How often should a 14 mo old nurse?

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Registered: 09-24-2003
How often should a 14 mo old nurse?
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Mon, 10-26-2009 - 4:28pm
My ds just turned 14 months old and was nursing around 5-7 times a day. My dad passed away two weeks ago very suddenly, and I was not able to nurse him as much as normal (dropped to around 4 times a day). It has been very stressful and I have definitely noticed a dip in my supply as well. But, I am very proud to say that I am still bfing. We are trying to get back on a schedule now, and I have noticed that he still only really wants to nurse around 4 times a day (he seems very happy with how much he gets). He was still waking 1-2 times a night until this all happened, and has not been nursing in the middle of the night since. He is eating solids great and is getting in three good meals, plus he usually drinks at least 1 big sippy of water a day. I am changing him around 4-5 times a day and he has very wet diapers. So, he is definitely not dehydrated at all. Does he seem like he is getting enough? Or should he be nursing more or getting some whole milk as well? TIA.
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Erica....Loving wife to Sam,and Mommy to

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Mon, 10-26-2009 - 7:11pm

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Mon, 10-26-2009 - 7:56pm

Thank you so much for your response. This has been very hard to deal with. My dad and I were very close. We talked all the time, and saw each other often. He was a huge part of my kids life as well and we were always doing something with him. He was not sick at all, and we had just spent the whole weekend with him two days before he passed away. So, it has been hard. But, I have found that bfing has helped me keep it together. I know that I have to be strong for my kids. I also know that I have to continue to eat, and keep up myself in order to bf my son. Which, I know is a huge help in keeping me sane right now. So, I really wanted to keep up the bfing and didn't even want to attempt to wean anytime soon.

I figured that if he wanted more that he would ask for it. Like I said, he is still eating a ton and peeing and pooping fine. If anything, he is actually eating more solids now because of this. Which, is also a good thing. My little guy has always had problems gaining weight, and has not really gained anything in the last 3 months or so, but he is growing in length fine. So, that is why his doctors have never really been concerned. I figured that at this point he really doesn't need to be drinking as much milk as he used to. But, it was a very sudden change. And, I wanted to make sure that I should not be trying to get more in or offering whole milk.

Thanks again.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Mon, 10-26-2009 - 8:08pm

I just wanted to add that you may want to check and see if there are any local bereavement support groups in your area. They are often offered by hospitals or churches. You might ask your local hospital social services or pastoral care people to find one.