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  1. #21
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    Just to encourage you.... my daughter self-weaned just before she turned 2 and I thought I would be SO sad and miss it, but really it was just fine. I was fine and she was fine. And now that she's headed toward 2 and a half, I can't imagine nursing her. I'm not against nursing past 2 or anything like that, I just realized that children are more resilient than we think they are. and 2 years is a LONG TIME to nurse!

    I'm Erica

    Mommy to "C" - currently 3 and half years old
    - nursed for one year

    and mommy to "M" - currently 2 years old
    - nursed for 23 months

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*newmama79 View Post
    Tracie, you saw my post a few days ago! I'm only in the first trimester and my skin is crawling... I don't know how you made it that long. I you.

    It's crazy... my DS was nursing 8-10 times per day when we were home alone still. Maybe just out of habit, I don't know... because I'm distracting him now and telling him "Oh you don't need that" in a silly voice and he's totally fine. Doesn't even blink an eye for the most part! I am down to nursing at naptime and before bed now. And all night long... but that's another whole project I don't know how to tackle yet.
    Wow! That's great. You have plenty of time to decide what to do.

    It was worse in the first trimester, in terms of pain. That went away but now the latching on pain is back...
    Tracie

    Mommy to
    Lilah 10/08 nursed 25 months
    Beatrix 01/11 nursed 30 months

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    This morning went pretty well too... she was fairly easily distracted from nursing. I really expected huge meltdowns. She cried for a minute or so but was fine picking out a cereal and a cup for her milk and didn't ask again after that.

    Two more days this week and then I'll have to be on my feet all weekend if I want to try to keep it to once a day. I really think the after work nursing will be the hardest for her to give up. Although last night when it started to get to be too much, after about 10 minutes, I asked her if she wanted to play with something with me, she was just fine unlatching.
    Tracie

    Mommy to
    Lilah 10/08 nursed 25 months
    Beatrix 01/11 nursed 30 months

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    It sounds like you are doing really good so far! Sounds like your distraction techniques are working out well. For this weekend, I would just recommend planning ahead and having lots of fun activities to do with her... maybe a trip to the park or some new play doh or some new different snacks??
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    Sounds like it's going really well, Tracie. I was so surprised at how easily Nora gave it up. I really thought she was more attached than she was.
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    Play doh is a great idea! We don't have any. I'll take her to the store to pick some out on Friday. I also anticipate us going to several different playgrounds - on Sunday I got her to not nurse after her nap by asking if she wanted to go to the playground. We have several within walking distance. Monday night when we got home she said "I want nurse. Playground?"
    Tracie

    Mommy to
    Lilah 10/08 nursed 25 months
    Beatrix 01/11 nursed 30 months

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*norasmommy View Post
    Sounds like it's going really well, Tracie. I was so surprised at how easily Nora gave it up. I really thought she was more attached than she was.
    Thanks Paige.
    Tracie

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    Lilah 10/08 nursed 25 months
    Beatrix 01/11 nursed 30 months

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*eelme.eelme1 View Post
    I just realized that children are more resilient than we think they are.
    This is what my DH says to me all the time.

    This morning DH went to get Lilah and brought her to me while I was getting grits ready for her. She was so involved telling him that he needed to get dressed and put shoes on that she never even asked to nurse this morning.

    We'll see how it goes tomorrow. We'll be together all day and I am not sure if I can keep her to nursing only once. But I am going to try. Once a day might be something I can handle long term.
    Tracie

    Mommy to
    Lilah 10/08 nursed 25 months
    Beatrix 01/11 nursed 30 months

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    I just want to say that I completely understand the feeling of not wanting to nurse anymore, of being frustrated when your child nurses. My son weaned shortly before his third birthday and I was so relieved when it was all over! Its funny, for 2+ years I loved nursing him, couldn't imagine not nursing him, and then suddenly I got touched out and I would get real antsy and overstimulated when he was nursing. I would like to think it is part of the weaning process, which happens differently for each mom and baby. I wasn't pg or anything like that, but I was just touched out. Now we cuddle all the time and we still cosleep but i don't miss nursing him.

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    So, she didn't nurse yesterday at all, and only asked three times and was easily distracted with play doh, playground, bath soap, and hershey kisses. I'm thinking those hershey kisses will come in handy over the next week or so...

    We haven't nursed today either. So far today she has only asked to nurse once and is sleeping for her nap right now, we'll have playground after nap and then excessive mommy attention until bedtime. TV and hershey's kisses as needed.

    It's funny... she hasn't had a meltdown at all. She didn't even cry, she was just feeling whiney and asked to nurse. I'm really surprised by how well she's taking it. We'll see if we can get through the rest of the weekend without nursing at all, I think the true test will be Monday night when we get home from work.
    Tracie

    Mommy to
    Lilah 10/08 nursed 25 months
    Beatrix 01/11 nursed 30 months

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