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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    So maybe Australian kids and babies would never self wean 😂 ?
    We create bad habits and spoil our kiddos too much lol.

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    Dd2 was 2 years 6 months.. I'd had to night wean her as she slept with my boob in her mouth all night long. She went from sleeping well, all be it with my boob in her mouth, to not sleeping at all. Screaming all night long. A few months after I stopped the night feeds, she stopped the day time feeds by herself.

    She continued to scream all night long and refuse to sleep, at all, for a few months. It was pretty bad.

    Dd1, I night weaned her at around 1, as I was ttc and it just wouldn't happen. Continued day feeds, then my milk dried up when I was pregnant with dd2. We got to 17 months, I was about 9(?) weeks pregnant, I think.

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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!
    Even though I stopped the last feed I definitely think ds would have self weaned by now (he's 18 months). He was becoming less and less interested. He wanted to go off and play/read a story before bed etc rather than have a feed, he'd only have a few sucks and hop down and run off! I night weaned him at 10 months because I could no longer get up and feed him 6x a night and he started weaning his day feeds by himself after that until we got down to 1 feed at night at 16mo. He's a great eater, he eats anything and everything and lots of it, was far more interested in food than milk and I think that's why he was not really into it by the time he was 16 months.

    The fact that he couldn't have cared less when I didn't offer the next night speaks volumes to me! I think it was just our routine rather than him wanting/needing it by then. I was very happy to get to 16 months though 😊

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    Was almost 20 months, only self weaned really as hated taste cause im pregnant any time upset still goes back to boobies and cries when gets nothing out.

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    2 years, 5 months. We actively night weaned around 2 and 2 months and was down to just bedtime. When I fell pregnant with DS I did dont offer dont refuse and she didnt ask for her bedtime feed so we just stopped it.

    DS is still going at 17 months and I cant see him self weaning any time soon - i kind of wish he would because I'm over it

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    DD had her last feed around 18 months I think. She self weaned mostly. I cut down the feeds but that was because she wasn't asking for them (and I wasn't about to chase her around with a boob lol). She was almost just going through the motions in the end, for the last few months or so I was just offering it before bed at night and she would literally latch for a second or so and then had enough and had a drink of water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    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.
    Having only one child currently, I'd never thought about how having siblings might affect my parenting of future children! (Other than me having less ability to nap all day when pregnant/with a newborn )
    That's really interesting!

    Quote Originally Posted by Clementine Grace View Post
    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.
    Haha absolutely, DS isn't even an especially hyper toddler (just the standard amount!) but I love that boobs are like a magic pause/calm button on hand to get him to instantly sit still and be quiet.

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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.
    Understandable, but well done on the effort! How was weaning at that age, were you able to talk to him about it a lot at least? Or do you think it was harder because it was so ingrained?

    It sounds like night-weaning is the catalyst for weaning altogether for a lot of people.

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    DS used night feeds as comfort.

    Before pregnancy it did not bother me too much tbh. Then I could not stand him touching me - which is why I started to slowly wean.

    Honestly it was mostly comfort for him. I could feel him just relax and calm down.

    I loved the eye rollback that still happened when he was over 2.

    I cannot believe that we fed for so long. It was not something I planned but it just felt so normal and natural to me during that time (although I definitely got sooooo many disapproving looks and comments as he got older).

    I am interested to see what will happen with number 2. We are not planning more kids so we will see if it is truly child led this time or whether it would be instigated by me.

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    About 18months I cut the day feeds by distracting with other things. Then slowly just stopped offering at night. She was surprisingly easy and not to difficult.

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    @deku it was relatively easy to wean when I did (3y10m). He was upset, but at that age they understand a lot more. One day about a week after weaning he asked for a feed, and when I said no he was devastated, he buried his face into my lap and wept. It was so sad! Even though I didn't regret it I felt very sorry for him. He never asked again.


 

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