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    Weaned at 2 (I was pregnant;it was uncomfortable...otherwise might have kept going).
    There was a large study done of breastfeeding mothers in over 100 countries, which found that 50% were still feeding at 2 years. World-wide, it's pretty common for kids to still be feeding at 3, 4, 5, 6 etc. Full child-led weaning doesn't seem to be that common in Australia, so might be tricky to find many experiences. There are some great Facebook groups with lots of women/lots of experiences that may help (eg. Breastfeeders in Australia).

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    Default How old when your children weaned?

    Ds1 self weaned just before he turned 2 - I was pregnant at the time. Ds1 self weaned around 16? Months. Both were self settlers and great eaters of solids - perhaps that played a part.

    I was a little sad both times - would have loved to have fed both for a bit longer. That being said my boys didn't require night feeding past about 5/6 months - if they did I dare say my feelings may have been different and I probably would have encouraged weaning.

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    DS: Fully weaned at 3yrs - I had to actively night wean at 13 months as sleep was major issue. At around 2, I was just feeding at night and did our last feed on his 3rd birthday. All feeding changes were instigated by me as he showed no sign of stopping!

    DD is still under 1 so haven't thought about it yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renn View Post
    There was a large study done of breastfeeding mothers in over 100 countries, which found that 50% were still feeding at 2 years. World-wide, it's pretty common for kids to still be feeding at 3, 4, 5, 6 etc. Full child-led weaning doesn't seem to be that common in Australia, so might be tricky to find many experiences.
    Yeah I've always been surprised by hearing stories of young toddlers (<18m) self-weaning. Anyone who has had that experience (expect VP because you already answered this!) do you think there were other factors that contributed? (For example, pregnancy, baby going to child care, baby not waking for night feeds, baby on a set routine?)
    Apparently I stopped entirely on my own accord soon after 2 so grew up thinking that was about average, though after spending a lot of time on AP/ABA groups it's almost on the younger side!
    I think I will need to wean DS before too long though, if I want to have another baby. I don't know how people can handle breastfeeding with pregnancy nipple sensitivity! Oowwww!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deku View Post
    Yeah I've always been surprised by hearing stories of young toddlers (<18m) self-weaning. Anyone who has had that experience (expect VP because you already answered this!) do you think there were other factors that contributed? (For example, pregnancy, baby going to child care, baby not waking for night feeds, baby on a set routine?)
    Apparently I stopped entirely on my own accord soon after 2 so grew up thinking that was about average, though after spending a lot of time on AP/ABA groups it's almost on the younger side!
    I think I will need to wean DS before too long though, if I want to have another baby. I don't know how people can handle breastfeeding with pregnancy nipple sensitivity! Oowwww!
    My youngest 2 self weaned because (I believe anyway) they didn't see their elder siblings feeding and were both always trying to do things to be like them.

    With my youngest she was in a hip brace until she was 1 and breastfeeding was extremely difficult for her and me so I'm not sure if that contributed.

    With all mine though they weaned to cups and no milk from bottles so it wasn't like I replaced breastfeeding with bottle feeding.

    I think when babies self wean from boob to nothing it is different as its more final if that makes sense?

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    Default How old when your children weaned?

    My Ds never showed any signs of self weaning, if anything he dug in his heels more as he got older. He was still feeding through that night at close to 2, he was really hard to night wean. When that was done it was morning and night, sometimes fed to sleep for his nap if he was sick. He'd ask for it if he fell and hurt himself or got upset, it was totally a comfort thing. We tried to get it down to morning and night but even that took awhile, lots of distraction. Every kid is so different but my Ds was so, so attached to it, for a very hyper kid, it was his calm place. Had I not been pregnant I would have probably been happy to go a bit longer.

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    Still feeding once a day DD is 3 in 5 weeks and I'm 31 weeks pregnant
    She is showing no signs of weaning

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    With DS, my first, I tried the whole child led weaning. Ended up having to 'force' him to wean at 3 years 10 months. I had honestly had enough well and truly.

    My second cut down after 12 months and self weaned at 15 months. The difference with the two was that with DS I kept cosleeping and with DD I cut that out and night weaned her at 12 months.

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    Default How old when your children weaned?

    I don't think DS2 would have self weaned for a long time. A month before his 3rd birthday I night weaned. He was still feeding up to 8 times a night and I was beyond exhausted. He was still feeding 3-4 times a day. Within in a month it had become 2 feeds, to sleep at night and first thing in the morning. This was child led. I was happy with that and would have continued. However my body decided differently and my milk dried up at 13 weeks pregnant. He just sat up one night and said 'there's no milk'. He tried again in the morning and that night but told me there was no milk.

    5 weeks on he still asks for it at night and is not particularly happy about it!

    Edit - oh he was 3 years almost 4 months when my milk stopped.

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    So maybe Australian kids and babies would never self wean 😂 ?

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