!!

Anne - posted on 04/06/2011

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At that age, My daughter nursed first thing in the am, to take a nap (once day), go to bed at night...and then still nursed 2-3 times at night. But around 21 months she dropped all nursing on her own except going to bed at night and once overnight...at 23 months she just stopped asking, I didn't offer, and we stopped. Occasionally she asked about it after that and we just said what a big girl she was and how she didn't need that milk anymore, and she was fine with it. My son now is almost 14 months and nurses about the same as my daughter did at 18 months, but again I hope to let him self wean. I guess as they get closer to 2 I start to feel like I want my body back - but to each their own!

Stephanie - posted on 04/07/2011

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It depends if you are trying to wean him. If so, gradually cut out feedings. When my boys were 15 months they were only nursing two times a day and then that led to them weaning them selves. I couldn't get either of my kids to go past 16 months, they decided when they were done, not me.

Ania - posted on 04/07/2011

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my son nurses rpobably around 10 times a day I never time it, I never count hours in between he just gets it whenever he wants he is 14 months old

April - posted on 04/07/2011

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when my son was that age, he nursed about every 3 hours. he didn't take sippys, bottles, or pacis. I would say he nursed 8 to 12 times a day/night.

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Kelly - posted on 04/07/2011

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My 16 mth old son nurses at least 5/6 times a day but will quite often come and ask for more even if its just for 30 seconds. It's really tiring some days but I want to go as close to 2 yrs as we can. Though I wouldn't mind feeding less i'mnot going to force it yet while he needs and wants it so much.

Somer - posted on 04/07/2011

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My 20mo nurses about 4-8 times per day. If nursing that often is working for you and your son, then keep up the good work! As long as he's eating solids a few times a day, and gaining as well as urinating normally, then you're all set! Doing great work Mama!

Megan - posted on 04/06/2011

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My 18 month old has weaned himself down quite a bit (mostly because he packs in the snacks all day...) but he still nurses first thing in the morning, before bedtime, and then whenever he wakes up during the night, which is usually about twice.

Jill - posted on 04/06/2011

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My daughter is almost 19 months and she nurses 3 times a day, sometimes more if she's teething or sick.

Didi - posted on 04/06/2011

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My 16 month old son nurses about 10x to 13x a day and night. He loves food and eats well. Follow your instincts and now it is okay to feel "touched out", something I'm dealing with currently.

Ashleigh - posted on 04/05/2011

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MY 15 month old nurses about 8 times a day or more...he usually nurses thru the night(ALL thru the night,haha)You should not cut his feeding or pump and put it in a cup.Your baby still needs you obviously.I am nursing my youngest right now and occasionally his 3 year old brother...that happens a couple times a week.I have nursed 4 boys and all have nursed well past a year.You're doing great!You should keep nursing him as long as you and he both want to.

Dee - posted on 04/04/2011

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I agree with the doing what you feel is right - my son is 2 years 3 months old and still bf throughout the day and night. He has a more diverse pallete than my oldest who self weened at 3 months because he was greedy (had to pump and bottle feed because I worked). I kow he will do it on his own (my nephew was a little older when he stopped all by himself) and I am going with that approach. He gets plenty to eat and drink but still likes the closeness Mom brings. I attribute his good health despite having Mastocytosis to bfing and prayer!

Carolyn - posted on 04/04/2011

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My son nursed until 2 1/2. We were down to once a day at that time. I had a medical procedure that I couldn't nurse for 72 hours. We just weaned. He was a little needy for 1 week and then fine. I wasn't sore at all. That is my advice to slowly cut our nursings and give a replacement (my son's nursing replacement is playing with my hair). Good luck. It is a parnership that is best ended slowly and gracefully.

Aleks - posted on 04/03/2011

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My 25 month old nurses upwards of 4 times a day! Usually it is 4-8 times a day. Sometimes it is 3 sometimes it is 8 but most times it is something like 4 or 6. That is definitively not a lot :-) don't stress out. He is only a baby still and your breastmilk still provides a lot of nutrition and nourishment that probably is not available for him in the quantities needed else where... If you are unsure visit kellymom.com for plenty of feeding toddlers information. I found that reading all that wonderful info regarding my nursing toddler put my mind at ease greatly :-)

Briana - posted on 04/02/2011

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My (almost) 13 month old nurses 3-4 times a day and takes a sippy and eats meals and snacks.

Kendra - posted on 04/02/2011

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All I have to say is kudos to you for sticking with breasfeeding! your a great mom for doing so!!

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My son did too Celeste and he is heavier, stronger, and healthier than his cousin who is 11 months older than he is and was done w/ breastfeeding by 10-11 months old. My son didn't night wean til after 2....

Celeste - posted on 04/02/2011

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My twins nursed ALLLLL the time at that age LOL One weaned at 3 1/2 and the other nurses at 4 (once a day).

You don't have to cut out feedings if you don't want to. Do whatever you feel is right :)

Amy - posted on 04/02/2011

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My daughter is 13 months and in daycare, so nursing much less frequently than when we were home together last month- twice a day during the week and about 4 times on weekends. At daycare she gets one feed of expressed milk and one feed of cow's milk.

As a pediatric dietitian however, I would suggest nursing on a schedule that resembles how a toddler should eat: meals and snacks with 2-3 hours between each feeding. A toddler drinking cow's milk would get 16-24 oz per day, so maybe breastfeed 4 or 5 times per day total. So, keeping that in mind, I would suggest offering milk after a meal or snack 3-4 times during the day and then before bed, if that is part of your routine. The nutrition a toddler gets from breast milk is wonderful, but to meet all requirements, it is important to have healthy meals and snacks, and too much breastfeeding (especially through the night) can really impact his intake and cause problems with weight or iron deficiency.

Hope this is helpful!!!

Tara Lee - posted on 04/02/2011

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My first daughter nursed until 22 months and about 3 times a day and once at night...I wanted to nurse longer but she weaned herself (I was pregnant with my second at that time)...I am now nursing my second daughter and hopefully she lasts as long if not longer...
Nurse as long as you want, it's really up to you...I had people tell me to stop after 6months (as if) and again after 1year...people are so miss informed...we all need to do what is best for ourselves and our LO...each situation is unique, but the longer you bf the better for your child.
Good Luck!

Jennifer - posted on 04/01/2011

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My daughter is 18 months old and still nurses 4 or more times a day. You should nurse him as often as you want. I wouldn't worry about it if it isn't bothering you.

Katie - posted on 04/01/2011

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Thanks. I feel like its up to him to wean and when he wants to nurse. He sleeps through the night thank goodness. College would be to hard if he didnt. He really nurses a lot when hes getting teeth.

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At 19 months my daughter is still feeding all the time. If she is busy playing or we are outdoors she mightn't ask. If we are in someone elses house and she feels shy, she probably wants it. Doctor's office? Doesn't get off it. Tons of nursing through the night. But - if I'm not there she's also fine without it. I hope to let her self-wean - if I can take the heat.

Nikki - posted on 04/01/2011

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My daughter is 19 months and she still feeds a lot, she loves her milk and like the others have already said every child is different.

My daughter tends to feed more when we aren't busy or if I'm not around she isn't too bothered and will wait until I collect her to feed again. I plan to let her decide when she wants to wean.

Janice - posted on 03/31/2011

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I think it is really a personal decision at this point. My daugter went down to 2 feeds a day at 12 mo. I only offered when she woke up and before bed. She never "asked" through out the day so it was easy for us. We had gone from 5 down to 3 feeding between 9-12 mo. though so it was gradual. At 15 mo. I cut out the morning feeding unless she asked for it which was rare. I just personally was ready to cut down and my daughter ate well and didn't seem upset about the reduced feeding. Only 3-4 times between 9-12 mo. did I have to refuse feeding. Also I went back to full time work schedule when she was 14 mo. so I felt it neccessary to get down to 2 feeds by then. And now at 17 mo. we just stopped completely. I would have continued but my daughter bites when she has a stuffy nose and so this past week of her being sick has been very painful (16 teeth). We are on night 2 of not offering boobie at bedtime and my daughter has done wonderful! Of course many mom do not feel the need to reduce or stop feedings and that is their choice too. Although personally I do think on demand and overnight feeding past 12 months is unneccessary. But again a personal decision.

Jessie - posted on 03/31/2011

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at that age my son averaged 3 times a day. Each kid is different. Mine was much to distracted by everything else to bother stopping to nurse LOL

Katie - posted on 03/31/2011

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Ive thought of weaning at 2 but i really want him to wean himself. Its hard though because i'm in college. This summer my class schedule gets tough so i think he will start to cut out feedings.

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He just turned 3 on Sunday and still nurses 2-4 times a day. Occasionally more, but not often.

I did wean my twins at 15 months (8 years ago) and used to think that nursing up to and past 2 years was just wrong. I've obviously changed..... lol

Katie - posted on 03/31/2011

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Thanks :) Ive gotten told a lot that hes wayyy to big to be nursing. I think he needs to self wean. How old is your son now and how often is he nursing??

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At that age my son was nursing every 1-4 hours. So... anywhere from 6-20 times per day/night. I 'think' his average was 10. ;)

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