Originally Posted by Kessed
I think that it is very hard for people with babies who like to nurse to understand than some babies don't.
She isn't doing a nursing strike. What she's doing looks nothing like a nursing strike. She isn't all that interested in other solid foods either.
I offer regularily and she isn't interested. .. If I try to keep her there and keep offering she throws a fit.
I guess - the fact is that I wish with all my heart that she would keep nursing. I really think it would be the best for her. But, for the life of me, I can't figure out a respectful way to get to to do it. I could take away all other food - but isn't starvation a form of torture?
Originally Posted by daniedb
Absolutely. My first self-weaned at about 14 months (either that or 16, I'm pretty sure it was 14).Until he hit a year, he was a voracious nurser. One day, he just decided he was done.
Originally Posted by indignantgirl
You don't have to believe that it can happen for it to happen. .. My SIL, who this happened to, thought the same thing. She came to me in tears several times, telling me that she never wanted to be "one of those women" who said that her baby weaned himself early, because she herself had never believed them. She did everything right. She nursed within 20 minutes of his birth, co-slept (and still does), didn't start solids early, didn't overdo the sippy cup, etc...
Things happen. We can do nothing but make the situation as favorable to nursing as possible. It's ultimately up to the baby, because we can't force a latch.
I'm glad for this thread because I thought I was the only one. My daughter self-weaned at 10 months. Like daniedb's son, she just quit. Before, she was voracious- if I changed my shirt in the same room as her, she'd drop whatever she was doing for chichi. She loved it, I thought. I figured I'd be nursing her until she was 2.
One week, she'd had enough. I'd offer all the time. She'd latch on for a few seconds and bite the crap out of me. She did this for a week, while I filled up. Then after a week, she nursed for the last time (my boobies thanked her). After that day, for the next 3 weeks, she'd just bite me- hard. Gums hurt! She had no teeth. After a month, I had dried up.
She was not interested in any other milk either. Too young for cow's milk. We were concerned (and alarmed) because she was small to begin with (always followed right BELOW the 5% line on those growth charts). Docs gave us all kinds of free formula samples, and goat's milk. Didn't want it. She wasn't on a bottle, it was a sippy cup. She pretty much just drank water (and ate table foods).
It was all pretty distressing. Interestingly, a few months later my friend was taking care of her. I started working a month after she weaned, and my friend's son is 3 weeks younger than my daughter. Anyway, she was nursing her son, and said dd wanted some, so she offered. Dd drank for a few seconds, and that was it. No chichi after that.
Once she turned one, we offered cow's milk. She was a voracious cow milk drinker.