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5/15/14 3:32 P

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I did that with my little boy. My milk dried up (sadly) when he was almost 2 years old due to a complicated pregnancy. It was so sad because neither of us were ready, we had almost no warning, and he cried that it was "empty". I'm not sure how weaning actually works because of that experience. I'll be doing self-weaning with my little girl.

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Hi! I am new to this group. Breastfed my daughters for 13 and 14 months. Currently breastfeeding my almost 15 month old son (who doesn't seem ready to wean any time soon).

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I just found this group. I have breast feed all my kids for at least 2 years, one of my boys nursed a little over 3 years. My youngest turned 1 last month, so I have a while left to go.

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3/16/14 10:39 P

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Hello I just wanted to thank everyone for posting about their experiences. My little one just turned 3 months last week. I feel like every time I have a routine with him things change, I am continually learning. Breastfeeding sure does keep life interesting emoticon

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3/4/14 12:54 P

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I found this today... I needed some support and found this totally awesome.

There is some colorful language... so if you are at work or get offended by that.. this is a helpful warning.

http://www.mommyish.com/2013/08/06/8-thi
ngs-not-to-say-to-an-extended-breastfe
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3/4/14 11:42 A

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My theory is that as long as I don't have to drive to the school to nurse them then we are all good! My oldest 2 (Now 15 and 17) were both bottlefed and nursed for the first year. I worked 50+ hour weeks and pumped when I could. The younger 2 will be much easier to do as I work from home as does DH. The 3yo, Jackson, weened at about 22mos and we couldn't figure it out. He still WANTED to nurse but wouldn't and was very frustrated and temperamental. We soon found out why, I was expecting the baby, Stuart. He is now 16mos old and still nurses several times during the day and at least once at night. We will nurse as long as he wants...as long as I don't have to go to school for a feeding ;)

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2/3/14 11:37 P

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Hooray to all of you for breastfeeding!!

My first (daughter) weaned herself around 6 months because of low supply. My second, and last, (son) nursed until he was about 3.5 years old. He just turned 4 this week and I realized how much I miss nursing! It was his first birthday that I didn't give him milk! Bittersweet. I was ok with him being ready to wean, but knowing I'll never do it again is sad.

Keep up the great work mamas!

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2/3/14 11:02 A

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Chlorine-
Great Article. This will help me when I am ready to throw in the towel. It is funny how my wanting to quit comes in waves. I might have just been overwhelmed with other things... I am not feeling like trying to get her off me so badly anymore. I want to nurse her until she is done.. or until I am trying to get pregnant again.

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My son is almost 2...I don't know how long we will go, but 2 was my goal. He doesn't seem to be near stopping yet, but he has slowed down and I can tell it is slowly changing. I do set some limits, but haven't thought too hard about what weaning will look like.

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2/2/14 12:22 A

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www.whale.to/a/steinkraus.html

Read the above article if you have any doubts that extended BF is not beneficial. My son is 15 months, and there seems to be no end in sight right now.

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RUNNINGCOUCH: It seems strange that you are having problems with your immune system. Are you taking probitotics?
When it comes to those feelings of needing it to be over, somedays I would really feel that way with my son when he was 18 months+ and I would just skip that next feed. For example, I would feel a bit overwhelmed/frustrated - so I'd tell my husband he needed to do bedtime/naptime / whatever and then just leave the house. That REALLY helped me.

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1/29/14 2:13 P

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My 21 month old is still nursing a ton. I think his cow's milk sensitivity is playing a part in that, but I'm OK whatever he wants, at least for now.

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We are still going strong at 18 mos, nursing 2 times a day. I think there is pressure to wean, especially from my mom and a close friend, both of whom nursed their babies. We are happy though. Some days I want to quit, especially if my baby is being particularly rowdy, but she is very adamant about nursing still, so we continue.

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1/9/14 2:07 P

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My first child weaned himself just after his 1st birthday, with no help from me.

My second child weaned herself around 20months.

I am now nursing my third and I plan to feed until he weans.

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Hi! So glad to find this thread. I am an Ext BF.. and did not set out to be. Like all of us, I am sure, getting started was hard. The fact that I made it through those first 8 weeks through the tears, fear, and worry was amazing. But I pledged that I would make it a year. Well a year came and went and I planned on weaning.. but seeing how she was attached to the "baboos" her name for them.. and realizing that it was the one thing that has been with her and she could count on her whole life.. .I could not rip them from her. So I decided that I was going to let her wean herself.. with some gentle help from mommy. She is 20 months now and still having Baboos when she wakes, nap time *on the weekends*, and a little before bed. I feel like she is never going to let them go, but I know she will... eventually.

I do wonder for those who have also done it... how did you deal with the feelings of wanting it to be over? While I am happy to let her wean on her own.. I am VERY much ready to be done. Sometimes I do get annoyed (although I hide it from her) and am trying to nudge her to a Baboo free life, but sometimes I am just exhausted with it. My harmons are all over the place, my cycle can't regulate so giving her a sibling is not happening, my immune system is so low I get sick all the time... I guess I just need some uplifting advice or encouragement some days.

All that being said.. I still would not take any moment of BFing back from her. We have had the most wonderful memories while she nursed and I know that no matter how frustrated I get sometimes, I will mourn it when it is gone. Just gets hard some days... anyone else have that?

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I wouldn't mess with my calories till you get to a platue lasting more then 4 weeks. Cause ust because they turn 1, doesn't change a whole lot. Depending on the child. A lot of children keep on drinking a LOT of breast milk for quite a while.



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Hi! My LO is approaching a year, and Im just curious if those that are in the 1yr+ stage of nursing, and are losing weight, continued to eat exra calories. I know ultimately I'll just have to test things as it changes to find the right range for me, but was curious what everyone else has or is experiencing a year and beyond. I've been adding about 250-300 to my range now that he's steadily eating solids and have been losing at a decent enough rate (if I dont cheat! ;) ). Will this continue? Or did you find you needed even fewer additional calories in the extended phase? I haven't been able to find any good articles on this- most articles address under 6months. I wasn't sure if that's because not as many people seem to nurse past a year/6months, or because you just dont need the calories anymore. Also, do the 'bottom' ranges still apply with extended nursing? Like, should you not drop below 1500-1800? Or... should you not drop below 1800? Just curious, since I have been less hungry than I used to be, but don't want to hurt my supply. I know this is all very variable on the mom and the baby, feeding frequency, etc., but wondered if I could learn anything from this groups collective experience. Also, any articles would be awesome! Prolly should have made my question its own post ;) Thanks!!

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I nursed my daughter until she self-weaned at 17 months. I was pregnant with #2, but I think it was even her choice more than the pregnancy causing our nursing relationship to end. Even though nursing was SO hard all the way through the 17 months, I was DEVISTATED. She was ready. I was not. :)

I'm now nursing my 9.5 month old son and although he's still pretty young, I plan to go as long as he wants. I just feel like it should be their choice when they wean.

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I just wanted to share this: My nearly 3 year old (in three weeks) who was still nursing a dozen times a day just 6 months ago, has on his own gone down to just one night time nursing on one side! I suspect that we are days away from no more nursing! I thought he would never want to stop. I constantly thought about forcing weaning, but would never actually go through with it. I've also never had a little one who nursed so long. Yay! Maybe next he will want to sleep in his own bed and in his big brother's room. :)

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4/14/13 12:00 P

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We are extended breastfeeders here too! I have a 2 year old and a 3 week old both loving their nursies!! Someday... In a few years, I'll have my boobs back. Lol! I've been either pregnant or breastfeeding for almost 6 years straight now, Lord have mercy! ;)

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3/28/13 12:51 P

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I had to wean my DS at 8 months due to my DD's pregnancy. I did everything I could to keep some supply, but in the end he just wasn't interested once he realized he could actually get something from a bottle. I was so sad!

I'm intending to nurse DD (now 9.5 months) for as long as she wants!!

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My LO is 18.5mo & still going strong, originally my goal was 12 months, then it became 24 months, now I'm pretty set on letting him decide when he's done. He is my 3rd child & has breastfed the longest (my oldest 6 month, my middle 11 mo). I feel that I'm much more educated this time around (was 19 when I had my oldest who is now 16) and I love the bond I have with my LO & the benefits for both him & I.

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It is bitter sweet!



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My DS turned 2 two weeks ago today. 5 nights ago he stopped breastfeeding. Just before that he seemed like there was no end in sight to his night time nursing sessions. Then he just up and stopped. At first I was happy that I had my body back to myself, but as the days go by I'm just sad that that part of our relationship is over.

I guess I should see the up side to this, we have been trying for #2 since he was 18 months old with nothing. Now I might actually get pregnant, but I'm still sad to see my baby boy growing up.

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Awesome!



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2/21/13 8:56 P

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definitely! as long as my LO will enjoy it, or I have milk :) its just such an awesome tool, calms and soothes, nourishes, bonds, (burns a few cals....). im proud to BF, not gonna make LO stop just to fit societal standards

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Well the milk is still there. She BFed this morning and even tried to share with her baby doll.

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1/21/13 12:15 P

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Not sure how much longer my wee bit will nurse. I am prego with baby number 3. The first week or two after conception my milk supply upped, but now it seems it has lowered. I think she can sense something is going on with mommy, because she has been more into "booby". Last night when I tried to BF her not much came. She started in one side, switched to the other and then back, before giving up. :( She wasn't upset about it, she was just like *shrug* guess I better do something else.

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Carbon, look for your local la leche league, you'll be surrounded by a lot of people doing the same thing! ;o) in my group 4 is about average for weaning.



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I am so glad that this is here. I have been away from spark from some time and loved this group when BF my son several years ago. My DD is 15 months and shows NO interest in stopping and people are giving me the 'evil stink eye'. This is he longest i have evere nursed and was just looking for some support and assurance that we are okay/norrmal.




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longer then 2 is pretty natural. Most babies don't even naturally wean till after 2. Usually closer to 4, and sometimes as long as 7.



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My son is 19.5 months and still nurses enough that I feel it when I spend more than 4 or 5 hours away from him. I have always wanted to make it to 2. But it looks like we may be going longer. We did baby lead weaning for introduction to solids. I just started again with sparkpeople this week, because despite my training for and running Tough Mudder, I still have 70 pounds to loose! I have been really worried to start while bfing, but its nice to know how many others doing the same!

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Not saying you did anything wrong Disney, but just for future references of other moms here, most meds you do not have to discontinue breastfeeding nor pump and dump. Most LLL leders have a book and can look up meds. I have found the pat answer most docs give is to pump and dump before even looking up the side effects of breastfeeding with it. And I was told to pump and dump many occassions, I was very upset when I later found out every time I was told that it was for medications that there was no reason to dump the milk! UHG! So now I always check the haley book first!



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I ALSO MADE THE MISTAKE OF WEANING MY FIRST AT 8 MONTHS BECAUSE WE WANTED ANOTHER AND WERE HAVING TROUBLE GETTING PREGNANT AND PEOPLE TOLD US THAT BREASTFEEDING CAN HINDER GETTING PREGNANT. SO I DECIDED TO WEAN EVEN THOUGH I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED IT.. I WAS SO UPSET TO WEAN BECAUSE HE WAS SUCH A GOOD EATER. MY SECOND I NURSED UNTIL 14 MONTHS. I THINK HE STOPPED BECAUSE I HAD TO HAVE SURGERY AND DIDNT NURSE HIM FOR 3 DAYS BECAUSE I WAS ON MEDS. SO I WOULD PUMP AND DUMP. WHEN I FINALLY WENT TO NURSE HIM, HE JUST TURNED AWAY FROM ME. THAT WAS HEART WRENCHING. NOW I HAVE 3 1/2 YEAR OLD TWINS THAT STILL NURSE MORNING AND NIGHT. I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD GO ON THIS LONG BUT SINCE THESE ARE MY LAST(IF I WERE YOUNGER I WOULD HAVE MORE) I WANT TO CONTINUE AS LONG AS POSSIBLE. MY HUSBAND STOPPED ASKING WHEN AM I GOING TO STOP WHEN I ANSWERED HIM "WHEN THEY GO TO COLLEGE." THAT IS MY GO TO ANSWER WHENEVER ANYONE ASKS.

SO DO WHAT YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH AND WHAT YOU FEEL IN YOUR HEART. DONT WORRY WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK. I DONT ANYMORE. THEY ARE MY BABIES AND I WILL DO WHAT I WANT WITH THEM AND WHAT IS BEST FOR THEM.

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I believe in Extended Breastfeeding to a point. I personally could not see myself BFing a preschooler or older.To each their own though.

My son weaned himself a week or 2 after turning 1. I was so sad! I keep looking back wondering if he weaned or if he just went on strike and I never let him back on. He only fed 1-3 times a day, by his own choice. He was pretty adiment about getting it when I got home from work, more so than any other time. Sun he fed, Mon I came home from work and he didn't even ask. A few weeks went by and then he asked once and never again! I was heartbroken, I missed it so much.

When I found out I was prego with my daughter I was so looking forward to doing it again. It has been a NIGHTMARE this go around. Yet here we are nearly 18 months later still going. I do not initiate feedings I leave that to her. She normally only ask 1-3 times per day (morning, when I get home and occasionally before bed) unless she feels bad, then she wants it more frequently. There are days she doesn't as at all! She is rough and I have Milk blister a lot. So, I find myself limiting her time wise sometimes and sometimes I out right have to say no and get her soemthing else to drink. :( I feel bad about it, but sometimes I just cannot take the pain or am just not prepared to feed her where we are when she asks. Sometimes it hurts and sometimes it doesn't and some times pain is an understatement! In initially planned to BF until she weans herself, but it seems to be more and more unbearable to suffer the pain when it happens. For now I keep on keeping on and that is what matters right now.

Congrats to you all for BFing at all! Congrats for keeping it going! GL!

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I'm another one here who does child-led weaning! :) My first son was a month past 4 years old when he weaned himself (at the end it was basically before bedtime and that was about it.) My little guy is 20 months and still nursing a lot. So many benefits for mom and baby in extended bf'ing... it's totally worth all the inconveniences and criticism one gets! As far as weight loss goes, I've had to readjust my expectations, because I'm one of those people who sticks to a weight loss program best when I've had a dramatic and fast loss at the beginning. And as nursing moms, we are supposed to avoid dramatic weight loss so as not to dump toxins into the milk or lose our supply. So I am trying to keep the thought in my head "Slow and steady!" to keep me on track and keep focused on long-term instead of short-term losses.
Nice to know there are others here on a similar journey! :D

Edited to add that even with my ticker, I've decided that for now, I will make my goal "month by month" so that I have basically a monthly victory to celebrate and don't have to wait a ridiculous amount of time to get to my "goal"! ;)

Edited by: CAFE_SUA_DA at: 11/11/2012 (02:18)
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My son is just about 19.5 months, and we still nurse every night and most days for naps. He shows no sign of giving up any time soon and I'm not going to suggest it. I love our time together. He is so independent, but that is something he needs me for and we enjoy it.

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First of all, it is AWESOME that all of you ladies are extended BFR'S! If no one has told you this, Great job! It's not an easy thing to do and we all deserve a big pat on the back.my son is 20 months now, and we do child-led weaning. He still nurses for naps and at night. My DH thinks I'm nuts, but so be it. I say if we can open even one mind to breastfeeding being socially acceptable then, great. I'll quit for sure when he's in college. Lol!

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My first nursed a year and I weaned her, because that is what I thought I was supposed to do. Next baby I knew more and she nursed until she was 2 and then I got pregnant and was very sick and so I weaned her (wish I hadn't, looking back). Third baby nursed until 2 and stopped all on his own. Fourth baby is 26 months and nurses ALOT still...and still atleast every 2 hours at night...showing no signs of slowing down and I guess he could stick it out another year easily. I'm sort of ready for him to be done but only when he is ready. Its the poor sleep that is tough but it won't last forever.

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My baby doesn't use a pacifier or suck his thumb so I think there's probably a lot of dry nursing. I get tired of being the pacifier sometimes, but I don't want to wean him either.

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You can do that as long as you and baby want to. However, I would try to pump more as well to get your supply back up.



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Because I work days now, my son is getting a bottle in the morning and I give him a bottle at night, but I try to nurse him at least once during the evening and as much as possible on the weekends. He's 11 months, and I planned on nursing till at least 24 months, but my supply is REALLY low. I think he only "nurses" for comfort and not for food. I'm concerned about not having enough milk for him -- but can you "dry nurse" for as long as the baby wants?



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I nursed my boys until ages 9 mo, 10 mo and 20 months. I would have nursed each longer but there was something that kept me from doing it each time. My first I blame myself, I was young and didn't know any better. I wish I could have gone longer with all of them. If we have more I will certainly aim to try longer!

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My daughter just turned 19 months this weekend and she still nurses up to 3x a day during the week (morning, after we get home from work/daycare, and before bed). She will also nurse an extra time or two during the weekends before her naps. I plan to allow her to wean on her own.

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My first two were about a year and then the third was about two years. I'm still nursing my fourth several times a day at 16 months. I wouldn't say I do child led weaning, but I believe it's a relational process.

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My son is 31 months and still nursing. Just at bedtime and sometimes naptime now. My plan is to go until he quits but the longer it goes I think there is a possibility I'll be done at some point. I just don't know what my upper limit is. I'm certain I have little to no milk at this point. I recently thought we might be quitting because I have a breast lump, but we've been monitoring it with ultrasounds and even had a biopsy last month and haven't been forced to quit.

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My daughter just weaned last week. She turned 3 on June 15. emoticon
I've never had great supply (was on domperidone from age 6 months - 2 years to boost my supply) and it finally got to the point a few weeks ago where she was basically just dry nursing at bedtime, and it was getting uncomfortable. I just talked to her about it that mom milk was all gone now but she could still check and see if she wanted to... she checked (tried nursing) a few more nights at bedtime, and then told me last week that she's all done with mom milk now and doesn't want it. She does still talk to my breasts like they are her friends, though. She will "pet" them and tell them "hi, mom milk!" and give them kisses, lol.




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8/2/12 11:23 A

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My daughter is 13 months and we're still going strong. :) We're down to 3 feedings a day so that when I go back to work in two weeks, she'll still nurse when I'm home. I thought she was going to self-wean at 9 months so I started letting her direct the nursing more (she chooses the side and sometimes goes back and forth) and she's happier with that (my independent child). I'm glad to hear of others who are continuing! Some of my friends/coworkers don't get it. I don't care - I'm not doing it for them, but it's good to see others out there!

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7/28/12 11:33 P

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I do child led weaning too. My five year old weaned himself at 3 years 10 months, he nursed through my pregnancy with my youngest and then tandem nursed for a year. My youngest is now 27 months and he still nurses a couple times a day. I don't think he'll go as long as his brother but we'll see :)

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I have done child led weaning with all 4 of my kids. First one was shortly after 1 yr but I was working then so I think that was part of it. Normally, babies will not self wean until well after 1 yr if they are exclusively nursing (no bottles).
My #2 was just over 2 yrs old and I went on an overnight trip. She only missed 2 nursing sessions but I guess that was enough because she never asked again.
My #3 was 3.5 yrs and he would have kept going forever but I had a breast biopsy and had a huge ugly bruise and he wouldn't nurse from it. So I guess he was pushed a little ;)
My #4 is almost 3 yrs old (in 2 wks) and she still nurses to bed.

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Me, I eped for DD1 for 2 1/2 years, I only nursed DD2 for one year, cause I got preggers with DS, and she no longer would nurse after that. DS is 9 months and I plan on nursing him as long as he wants, I always planned on at least 2 years with each child, and longer if they so chose, I really wish DD2 would of wanted to continue....



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I nursed my first until he was 25 months (self-led weaning while I was 4 months pregnant with my second).

I'm currently nursing our 17 month old (who is still very much in love with nursing), and I plan to nurse until he's done with it. Right now we're down to 2 or 3 nursing sessions during the day and 1 or 2 at night.

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I'm wondering if there are any Mamas in here who are/intend to do child-led weaning with their nurslings and allow their nursling to nurse until an age of the nurslings choosing? My nursling is only 16.5 months old but I intend on nursing him until HE decides it's time to wean and I'd like to find like-minded Mamas.

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