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How will breastfeeding change once my baby turns one?

I keep hearing about how my breastfeeding relationship with my child will change as he becomes a toddler, I am absolutely planning on extended breastfeeding and allowing him to self wean, but I am just curious as to what I am in for. Any moms out there have any insight to this?


Asked by hautemama83 at 6:42 PM on Jul. 3, 2009 in General Parenting

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  • Hmmm, I've never heard that. I don't think anything changed, other than a few "your STILL breastfeeding" comments, and I didn't nurse in public. Not that I felt I couldn't, but DD went through a phase where she had to have both boobs out to nurse, and that wasn't gonna happen at walmart, lol.

    She is 2, and mostly day weaned (still a night nurser).

    I wouldn't say the "relationship" changed, but as your child changes, sure, things change.

    WTG for planning on ExBF!

    Answer by Arkaidy at 8:31 PM on Jul. 3, 2009

  • It depends on the child. My youngest self-weaned not long after his 1st birthday. I wasn't planning on that. I worked part-time, so he had a bottle when I was at work. Once he could walk, he preferred to toddle with his bottle rather than nurse. It made me a little sad. My friends kids just kept right on nursing.


    Answer by mancosmomma at 6:53 PM on Jul. 3, 2009

  • With my kids, it didn't really change that much from just before a year to just after a year. I found that they went through periods where they wanted to nurse more often, and periods where they wanted to nurse less often. Eventually, they get down to nursing just a couple of times a day but in my experiance that doesn't happen until they are a little older.


    Answer by Anonymous at 7:01 PM on Jul. 3, 2009

  • It usually doesn't change much right away. Each child is different, of course, but most tend to gradually taper off until they are nursing primarily when they are sleepy, hurt or not feeling well. By the time they are 2 or 3, most kids aren't nursing more than a couple of times a day/night and some older nurslings may even go for a few days without nursing. But like I said, it's usually gradual and if you just go with it your relationship will naturally and gradually shift in a positive way as well.

    Answer by jessradtke at 2:33 PM on Jul. 4, 2009