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    Question Nursing instead of eating?

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    My son is 16 months old and still prefers nursing to eating. I am having such a hard time getting him to eat I don't mind nursing him but he needs more nutrients than what my breast milk is providing him, right? My hubby and I are kind of worried that his nursing so much is actually interfering with his growth He is also still waking up at least 2 times a night to nurse.. is this normal?
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    My sisters friend nursed her daughter until she was 3 years old. She made her eat first though. It was more of a comfort bonding thing for her.. she would literally ask for it!

    I hope he starts eating more soon!!!!




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    actually, if you look on kellymom, bm provies a lot of nutrients for older babies, and if he's nursing frequently, he's probably getting quite a bit of nutrients~
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    Quote Originally Posted by VinnysGirl View Post
    My sisters friend nursed her daughter until she was 3 years old. She made her eat first though. It was more of a comfort bonding thing for her.. she would literally ask for it!

    I hope he starts eating more soon!!!!
    I wish he would eat first! I always offer him food first but he is just not very interested. He asks for it now, too. He'll come up to me and put his hand under my shirt and say "boob" It's embarrassing sometimes
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bex View Post
    actually, if you look on kellymom, bm provies a lot of nutrients for older babies, and if he's nursing frequently, he's probably getting quite a bit of nutrients~
    Really? I haven't looked at kellymom forever! I'll have to wander over there. I need to sign back up for llli message boards again, too. I thought I would be done nursing by now so I stopped going to those sites
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    Totally normal. Your DS is doing what many extended breastfed toddlers do!

    Here are some facts from Kellymom:

    Nursing toddlers benefit NUTRITIONALLY



    * "Human milk expressed by mothers who have been lactating for >1 year has significantly increased fat and energy contents, compared with milk expressed by women who have been lactating for shorter periods. During prolonged lactation, the fat energy contribution of breast milk to the infant diet might be significant."
    -- Mandel 2005

    * "Breast milk continues to provide substantial amounts of key nutrients well beyond the first year of life, especially protein, fat, and most vitamins."
    -- Dewey 2001

    * In the second year (12-23 months), 448 mL of breastmilk provides:
    o 29% of energy requirements
    o 43% of protein requirements
    o 36% of calcium requirements
    o 75% of vitamin A requirements
    o 76% of folate requirements
    o 94% of vitamin B12 requirements
    o 60% of vitamin C requirements
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