Going back to work and still breastfeeding at 15 months...

User - posted on 07/25/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )




My son is 15 months and is still a very avid nurser with about 6-8 times a day. We've been struggling since I didn't go back to work when LO was born. Now, I'm ready to get back out there and help my family but I'm also very nervous. For one, my son is only use to me. We live in AK and all our family is in AZ. So it's just me and hubby. He will only go down for his nap/bed if I put him down (although, once in a while Dad can put him down). It's all because he still nurses. He needs to when he's going to sleep which I don't mind. I want to nurse him till at least 24 months. BUT we also really need another income. Not to mention, I'm kind of looking forward to working again. I've always been a full-time worker and being home for over a year has been wonderful with my son but I'm starting to go a little crazy, lol! Any advice? My family says I need to wean him and they have been saying since he hit 12 months but I really don't want to do that. Not to mention I feel like a completely horrible mom for even considering going back to work and looking forward to it :( TIA!


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Emily - posted on 07/25/2012




You definitely DON'T need to wean him. That's wonderful you're still nursing. I nursed both my kids for at least 2 years, while going back to work around 3 months with both of them. You can continue to nurse as much or as little as you want. You don't need to wean.. your son will just nurse when you're home. He may nurse more often than usual, or go back to nursing at night. Does he take a sippy cup? My guess is he'll be just fine, and so will you. He will just adjust to having others putting him to sleep. He won't expect to nurse from them, obviously. He'll find a new way to settle himself with other people. Extended nursing is really a joy.. I miss it! It's definitely do-able though while working.

Amy - posted on 07/25/2012




I had to go back to work when my daughter was 4 months old, she's now 28 months old and has just about self weened. I know my situation is a little different than yours because I returned to work a lot earlier than you but you don't have to ween just because you are going back to work. Depending on how soon you're going back and what your schedule looks like you can try and gradually eliminate feedings that aren't linked to napping or sleep. I stopped pumping at work at about 14 months, but still fed on demand while I was home, I work retail so my schedule was all over the place, somedays I was home to put her to bed some day I was home for naptime, I never eliminated feedings because my body was used to chaos.

Does he take a sippy cup? I would try and do a some trial runs on the weekend where you leave him with hubby while you go run some errands. As far as leaving him with someone you don't know I'm sure it will be an adjustment for him and he may cry when you drop him off but I'm sure he'll be fine once your gone.

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