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Old 02-12-2013, 02:03 PM   #11
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My answer is, I'm not sure. My oldest is nearly 5 (weaned at 38 months) and I am currently tandem nursing a 26mo and 6 mo. I am only posting to help you realize how you won't really think about it. Each baby is an individual and will nurse more or less based on their own needs. At this point, I'm only a little over a year out from my last 1 year old, but I couldn't tell you what they were doing. Do what is right for your baby because you won't remember when they're 5, 10 or 20 what their nursing habits were.

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Old 02-12-2013, 05:39 PM   #12
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22 months here. She nurses an average of 6-8 times a day? It's usually only 1-3 minutes unless she's nursing to sleep. She also wakes every 2-4 hours or so at night. If we are really busy, it's less than that.

She does have days where she is nursing every 2 hours or more often. Usually when teething.

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Old 02-12-2013, 07:08 PM   #13
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18mo here, and she's nursing...all day/night.

She's eating snacks and small meals throughout the day, I'd say she's mostly breastmilk still.
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Old 02-12-2013, 07:26 PM   #14
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18mo here, and she's nursing...all day/night.

She's eating snacks and small meals throughout the day, I'd say she's mostly breastmilk still.
Same here although we push solids as she is underweight. She won't not nurse even when she eats a lot. We try to have her eat a small meal every 2 hours during the day and she nurses every 2-3 hours throughout the day and night with some 4 hours thrown in here and there. When I'm not around she does not fuss to nurse but neither does she eat more solids. At night though- if I'm not available you'd think she would starve with all her fussing lol
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:15 PM   #15
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My 27 month old nurses almost as much as my 6 month old who is ebf lol.
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Re: Question extended nursers

DS2 is 26mo and his nursing frequency and length varies wildly. Some days a few sips in the morning, and then nothing again until bedtime (days I work), some days he practically nurses like a newborn, and will stay latched on and nursing for 45+ minutes. He is a voracious eater.

DS1 nursed as often as he could get it at that age. But he was a lousy eater (still is) and breastmilk was at least 80% of his nutrition at that age.
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:27 PM   #17
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Lots of moms notcie at about a year babies get into a newborn-nursing pattern again for a while -- it's totally normal and they move out of it soon. Just something to be aware of as it can feel like a huge step back.

For my extended nurses, I noticed when I sat down or we were at home, the nursed more; if we were out and about, they wouldn't really even think about nursing.
Yep this was/is true for both my extended nurslings. DS3 just hit 13 months and nurses ALL.THE.TIME.
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:33 PM   #18
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At about 12 months they start getting more separation anxiety and a growth spurt. If I had to guess why they start nursing a bunch at 12 months I would pin point those. Also teeth coming in. Very uncomfy and want comfort.
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Old 02-15-2013, 02:26 AM   #19
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Re: Question extended nursers

Depends on the baby, but at 9 months ds2 was nursing 4-5 times a day. At a year it was about the same. Around 18 months he cut down to 3 times; he is a good eater There is no rush at all for a lot of solids if your baby is under a year old, of course.
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Noah eats solids all day long, drinks water and juice from a sippy, and still nurses around the clock every couple of hours most days.
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