Nursing manners for your toddler

My 15-month-old son is still breastfeeding, which is enjoyable for both of us. I have one problem. When we are out and in a new situation he is constantly lifting up my shirt to nurse. I have tried distraction, but he is very persistent and is obvious to everyone what he wants. What can I do?


Debbi Donovan

Debbi Donovan is a Board Certified Lactation Consultant, as well as a retired La Leche League Leader. For more than a decade, Debbi... Read more

Each of us has certain rules we want our older babies to follow when nursing in public. It is important for nursing toddlers to begin learning "nursing etiquette."

This is often easiest when taught consistently from the time your little one nears his first birthday. Simply say, "Don't pull up mommy's shirt in public", or "no nursing in public." Whatever your particular rules are, make them clear to your toddler, and stick to them.

Remind your little one before any outings, telling him that you are uncomfortable with this particular behavior. Be patient and persistent. He will understand. My best wishes!

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