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March 11th, 2013, 11:14 AM
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I was just reading this and thought it might be relevant for some of us:

http://kellymom.com/parenting/parent...wborn-toddler/

I like the idea of having a basket of toys/activities that only come out when baby is breast feeding. I don't know if it would exactly work the way it's described, but it might be worth a try. I actually ordered some little animal finger puppets yesterday from Amazon (super cheap), so that might be something that could go in the basket.

Also...anyone ever have an older toddler/child ask to nurse again after being weaned, especially after a new baby is born? Grace weaned back in May/early June of last year. Several times, though, in the past few months, she's asked to nurse. I let her, and she usually doesn't even latch on (though sometimes she does). It doesn't bother me. I'm just curious about how she will feel about it when the baby comes.
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March 11th, 2013, 11:36 AM
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I wondered the same thing. DD weaned in May also she only asked twice after that but we still talk about it. She nurses her dolls and knows that 'nums' are for babies and big girls, but she did tell me that mom's nums are just for our new baby so I don't think we will have that problem.

If she does ask Id probably let her try but I don't think she will ever really care about it. She will probably drink/eat milk as I use it to make some food once baby is eating. Ill also start using it on her eczema again because it was the only thing that helped clear it up and wasn't a steroid cream.
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March 11th, 2013, 12:47 PM
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We talk about it a lot, too. She knows that "new babies," as she calls them, only eat "milkies." So, yeah, it'll be interesting, I think!

And I'm secretly excited about having a milk supply, because I would like to try it on my own eczema. I didn't have it last time I was breast feeding, so it wasn't a concern. But I've had a couple of patches that have taken nearly a year to start clearing up, and I've tried just about everything. They're finally somewhat better, but I will definitely try breast milk on them. It's also so handy for so many other things!
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March 12th, 2013, 01:29 PM
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My youngest out of the blue asks to nurse and I weaned her last summer. I just tell her she already drank it all and she accepts that. Now she says it's baby sister's "babas". Lol
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March 12th, 2013, 01:56 PM
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I don't know what Mia will do to be honest. She only weaned in December but she's more into playing with them(that sounds wrong, but she motorboats me or plays them like bongos). So i dunno what will happen when the baby comes as she's still so young.

I had planned on tandem nursing but that was tossed out the window when she weaned
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March 12th, 2013, 03:34 PM
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I haven't read the Kellymom link yet....

Something that was said to me though and I did find useful was to tell the baby to wait so that your older kid hears that. We will often have to tell our older kids they will have to hold on or that it will have to wait a min due to the nature of how things will be. Some thing you don't think about is saying to the baby you'll have to wait a moment while I do this with your brother/sister. I did that when my daughter was a baby when doing something with my son. It helped for him to hear that. I baby wore her quite a bit but she did have tummy time or sit in a bouncer etc and I would use it then. The LC said it again at the sibling class we went to last night and I remembered it was helpful. It helps the older kid realize they aren't backseat priority ALL the time
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March 12th, 2013, 05:06 PM
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That's a very good point. I hadn't really thought about that, but it makes sense.
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