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What can I expect from extended breastfeeding beyond one year?

I completely intend to breastfeed beyond the first year, but have a couple of questions. How often do they need/want to nurse past age 1? I work 3 days a week and pump while I'm at work- she will drink 12 oz while I'm at work. (She's 9 1/2 months now) Do I still need to pump while at work? Will she still need the bottles while I'm gone? And what about staying overnight at Grandma's? (She does this about once every other month) What about bottles then? I am for sure going to continue breastfeeding, but am hoping that once she's over a year old I can have a little more freedom. She doesn't eat a ton of solids now, maybe once a day, should I start increasing this now? Just wondering how this nursing into toddlerhood thing works. Thank you!

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 4:47 PM on Apr. 3, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • here is the cafemom group for you! http://www.cafemom.com/group/breastfeedingtoddlers Also you may find answers on http://kellymom.com/, typed extended breastfeeding in the search box. I am a extended breastfeeder but I can't remember the details
    Lynette

    Answer by Lynette at 4:55 PM on Apr. 3, 2009

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  • I think that everyone does it differently. After a year, I decreased my pumping and decided to let her use up what was in the freezer for her sippy cups during the day. When we ran out of frozen milk around 15 months, she just had whole milk during the day. I nursed her morning and night until she was 18 months old. Sometimes I'd do it at lunchtime on the weekend, too. If you are going to go away overnight, I'd continue to pump to keep up your supply, unless you are at a point where you are OK if it starts to dip. I would try to give her solids multiple meals a day now. For breakfast, you can nurse first and then offer her solid food. Same for lunch and dinner. Good luck!
    evwsquared

    Answer by evwsquared at 5:20 PM on Apr. 3, 2009

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  • "How often do they need/want to nurse past age 1?" As often as they want. Might be once a day, might be more often.

    "Do I still need to pump while at work? " Mom's choice. I didn't.

    "Will she still need the bottles while I'm gone?" Mom's choice again.

    "And what about staying overnight at Grandma's? (She does this about once every other month) What about bottles then? " Once again, mom's choice.

    Really, the thing that changes is you don't have to rserve solids till after nursing. You can pump at work or not.

    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 6:49 PM on Apr. 3, 2009

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  • It all depends on the child. My 18 month old nurses very frequently through the day. Others her age only nurse once or twice a day. She's not so big on solids either. I guess you'll just see when you get there.
    jus1jess

    Answer by jus1jess at 7:18 PM on Apr. 3, 2009

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  • It really does depend on the child! Some babies stop night nursing at 8 months or less.. other children don't stop till 3! My son stopped night nursing at 14 months. From 12-14 months he probably nursed about 6 times a day. Then from 14-20 months he nursed about 3-4 times a day. Now at age 2 he nurses 2-3 times a day. I would imagine if he's nursing it would be good to have some expressed milk if you're away from him in case he wants it.. especially while he's only 1 year old. I look at it that way cause I don't give him cow milk. If you plan on giving a milk substitute along with nursing I imagine that could be skipped it you wanted to. My son was allergic to cow milk as a newborn and so I'm just avoiding it. Once you're nursing past a year your supply is a bit more established so you can be more flexible generally.
    Kisses4Henry

    Answer by Kisses4Henry at 8:05 PM on Aug. 24, 2010

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