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Old 04-04-2013, 01:49 PM   #1
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When to wean?

How do you know when you and baby are ready to wean? My son is 10 months and obviously we are no where close to weaning. I'd like to nurse until 18 mo or 2 years. But what are the signs of when it's time to wean?

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Old 04-05-2013, 07:28 PM   #2
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Re: When to wean?

We let them self wean. My oldest was 4 1/2 years old, she gradually stopped on her own. First she only asked one time a day, then there would be a few days between nursing sessions, then a week plus sometimes. One day I just realized she hadn't asked to nurse in over a month. My middle is 4 1/2 now and it has been 3 weeks since she has even mentioned nursing. I suspect she is probably done also. Her weaning was much like my oldest daughters.
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Old 04-06-2013, 06:49 PM   #3
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Re: When to wean?

For me it was time to mostly wean my oldest at 3.5 when I felt like it was just too much to be trying to nurse 3 LO's (they were 3, 2 and a newborn), though I did still let him nurse on occasion if he was sick or having a night terror.

Right now I feel like it's time to wean my 2nd oldest b/c I suffered a pretty bad injury recently and feel like my body is giving most of the nutrients I'm taking in straight to my LO's and not taking good enough care of my own needs. She's 3.5 and old enough but we're trying to do it gently; she was nursing 2-4 times a day for awhile but is down to once a day now and she doesn't really like it but she mostly understands. Not sure how long it will take to cut out the morning session. My youngest is 18 months and I don't know when he will wean or I will wean him but I'm planning on trying to cut down on his nursing sessions too, for the sake of my own health. He often wants to nurse like a newborn even though he eats quite a bit of solids now!

I wouldn't even really worry about it or think about it just yet though since your baby is only 10 months. Just keep going as long as you and your LO want and your body isn't telling you not to. Ten months is great! My body just seems to be telling me it's time and 3.5 is plenty old enough for them to be able to go without it any more. If it wasn't, I might have nursed longer and tried to let them self wean b/c the milk is still sooo good for them, but I have no idea.
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Re: When to wean?

Totally personal preference, personal of baby AND Mama. :-) For me, I would have liked to have weaned earlier, but he was very obviously NOT ready. So I didn't force the issue much until after he turned 2. When I started limiting the time, he didn't argue at all and seemed ready to go to sleep instead of nursing. It flowed pretty smoothly for us, so that is the best advice I could give....let it happen & "flow" naturally! LOL! :-)
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:57 AM   #5
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Thanks mamas! Good advice, I think my plan is to wean before I get pregnant with my second one. Which isn't gonna be until my baby is at least two. So I have a while.. Haha I'm just scared its going to be traumatic for him but I guess I'll know when it's time
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Re: When to wean?

It doesn't HAVE to be traumatic. 2 good books are "mother your nursing toddler" and "how weaning happen." They both cover what natural weaning looks like and how to gently wean with respect for your child's needs.
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:10 AM   #7
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Re: When to wean?

My first ds weaned after I got pregnant with #2. I can't remember the day but I would guess he was almost 3. My ds2 is 26 months and no where near weaning. He has actually increased nursing. I would be ready to wean him but he isn't so I will keep nursing. I kinda hope if I have a #3 he would wean during pregnancy.
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:35 AM   #8
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I will check out those books thank you! I have heard that babies tend to wean themselves if your pregnant due to milk flavor and consistency changes.. I wonder if that is true
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Re: When to wean?

Do babies naturally wean if you get pregnant with another?
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They don't want to be at breast. food interest. My toddler at 14 month stopped China turkey as I for pregnant as my milk dried up. You can take mothers milk plus to tandem must of you can but I didn't fine out til here about that.
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