Question by  Lainie (22)

How often should a woman breastfeed a two year old?

My neighbor breastfeeds her 2 year old about 10 times a day and I think that is too much.


Answer by  Erynn (1651)

In the US, weaning stops considerably before the world average (somewhere between 2.8 and 4.2). There is nothing harmful about breastfeeding often if that is when they're hungry.


Answer by  Valentine62 (2131)

Some would consider it normal to breastfeed a two year old because of the nutrients that breast milk provides, but I agree with you that she is nursing excessively. The two year old should be eating food by now and could be breastfed occasionally.


Answer by  onearmedscissor (40)

A woman should never breastfeed a two year old. Any child that is old enough to ask for your breast should not be sucking on it. 6 months is enough time to receive the maximum benifits from breastfeeding. Continueing to breastfeed at an age where children start to remeber can cause psycological problems in adulthood.

posted by Anonymous
Actually studies show that breast milk benefits immunological and IQ) continue up until at least 18 months of breast feeding. 6 months is the time in which it is most critical - not the maximum benefit.  add a comment

Answer by  flamiss22 (5081)

There is no such thing as too much breast milk. Every mother is different and are on their own feeding schedule. You would have no way of knowing how and when your neighbor's baby need food. It is her baby and she alone knows how hungry the baby gets and needs to be fed.


Answer by  malone (4817)

How often to breastfeed is something worked out between mother and child. A two-year-old child might only be breastfed right before bed, or might breastfeed 6-8 times in the course of a day. It depends on the mother and what other foods the child is getting.


Answer by  Anonymous

If it works for your neighbor and her child, then it is the right amount. Your opinion on her breastfeeding "too much" is irrelevant. Mind your own business.


Answer by  BethHall (256)

Typically a 2 year old nurses for comfort more than nutrition. You can make the decision yourself to cut back breast feeding. A better routine for you might be just after waking, and before nap and bed.


Answer by  emp (263)

Obviously every parent has different ideas on how long to breastfeed. If the two year old is eating solid food as well as taking the breast, 10 times is not too much. However, if the mom is exhausted it may be time to wean.


Answer by  Nastic87 (96)

i believe that breastfeed until 1.5 years is enough. and also 10 times a day its toooo much!!! 2 year kid should not be breastfeed more then once a day


Answer by  jmrdflcarpenter (515)

You shouldnt be breastfeeding a baby at that age. They are suppose to be on whole milk Vitamin D and are also suppose to be on table foods as well. After they are a year old, the breast milk doesnt really give the child any benefits. If she wants her child to have DHA she could buy her child Pediasure.

posted by Anonymous
The world average for breast feeding is over four years old.  add a comment
posted by Anonymous
Actually breast milk will provide antibodies to protect against illness as well as nutrition, and is definitely better then cows milk. it is only in our closed minded western society that we on average wean so early the world average is much longer then 2 years.  add a comment

Answer by  tamarawilhite (17883)

A child normally breastfeeds every 3 to 4 hours. For a child on solid food, as a 2 year old should be, breast milk would then be a supplement perhaps four or five times a day. This pattern is not feeding, it is comfort or consolation. Instead of a pacifier for comfort, he is using her breast.


Answer by  blue25 (346)

It is not really about how often a women breastfeed, but about how much the kid is taking in. Whenever the kid want to be fed then they should. because breast milk is actually good for kids to build up their immune system. however, a women should not force the kid to breastfeed if the kid don't want to


Answer by  khgore (124)

It's very normal, every mother is different and there is no such thing as too much milk she alone knows when to feed her child. Do you breastfeed your child?

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