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#1 of 4 Old 04-19-2003, 02:22 AM - Thread Starter
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Ds is 23 months, and although I still enjoy nursing a lot, I feel like I'm getting ready for him to be done soon. I would like to do this gradually, but don't really know where to start. He is pretty adamant about nursing when he really wants to.

I am working on the don't offer and don't refuse - I don't offer much, but I don't always try to distract him when he is obviously wanting to nurse. But he still nurses 3-4x at night, in the morning, for naps, and periodically throughout the day, depending on whether we are at home (more nursing) or out and about (sometimes no nursing at all).

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When I felt like I was getting ready to wean, I started talking about it to ds. We picked a time (about 6 months later) when we both felt okay to wean. We talked about it together & I talked about it deliberately with others within his ear shot. The date we picked was June & by the first week in July, he was completely weaned. Good luck.
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I negotiated with DD- when she was 2 1/2 I said, "You can nurse again at 5 am when the birds sing" and we did-- that's how we cut out night nursing. The day feedings she gave up slolwly on her own. The one before bed and at 5 am stayed until near weaning. 5 am was the last to go- she just stopped asking.

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