what is the right age to seperate ferternal twin girls?

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Sheri - posted on 10/14/2011

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dont worry about when its the right time they will let you know. about weaning them let them go to the store and let them pick out thier own big girl cups and plates. and let them only nurse twice a day. then start cutting back to once and making them use thier cups. but dont rush them into separating them they will when they r ready mine did butthey are still the closed of friends to.

Celeste - posted on 10/14/2011

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They're so young right now. My boys started going to school at 3, and they were separated then. IMO, you still have awhile. And really, there is no age that you MUST separate them and most don't make this decision until they're in Kindergarten.



As far as weaning, it's OK to continue to nurse them if you want. You can wean them when a) they wean on their own or b) when you feel that you are done.



If you're ready to wean them, take it slow! You can drop a a feeding a week, or you can limit them (for example, limiting them to three times a day).

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Jean-Marie - posted on 11/05/2011

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Hugs to you for doing this all alone, twins are tough! I separated my twins into their own rooms at 18 months old because one would wake the other up. They were in seoarate cribs from the day they came home. I honestly think it depends on the children. No

Alecia - posted on 10/28/2011

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I have boy /girl twins. We had to give them space around 2 because one took over all the talking and tasks. It ended up my dominate twin had more problems with the seperation. You must remember they are two totally different people growing at different paces and have different needs. It is also nice to have some alone time with each one. The sooner you do it the easier it will be. This is just how it happened for us. You really need to follow your gut and know what you are doing is right for your kids and yourself.

Celeste - posted on 10/19/2011

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Welcome! I didn't either until I found some friends in a breastfeeding group who did. It was nice to know that others nursed that long as well.



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Ronelle - posted on 10/19/2011

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yes we are, thanks for the advse i let you know when they stop nursing
i never new people nurse that long

Celeste - posted on 10/19/2011

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Benefits never cease. You still get the antibodies, and nutrients. Plus, the World Health Organization recommends at least 2 (as well as UNICEF, AAP recommends as long as mutually desired). World wide weaning age is 4-7.

They are advanced in some ways and yes very very active.

That's awesome! Sounds like you and your girls are doing great!

Ronelle - posted on 10/19/2011

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what were some of the benefits of nursing so long in the children, are they very advance for there age, and are they very active,

my girls are very advance and very active, i use to be a childcare provider so all i do is teach them they catch on very fast and or couse they get board very fast so i have to keep chanegelling them everyday i do school with them from the time they get up to the time they go to bed thats 7am-9pm, reading, spelling words, colors numbers etc. they have mastered all the basic preschool skills and they demerstrate it everyday so its time for me to move into something a little more changelling for them, i will be starting them on Abeka homeschooling curriculum for the two year olds in january

Celeste - posted on 10/19/2011

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They're 5 now. I NEVER in a million years thought they'd nurse this long. I was figuring 18 months or 2 at the latest.

Ronelle - posted on 10/19/2011

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wow thats a long time, you are the secomd person i know that nursed so long, wow, how old are they now

Celeste - posted on 10/19/2011

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One was 3 and the other was 4.



By that time, they were nursing once a day.

Celeste - posted on 10/19/2011

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I hear ya. Once I got them nightweaned, I felt better about continuing to nurse. Them nursing all night long was just too much.

Ronelle - posted on 10/19/2011

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thank you, they have limits as well, i some one told me to give them other milk to get the off faster but its not working, i think i am going t o hang in there up until they are about 18 months hopefully by then t hey will stop on there own, next week i am going to have them in more activities for mommy and me classes to see if that will help with them forgetting about it a little more, its jus the bed time nursing that drains me, after they wake up and use the potty they want to nurse, and thats 3 times duinging the nights somethime just 2 but i will hang in there

Celeste - posted on 10/19/2011

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My boys never took a bottle either. You can put limits on them. I ended up having to limit the boys because if I didn't, they'd nurse ALL.DAY.LONG. I have other things to do, like, you know, go to the bathroom LOL

BTW, it's up to you, but if you're nursing at least 3x's a day, you don't need cow's milk. Your milk is whole milk.

You're doing great!

Ronelle - posted on 10/19/2011

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thank you, my girls never took a bottle, all they did was take the breast, so its avery tiring but i will hang in there as long as i can, they drink milk from a cup throughout the day and still take the breast, total of 28 oz of regular milk a day and still nurse for 20-30 minutes at a time, so i am not sure why but i will hang in there for as seperation i will keep them togther and continue to see what they do, they already have there own interest so i will keep watching them

Khadijah - posted on 10/19/2011

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I wouldn't push the seperation issue. My twin girls were in the same crib until they were 5 months, and even then they remained in the same room. They are now 32 months and they are still in the same room and showing no interest of being apart. My husband and I can't even give them one-on-one time without them asking for one another.

As far as weaning......wow 14 months! Thats awesome! I would say keep it going for as long as they will allow. Most often they will let you know when they are ready for something different. Or if you are ready to wean then I would say do if gradually. I have heard of some people gradually mixing their breast milk with formula/whole milk, starting with one of their feedings. Then once that bottle is complete formula then move on to another bottle/cup.



Good luck

Ronelle - posted on 10/14/2011

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ok thank you i am going to be home schooling my twins, starting January with abeka, they are very advance right know so i am ready to begin challenging them more, plu they are ready for it. not only that i plan to be putting them in many activites that would promote there seperating by seeing what they like to do instead of me forcing them. for as breastfeeding the take it more at night and it drains me, it doesnt matter how much they eat or drink other milk to still get up for it. i will continue to work on it slowly like you said thanks again

Ronelle - posted on 10/14/2011

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hey everyone, i am a single mom with twin girls who are 14months old, my twins have never been seperated, and never been away from me, and i am nervous, when is the right age to seperate them? i am still breastfeeding them and having trouble to wean them any suggesstions on how to wean them. its sad to say that all i have is my children and no one else, i have no support group or friends i am embrassed to say this but its true, anyway looking for support on how and when should my twins be seperated and how to wean them

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