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Thread: What will happen when I wean fully?

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    Default What will happen when I wean fully?

    Hello there

    New to all of this. Am reading all your posts with interest and wish I had signed up earlier!

    My daughter is 29 months and seems to be weaning herself. For many months, she was only feeding to get to sleep and sometimes first thing in the morning - so max 3 times a day but usually twice.

    However, about 2 months ago she started sleeping through the night (first time ever!) and as such seems a lot less interested in the breast altogether. She seems to need the breast as a cue to sleep but literally sucks for about a minute max, I don't feel any milk coming out, don't hear her swallowing and then she says 'that's enough' and asks me to sing or tell her a story and we cuddle until she's asleep. I haven't yet managed to get her to go to sleep without first the breast in her mouth but sometimes it is like only for 15 secs...

    So, my question really is whether the milk supply is still being stimulated at all and whether when she finally stops needing to suck to sleep I won't feel any other physical changes. Or will I have what others describe as a feeling of engorgement and milk pouring out until it settles down?

    Thanks for anyone's experience on this.

    Best

    Tango

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    Default Re: What will happen when I wean fully?

    I never had any engorgement at weaning.
    Even when we cut out the last feed.

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    Default Re: What will happen when I wean fully?

    The last 6 mos of my nursing relationship with my oldest was only bedtime. When the time came to stop, we just stopped and I never had problems. I think gradual is the key.
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    Default Re: What will happen when I wean fully?

    Hi! I'm Shelley!
    Feeling like a and lovin' it!
    Cloth Diapering Convert

    Married DH 8/5/2000
    DS 2/25/03 Always making me laugh!
    DD 1/23/07 Loves to Breastfed 15 months with no end in sight!

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    Default Re: What will happen when I wean fully?

    Oh, sorry! Where are my manners???

    Hi! I'm Shelley!
    Feeling like a and lovin' it!
    Cloth Diapering Convert

    Married DH 8/5/2000
    DS 2/25/03 Always making me laugh!
    DD 1/23/07 Loves to Breastfed 15 months with no end in sight!

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    Default Re: What will happen when I wean fully?

    What a beautiful and graceful weaning. Nice bedtime too.

    As gradual and this has been, you will probably not feel anything. Mine was gradual and I didn't feel much.. maybe there was a brief moment or two when I felt ALMOST full, before she was entirely done but skipping days here and there, but nothing like when she was a baby and skipped a session for some reason. 2 months after her last nursing session I could still hand express a drop (got curious in the shower), but never felt full, never leaked, etc.

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    Default Re: What will happen when I wean fully?

    Thanks so much for all your insight! That Kellymom site is really useful too. I have at least 4 other friends who are all breastfeeding two-year olds ++ so will pass it on too.

    Thanks again and 'see you' soon.

    T

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