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    Default How often do your toddlers nurse?

    My LO is only 3 months old, so we have ways to go yet, but I am just being curious.
    A good friend of mine has a 20 month old. She nurses around 15 times during the day, and at night they share a bed and her little one pretty much never stops nursing the entire night. Is this about average? That seems like an awefull lot of nursing! My 3 month old nurses 6-8 times a day, and he is breastfed exclusively and on demand. And my friend's daughter is this tiny little thing, and with all that food I would expect her to be giant!
    First time mommy to a wonderful baby boy, Kai, 3/26/2010
    Birth Weight: 7lb 8oz
    1 month: 9lb 6oz
    3 months: 13lb 10oz
    6 months: 17lb 1oz
    9 months: 19lb 13oz
    12 months: 21lb

    We are , love to , cloth diapering that and taking him with us everywhere.

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    Default Re: How often do your toddlers nurse?

    DD is 18 months old and she nurses probably around the same as your friend's daughter if not more. I think it totally depends on the child. DD is a HUGE comfort nurser and if I let her she would be latched on all day and night (and actually she usually is all night since we co-sleep). Oh and DD is quite thin at 22lbs
    First time mom to Kalyna born December 14th 2008

    Born: 7lbs 7oz
    Month 1: 8lbs
    Week 5: 8lbs 6oz
    Week 7: 9lbs 5oz
    Week 9: 10lbs 2.6oz
    Week 17: 14lbs 7oz

    Nursing a 3.5 year old!
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    Default Re: How often do your toddlers nurse?

    All children have their own growth curve and nursing patterns. They can also comfort nurse and not get that much milk out. There are a lot of developmental things that happen around 15 and 18 months that can lead to an increased frequency in nursing.

    My daughter is about 20 months old and nurses like your friend's child. But there are other children that age and younger that only nurse at nap time and bed time. I'm trying not to be offended by you saying that "that's an awful lot of nursing." Maybe yes, maybe no. They tend to nurse for a lot less time at that age.

    Good for your friend for meeting her daughter's needs despite our societies issues with breastfeeding.
    Tracie

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    Lilah 10/08 nursed 25 months
    Beatrix 01/11 nursed 30 months

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    Default Re: How often do your toddlers nurse?

    DD is 20 months and she nurses about 5 times per day, but I don't nurse on demand anymore. We did mommy-led nightweaning a couple weeks ago. I also don't nurse if it's almost mealtime. We also don't nurse if she's just nursed a couple of times recently; I offer food then instead. I stopped nursing before mealtimes because she's not been gaining much weight, and I'm concerned that she might not eat enough food if she's nursed right before mealtime. As of 2-3 months ago, she was nursing more like 10-12 times in 24 hours. I felt the need to cut down, and I'm happier with our nursing relationship now.

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    Default Re: How often do your toddlers nurse?

    my son is 2 1/2 and some days zero and some days like 5x
    Mommy to Maxwell 10-9-07 weaned with love (a party and a remote control monster truck) on his 4th birthday
    My Boy 3-16-10
    And my sweet pea Sam 2-12-11

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    Default Re: How often do your toddlers nurse?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommy2lilah View Post
    All children have their own growth curve and nursing patterns. They can also comfort nurse and not get that much milk out. There are a lot of developmental things that happen around 15 and 18 months that can lead to an increased frequency in nursing.

    My daughter is about 20 months old and nurses like your friend's child. But there are other children that age and younger that only nurse at nap time and bed time. I'm trying not to be offended by you saying that "that's an awful lot of nursing." Maybe yes, maybe no. They tend to nurse for a lot less time at that age.

    Good for your friend for meeting her daughter's needs despite our societies issues with breastfeeding.
    to everything right down to the age of my DD.

    I don't count how often she nurses. The fact of the matter is, sometimes it's nice to let her nurse so I can sit. Otherwise we are running around all day with no break. And it's one of the only times I get sweet snuggles. Sometimes she gets a little crazy, but usually I get sweet pats and kisses. And she will sleep in a little later when she is nursing in the morning than if she were in a crib. I love the early morning nursing.

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    Default Re: How often do your toddlers nurse?

    mine is 2 and nurses around 5 times a day (including night). Sometimes it's more though.
    Proud mom of 2:
    DD 5/2008 nursed for 3 years and 3 months.
    DS born 8/2011 nursing like a champ

    Sorry for the short responses...always, always, always NAK or holding a baby

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    Default Re: How often do your toddlers nurse?

    I'm sorry, I didn't want to offend anyone! I am just really surprised by how much toddlers nurse! Its more then mine nursed as a newborn!
    Its just a LOT of nursing
    First time mommy to a wonderful baby boy, Kai, 3/26/2010
    Birth Weight: 7lb 8oz
    1 month: 9lb 6oz
    3 months: 13lb 10oz
    6 months: 17lb 1oz
    9 months: 19lb 13oz
    12 months: 21lb

    We are , love to , cloth diapering that and taking him with us everywhere.

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    Default Re: How often do your toddlers nurse?

    No offense taken, mama. Toddler nursing is so different than baby nursing. So much less stress and time in some ways. It's an evolution. Day by day they change just so slightly that you don't even notice until you are there.

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    Default Re: How often do your toddlers nurse?

    It's probably for a lot less time each nursing. You could ask your friend, but sometimes a toddler only nurses for a few minutes. If your friend and her child are both happy with that number of nursings, then it's the right number for them. I felt like limiting nursings, and so we did, and IMO that was fine too. So, don't feel overwhelmed at the thought of nursing your baby that often a year or more from now. You might be fine with it, and if not, you can distract, substitute food, or do various other things to gently cut back a bit.

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