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Old 01-01-2013, 08:18 PM   #1
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Do some babies just self wean early?

Both of my kids just kinda stopped at 9m. With my son, I thought it was a nursing strike, but even after a month couldn't get him to latch back on and my supply dried up despite pumping. Little Girl would latch on, but wouldn't suckle. She just seemed to want it for comfort, like to fall asleep or if she fell down whilst cruising. With her, we'd been using an SNS since 7m which didn't really help supply so much, but was nice for the bonding/comfort aspect. She's going to turn 10m soon and hasn't even tried to latch on for well over a week (I offer several times a day).

I've always had supply issues, from the start w/ both kids. At first, with Weeman, I thought I was doing something wrong. Now that its happened with both my kids, I'm wondering if its genetic or something. I was talking to my mom about it and she said both me and my bro stopped right around 9m as well.

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Old 01-01-2013, 08:27 PM   #2
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Re: Do some babies just self wean early?

I'm sure the fact that your supply is dwindling and toddlers have such a short attention span is the reason why they are weaning early. If you are okay with it, and they don't have allergies then celebrate making it as long as you did. If you aren't, or with future children, you can just take extra steps to keep your supply increased and avoid anything that could decrease it. Also, if they are getting formula in addition to the breastmilk, whether or not through the SNS that is going to tell you body to make less and less milk. Some kids are super attached to the breast but lots of others simply take it how it works best. If they can get it an easier/faster way (bottle/sippy) they will.
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Yes, many do self wean at 9-12 months, especially common among babies for whom nursing was never a primary source of comfort or emotional attachment. We schedule as do most of our closest friends. Among our 37 children, 35 of whom were formula and supplement free, there were 8 who were didn't self wean until after 13 months. The vast majority lost interest in nursing as their interest in solids increased. Save the flames, please. I'm aware of all the claims of how solids are a waste under a year and how nursing to 3 is the best thing for babies. I'm simply responding to the op, that what you experienced with your children is very common in some circles, just less so among the ap crowd.
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Old 01-01-2013, 09:15 PM   #4
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Re: Do some babies just self wean early?

my experience has been similar as well. we have never made it to a year even though that was my goal each time. none of my girls cared at all after weaning. none asked for nursing later or had any trouble transitioning. I think a big part of this is because I dont offer a lot of comfort nursing or on demand for older babies, it is just for nutrition only. It seems like those moms and babies that have a bigger emotional attachment to breastfeeding are normally those that go longer with it. I am not attached to nursing at all and because we are routine oriented and do not nurse to sleep or nurse for comfort, the kids dont seem attached to it either. my kids have all gotten teeth early and gone straight to table food, barely any purees so the nutrition is not a problem with weaning either.
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Yes, many do self wean at 9-12 months, especially common among babies for whom nursing was never a primary source of comfort or emotional attachment. We schedule as do most of our closest friends. Among our 37 children, 35 of whom were formula and supplement free, there were 8 who were didn't self wean until after 13 months. The vast majority lost interest in nursing as their interest in solids increased. Save the flames, please. I'm aware of all the claims of how solids are a waste under a year and how nursing to 3 is the best thing for babies. I'm simply responding to the op, that what you experienced with your children is very common in some circles, just less so among the ap crowd.
No flames here! I find your experience to be similar to my own. I know a lot of very devoted moms and pro breastfeeding moms but can only think of three that BFed past 12 months for various reasons.
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Re: Do some babies just self wean early?

Parker self weaned around 8 months.....turned out I was 4 months pregnant (oops)...the rest of them I kind of helped them weaned cause I was "done"
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Re: Do some babies just self wean early?

My oldest self weened at 9 months. My others seemed at 12 months, 12 no,ans 17 mo
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:13 PM   #8
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Hmm. Interesting. My girls did around 10 mos. I thought it was a nursing strike but since I had planned to wean when I went back to work at 12mos I just didn't fight it.

I was never a comfort nurser either. One was a paci addict and the other just not interested if she wasn't eating. Both my kids were good with solids and by that age were eating table food. They were terribly distracted nursers and I was getting tired of sitting in dark rooms to nurse.
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Me and my friends mostly have bewb addicts I weaned DD2 at 14 months, and I have 3 friends who did the same. But I do have a few friends who's babies self weaned between 10-12 months. DD1 was formula fed but gave up bottle and formula without a fight right at 12 months
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Re: Do some babies just self wean early?

thats a prime age for nursing strikes... thats the age whe ds stopped nursing anywhere but at home really, he was too nosy to want to nurse while we were out an about, and if we were at someones house, we had to go into a quiet room alone.

with that said, he self weaned at 2 yrs 10 months ("mama, i dont want milkies no more" lol) i think if there were no supply issues, you could probably try and keep nursing, and even now if you want to, but if not, 10 months is a lot longer than most people nurse, and thats awesome! good for you for doing it that long with issues. i'm the first to admit, we had it easy, lol.
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