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Breastfeeding tip : Recognising a growth spurt

* You feel as though you haven't got enough
* Baby getting upset at the breast (though can be a sign of other common problems)
* Baby is breastfeeding often or almost nonstop (feel like baby is always wanting to feed)
* A baby who was previously sleeping through the night is now waking to breast feed several times
* Baby will latch and unlatch, fussing in between

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Full term Breastfeeding Advice

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Post by Natasha on Sun Aug 12, 2007 7:48 pm

Hi this is taken from TreeHugger Mums and I hope it will be of some use to someone.

Breastfeeding a toddler is not the same as breastfeeding a newborn. Your baby is now an inquisitive child, interested in his or her surroundings, and capable of gymnastics that you could only dream of. Toddlers are also masters of the art of breastfeeding, and may take as much milk in 2 minutes as they did in an hour a year before.

You will now find that your little one wants to feed in all sorts of positions – favourites may include standing in front of you while you sit on the sofa, sitting next you on the sofa or floor and feet to head while laying down. It is up to you whether you think that this is acceptable; toddlers want to do all sorts of things and you can have boundaries to breast feeding in the same way as you have boundaries for other activities. Some mums have an ‘anything goes at home but only the cradle position for nursing in public’ policy; other mums go with the most comfortable position for both of them, depending on the circumstances.

Another decision that you may want to make is where you are prepared to breast feed. Many mums decide that breastfeeding a toddler is not discrete enough to do in public, and limit their toddler to feeding at home or in the car. While only the mum involved can decide if this is the best option for them, it does mean that extended breast feeding appears to be far less common than it is. Some mums treat breast feeding their toddler as a secret, which is shared in whispers. Other mums decide that breast feeding is breast feeding and carry on feeding in public.

Toddlers are changeable little people – One day they won’t touch carrots, the next day they will eat carrot all day long. Their need to breast feed also changes. Some times they may be too busy looking at the world, learning and playing to breast feed during the day. Other times, for example during teething or when visiting a strange place, they may need to breast feed frequently. Some mums also set limits on when their little one can breast feed – perhaps just morning and night and before naps. Others only limit breastfeeding when absolutely essential.

More of this article can be found on :-

TreeHugger Mums (Clicky)

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Post by heather k&s on Mon Oct 01, 2007 3:05 pm

great advice thanks

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