How to encourage 12 month old to nurse?
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|Mon, 02-07-2005 - 6:10am|
Hi to all!
I'm a rare poster here, but I have a question and hoped you all might be able to help.
I'm currently nursing my third child, who is almost 13 months old. He was exclusively bfed until 6 months, never used a bottle or pacifier, doesn't suck his thumb.
Just recently we moved him out of our room into his siblings' room. Until then, he'd been waking several times a night, nursing every time. After the move, he sleeps all night, no waking! Which is great as far as sleep (yea!) but has had a significant impact on the amount of nursing that takes place.
I'm a SAHM, so he has unlimited access to me all day and I'll nurse whenever he likes, but he seems to be losing interest.
Specifically, he latches on, but just sort of plays. He doesn't produce that good strong suction to get the milk out.
I want him to keep getting milk from me, as we don't give him any cow's milk products or formula, but I feel he's getting a very small amount now that his habits have changed.
I don't want to go back to sleeping in the same room with him or getting up at night. I mean, he's obviously moved past that, and he's a much happier baby now that he sleeps better. Not to mention how much better it is for the rest of the family to have a rested Mommy and Daddy...
Does anyone know a way to encourage him to nurse more strongly?
Thanks in advance!