Mothering Your Nursing Toddler

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How long are you going to nurse your baby? Six months? Eight months? A year? What if you celebrate your baby's first birthday and your little one is still nursing, with no sign of letting up any time soon? Many a modern mother has felt as though she has embarked on uncharted waters as she continues to breastfeed a child into toddlerhood. The child's need to nurse is clear- but mother has lots of questions.

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Overview

How long are you going to nurse your baby? Six months? Eight months? A year? What if you celebrate your baby's first birthday and your little one is still nursing, with no sign of letting up any time soon? Many a modern mother has felt as though she has embarked on uncharted waters as she continues to breastfeed a child into toddlerhood. The child's need to nurse is clear- but mother has lots of questions.

In this revised edition of Mothering Your Nursing Toddler author Norma Jane Bumgarner puts the experience of nursing an older baby or child in perspective, within the context of the entire mother-child relationship. She cites biological, cultural, and historical evidence in support of extended breastfeeding and shares stories gleaned from thousands of families in which nursing and natural weaning have been the norm. With warm insight into the needs of both mothers and children, this book covers what parents need to know about nursing toddlers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780912500522
  • Publisher: La Leche League International
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 308
  • Sales rank: 471,444
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xi
1980 foreword xii
Introduction xvii
An Investment, Not a Sacrifice xvii
Breastfeeding Is One of the Basics xxii
Managing Children's Lives xxiv
The Real Goal of Parenting--Self-Sufficiency xxv
Part 1 Nursing Your Toddler--Why?
Chapter 1 Why Children Nurse into Toddlerhood 3
Sucking, a Tool for Growing 3
Chapter 2 Why Mothers Nurse Their Children into Toddlerhood 7
Seeing a Need 7
A Health Plus 7
Closeness 14
Comfort 17
When There Are Older Siblings 18
Other Advantages 19
When Experience Speaks 20
Chapter 3 Nursing--Still the Best for Your Child 23
Early Weaning--Not Recommended for Children 23
Nursing and Weight Gain 32
Nutrition and the Nursing Toddler 39
Night Nursing--A Factor in Tooth Decay? 41
Chapter 4 Nursing--Still the Best for Yourself 49
Mother's Nutritional Needs 49
Prolonging Lactational Amenorrhea 52
Other Physical Effects of Nursing 56
Dealing with Your Own Doubts 57
Coping with Family Pressure 59
Coping with Pressure from Outsiders 62
Fun and Games 71
Chapter 5 Glimpses into Other Times and Cultures 75
History 75
Using What We Learn from Other Cultures 90
Part 2 Nursing Your Toddler--How?
Chapter 6 When Nursing Presents Challenges 97
Nursing and Automobile Safety 97
Breast Problems 99
Sensual/Sexual Aspects of Breastfeeding 107
Social Service Agencies and the Courts 110
Biting 111
Illness in the Nursing Mother 115
Multiples 117
Chapter 7 Pregnancy and Tandem Nursing 121
Nursing Two 132
Chapter 8 Getting Enough Rest 151
Night Duty 151
When Needs Clash 153
Frequent Night Waking 156
Chapter 9 Marriage and Life with a Nursing Toddler 167
Changes in Sexual Interest 167
Re-Staging the Lovemaking 172
Chapter 10 Unique Circumstances 175
Employment Away from Home 175
Your Adopted Child 188
Your Last Child 190
Chapter 11 Fathering and the Nursing Toddler 193
A Father's Influence 193
The Importance of Fathering 196
Coping with a Mommy's Baby 197
Fathering Your Nursing Toddler 199
Husbanding Your Nursing Wife 203
Part 3 Nursing Your Toddler Year by Year
Chapter 12 Nursing in the Second Year 209
The Nursing Toddler--A Baby on Wheels 209
Toddler Nursing Strike 211
Nursing Leaves One Hand Free 212
Getting Through the Peak Time for Criticism 216
Chapter 13 Nursing Through the Terrible Twos 219
"Terrible Twos"--No Longer Terrible 219
Talking About Nursing 222
Frequent Nursing in a Two-Year-Old 225
Getting Sick of Nursing 230
Chapter 14 Nursing a Three-Year-Old 233
Babyhood's Last Shadow 233
Talking about Nursing and about Weaning 235
Chapter 15 Nursing Past Four 239
The Specter of Nursing Forever 239
Becoming Part of a Memory 242
Peer Pressure 243
Part 4 Weaning
Chapter 16 "Natural" Weaning 249
The Child under Three 249
After Three 252
Resuming Nursing after Weaning 253
Spontaneous Weaning in Children over Four 256
Chapter 17 Time-Honored (or Time-Worn?) Approaches to Weaning 259
Initiating Weaning 259
The "Mother's Week Out" Approach, or Weaning by Abandonment 260
The "Spicy Burrito" Method 263
The Return of Frankenstein's Monster 264
Crying It Out 265
Chapter 18 Some Less Dramatic Weaning Techniques 267
Serious Business 267
"Don't Offer, Don't Refuse" 268
Distraction 269
Substitution 270
Postponement 272
Shortening the Nursings 273
Weaning by Contract 273
Father and Weaning 275
Spot Weaning 276
Weaning by Capitulation 277
Chapter 19 Making the Best of Nursing or Weaning 279
Deciding to Wean 279
Weaning in an Emergency 285
Living Short of the Ideal 286
Effects of Weaning on Mother 287
Bibliography 291
Resources 297
Index 301
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2003

    The joy and beauty of breastfeeding a toddler

    I nursed all four of my children as toddlers and delight in recommending this nurturing book. While long-term breastfeeding becomes more popular in the US, Europe and Canada, there is still some confusion and unease about the topic. This book provides a reassuring nod to all mothers who are breastfeeding their toddlers. Filled with practical tips, real-life stories, quotes from experienced mothers and glorious photos, it is a joy to read. Handy pointers about typical toddler-feeding issues such as that annoying twiddling, handling your child's verbal public request to nurse, dealing with critics, night-nursing and weaning. If you currently are nursing your toddler, or if you are considering the journey, this book is worth owning. I have included a recommendation for it in my new book, Gentle Baby Care: Essential Tips for Raising Your Baby. -- Elizabeth Pantley, author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2003

    so-so

    I would have liked to see more actual stories that would have inspired the mom to keep nursing into the toddler years rather than all that educational stuff. I found this book a little hard to follow and not as an easy read as I would have liked.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2003

    Great Read

    I nursed my daughter until she was 16 months. I thought I was going to nurse her until she was 5 years old because I could not her wean her off. This book was very essential in assiting me with the weaning process. It also made me feel better about nursing her after she turned a year old

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2001

    Great info and support

    This book was very informative on a 'scientific' level, but more importantly helping us understand our little ones' needs for nursing. A friend lent me this book and I would recommend it to anyone nursing over a year! It talks about the whole child and gives a lot of insight to help with the desicions of weaning when and how.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2000

    Excellent book for all mothers

    This book is very well structured and it is very supportive. It is excellent groundwork for people trying to decide on their styles of parenting. Especially for mothers who are afraid to continue to nurse, this book is a very valuable resource to help deciding whether to continue or to wean. I enjoyed the book very much and it has helped me tremendously in making my decision to continue to nurse my toddler.

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