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    Default Breastfeeding an older baby- too often?

    Dd 13 months breastfeeds a lot still. It's hard to know what's normal as most people I know haven't breastfed past 12 months. My mother in law breastfed all her children till exactly nine months and then used breastmilk/formula in a cup and weaned by 12 months. She obviously beleives this is the best way and was told this a zillion years ago by her child health clinic . My mum breastfed me for 2 years and says I was always a fussy/picky eater so she let me breastfeed after meals etc.. but the thing is both my mum and mil think dd is breastfeeding too often still. And that I need to introduce her to drinking from a cup and I should be offering her more food in the day. Its really hard because like my son, she grazes on food but is not a big eater yet. She also asks for the breast a LOT. Daycare comments that she drinks water (from her straw sippy which she likes) but doesn't eat like the other babies. As soon as I pick her up she frantically throws herself at my chest and god forbid I need to do the grocery shopping after work!!
    Sorry for the long post but what do you think? How often does a baby this age need the boob? Is this the age to go from demand feeding to saying no sometimes? She actually says "mum boob" so I think this freaks people out.
    Does it make any difference that she is teeny tiny and I worry that if I deny her a breastfeed she will fade away? Lol.
    Also is it normal for her to have turned breastfeeding into an extreme sport? She lifts her leg over her head and moves into all sorts of weird spots. It's entertaining but I'm not sure why she is doing it?

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    I think if you're comfortable feeding her often don't stress too much. (easier said than done I know)
    DS is 15 months. I night weaned him a few weeks ago and he eats a lot better now. I feed him when he wakes up, before his nap and before bed. If we're busy he doesn't ask for a feed but if we're just sitting on the couch he does. Depending on how I'm feeling I'll offer him a snack instead and it usually works. I also have to get up because if I sit there he still wants boob. When I wanted to night wean I started off by offering more food throughout the day because I was paranoid he would be hungry.
    He's a grazer too so I tend to leave snacks in a bowl with his water.on the coffee table for when he feels like it.
    Oh and he does the acrobatics as well, legs and arms flapping about lol. The hand that would gently stroke my face is now sticking fingers up my nose.

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    At 13 months my daughter would sometimes only have a feed in the morning to wake up then at night to go to bed, then other times would be on and off all day. I came to the conclusion that there was no normal.

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    DS2 is going on 14mths. He still feeds about 8 times a day and every two hours overnight. Ive started cutting him back (because he doesnt eat or sleep).

    He now gets 3-4feeds a day and 0-1 feeds a night.

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    Are you happy with how much she is feeding?

    If you are, don't worry about what the others are saying!

    DD2 was still feeding pretty frequently at that age, but it wasn't too long after and she gradually cut down and weaned at 18 months.

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    I am happy with feeding her when she wants (except at night which is a whole other thread).. but I was starting to wonder if its unusual that she isn't very interested in cutting down her feeds and when/if this will ever occur! I know breastmilk is good for them but I also know that at this age they should be eating more food than drinking.milk? Or at least this is what people say!

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    DD was feeding 10-12 times in 24 hours when she was 12 months old. By 15 months, she had naturally slowed to around 6 and also increased her solids. She is 27months and has 2-3.

    Whatever works for you and her is good.

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    Hi! Sorry to crash your thread but we've just had a nutritionist upload a blog to our site that I think will help answer your questions. Have a read!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bumMum View Post
    Dd 13 months breastfeeds a lot still. It's hard to know what's normal as most people I know haven't breastfed past 12 months. My mother in law breastfed all her children till exactly nine months and then used breastmilk/formula in a cup and weaned by 12 months. She obviously beleives this is the best way and was told this a zillion years ago by her child health clinic . My mum breastfed me for 2 years and says I was always a fussy/picky eater so she let me breastfeed after meals etc.. but the thing is both my mum and mil think dd is breastfeeding too often still. And that I need to introduce her to drinking from a cup and I should be offering her more food in the day. Its really hard because like my son, she grazes on food but is not a big eater yet. She also asks for the breast a LOT. Daycare comments that she drinks water (from her straw sippy which she likes) but doesn't eat like the other babies. As soon as I pick her up she frantically throws herself at my chest and god forbid I need to do the grocery shopping after work!!
    Sorry for the long post but what do you think? How often does a baby this age need the boob? Is this the age to go from demand feeding to saying no sometimes? She actually says "mum boob" so I think this freaks people out.
    Does it make any difference that she is teeny tiny and I worry that if I deny her a breastfeed she will fade away? Lol.
    Also is it normal for her to have turned breastfeeding into an extreme sport? She lifts her leg over her head and moves into all sorts of weird spots. It's entertaining but I'm not sure why she is doing it?

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    I think you need to ask yourself what your comfortable with and go with that. At this age my boys were breastfeeding 10 times a day? Maybe more. The extreme sports is normal lol I usually pop my boob away if they are being to rough.

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    I found that from around 13 months to 15 months DD fed more than at any other time (including newborn). She also ate plenty of solids so I never worried on that account. We've always taken the approach of trusting that she knows what she needs and have found that to work really well for all of us. Fortunately most of the women in my mothers group are still breastfeeding at 18 months (we're in a high socioeconomic area) so that has been great support. The demanding requests for "boob" can be a bit confronting, though. Lots of the other toddlers I know have also gone through an intense breastfeeding stage at around 14 months and then decreased feed frequency again as they got closer to 18 months. Don't know what I'd do in your situation but rest assured that the frequent feeding is very normal


 

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