There is something, where I don't know what to think of it...
A friend of mine has a child who's the same age as my DS, 2 years old.
Both me & my friend BF our children.
Now it has been real hot here lately and my son asks for water as well as for the boob. He drinks 3 - 4 times a day at the breast, once at night. It is impossible for me to say how much he takes at the breast, of course.
My friend is in the same situation. She's worried that her toddler might wean prematurely and was advised not to give any supplementary fluids.
To me, this is not right. It's like forcing the breast upon the child. And we are talking here about a toddler, who can verbally express what he wants. Not a baby who's relying on BM for optimal health.
I feel it is comparable to forbidding a baby to sit up, crawl, walk... , to grow in other words.
I would not want my boy to quit the breast soon, but I rather let him go than forcing him. So what I do is keeping an eye on his fluid intake and offer the breast often. Sometimes he will BF, other times he'll walk away or ask his cup. His urine is light yellow to very pale yellowish, almost watery. So he is getting enough.
Is the restriction of fluids really a respectable, loving way to keep toddler nursing?
Are there other ways to pave the road for an enduring nursing relationship?
How can one find a healthy, BF-friendly balance between external fluid intake and BM?