when to wean????

Crystal - posted on 11/09/2008 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I wanted to nurse my first as long as possible but ran into problems and had to wean himat an early age. I want to nurse the new baby as long as possible, but i'm afraid of weaning. Is it always difficult to wean at an older age or is it easier than the rumors i've heard ?

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Laura - posted on 07/04/2012

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hi This is Laura, . Naturopathic Dr.&Lactation Consultant see my POST : "Moms who breast feed older kids"~~this should as it is comprehensive,answer your questions///you are also invited to join our circle. I am Laura Mornings ~Admin ~Nature Moms community,we all discuss many subjects and would value your input and ideas..you may ..stay in touch if you wish,and ask any question by sending me a private message..ps,indeed child -led weaning is the best

Tricia - posted on 11/11/2008

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The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for at LEAST a year, though most physicians forget the "at least" part when telling mothers about recommendations regarding duration. The World Health Organization recommends at least two years of breastfeeding. I heard one neonatologist who was also a neurobiologist recommend at least 3 years since the limbic system of the brain is still developing and babies need the extra time with breastfeeding.
So if you are comfortable with the idea, continue breastfeeding for as long as you wish! There are really no negatives to extended breastfeeding and so many more positives for both you and your baby!

Maria - posted on 11/10/2008

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I think it's just assumed that a mom will wean her baby when it really should be the other way around. The baby or toddler should wean themselves. It is definitely the most natural way for both the mother and the child. I've never heard anyone regret nursing for a long time but I've heard plenty of people regretting weaning early. You can't ever go back.

AmyBith - posted on 11/10/2008

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i have been wondering about this as well. my 14 month old is very strong willed and opinionated, so i have no desire to go through forced weaning. i've let him spend the night with his nana without breastmilk and if i'm not there he doesn't seem to miss it, but as soon as he's around me again and hungry, he asks for milk. i taught him some sign language, so i'm thinking we'll keep it up until he stops asking for it. or until i'm no longer comfortable. but for now i love him and the special bond we have.

Tricia - posted on 11/09/2008

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I found baby-led weaning to be most gentle and fairly easy. Is there a La Leche League group in your area? They are a great resource and you can talk with other mothers who weaned their children after their first or second birthday. I breastfed all my four children past age two (the last two nursed even longer!) It was a great experience to nurse so long and there are so many benefits to nursing past one year. I encourage you to breastfeed for as long as you and your baby desire. Don't give in the pressures in our society to prematurely wean. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for at least one year and the World Health Organization recommends 2 years or beyond.

Leah - posted on 11/09/2008

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My first weaned at 16m by himself when i became pregent with my second child. My second weaned at 11m when i also became pregent. My third was weaned at 11m because i had to have sergery. She had been breast feeding on and off because of medical condition with both of use. I found they weaned when they were ready. I was lucky they all walked early and found the world an interesting place and were eager to explorer and a sippy works better when your doing that. So don't worry about that. They don't enjoy what ever time you have and can breastfeed. Sorry about the spelling and grammer but the two year old likes to help.

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