what's your favorite part of nursing a toddler?

Melissa - posted on 01/23/2011 ( 39 moms have responded )

160

0

3

My son will be 1 next month and is still nursing strong! He is almost walking and I am super excited about nursing him into toddlerhood! so I was just wondering to those of you who are already there whats you favorite part?

MOST HELPFUL POSTS

April - posted on 01/24/2011

3,420

16

263

My son is 2.1 years old! We are still nursing strong. I am so thrilled to have made it this far. The best part for me is putting him to bed at night....he goes down without having to cry it out or fuss it out. It is very peaceful, calm, and gentle.

Nicole - posted on 01/29/2011

20

12

0

I am currently nursing my 22 month old and nursed my oldest until she was 2 years 9 months. There are so many wonderful things about nursing a toddler it's hard to pick, but the one I am most thankful for is the toddler reset. It is such an easy way to reconnect and help them manage frustration in dealing with the big world. Plus, it really comes in handy in emergencies. My daughter dislocated her elbow and I was able to calm her and keep her still until we got help by nursing. Also, my son has some pretty major medical issues and extended nursing has literally prevented pretty major surgery & hospitalizations by helping him stay hydrated when he couldn't manage other food or liquids.

Lisa - posted on 01/29/2011

32

19

0

My son is 21 months old & still nurses 1-2x per day. I love that it's still a part of our day but it doesn't consume my life like it did when he was nursing every 1-2 hours! :) I love how he tells me he wants to nurse now. He doesn't talk a lot yet, but he will take my hand & pull me over to the couch where we normally nurse & pat the cushion for me to sit & then reach up, grunting. Once he latches he moans contentedly or even giggles in excitement. I love making faces at him or gently tickling his belly, causing him to giggle. Sometimes he gargles b/c he laughs with milk in his throat. It's hilarious! All around it's just such a close, special time & I love knowing that I'm the only person on Earth who can give him that & share that time with him. Congrats to you for making it this long, too!

Krystle - posted on 01/29/2011

160

30

3

I'll agree with everyone else, it makes getting my 1.5 year old to sleep easier.

It also works as the BEST first-aid ever! From little bumps, to hospital stays. Nursing makes my son fell good and eases his pain!

Plus, it helps with tantrums. (Yes, tantrums start at ~18 m)

Hooray for nursing!!

:D

39 Comments

View replies by

Tamarra - posted on 02/21/2011

17

25

0

My lil Man TJ is 21 mo. And i had never intended on breastfeeding this long. I had hoped to end when he was one. We are down to 1 nursing an evening but lately he is asking for more. I love that he wants it so much he is persistant and now uses the word "milk" and is so polite when asking for it. He quickly goes from "milk" to "i want milk" to "Milk please mommy". He becomes my baby all over again when he is nursing, he is more cuddly and i love how he gets to touchy feely rubbing my tummy or back even if he doesn't let me rub his hair or anything. I also agree with the other statements that it is magical in healing all that angers or hurts him.

Merry - posted on 02/03/2011

9,274

169

263

Eric says 'one' when he wants to switch sides, probably coming from me saying 'do you want the other one?'

Mindy - posted on 02/03/2011

45

11

4

My son is 21 months and still going strong. I agree bed time is so easy but I also love that it instantly soothes him when he's hurt or not feeling good. It's almost like magic..but the best part of all is the special time we get together, the bonding is like no other...I can't even put it into words. I think it's the cutest when he pulls me by the hand to the bed and says spot. meaning he want to get in his spot, pats the bed for me to sit down and says chi. meaning he wants to nurse. that's his name for it. so super cute.

Lisa - posted on 02/03/2011

27

9

2

i agree the smiles and the snuggles. My daughter will unlatch and give me eskimo kisses. warning to those nursing to sleep etc. Toddlers get cavities! my 22 month old just had to have a filling and it was tortuous to watch. the dentist explained that all the brushing isn;t going to help unless you brush after nursing especially if they are going to sleep. I have had to try to cut out the nursing to bed unless I want to brush her teeth while she sleeps. lol wich defeats the purpose of the nursing to sleep. Just a warning toddlers get cavities even if you are a good brusher!

Lise - posted on 02/02/2011

1,738

8

237

EVERYTHING!!! I love how she asks to nurse, that she chooses which side she wants (I'll offer a side and she'll say no and point to/pat the other with a smile)... Oh! And sometimes when I letdown, she gives me a high-5! Love, love, love it.

Sarah - posted on 02/02/2011

243

25

16

I love snuggling in bed with my 14 m/o while I nurse her in the mornings... it's about the only time I get to snuggle her!

Loretta - posted on 02/02/2011

25

40

2

My son just turned 17m yesterday. He's on cow's milk out of a sippy cup while at daycare, but in the morning and before bed (and a few times a day on the weekend if we're at home) he's still nursing. My favorite thing is the communication. He signs for "milk" when he wants to nurse. Then he flaps one hand and says, "side" when he's ready for the other side. Before nursing he strokes one breast and says, "Jeh-tuh" (gentle) - he bit me a couple of times and I taught him to be "jeh-tuh". So cute. I love that he makes mumbling sounds while nursing. I know that he's talking, I just can't understand him because his mouth is full, so I'll talk back and says things like: "that IS funny", etc.

Lisa - posted on 02/02/2011

152

5

1

I can tell how much my son loves breastfeeding, which makes me feel good, and he always uses that time to share with me what he's thinking about, in his minimum vocabulary - he'll stop to say... car, ball, balloon, etc., and he's obsessed with bellybuttons so sometimes he'll nurse while putting his finger in my bellybutton - he's so funny. He also likes to lightly slap my breast, so once I did it, and after that he started putting my hand on my breast and doing the same motion, and then he starts laughing while breastfeeding, which is kind of funny, although since he has teeth, I have to be a bit careful :)

Kimberly - posted on 02/02/2011

3

9

0

I breastfed my daughter until she was 2yrs and 3 months. now my son is 14 months and is still breastfeeding strong. I love it when he grabs my breast with both hands while he is nursing and holds on tight. His eyes get really big and stares directly at me. when he is finished, he lets go and reaches up and gives me a little kiss before running off to play.
Good luck :)

Tine - posted on 02/02/2011

279

9

2

My daughter is 2 and a bit, and the best part of still breastfeeding her is how hilarious she can be about it! She will come up and say, "nice little boob" when she wants a feed, and if I'm too slow to get it together, she says, "boobs, come out!"
SO funny and cute!!!
Happy trails on your beautiful breastfeeding adventure, it's a fabulous thing to do! :-)

Michelle - posted on 01/31/2011

40

1

3

When I look at her while nursing I see that tiny baby in my arms, and I feel like she's still little. Moments later she's done & running around. I love those minutes holding & cuddling her.

Sylvia - posted on 01/31/2011

1,315

8

34

Oh, and I almost forgot the time when DD got strep and refused all food and drink for several days, but nursed non-stop. The paediatrician said that was probably the only reason she didn't get seriously dehydrated. Two thumbs up for the magic boobie! :D

Sylvia - posted on 01/31/2011

1,315

8

34

My DD's first word was "meh-mehs", and that's what she called nursing for years after she stopped doing it (she weaned around 4.5, and only recently -- she's now 8 -- has she started sometimes calling it "nursing" instead). So that was pretty awesome :)

When you hit the meltdown stage, you will be SO GLAD you're still nursing! It's also seriously adorable when they start using their manners ("Meh-mehs please Mommy?") and providing running commentary ;)

Leslie - posted on 01/30/2011

15

9

0

My little guy just turned 21 months. I've taken domperidone since he was 8 weeks old to help with my supply and the expense is totally worth it ($50/month). He's just started saying na-na and boobie to ask to nurse, and I can't imagine how and when I'll stop nursing him b/c it gives me such happiness. We night nurse too but not during the day except weekends.

[deleted account]

What do DD and DS stand for??!! I always see people using them... I feel so silly for not knowing :)
Oh my, Annette... The ention of being able to dress themselves, and not being itsy bitsy any more... Tear! How long did he nurse for at night?? We still do night feeds. Three on average a night at fourteen mo. Much as I love nursing, I will be a teensy bit glad when the night wakings stop and I can get back to a full nights rest. But I will miss those quiet moments.

Annette - posted on 01/30/2011

14

6

1

Now that my DS is 3, nursing is a way for us to connect in a calm and focused way. He nurses to sleep for his nap most days and then once at night. It's a HUGE comfort when he is sick though. I think it also helps me to remember that, despite the fact that he is strong and big and speaks very clearly and can zip his coat and dress himself...he is still a small child and needs my comfort and care. It's easy to forget that when they are saying "NO!" and then we can react inappropriately.

[deleted account]

Looking back to how big he was when we started, and the difference in size along the way. From being the length of my torso's width, to being curled up legs behind my back, to now sitting in my lap fully when nursing. The only silly thing: When he pulls at my shirt saying "Nee?Nee?"... At least he knows what he wants.

Elsabie: Too cute! And yes, I agree that night nursing helps with sleep.
I don't at all agree that little ones shouldn't nurse to bed or during the night. It helps foster strength and connection, and self assurance.

Laura: Your story is heartwarming. It is great that your husband and you are on the same page, and that you have an awesome support network in your home. I agree, I would like Zee to remember those nursling days.

Elsabie - posted on 01/30/2011

13

29

2

My daughter is 3 next week and she loves breastfeeding. I love it when she looks up at me smiles and says: 'I love your boobies Mummy'! lol. Makes me feel all warm inside. It makes her happy. Putting her to bed at night is easy. Tantrums melt away, as mentioned above, and best of all it is good for her.

Helen - posted on 01/29/2011

16

0

2

I used to love that it was just there, I didn't have to sterilise bottles or teats, It was always the right temperature and she always loved it and it settled her immediately.

Elizabeth - posted on 01/29/2011

20

29

0

DS is 18 months, and I love the connection it gives us. He is such a busy boy that I live being able to reconnect that way. I also love that if he's getting a little cranky or overstimulated, we can lie down and nurse and he's good to go. He never lets me as close to him as he does when nursing, so I really love it. We co sleep, and he still nurses at night, too. I also love our baby-like closeness when he's sleeping and nursing and cuddling.

Joy - posted on 01/29/2011

350

63

7

I agree with Sally and the tantrums going away. My husband's been trying to encourage me to wean, until I bring that up to him! Nothing soothes our daughter like nursing.

Sally - posted on 01/29/2011

963

14

9

Tantrums magically melt when a boob comes out. Second best would be it's no big deal when I forget to pack snacks.

Helen - posted on 01/29/2011

16

0

2

I breast fed my youngest till she was 3yrs and 4months and I loved the closeness and comfort we had together. It was always a special time that we had together.

Angela - posted on 01/29/2011

30

27

7

My daughter will be 2 on Monday and I love how she smiles up at me and gets so excited when she gets to nurse. I am also nursing my 5 month old and at sometimes nurse them together. They hold hands and play with each others' hair and my daughter tries to 'help' hold the boob for him. Its fantastic. We have problems sometimes because she is still not good at keeping her teeth off me, but we try to work together and she tries to understand that when I'm sore she has to cut the nursing short.

Merry - posted on 01/29/2011

9,274

169

263

I love how verbal he is getting about it!
One day he was nursing, he stoped suddenly and looked up at me, he said mmmmm!!!! And he smiled so big and went right back at it!
Another time he and daddy were playing the 'mine' game and Eric would take something and say mine, and daddy would take it away and say mine! It was cute, and then daddy put his hand on my boob and said mine, and Eric pushed his hand away and said no mine! Then Eric asked to nurse sort of to solidify to daddy that they were actually his boobs!
I also love how he gets so tired and he cuddles up on my lap and asks to nurse, it's so relaxing to him and also to me I never get sick of it!
I LOVE how independent he is getting, he is so eager to play by himself sometimes, and he loves figuring things out alone too, but then I know he is still super attached to me because he always checks in to breastfeed and reconnect with me!
It's so much a part of who I am as a mom I know it will be a memory I love forever.
And I also want to make sure he remembers breastfeeding. It's a big connection we have now and I'd never want him to not remember it, all the boys I've heard of who remember breastfeeding remember it so beautifully, and so comforting for them to know their mom had such a special bond with them.

Janet - posted on 01/25/2011

29

54

5

My son is 12 months old and I love when I am breastfeeding he hums and has a conversation with my breast while he is eating.. it is the cutes thing I have ever heard... when I am out and nursing.. people look twice and laugh because they can't believe he is humming while he is eating.... I guess it is like you when you sit down to a good meal... and you think yummy..

[deleted account]

My daughter is 16 months old and I love it when she starts giggling in the middle of nursing. It's so cute that I make her laugh on purpose sometimes. Takes longer that way, but oh it is sooo worth it!

Heather - posted on 01/24/2011

42

33

16

My little man is almost 19 months old. I love the blissful expression on his face when let down happens - that look says all is right in the world for him. I love how impatient he is, grabbing on with both hands and pulling numnums to him. Its special. Its peaceful. Its fun! Good luck!

Michelle - posted on 01/24/2011

9

4

1

My daughter is 20 months and we are still nursing too. Also for us it makes bedtime and naptime easy. I rock her and she nurses until she falls asleep and I just lay her in her crib and she rolls over. I also love that she will unlatch and say love you or just hi and smile and get back on and then fall asleep. I love that as busy as she is, she still comes to me for a snuggle and when she is hurt or sleepy it makes her all better.
I have 5 kids and although I nursed them all, I never went past 15 months before. She is my last and I am enjoying this all the more. It makes her stay my baby just a touch longer :)

Brittney - posted on 01/24/2011

105

76

15

My daughter is 1 & 1/2 years old and just like April said about getting our babies down to sleep without crying is the best thing ever:D other than that isnt that bad :D

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms