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Old 02-15-2013, 12:18 PM   #21
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I've got a 29 month old nurser here. She probably nurses 4 times a night: Evening, bedtime, wee hours of the morning, and just as she's about to wake up. At 12 months she was still nursing 6 times a day. Somewhere around 18 months, the nursing length dropped dramatically down from 10-15 minute sessions to 8 minutes max.

It's mostly for comfort now. She asks to nurse only when she's tired. If she's hungry and tired, I can convince her to take a snack instead of nursing. I think around 24 months was when DD stopped nursing for nutrition because that was about the time I could distract her with food over nursing. Sometimes at night, she start nursing and after a minute she changes her mind and asks for water.


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Old 02-15-2013, 07:22 PM   #22
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14 month old nurses every 3 hours except during the night.

My older DD was more of a fly by nurser as a toddler and just ran up and helped herself most of the day.

ETA: that's when we are at home. If we are on the go she never asks for it.

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Old 02-15-2013, 07:31 PM   #23
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My dd (19 months) nurses 4-5 times per day. Sometimes more.

She nurses through the night as well, but I don't know the exact number for obvious reasons
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Old 02-17-2013, 10:26 PM   #24
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18 month old dd will nurse 6-8 times a day if we're home. If we're out she will only ask if she's tired or if I hold her.

Ds3 was a self scheduled baby. From 5 weeks until he weaned at 23.3 months he nursed at 8a, 12p, 4p, and 8p. Every day. No matter what. That was entirely his own doing.

Ds2 was ff.

Ds1 only nursed morning/night from 9 months until he weaned at 13 months. He was at daycare and got formula during the day.
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:35 AM   #25
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Re: Question extended nursers

also beware of the drive through snacker....i have one he'll be playing and running around like a banshee then all of the sudden comes running to me to nuse...latches for a minute...rinse lather repeat! it's hilarious unless i'm trying to get stuff done
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:55 PM   #26
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My 14.5 mo DS nurses 3-4 times a day and eats 3 meals and a snack every day. At this point I would say its 50/50 for where he gets his nutrition. However, we have never nursed on demand. He has always had a routine and we no longer nurse to sleep. He nurses when he wakes up in the morning and from each of his naps and then before bed. If we are out of the house we just wait till we are home or just skip it all together. He just gets too distracted to nurse outside of the house!

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Old 02-19-2013, 03:17 PM   #27
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Re: Question extended nursers

Originally Posted by nestra View Post
How often is you year old (or older) nursing? We aren't there yet and I was wondering what to expect. When does food take a more dominant role in nutrition? We are baby led weaning so his food intake (at nine months) is pretty minimal.
My 24 month old daughter nurses about 5-6 times a day. Occasionally she will skip sessions, but she almost never skips her morning, night, and naptime nursing sessions. She is nightweaned from about 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
She does eat a fair amount of solids as well and loves water. She started eating more solids at around 18 mos. old.
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