Just curious - When did you wean your baby?

Amanda - posted on 12/04/2010 ( 29 moms have responded )

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How old was your baby when your stopped breastfeeding? Was it harder for you or baby? How did you go about doing it?
My son was about 14 months old when he was weaned. We were down to night time feedings only and I moved him out of our bed and into a toddler bed and We were pregnant with our second when he stopped nursing so I assume the taste of the milk must have changed too, b/c he wasn't interested anymore! It wasn't hard on either of us, it was a very smooth transition. I just let him do things at his pace :)
Now I am nursing our daughter! She is now 1 month old and I LOVE having the opportunity to nurse again :)

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Katie - posted on 12/08/2010

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I plan on letting my daughter self-wean. She's only 8 months now, but she loves her nursies. I do plan on introducing cow's milk when she's 1. The only reason behind it is just incase she's ever watches by family and they give her some. I just want to know ahead of time if she's allergic or not. Other than that, I want to go AT LEAST 2 years. I would really like to go longer than that, but my min goal is 2+ years. I really hope that she doesn't self wean before that. All I know is that I REFUSE to wean before she's 1 though. If for some reason she tried to wean before that, I would pump so she still got my milk. I refuse to use formula for my baby. She's not showing any signs that she won't want to nurse to a year though. Sometimes, she doesn't want her solids, she just wants to nurse, but that's ok with me though. I'm so sad at the thought of ever not nursing my little girl. It's the most wonderful experience I've ever had! I'm hoping that by the time she weans, I'll have another baby to nurse so that I don't have to stop.

Merry - posted on 12/07/2010

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Amanda, not trying to be a bother, but I wanted to explain a common misconception about cows milk!

Well, essentially, cows milk is far inferior to human milk. I know we seem to advertise a lot that cows milk is essential for good health, but unfortunately it's far from the truth!

Cows milk is really made for cows, and so it's got a lot of stuff humans don't need, and not much of the stuff we do need!

It's not that cows milk is bad per say, but it's just not the liquid gold America makes it out to be!

And it's definitely a step down, or two or three from human milk.

Just to be clear, my son has some cows milk in his diet, I'm not anti cows milk! I just don't want him drinking a cup of it or anything, he gets it in his cereal or other foods but not as any sort of staple in his diet.

Unfortunately it's greatly thought we can't be healthy without cows milk, but that's just cuz the dairy company likes their money! Humans don't need cows milk, it's just a cheap easy way to get some calcium without eating the leafy greens we seem to hate!

Merry - posted on 12/06/2010

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I would love the question re phrased to
"when did your child wean?"
I think babies should not wean, and no one should wean them.
Eric is 20 months, bf many times a day. I'm 4 months pregnant and will breastfeed both.
I aim at 4 years each child as I'd love to give them an average breastfeeding time.
I think they deserve a normal time at breastfeeding so I set my sights on the average weaning age of 4 and we will see from there!
For me, weaning is all up to Eric, he will decide when he is grown out of the need. I will never make him grow up too soon!

Minnie - posted on 12/06/2010

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I weaned my first at 12 months because the doctor told me 'my milk wasn't good enough' (I make thin babies- oh well).

It was hard on her. I'm very sad that I weaned her, sad that I listened to the doctor and sad that I didn't have the information that I do now.

My two year old is still nursing and the babe inside me will nurse until he or she is ready to stop as well.

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Kimberly - posted on 12/10/2010

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My daughter weaned herself at 11 months. She will be a year on the 18th of this month. I miss it alot. But I guess that is what she wanted.

Teresa - posted on 12/10/2010

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I weaned my son after he turned 2 years old. We both missed our bonding during breastfeeding but I didn't make a big fuss about it so that he would not also. It worked!

Angelena & Kenneth - posted on 12/09/2010

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I nursed my oldest until she was 13 months old. While i was pregnant with my second. It was hard i missed it as well, the bond was hard to brake for me, but as rachael martin says they didnt seem to miss it.

Robyn - posted on 12/08/2010

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Around 17 months we were down to just night time nursing, my DD started going to sleep without nursing. We nursed on weekends, and then she seemed to forget about that too. So I dried up naturally, she weaned naturally. By 18 months we were done. She seems to miss it occasionally when she isn't feeling well or is looking for comfort. I just remind her it's all gone and then she gives me a hug.

Lyndie - posted on 12/08/2010

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My daughter nursed until she was 17 months old. She gradually stopped on her own and had no problems. I was sort of sad though! after the milk dried up, she would ask for milk, I told her it was all gone and she just moved on! now she is 2 and 1/2 and if she sees me w no shirt on she mentions the fact that when she was a baby she drank milk and now that she is a big girl the milk is all gone!

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My daughter lost a lot of interest right around 10 months. She went from 3 feedings to mostly 1. Now at a year she does nurse in the morning but never asks for it for the rest of the day. I was going to wean her at a year, but since she seems to be doing it herself I'm just letting her do her own thing, at least for now. I might hurry her along if I am pregnant. I had a hard time with weight gain while I was pregnant with her and I don't want breastfeeding to complicate things.

Heather - posted on 12/08/2010

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My first was weaned very early in life because I was told I could not properly nurse with flat nipples. With zero support I switched to formula. With my 2nd I nursed successfully (lots of research done) to 14 months when he lost interest. I now know it may have just been a strike but he never showed interest again. My 3rd nursed for 1 year but I was pregnant with twins and went into preterm labor twice when we decided to wean him. It was very hard and he was addicted to his paci because I weaned so abruptly. The twins are 15 months old today and nursing strong showing no interest in stopping.

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My sons weaned themselves at 11 and 12 months respectively, and my daughter is still going at 19 months and refuses to stop, she eats other foods, but she nurses for comfort and nap times. I believe in natural weaning and I am sure once she starts daycare next year she wont nurse anymore. When she is busy she forgets about the boobie LOL.



It was harder for me probably because I love the closeness of nursing and the feeling of comfort it gave to my babies.

Momof1 - posted on 12/07/2010

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@ Lisa, Bryce's ped. said the same thing at his year check up. He is "too thin." "Cut down on breastfeeding." I didn't. He was 19 lb 14 oz at a year, exactly triple from his birth weight 6 lb 10 oz. My sister formula fed both hers and they were both around Bryce's weight at a year, so it must run in the family.

Momof1 - posted on 12/07/2010

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We are going strong at 1 year and 3 weeks. I'm not sure when I am going to wean, but I want Bryce to be confident with a cup (at the very least.) If I go back to work full-time, I will still breastfeed when I can, if my milk doesn't dry up. But as soon as Bryce turned one, I stopped pumping. I work on weekends, so on weekends he gets whole milk, when I am at work. The way I want to do it (and this is just me), but if I don't want to breastfeed past 2. And that is because I want some time off (without being pregnant or breastfeeding) before I get pregnant for the second time. And who knows, if we make it to two, that might change. But right now, that is what I am thinking. It doesn't seem like it would be hard, because I don't nurse at night and I don't nurse to sleep, but it might be. I definitely like that fact that I'm still nursing, because it helps when he is teething and it is also nice not to have my period.



I don't know if it is just me, but I don't think I ever really felt the "connection" between a breastfeeding mom and her baby. I don't feel any closer because I breastfeed, but I feel awesome, because I gave/am giving the best I can give him.

Sara - posted on 12/07/2010

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I have 26 mo old twins down to 1x day and comfort feeds, i planned on weaning @ two but they are really attached and so I am not pushing it.

Kendra - posted on 12/07/2010

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I haven't weaned either of my children. They will wean themselves when they are ready to. My daughter is 3 1/2 and my son is 14 months.

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I stopped at one year because I wanted to introduce cows milk. My son liked the cows milk better and refused to nurse after that.

Mary - posted on 12/07/2010

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Both of mine are still nursing. My oldest is 26.5 months. My youngest is 7.5 months and is exclusively breast fed (meaning no solids, water, juice, etc... well, aside from what I recently caught my 2 year old sneaking her. Good thing it was only green beans! lol)
Both will remain breast fed until they no longer want to. Full term breast feeding is for us.

Tammy - posted on 12/06/2010

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I weaned my son at 17months. We were down to only nursing once a day in the morning. It was me that weaned him, not him, though. I was ready to stop nursing. We only had a rough couple days in the morning and now he really enjoys a cup of milk in the morning.

Emily - posted on 12/06/2010

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My first child weaned at age 3 1/2. It wasn't hard for either of us, as he self-weaned. He was ready, and I was ready. There was really nothing I "did." He weaned himself. Intend to do the same with my current nursing toddler.

Malarie - posted on 12/06/2010

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My daughter is 15 months n im still nursing...wanting 2 ween her off but she isnt havin it its her security blanket n very hard headed! Any ideas?

Celeste - posted on 12/06/2010

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My daughter weaned at 17 months. I did the "don't offer, don't refuse". She dropped her daytime feedings and then the last one to go was when she woke up in the morning.



My twin boys, one was 3 1/2 years. He decided he was done and that was that. The other one, I gently encouraged him at 4.

Amanda - posted on 12/04/2010

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My daughter was weaned around 14 months. I think we were down to one AM feeding and my supply pretty much halted after 1 week of that - so I was the one to nix it. I tried to make it an easy switch to a sippy cup -- we'd go and snuggle together in a big chair first thing in the morning. It took about 3 mornings for her to adjust to the new routine -- thankfully! :-) I miss it some days, but I do have to say that it was really nice to be done and have my breasts back to myself again -- at least until the next one comes along. :p

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My twin girls were 15 months when we stopped. I started weaning them at 13 months and by 14 months they were only nursing at bedtime. They were schedule fed and 'binky addicts', so weaning was easy... for all 3 of us.



My son is 2 years 8 months. We haven't weaned and he has absolutely no interest in stopping. Doesn't bother me that we are still nursing, but I have no idea how I will wean him if I want to stop before he does. He is VERY attached and VERY stubborn. :)

April - posted on 12/04/2010

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I am continuing to nurse my 23 month old...who will turn 2 on Dec 22 (wipes tear)! I am aiming for natural duration...I'd like to make it to at least age 3.

Although we are going the self-weaning route, i am certain that it will be harder on me than on my son. it makes me sad when i remind myself that one day it will be all over.

Rachael - posted on 12/04/2010

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Alexander was down to nursing every other day when he was 17 months old... at 18 months old he stopped nursing completely... I miss it, but he doesn't seem to.

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