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January 4th, 2011, 09:07 AM
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for BF moms (particularly if you nursed past a year with this LO or an older child), what were the signs of self-weaning? how gradual or abrupt was the process? did your LO replace those sessions with milk sippies?

i have been BFing jacob for 22+ months. at 18 months, i cut back to morning and bedtime only. the past few weeks, his sessions have been getting shorter and shorter. yesterday my stupid iphone alarm didn't wake me in the morning, so i rushed out the door and told DH to give him a milk sippy when he woke (normally i wake him at 6:45am to nurse him right before i leave for work). last night he only nursed for 2 min. we have a bedtime routine where i ask him if he wants momma milk, and he always says yes. a couple times last week, he said "no. night-night momma." i picked him up and nursed him anyway (he didn't refuse). are these all normal signs of self-weaning? my goal was to make it to 2 years, and i admit that even though i did not want to go much past that, i'm starting to get emotional about the whole process. i know he's not a baby anymore, but this has been a part of our relationship since he was born! and i'm sad that i won't get to see him at all in the mornings since i leave for work so early mon-fri.
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January 4th, 2011, 11:17 AM
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When Makenna weaned she started gradually dropping nursing sessions and they started getting shorter and shorter. Then one day she didn't want to latch on even when I offered. I kept trying for a week and she had no interest and that's how she weaned. I was also pg and know that had something to do with it.

She LOVED her milk sippy and replaced those nursing sessions with the milk sippy. Fortunately she associated cuddle time with milk so she'd take her sippy and curl up in my lap while she drank it. I was so emotional over her weaning and really it. I can only imagine what I'll be like when Maddie weans.
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January 11th, 2011, 11:28 AM
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thank you for your response! i don't know many people IRL who BF, let alone past a year. my mom BF til we self-weaned, but my sister was the latest at 15-16 months, and that was 30 years ago. so i don't know what to expect now that we are almost at the 2 year mark. jacob has started nursing a bit longer the past few days, so i think it will be a gradual process. but i didn't realize i would be this emotional about it!
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