Teaching Where to Nurse

If you’re still nursing, congratulations! It’s great that you’ve made it this long, though it can be tricky if your toddler begins asking to nurse in public, and protesting when you’re unable to do so.

At this age, your child is old enough to be asked to wait a little while 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.

If you prefer to breastfeed in private at this point, your child’s emerging sense that other people may feel differently than he does, and awareness that their eyes may be on him, will help you teach him that public and private behavior can be different.

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Nursing an older toddler

Breastfeeding laws by state

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