Your child’s needs will all evolve as they grow, and your relationship will change to cater to this. Breastfeeding is one of the parts of your relationship that will evolve and change as your baby grows. Your child will need more calories, and eventually need to incorporate solid foods, etc.
As your baby grows she will need less to drink and to eat more as their diet will not consist strictly of breast milk anymore. When breast feeding, your baby will let you know when he is hungry, and will stop feeding when full. When you incorporate solids or cereal into the child’s diet, this may become a little more difficult.
You can still nurse frequently as your baby grows. A common myth is that frequent nursing leads to poor milk production, a weak let-down response and unsuccessful nursing. This is untrue- milk supply is actually optimized by nursing on demand, according to many different sources. Feel free to continue to nurse when your child is hungry, or pump frequently!
If you are pumping, as your child grows, you may find yourself needing to multi-task. You could try using a bustier (found here at a great price). If you have not yet purchased a pump, the Medela Freestyle (also found here for very competitive pricing) comes with a strap-on hands-free accessory set. This will allow you to handle tasks like the dishes, changing your child, or even just to take a few spare minutes to relax while pumping.
Since the Affordable Care Act revisions, breast pumps are covered by many different insurance companies at little-to-no cost to patients. Aeroflow Breastpumps can help you can find out if your policy covers a pump and accessories by filling out our simple, three-step, Qualify Through Insurance form. Your dedicated Breastpump Specialist will work with your health insurance company and your physician to verify your coverage and network status, and will contact you within 3-5 business days with your options.
Your child’s unique personality will also play a key role in how your breast feeding relationship evolves. It is perfectly normal for feeding sessions to become shorter, or for your child’s want to nurse to either decrease or drastically increase. Feeding for toddlers is generally fairly erratic. Night time feedings may increase due to teething, and day time feedings may decrease due to distraction, reconnecting with mom, realizing that mom is a separate person, or developmental advances.
No two children are the same, but as long as your child is growing and healthy, you’re doing a great job!