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Old 05-10-2008, 07:43 PM   #1
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How do you know they are ready to wean?

For those of you that allowed your baby to self-wean...how did you know when your baby was ready to give up nursing? For the past two days DD has only nursed a total of three times and only for a couple minutes each time. I have tried to nurse her before bed like we have always done and she screams and pushes me away Does this mean she is starting to wean already? She only turned one in April and I wasn't expecting it to happen so soon

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Old 05-11-2008, 07:47 PM   #2
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Thats how it happened with all my kids too. They sarted to be more interested in what was going on around us, so they would nurse for a minute, stop and look around , and be done. But mine did this at about 7-8 months. Hope it works out
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Re: How do you know they are ready to wean?

Little ones have ups and down with their nursing demands. I would just offer or give it to her whenever she shows interest. She may barely want to nurse for a while and then next thing you know she may be nursing far more than you expected.

My son will be 2 in a few weeks and he has been nursing a lot more the past few months than he was before.
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Could it just be a nursing strike? I don't know much about them, just that they happen sometimes. I know kellymom.com will have info if no one else here does.
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Re: How do you know they are ready to wean?

Her behaviors, along w/ her age, sound more like somewhat of a nursing strike rather than weaning. I hope she picks it back up soon for you.
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Re: How do you know they are ready to wean?

i think it's totally a nursing strike. she's actually far too young to self-wean, i just think that many mamas take advantage of nursing strikes around that age so they can tell themselves, "well she *wanted* to quit".

so as long as you're not ready to wean, just continue to offer. it's totally normal for her to have periods where she doesn't nurse as often, especially at her age. she'll come back to it mama.
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At her age, sounds like a typical nursing strike and NOT weaning.

To the mama who said her child self weaned at 7-8 months. That's extremely rare for a child to wean themselves at that age. You baby sounded like he was just a distracted nurser (as most are at that age ).
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At her age, sounds like a typical nursing strike and NOT weaning.

To the mama who said her child self weaned at 7-8 months. That's extremely rare for a child to wean themselves at that age. You baby sounded like he was just a distracted nurser (as most are at that age ).
YEP! Children rarely self wean before 18 months old and that is the YOUNGEST! DD3 is 7 1/2 months old and rarely nurses during the day. She has two older sisters and there is WAY too much going on for her to be "bothered" by nursing. So, she nurses at night instead and all night long!
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Thanks for the advice everyone. I am going to do a little more research on nursing strikes (I'd never heard of those before). She's still doing it, but I will keep trying.
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