Re: Tell me about nursing a baby 12+ months
Always good to think about the future! It's less scary that way.
Baby's needs will change gradually starting around the first birthday, but the birthday itself signifies nothing. Solids become an increasingly important part of the baby's diet, and the baby will become more and more interested in them. As baby transitions to a majority solid food diet (something which often does not fully happen until well into the second year), interest in the breast may decrease or baby may nurse just as often as ever.
Whether you continue to feed on demand or not after age 1 is up to you. If you're comfortable feeding on demand, go for it! If not, you'll find ways to distract your LO from nursing.
Nursing to sleep is another personal choice. If you want to nurse to sleep, do it! It's not bad for baby in any way, and will not give him cavities, though once teeth emerge it's important to brush them or wipe them down a couple of times a day. I nursed my older daughter to sleep until she turned 3. For many moms, the before-bed and before-nap feedings are the ones they keep the longest, because they really help get the baby to sleep.
If you wean from pumping at 1 year, your daycare can offer cow's milk or water in your child's sippies or bottles. No juice- that will give baby cavities! And as long as you nurse around 3-5 times a day, your LO will get her needs for "dairy" met at the breast and you won't have to worry about making her drink cow's milk.
Getting a child to take a sippy cup by 1 year... I don't know if that matters at all! Many kids go from bottle or breast to an open cup.
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