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one year old feeding like newborn

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AmyInWonderland Fri 14-Mar-14 15:32:56

my dd has just turned one and for the last week has been desperate to breast feed whenever I am near her. she has also been pulling at her dad's top alot and the nursery workers'! she started nursery about a month ago and hasn't really settled yet so I wondered if it was about reconnecting with me when I am around, but not sure that matches up with trying to feed off everyone else too! she also has a cough and cold so that might be a factor. has anyone experienced similar? am I doing the wrong thing by basically letting her have milk whenever she wants? any advice very gratefully received

HellomynameisIcklePickle Fri 14-Mar-14 16:20:34

I don't see how you are doing the wrong thing by continuing to feed on demand. Breastfeeding is a comfort and maybe that's what she wants from the workers or maybe it's simple curiosity!

Could you try a little more skin to skin at home, maybe share a bath etc so she has that comfort and closeness but doesn't need to feed a lot?

I don't really have any experience just wanted to offer some suggestions, and sympathy! thanks

TerrariaMum Fri 14-Mar-14 16:49:46

You are not doing the wrong thing as long as you feel comfortable with it. Nothing wrong with bfing a 1 year old for comfort or using it to reconnect.

Does she have all her teeth yet? I ask because I read somewhere, kellymom possibly, that bfing can be an analgesic for teething pain. And in my experience, both my DDs wanted to feed a lot when a tooth was going to come through. This also often coincided with colds and coughs.

If she has a cough, I also wonder if maybe her throat is sore and the breastmilk is soothing to it.

AmyInWonderland Sun 16-Mar-14 08:41:01

thanks for your advice both, I will carry on as normal then and try some of your suggestions x

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