I have a 9 mth old DS who is breastfed, my Almost 2 yo DD was BF untill 5mths old. In the past week she has wanted to breastfeed, i have lots of milk and feel fine about it. She pops on for a minute or so and has a little drink and goes away happy. Its always after her brother has fed. Im not sure whether i should just let her do it or discourage her.
Incidentally she has regressed in some ways lately, wants to sit in her old high chair, turns her food out and eats with her fingers instead of fork etc...so im sure the breastfeeding is just about gettjng the same attention her brother gets.
Id like to know is this normal and what should i do???
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09-07-2012 18:01 #1
2year old wants to breastfeed-what do i do?
09-07-2012 18:04 #2
No harm in it. She has had a major life change. Imagine someone else suddenly joining the family and taking away what was once yours?
09-07-2012 18:45 #3
As long as you are happy with her feeding then go for it, I cant see any ill effects only benefits just be aware her poop might change
10-07-2012 08:22 #4
I read somewhere that they say older siblings can regress as its their way of getting attention that used to be centered on them and is now centered on the baby.
When DS2 came along DS1 definitley regressed a little....just in his mannerisims, etc. DS2 used to pretend he is a baby when DD came along so I pick him and up give him cuddles.
Even with my SIL when she had her second DS stopped walking and started crawling again.
They are all back to how they were now....so yes its completely normal!
As for the BFing......Guess it depends if you want to start BFing your 2 yo or not. If you are happy with it then it cant hurt but if you dont want to you can always express in a cup if its just the BM she is after and you dont want her feeding from you. Or just say no
10-07-2012 15:10 #5Senior Member
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Personally , I would have loved my older children to come back to the breast but everyone is different. I tried to encourage it a little bit but they weren't interested. The health benefits are fantastic and would surely help with the attention/closeness when the baby seems to get it all. If you don't mind, go for it! Maybe it's just a stage anyway and she will go back to being a 'big girl' soon enough
10-07-2012 15:29 #6Senior Member
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I've heard it happens a lot. I remember when my aunt had a baby, her older baby, about 3, started bf again. I was only a kid then and it didn't seem weird. Some adults may have negative reactions to it unfortunately. But there's definitely no harm!
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10-07-2012 15:35 #7
I'd go with it, especially if you've no problem with it!! It certainly won't be doing her any harm!!
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