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  • @llli*sophia1718's Avatar
    September 13th, 2017, 02:21 PM
    I BF on demand at home and nurse approx 6 x daily when I'm home and 3-4x daily on work days. I am pumping one time a day when I work and getting about 3 oz. I've burned through my stash to send her 4 oz bottles. My question is Can I just send her with the 3 oz I pump? She eats three meals a day plus snacks. The other option would be to supplement the 3 oz with formula as I do not want to add a pumping session at this point, I am completely over that. My gut tells me that is she just drinks the 3 oz, I breast feed her at lunch and she eats her meals and we BF on demand at home she'll be fine. What do you think?
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  • @llli*agnesd's Avatar
    September 15th, 2017, 09:40 PM
    Hi. I am currently nursing my 21mos old. I have heard that toddler nursing varies greatly from couple to couple, and at the end it's all up to instinct, but kind of want some advice anyways. Don't offer don't refuse is often referred to as a weaning technique. My question is, if so, what would be a more natural/neutral, or a "non-weaning" stance on breastfeeding, especially a toddler? Offer and don't refuse? Where this comes from is, we have just recovered(?) from a week long strike. Strike struck me hard and I was an emotional mess, but thanks to the forum we made it through and now we are almost back to normal with a few changes. But "offering" has now become a part of my routine(that was the only thing I did during the strike! )and I don't know when or whether to end it. Before the strike it was don't offer don't refuse, and we still had 5-10 sessions a day. Now that I've actually witnessed/experienced my LO doesn't really need and can live without those feeds, it feels kind of weird to offer. After all, I have never actively offered throughout our BF relationship, up until this strike. I am a dedicated SAHM, enjoy and want to continue BF as long as we can. Thanks in advance.
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  • @llli*scoob626's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:25 AM
    Hi all, is it normal for toddlers to nurse a bit tougher as they get older? My two year old isn't biting or anything, but I feel like I am being attacked by a vacuum cleaner or something...crazy sucking that is mildly uncomfortable.
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  • @llli*newmama19's Avatar
    September 17th, 2017, 10:17 PM
    My 13 MO is cutting two of her top teeth, and has taken to biting down on my nipple (hard!) when I try and nurse her. I've just gone back to work so I'm offering her a nursing session 2-3 times a day, depending on when she wakes up. But the way things are going she is often only getting 1 good session in. I think she's frustrated that the milk isn't flowing immediately and then bites me. I've tried telling her no and unlatching but she either cries and gets very upset or just does it again. I really want to keep nursing her but worried that this biting thing may make that difficult... I do think it's teething related but am not sure what to do! Help?
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  • @llli*carm3's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:40 PM
    Nursing a toddler is definitely a different feeling than nursing a newborn! Bigger, stronger mouth = stronger suction. That said, by age 2 you can definitely work on nursing manners - ie, "that's too rough for mama, please be gentle" and ending the nursing session. You don't have to wait long to let him try again, but that little break will help him to figure out that if he doesn't nurse nicely, he doesn't get to nurse! Another thing to think about is whether you're getting your period back (if you haven't already) or if you're possibly pregnant - both things that can make it a little more uncomfortable to nurse.
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  • @llli*anuha's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:56 AM
    :lol Mine had a short period of doing the vacuum clearer style (at around one year). But it passed as we always re-adjusted the latching so she wouldn't take too much of my boob.
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  • @llli*jollycat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:51 AM
    I think that is true of a lot of kids, for sure. Mine drank it, a little, but not as much as they do now. To the OP: I was going to add that I personally would not start an 11 month old on formula because it's not necessary, they might refuse it anyway, and it can cause constipation or other digestive issues. It sounds like you're providing plenty of options without it! :)
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  • @llli*abcdmom's Avatar
    September 18th, 2017, 08:08 AM
    Often teething is short-lived, especially if your consistent in how you handle it. You can pre-emptively end the feed when you see your LO slowing down/finished to prevent the opportunity to bite. You can break suction, end the feed, put baby down and tell her no; and usually if your consistent they get it, like, oh, okay, if I do that, I can't nurse. And you can give her something she CAN teeth on after you take her off. One of my kiddos loved it when I would rub his gums and he would nurse contently afterwards.
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  • @llli*abcdmom's Avatar
    September 18th, 2017, 08:02 AM
    Congratulations on surviving the strike and persevering through it! I offer to nurse even at 4! Mind you, not often, but still. I think it's a good thing to offer to nurse a child and I hope it's something that YOU feel good about. I don't think you ever have to stop offering, especially when your not ready to wean. Nursing is a two-way street. It meets my needs for closeness as much as his.
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    September 16th, 2017, 08:00 PM
    My kid wouldn't really play around with Cow's milk until he was over 2. It seemed weird to him. Like...it wasn't as sweet as BM so why? He did eat plenty of cheese and yogurt at that age tho!
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  • @llli*jollycat's Avatar
    September 16th, 2017, 03:42 PM
    With my twins, around that age they got funny about whether or not they'd take a bottle of expressed milk. My doctor said during separations of a few hours, simply leave solid foods, and if needed a bit of water in a cup or even a couple ounces of cow's milk.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    September 16th, 2017, 10:09 AM
    Here are my thoughts based on my experience- Nursing is not only about eating. As a child gets older and begins to eat more volume and variety of other foods, they naturally need breastmilk itself less and less (although logically we can assume breastmilk is always good for the child, it is a perfect food that would be "good for" anyone at any age.) But what nursing is still important for (as well as nutrition and immunity protection) is comfort. A mother nursing her child is positive and comforting physical contact, and that is something everyone needs. If your child stopped asking to hug you, my guess is you would offer to hug, or ask for a hug because YOU want a hug. To me, offering to nurse a nursing child is no different. You never needed to offer before, but maybe you do now. It is common that kids get busy and basically forget to nurse. Kids do tend to go through periods where they get busy and do not ask to nurse as much. So even though your child did not need "reminding" before, they may now. The reason people say "don't offer" is a weaning strategy is because it really works as such. Breastfeeding is something done by two people, and like anything else done by two people, either participant can initiate the contact and if both are initiating, it will probably continue to happen longer than if only one is initiating. Many breastfeeding sources talk about limiting nursing at this age. This is advice for mothers who WISH to limit nursing or are...
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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    September 16th, 2017, 05:40 AM
    Oh ok. Thanks a lot both of you. It's very reassuring.
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  • @llli*abcdmom's Avatar
    September 15th, 2017, 09:44 AM
    There is an old post on here somewhere, or used to be, where the mother discovered that she could use a bottle warmer to scald the milk as it heated the milk to the appropriate temperature.
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