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    Default Nursing an older child in public?

    Who all still nurses their older child in public? My daughter is 19 months old and doesn't ask to nurse very often. (Is that normal for her age?) I usually offer it to her twice a day - morning & night. I feel like I'm not "doing my part" to make this more normal in society.

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    i was just thinking about this last night - DS is 12.5 months now and nurses a lot at home, but we were going to dinner at friends' house who (i think) don't still nurse their 15 month or 3 year old. i was wondering whether it would be awkward for me to nurse there, whether i ought to, ought not to, etc. i'm sure it would have been noted. but DS was entertained the whole time and ate dinner so he didn't ask.
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    I still nurse my 2 year old- who is so tall that most people think she's 3- in public. Don't worry too much about normalizing toddler nursing, though, particularly if your LO isn't so interested in nursing anymore. If you NIPed with a young baby, you did your part.
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    Default Re: Nursing an older child in public?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommal View Post
    I still nurse my 2 year old- who is so tall that most people think she's 3- in public. Don't worry too much about normalizing toddler nursing, though, particularly if your LO isn't so interested in nursing anymore. If you NIPed with a young baby, you did your part.

    MIne last NIP when she was 2. Even my son who is 10m doesn't NIP that often.
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    with mommal. Doing your part is nursing your LO when your LO needs to nurse. If your daughter does not want to nurse while you are out, then you have no cause to nurse her at those times.

    I still nurse my 19 month old in public, but it is becoming increasingly rare as he doesn't ask nearly as often as he did when he was younger. These days he's usually way too busy to nurse while we're out and only asks when he's getting tired. When he asks, I nurse him. If he doesn't want to nurse, I'm not going to try to coerce him. My only duty is to do what is best for my son.
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    yeah you don't need to make a statement with your toddler. Mine is 35 months and I don't nurse her in public if she asks just because I don't want anyone giving her a rude look. I'll nurse her at my home, obviously, or at my sister's home or my parents or something but really not in public any more. I know I did when she was closer to 2 yrs old , though.
    Nursed my sweet daughter 3 years, 3 mos.

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