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Old 06-10-2008, 03:18 PM   #1
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How long can I go only nursing every 12 hours??

My ds is suddenly way too busy to be bothered with nursing unless it's in a darkened, boring room. We just moved from nursing 4 times a day to nursing twice a day (first thing in the morning and right before bed). I wanted to let him self-wean but I'm wondering if it's possible to extended nurse a LO if it's only twice a day or will my supply just disappear? It's probably a silly question....

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Old 06-10-2008, 03:20 PM   #2
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As long as he wants to...I don't think your supply will go away and he may pick up again too(if he gets sick or teeth)
My ods nursed like thiis until he was 2.5
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My DS is almost 27 m/o and only nurses 1 or 2x a day. My supply is pretty much gone and he just nurses for comfort when getting ready for a nap or bedtime. But, he still asks, so I still let him nurse. I am going to keep letting him as long as he is asking and I feel like it.
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Old 06-10-2008, 05:10 PM   #4
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Re: How long can I go only nursing every 12 hours??

For us it didn't last long. We had to wean off full time EBM due to weight gain issues and we only made it two weeks with twice a day nursing sessions. I was completely dry when we stopped. I think I'm the odd ball though. An LC told me I should be able to continue that way and a lot of other mom's have said they nursed once or twice a day for a while.
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Old 06-10-2008, 07:38 PM   #5
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Re: How long can I go only nursing every 12 hours??

Well my little one basically nurses ALL night when he wakes around 11pm-12am. I sometimes think there must not be any milk, but he seems to find it.

I work full-time and I don't pump anymore. He nurses on the weekends...during the day. I told him...you just love your mama's milk! He does!

I don't know how much longer we are going to bf, to age 2 for sure, but I'm not sure after that.
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Old 06-10-2008, 09:11 PM   #6
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Re: How long can I go only nursing every 12 hours??

Some moms keep a little milk for years! Even without a nursing little one, they might find that they can express a little in the shower. I think it depends on the person though. But as long as there is a little bit of nursing, your body will know to make a little bit of milk.
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I nursed ds #1 once a day for 3 months. I still had milk for a long time after he weaned.
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I have unfortunately had to go back to work , and I work 12hr shifts, so we've been nursing twice a day for a couple months now. I still have milk, and she still wants it, so we're going to keep it up until one of those two things changes!
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Re: How long can I go only nursing every 12 hours??

Great!! I'm so glad it's very possible to continue nursing him this way for a good while to come. He just simply won't nurse well during the day so I guess this will be our new normal Thanks everyone
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