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    Default How do you know if child is self-weaning?

    I was just wondering.
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    Default Re: How do you know if child is self-weaning?

    From what I've read in many various LLL resources, most kids won't self wean until beyond 2 years old, maybe closer to 3 or 4. if mom gets pregnant that more kids will "self-wean" during the pregnancy but i don't really consider that try self-weaning on the child's timetable.

    Self-weaning would be the child gradually nursing less during the day and night. Eventually they become more interested in other things in the world instead of nursing...

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    Default Re: How do you know if child is self-weaning?

    Good question! I'll be interested to hear about everyone's experience.

    I have one kid who is weaned, but it was before one year old. We supplemented a lot from very early on. Also, I did not expect breastfeeding to last a year. So definitely parent-led.

    My 14-month-old girls don't show any interest in stopping.

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    Default Re: How do you know if child is self-weaning?

    Some babies will stop quickly, but it is rare.

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    Default Re: How do you know if child is self-weaning?

    Quote Originally Posted by carpentergirl View Post
    Some babies will stop quickly, but it is rare.
    Generally, before the age of 2, a quick cease in nursing is a strike. Most babies will return to nursing if it is offered before that age. Many mothers mistakenly think it is self weaning when a strike occurs before the age of 1, which I think is sad. My dd had many strikes in her first year but continued to nurse through them, and then loved nursing in her second year.


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    Default Re: How do you know if child is self-weaning?

    Weaning can be so gradual that you look back and say, yeah, he's nursing less now than a year ago or even 6 months ago. At 2 DS is weaning (and technically has been since he started solids), but it's been an incredibly gradual process and one that he doesn't seem to be getting close to the end of. How Weaning Happens is a good quick read about the subject.

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    Default Re: How do you know if child is self-weaning?

    Here's a good link that discusses weaning: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/weaning/babyselfwean.html
    Mom to Lainey (11-8-06)

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