Breastfeeding toddlers, of course you can keep going...
Deciding to keep on breastfeeding is between you and your toddler; if it works for you both, then keep it up!
A baby becomes a "toddler" when they are in the age bracket of 13 months and 3 years.
You've therefore got 13 months experience at breastfeeding your baby - you'll find that a breastfeeding toddler is easy; in fact in my experience at times even easier!
How so? Well we're going to take a look at the following areas:
Having breastfed for so long, you'll find that your used to the child's changing routines, and be amazed at how easy breastfeeding can fit any routine. You'll be pleased to know that this can and will continue...
You'll likely find too, that you can use breast-milk as an indication to your toddler's health. I know my son, will only want to take for me, when he's feeling under the weather.
Anyway I don't need to talk to you about the positives of breastfeeding, you already know this, but you could share your secrets of toddler success here.
I remember asking my Health Visitor questions on the different positions in which to feed my son.
The problems I encountered, was my baby belly had reduced, and my far my longest child making it awkward to hold him "traditionally".
I remember her assuring me, that the older he got, the easier it will become.
She was right, even though I wasn't convinced at the time.
I had learnt of the Rugby ball position in hospital had had traditionally used this method. But as he got longer, he used to push with his feet (while feeding) against the back of the chair...
Are you wincing yet? I sure was!!
So from the rugby ball position, Aidan and I ventured into finding more suitable positions that suited both of our needs. Here are a couple of our favorites...
Breastfeeding toddler - when is the time to stop?
There is no right or wrong answer for when this should be.
It is up to you (Mom), and your toddler. When it doesn't work for you both, then the time has come.
When it is right for you to stop you will either instinctively 'know' or you'll have a plan to cease breastfeeding; perhaps because you have to return to work.
For me the only other person I factor into my decision is my Husband.
He has whole heartedly supported myself and our children through our breastfeeding journey.
As with all things to do with children, life changes, and they do grow up. For us the time is looming for me to cease breastfeeding. I'm a little sad, I suppose, as it's the end of an era - but I strongly feel I have given my son the best I can.
We are therefore taking it slow.
I have considered the 'cold turkey' method, or putting lemon or something similar on myself before feeding; but this just doesn't seem right for me.
Here are the things I am considering for Aidan as we embark on this next stage...
Lets look at the importance of milk.
Irrespective of whether you are breast or bottle feeding, your child needs a milk intake during the day.
The amount and frequency, will depend on their age, routine, and form of the intake.
With the toddler guidelines of being 13 months to 3 years, it's important to reference that toddlers should have about 3 servings of milk per day.
The form that these servings can take can vary to dairy products such as:
As breastfeeding, you can continue as you have been doing, though do make sure that the 3 servings of milk are provided, as well.
However for those parents feeding their toddler on formula milk, you can by the age of 1 replace formula or follow-on milk with cows milk.
The table below will show you the age and type of milk, that can be introduced to your child.
It's important to understand that the full fat cows milk is important because it contains the extra fat and vitamins that an under 2 year old requires.
You can introduce the other varieties of milk at the right ages, if your child is a good eater and growing well.
If you believe your child should be kept on whole milk, then you should do so.
However don't jump straight to skimmed milk, as this is not recommended to children under 5 as there is insufficient fat in the milk for our young ones.