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    Hi Everyone!

    I'm new to the board, so hello! My daughter is 11 months old and as she grows I'm wondering how to nurse her! She doesn't "ask" to nurse terribly often, as I normally offer the breast if it's been more than 3 hours since her last nursing session since she's a tiny thing and doesn't eat a whole lot of solids.

    So my question is, do I continue offering every 3 hours and if she doesn't want it, she won't drink? Is there a point at which you stop offering and let them ask for it every time? I really want to nurse her through her second year, but I know very few people who've nursed toddlers!

    Thanks in advance

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    I found this board when my older daughter was about your DD's age. Around 1 year is a busy time for babies and some might seem to not be as interested in nursing as often, but I think you have the right idea about continuing to offer fairly often given that she's not that into solids yet. BM is great nutrition for her.
    I find my 14 month old tends to nurse better in a quiet spot. Otherwise she's just too distractible!
    "Don't offer, don't refuse" is considered a weaning method. If you would like to wean her, you can take that approach, but if not, I would advise you to keep offering.

    Molly

    Loving mama to JP (DS, 1/03 ~ nursed 6 mos), EL (DD1, 9/05 ~ nursed 4 yrs), EJ (DD2, 3/08 ~ nursed 3 yrs 9 mos), and
    JM (DD3, 6/12 ~ currently nursing), all born naturally
    Devoted wife to SAHD P, my hero
    A few of my favorite things that I've discovered on the forum: co-sleeping, baby-wearing, tandem nursing, baby-led solids, cloth diapering, APing, selective vaccination...the list goes on

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    I have the same question! DS is 13 months and I have no idea how often to feed him. He rarely asks to nurse (when he does he tugs on my shirt). So I just keep offering or wait until he's fussy, then I take him into the bedroom and nurse him lying down, he is usually too distractable to nurse anywhere else!!
    Canadian mom and breastmilk fan.
    We have 2 beautiful children: Luana who's 9 y/o, had breastmilk for 2 years and is smart as a whip. Lucas who came out kickin', is 4 y/o and continues to enjoy his milkies.

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    Default Re: LO Turning One Soon ...

    Thanks for your response, Molly!! I guess that makes sense - nothing's really changed even though she's turning one, eh? She's still a baby and she still needs milk, so keep offering! I suppose if she doesn't want it, she'll refuse!

    I have found that when we're out and about (say, at the mall) she'll go over 4 hours without nursing because there's no way she's focussed enough to nurse there.

    I guess my issue is just that the few people I've known to nurse past a year have babies who were VERY attached to breastfeeding and were asking to nurse all the time, not having to be offered, but I suppose it's fine to be offering. If she were drinking a significant amount of water/juice/milk, I'd be offering that just as often, right?

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    Sometimes my DD will nurse if I let her sit up to do it. She'll kind of snack while she plays. She doesn't always want to lay down anymore. Just keep offering every couple hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*hamilton.mom View Post
    Thanks for your response, Molly!! I guess that makes sense - nothing's really changed even though she's turning one, eh? She's still a baby and she still needs milk, so keep offering! I suppose if she doesn't want it, she'll refuse!

    I have found that when we're out and about (say, at the mall) she'll go over 4 hours without nursing because there's no way she's focussed enough to nurse there.

    I guess my issue is just that the few people I've known to nurse past a year have babies who were VERY attached to breastfeeding and were asking to nurse all the time, not having to be offered, but I suppose it's fine to be offering. If she were drinking a significant amount of water/juice/milk, I'd be offering that just as often, right?
    We have the same experience at malls etc. I couldn't agree more that the one year mark is an arbitrary cutoff! Stick around here and you will find more of us who have nursed past the one year mark. I don't know that many people outside of this forum who nurse past one year either, but I definitely feel supported here. my LLL forums.

    Molly

    Loving mama to JP (DS, 1/03 ~ nursed 6 mos), EL (DD1, 9/05 ~ nursed 4 yrs), EJ (DD2, 3/08 ~ nursed 3 yrs 9 mos), and
    JM (DD3, 6/12 ~ currently nursing), all born naturally
    Devoted wife to SAHD P, my hero
    A few of my favorite things that I've discovered on the forum: co-sleeping, baby-wearing, tandem nursing, baby-led solids, cloth diapering, APing, selective vaccination...the list goes on

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    so, even if their nursing cuts back for a while around that age, the milk is there when you need it? Do I need to worry about my supply? And will my lo pick back up with nursing more in the coming months? I guess every baby is different!

    I'm Erica

    Mommy to "C" - currently 3 and half years old
    - nursed for one year

    and mommy to "M" - currently 2 years old
    - nursed for 23 months

    Wife to my handsome DH for 5 and a half years!

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    I guess just keep offering? If nursing picks back up, your supply will too ... if baby keeps refusing, you'll still make whatever he/she needs, right?

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    yeah, that's what it sounds like! I can tell that at night I am way more full than during the day - because she eats 2 or 3 times at night...

    It's hard not to worry...

    I'm Erica

    Mommy to "C" - currently 3 and half years old
    - nursed for one year

    and mommy to "M" - currently 2 years old
    - nursed for 23 months

    Wife to my handsome DH for 5 and a half years!

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    Default Re: LO Turning One Soon ...

    I think the idea is that if you're not actively trying to wean, than she'll eat whatever she wants! Keep offering every few hours and if she refuses, wait a half hour or 30 minutes and try again. She's not going to starve herself

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