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Old 03-06-2007, 01:11 PM   #1
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Self-Weaning--What's it look like?

I don't see DD weaning ANY time soon. She's 1 y/o (yesterday *sniff*) but attacks me when I come home from work, and still wakes to nurse at night...morning...whenever I'm there, really. I think it'd be traumatic on her to wean her, so I'm leaving it up to her.
I'm curious, though. What will it look like? Will she be too busy playing to lie w/ me? Will she just stop signing for 'milk' and trying her darndest to lift my shirt up?

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Old 03-06-2007, 01:15 PM   #2
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Re: Self-Weaning--What's it look like?

Idk personally, but DD is 14 months old, at her first bday she wanted to be at the breast all the time. Now I have to ask her if she wants to nurse because she will never come to me for the breast. Basically, I remind and encourage her. And a lot of times, she just doesn't nurse, fights me until I put her down.
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Old 03-06-2007, 01:21 PM   #3
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She'll start asking less frequently, and (even more so) nursing sessions will get shorter and shorter. By the end of Torrin weaning, he'd ask once every day or two, latch on for less than a minute and then be on his way.
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Old 03-06-2007, 01:30 PM   #4
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Re: Self-Weaning--What's it look like?

my twins nursed every 3-4 hours until about 18 months then just gradually nursed less and less until one day they stopped at 23 months.
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Old 03-07-2007, 07:48 PM   #5
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Re: Self-Weaning--What's it look like?

Mine's asking less and sometimes accepting a sippy instead. Sometimes she'll run up and I'll pick her up, then she'll settle onto my shoulder and suck her thumb for a few minutes. Then she'll wiggle down, say "Bye bye!" and run off.
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When DJ was around 9 or 10 months old, he was so easily distracted that we couldn't nurse anywhere but in my bed with the lights off. When we were home he'd nurse pretty frequently during the day but if we were out and about, he'd drink from a cup or eat a snack. I think a little past a year, he pretty much quit asking to nurse except at nap time and bedtime (and during the night, and first thing in the morning!) I don't remember when he gave up nursing before and after nap but when I got pregnant again, he was pretty much only nursing at night. I was ready for him to wean but I wanted him to do it so I just tried to "encourage" him in that direction. I found that when he woke up in the morning, if I went ahead and got up with him and gave him breakfast, he really didn't care about nursing (apparently nursing was my feeble attempt to sleep a little later!) so we cut out the morning feeds. We changed our bedtime routine to help get out of the habit of nursing to sleep. I started sleeping with a shirt on to make it a little more difficult for both of us to nurse in the middle of the night. I never told him no when he wanted to nurse but I did sometimes offer him something else instead.

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Old 03-07-2007, 11:56 PM   #7
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I can't even imagine weaning! I have almost nursed DS2 longer than I nursed my oldest and I am at a loss for how I handled the premature weaning of my other precious babes....

- here's some info on child led weaning... found on this page of links - though the pp's gave great info.
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it is a gradual process and they quit when ready...
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Old 03-08-2007, 01:36 PM   #9
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Re: Self-Weaning--What's it look like?

Idk but I think my 13 month old son is starting to. He never asks for it but he'll take it before bed or nap. If I try to nurse him any other time he'll push me away.
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Old 03-08-2007, 01:47 PM   #10
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Re: Self-Weaning--What's it look like?

DS1 self weaned around 15 months. He was too busy during the day, and drank eagerly from his sippy (and any other sippy he could get his hands on ). I thought he'd hang on to the morning and night nursing sessions forever. But, one day, he got up and didn't ask for milk. Didn't ask for it in the morning, from then on. About a month later, same thing happened at bedtime. Motioned toward his bed without asking to nurse first. Never asked to nurse again at night.

I've had to put some limits on how frequently DS2 nurses because he bites me often. I've pretty much limited him to morning and night (and occasionally before or after nap) for the past couple of months. Not sure exactly how the weaning process is going to go with him because he's much more persistent than his brother ever was. I'm hoping he'll gradually wean himself the way his brother did, but I'm not so sure. He will go to bed without nursing if I'm not home, but if I'm anywhere in the house, he'll demand "mommy milk" before going to sleep. Mornings are off and on, so maybe that will be the first to go.
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