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    Default Nursing until age 2..

    Hi ladies,

    So I made it past a year! And I'm actually hoping to make it to two. My son is currently 13 months and is partially vaccinated. I'm for letting him self wean becaue I'm heard this can happen between 18-24 months but like I said I would like to nurse him until he is two because he isn't completely vaccinated. While doing my vax research I found that it was recommended to nurse until your child is two if you don't vaccinate. I want to vax but selectively but even that's becoming an issue because medicaid doesn't have many options as far as brands for selectively vaccinating and I want to get him his own insurance but I can't really afford it right now. So that means he probably wont be getting vaccinated any time soon...What I'm concerned about is that I think my little guy is trying to wean. He still nurses about three times a day but usually I have to remind him and offer him because he'll only really ask a couple of times, mid-day and for sleepy-time. Sometimes when I do try to offer him he just isn't interested because he's a super busy, energetic boy that does not stop! I don't want to force him but I don't want him to loose the immunity my milk provides -any ideas? I know it would be simpler to simply vaccinate him with anything the doctor chooses but now that I've done my research I just couldn't let that happen...
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    Default Re: Nursing until age 2..

    I'd say just keep nursing him as much as you can and offer nursing before other foods.

    Molly

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    Default Re: Nursing until age 2..

    I agree keep offering....
    As long as baby is nursing well 3 times in 24 hours they don't need suppliments of nurtition, I think maybe that might be true for immunity
    I don't know if you'll find much info on that.

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    I have no experience, but what about adding 1 or 2 pumping sessions, then he can have EBM in a cup? Maybe that's totally off?
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    Default Re: Nursing until age 2..

    I think it's very normal to get distracted and not focus on nursing at that age... too much going on. I also thought my dd was beginning to wean at around 15 months, but a few months later she was had increased her nursings, and is still going now at 2yr 4 months. Just keep offering, especially at quieter times, like before/after naps and bedtime.

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    My 15 m old only ask like 3 times I day.. I offer a few more times because I want to nurse her till at least 18m- 2years. Vaccinated or not... breasffed babies get sick less so I want her to get my immunities for a bit longer. Just keep offering. And dont offer any other "milk" unless he nurses less than 3 times in 24 hours.

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    I nursed my last two boys until age 2ish and agree with the above-just keep offering the breast first, also find a quieter spot to nurse as they are distracted easily at that age. Good luck!




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    Default Re: Nursing until age 2..

    on the keep offering! There is so much going on that they are just becoming aware of (now that they can move much more effeiciently and get involved in)
    Congrats on making it this far!
    Kelly

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    Default Re: Nursing until age 2..

    Not offering is a strategy for weaning. So if you don't want to wean you should definately offer frequently during the day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*Jenna562 View Post
    I have no experience, but what about adding 1 or 2 pumping sessions, then he can have EBM in a cup? Maybe that's totally off?
    This sounds like a pretty good idea to me. It's what I do, even though she still nurses constantly round the clock. But she likes to have "nursie meeuk" in a cup at meals.

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*ferchi View Post
    I think it's very normal to get distracted and not focus on nursing at that age... too much going on. I also thought my dd was beginning to wean at around 15 months, but a few months later she was had increased her nursings, and is still going now at 2yr 4 months. Just keep offering, especially at quieter times, like before/after naps and bedtime.

    I have found this to be true as well. She was down to just a couple times a day, but I kept offering and it went back up.

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