Teaching Where to Nurse

Q: “My 2-year-old is still nursing, and I’m glad. But sometimes she asks to nurse in public and cries if I don’t let her. How can I teach when it is OK to nurse and when it is not?”

A: Your daughter is old enough to be asked to wait a little to nurse if that is your preference. Can you find an alternative activity that will help her to be patient? Perhaps a drink of water from a sippy cup or a bagel to chew on will hold her.

Her emerging sense that other people may feel differently than she does, and awareness that their eyes may be on her, will help you to teach her that public and private behavior can be different.

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