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Old 05-06-2012, 02:28 PM   #1
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Setting bounderies for toddler nursing?

Ds is 13 months and nowhere near ready to wean and I'm okay with that. He gets a bottle of cows milk before bed then whenever he wakes (usually between 12-3) I get in the guest bed with him and nurse/co-sleep until morning. Then I nurse him before a nap. The problem I have is I can't sit on the floor to play with him with out him coming to pull at my shirt and he gets MAD if I say no. I don't want to turn him away if he does need some comfort/reassurance but more often than not, he's rolling off before a let down.

How can I limit his idea of an "open bar" but still allow him some comfort? I want to be able to play with him without him trying to nurse for 5 seconds every 2 minutes.

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Old 05-06-2012, 04:31 PM   #2
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Re: Setting bounderies for toddler nursing?

A simple way to do this is have a nursing "chair". That is where you go to nurse. Sometimes, knowing that they have to go sit in the chair (lay in the bed, etc) is enough to make them not ask.

We have a firm rule in our house that NO ONE undresses mommy. If they want to nurse, then mommy will "get ready".
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Re: Setting bounderies for toddler nursing?

This is completely normal behavior for his age. He's into exploring all sorts of new things and stays pretty busy. He's likely getting more independent and just needs to come back for a quick nursing to "check in" with mom. IMO 13 months is still SO young to set many boundaries. I think the most gentle form of refusal at this point would be distraction.
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Old 05-07-2012, 07:41 AM   #4
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A simple way to do this is have a nursing "chair". That is where you go to nurse. Sometimes, knowing that they have to go sit in the chair (lay in the bed, etc) is enough to make them not ask.

We have a firm rule in our house that NO ONE undresses mommy. If they want to nurse, then mommy will "get ready".
Agreed. Its ok to set boundaries and its ok to for him to learn nursing manners.
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