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Is it normal that my 2.5-year-old son still likes breastfeeding?

You can understand why babies and toddlers may do that - your body is the source of their comfort and happiness. It is normal for them to do it, although a more common comfort is sucking the thumb, ...
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Giving expressed breast milk at the same time of day that it was expressed

According to the study titled The possible role of human milk nucleotides as sleep inducers published in Nutritional Neuroscience, a link was found between certain levels of nucleotides contained in ...
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Breastfeeding for 3-5 minutes and feeds every hour

The beauty of breastfeeding is that it’s a pretty self-regulating process and that mother and baby adapt to each other quickly. Speaking from experience, I had two very different babies. One would ...
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Is it normal that my 2.5-year-old son still likes breastfeeding?

is [a 2.5yr old breatfeeding] normal? This is largely a cultural question, and without information about your community is unanswerable. However it may be helpful to understand whether it's safe or ...
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Breastfeeding but periods have started after 2 months. What's going on inside the body?

First, menstruation doesn’t necessarily influence breast milk production. Some women notice a slight drop in supply in the second half of their cycle and an increased sensitivity or discomfort, others ...
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Are there any studies about effects of microwave ovens on human breast milk?

Not to necro post, but I did find a study which seems to directly answer this question: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8889628 Short answer is that they found no significant impact on ...
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Is it ok if my 15-month-old son stops breastfeeding by himself?

Firstly, your doctor is the authoritative voice here. The doctor says your toddler is okay, so I would listen to them before asking strangers on the internet. If you do want some reassurance though, ...
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Can a breastfed baby be affected by what mother eats or does even if the mother doesn't show any symptoms of herself being affected?

The important thing to understand is that breastmilk is made in the alveoli using proteins, sugars and fat from the mother's blood supply, not from the mother's digestive tract. The make up of these '...
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Yogurt-like substance in bottle of breast milk

Caveat: This post can not judge the safety of the milk, especially without further details. It is intended to offer a possible explanation, from personal experience and as backed by different others. ...
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Do babies get the benefits of breastmilk, even if they're not exclusively breastfed?

You are asking an incredibly broad question when you say "benefits". There are a number of things that can be beneficial in breastfeeding, for the baby and the mother. So how much of a benefit will ...
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20m Old Baby Is Insanely Cranky + Clingy + Not Leaving Her Mom, We Are At Our Wits End!

This does not, on the face of it, sound terribly unusual. She has probably not fully recovered yet. If she is still feeling ill, it makes sense for her to be cranky. Wouldn't you be? If she is ...
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Is it possible to train a 3-month-old breastfed baby to sleep through the night? And if yes, how?

This is one of the cases where every answer should start with: Every child is different. There will always be those that sleep though the night almost from day one and others that need more time. A ...
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Is it normal that my 2.5-year-old son still likes breastfeeding?

The "twiddling" is very common. All four of my nurslings did it (the last is still doing it, at 1.5 years). When I was active on a discussion board for nursing mothers, I recall a couple of mothers ...
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2 month old doesn't cry in the middle of the night for food, only smacks her lips or sucks on her hand

If your daughter is gaining weight well, I would just let her self soothe back to sleep and consider it a blessing that she is able to do so. I would not wake her up to feed. I think that if she was ...
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Bottles at night are bad for teeth but what about breastfeeding?

Breastfed Babies Can Still Get Cavities It’s one of the most common questions nursing mothers ask: Can breastfeeding cause cavities? Yes, it can. Although natural, breast milk, just like ...
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Should I wake my infant to feed?

The advice at the hospital where I gave birth was that you let babys sleep unless they are underweight or have some other medical condition that makes it necessary to wake them. Healthy babys will let ...
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Can comfort nursing become a problem?

I only have one child and so not that much experience, but as no one answered, I will try to answer this question based on my experience. Yes, it may become a problem insofar that a child can get used ...
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Do Soothies cause nipple confusion?

Failure to sleep at night in newborns is usually caused by a lack of (or failure to establish) a circadian rhythm; in other words, it's as normal as can be, and a source of great consternation in new ...
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When can I breastpump?

Even with months of practice and well established milk supply, pumping will take longer and produce less milk than a nursing baby. Even the best designed breast pump is still only almost like a baby's ...
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Is it normal that my 2.5-year-old son still likes breastfeeding?

Our son, raised in the U.S. and in Germany during that time, breastfed until he was almost 3 years old, if I remember correctly. He's now 11 and very smart and a really good and content and ...
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Can comfort nursing become a problem?

I have breastfed two kids until they were 2 years old. Comfort nursing is a temporary problem for the mother, not the child. It’s an emotional need. I comfort nursed them both whenever they wanted. ...
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Can newborn get used to falling asleep on the breast?

Falling to sleep while feeding is a completely natural thing for a small baby. In general young babies don't want to sleep anywhere by themselves. You are in the "fourth trimester" e.g. see ...
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1 year old baby won't eat in day, drinks milk all night

There's no evidence that waking at night is connected with eating during the day. Here's a popular science article about it: Feeding babies more during the day will not stop them waking at night, ...
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Is it normal that my 2.5-year-old son still likes breastfeeding?

My daughter and her husband felt it was best to let my granddaughter essentially ween herself. My granddaughter ended up nursing until she was almost 4. She would do the same things as you mentioned ...
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How to wean a 1-year-old of breastfeeding, especially night feeds?

I have good and bad news, this can be done, but it isn't quick or easy. top tips Make waking up in the night dull Keep it dark, a nightlight is good for this keep it quiet and calm, so only person I ...
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How to prevent baby falling asleep at breast and keep asleep at bassinet

TL;DR: Your baby's fine. They know what they're doing. Talk to your wife about what she needs from you to survive this difficult period. Chuck your feed schedule into a closet and don't come back to ...
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How to wean a 2 year old off breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding is a mutual relationship. Both parties must want to, and if either one of you decides that it's the end, then that's it. If you give in to tantrums, you're reinforcing her behaviour. She ...
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If I take frozen breast milk and thaw in the fridge, then take it out to warm up on the counter, how long will it last?

The CDC has some useful guidelines on this. If you thaw breast milk in the fridge, you can use it within the next 24 hours. Once it is warmed or brought up to room temperature (no matter the method), ...
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Can a breastfed baby be affected by what mother eats or does even if the mother doesn't show any symptoms of herself being affected?

Yes. When I was being breastfed by my mother, I broke out in hives. Her doctor put her on an elimination diet, and it turns out that when she cut chocolate out of her diet my hives went away. She's ...
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Is getting an oval nipple from breastfeeding indicative of a problem?

Given it's only the nipple and not the areola that's affected, most likely the baby does not have a good latch. A good latch should be well up on the areola, with the nipple going into the baby's ...
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