Re: Toddler feeding on demand?
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I know a lot of people claim that breastfeeding can cut into a kid's solid food intake, and that if you take the milk away, the child will eat more "real" food. I personally don't buy it! A far as I can see, taking breastmilk away or reducing the child's access to the breast just takes away the one thing you know for sure your child will eat. How can that possibly help the situation? Especially with an 18 month-old baby. In my experience, 18 months-olds nurse a lot and don't eat a lot of solids- it's just normal for them! Remember, until 12 months a child can be well-nourished on breastmilk (or formula) alone, and after 12 months the transition from needing nothing but mama's milk to a majority solid food diet can be slow.
There's a really excellent book out there for moms whose kids seem to subsist on air, and that's Carlos Gozalez's book "My Child Won't Eat!" I'd take a look at that before I did anything drastic with regards to nursing.
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