Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Vuvu | 2011/09/30


2 year old wants breast feeding


My daughter is 2yrs old, she stop breastfeeding at 10months and went on the formula until she turned 2yrs. recently she has been giving me issues screaming and crying for me to breast feed her, Its awkward and am not sure how to deal with it.

Expert's Reply



Your little girl is now two years old and her wanting to breastfeed at this stage is probably just due to attention seeking. She should be on a normal diet by now and in fact needs very little milk every day at this stage, about 2 cups.Be firm about this, she has not been breastfed for 14 months and should not re-start now.

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Posted by: Purple | 2011/10/03

Although it is quite normal and healthy for children to breastfeed well past two years, if you don''t want to start breastfeeding her again, explain to her that she is a big girl now and she can get her loves and comfort in other ways.

She sounds like she needs more positive attention from you though, so perhaps spend a bit of special time with her playing some games, reading to her and so on each day. Also, while you are busy cooking and so on, tell her you need her help and give her a bit of flour and water in a bowl with a wooden spoon so she can mix it, give her crackers and a plastic knife and ask her to spread melsrose cheese on them etc. Taht way she feels she is cooking with you.

After having stopped feeding for so long its unlikely she would get any milk from you when feeding anyway. However, children who breastfeed till two and beyond get many benefits from it. Breastfeeding is about nourishment for the body and the soul (comfort).

My son used to ask for a breastefeed out of the blue years after I weaned him. I just used to say he was too big now and I had no milk anymore.

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