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Posted in Toddlers on 17th June 2014

Breastfeeding : Why does my son demand so much milk?!(driving me insane. help)?
He constantly cries for the breast 24/7 even if he is hungry or just finished his milk. Why is he so in demand for my breast milk?

He nurses about 12 times a day and its 12 months.
I would like to quit, but I love nursing him. However, I wish we could do it once a day.

Best answer(s):

Answer by the_emrod
Is he getting a full and normal diet of solids? If he is then it’s just a habit!

Answer by justanothamotha
This is quite normal for some babies as they just seem to love it. Doing it once a day isn’t realistic to maintaining any supply, but for sure you can reduce it if you wish to a more livable level for you.

Here is all kinds of info. http://kellymom.com/category/ages/after12mo/ You might like to read “Mothering Your Nursing Toddler” too – it will help.

Answer by Amanda_M87
If he’s twelve months old, breast milk alone is not going to be enough to sustain his hunger and nutrient levels. You need to give him more solid foods.

Answer by AAA
thats because you offer him. At this age it is quiet possible to reduce the number of breastfeeds.

http://www.breastfeeding-made-easy.com/how-to-stop-breastfeeding.html#weaning-steps

also read the tips for night breastfeeding http://www.breastfeeding-made-easy.com/baby-sleep.html

Answer by Ellen
Babies of this age have a variety of nursing behaviors. If you want to alter you child’s nursing behavior, you can, gently and slowly. You can change your routine so that you are busy outside of the house and your baby is busy and distracted. You can offer small snacks and drinks before your child wants to nurse. You can change your furniture around so that his favorite spots to nurse are no longer available. You can start teaching “nursing manners” so that he knows that you won’t nurse in public, but will when you get home.. You can read to him while he’s sitting on your lap.

At this age nursing-to the baby-is less about the milk and more about reassurance, comfort and body contact with Mama. If he is in the house all day with you, he may want to nurse because he doesn’t have enough other activities. He may be getting thirsty. Or he may just be getting “back in touch” with you.

You can read more about the weaning process on kellymom.com or the La Leche League website. There is also an excellent book available called “Mothering Your Nursing Toddler”.

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