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saw this on another CLW thread, something about how mammals generally self wean at 5x their birthweight. for those who have CLW'd a child, can you recall if they were approximately 5x their birthweight, or bigger, or smaller?

just curious. thanks!

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I'll let you know when ds hits 51 pounds. Although I doubt he'll still be nursing at that point. He's been hanging out at 31 pounds for quite some time now and he's going to be 3 in June. DD self-weaned the day before her 4th birthday, at 35 pounds. 5x her birthweight would be 37 pounds, so that is pretty close.
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Never heard that one. Interesting. Well, by that dd will keep nursing quite a bit longer I suppose...

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I haven't heard this either but yes pretty much. DS weighed 8lb 5 0z and weaned at around 42 lbs.

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interesting. not true for us, though. tall skinny dd weaned at 35-ish pounds, and was 8lbs15oz at birth.

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Not true for us, though DS has been holding steady at just about 5x his birthweight for a few months now. Maybe he just needs an extra pound or two.

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Wow, that will be a long time for those of us with big babies!
DS weighed nearly 10 pounds and has been hanging around the 40 pound mark forever.
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Ah, my middle daughter is ten times her birthweight & cannot be bothered to wean!

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8.12 x 5 = 40.6...hes not there yet, at 3.5
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saw this on another CLW thread, something about how mammals generally self wean at 5x their birthweight. for those who have CLW'd a child, can you recall if they were approximately 5x their birthweight, or bigger, or smaller?

just curious. thanks!
Hmm. It's actually pretty true for my kid... she was 9 pounds at birth and self-weaned when she was almost four and around 43-44 pounds...

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saw this on another CLW thread, something about how mammals generally self wean at 5x their birthweight. for those who have CLW'd a child, can you recall if they were approximately 5x their birthweight, or bigger, or smaller?

just curious. thanks!
That's an interesting question, because I don't really know how much my daughter weighed when she weaned. I haven't been weighing her. But I'm thinking she probably was 5x birthweight. She was a little over 11 lbs at birth, so that would be 55 lbs, and she weaned just before her 5th birthday. She weighs about 65 lbs now, at 5 and a half.

My first daughter was somewhere between 3.5 and 4 when she weaned completely, but it was at 3 years 7 months that she stopped daily nursing. She was a little over 9 lbs at birth, so that would have been 45 lbs. I'm not sure if she weighed that much then, but somewhere I have it written down. She was probably at least 40 lbs, I think.
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Mine was born at 9 lbs and change.

She was weaned at 4 yrs 8 mos and since she's 5 and not quite 42 lbs... no. It was not 5x her birth weight.

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no, he's way past that and still nursing.

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Mine was born at just under 7 pounds, so by that measure she'll wean at 35 pounds. But at age 3.5 she's only 25 pounds; at this rate she'll be 13 before she hits 35 pounds!

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My ds1 has a few more pounds to hit it. With him that could take another year or so. He's already 6 and only nurses a couple of times a week.

Ds2 has about 7 pounds to go. He's not anywhere near weaning.

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Interesting, never heard that one. If that's the case DS would wean at about 44 lbs. That could be a while-- at 7 months he's still a few pounds shy of doubling his birth weight.

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hmmm.not sure. Dd was 9lbs. Im trying to remember if she was around 45 at weaning. No she was under, she was still in 5 point and not yet 3yrs old. I think I would have had to nurse her until she was 4 or 5yrs old to hit 45lbs.

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Not true for us DD is over 5 x and still going as strongly as I will let her.
DS still has about 12 lbs to go.

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Not true here. that would be 43 and 51 pounds, and neither of my kids will be that weight for a long time.

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Hmmm... DD is about 40 pounds I think, 5 years old, and she weaned in December. She was 6 lbs. 6 oz. when born. So no, I think she was more than 5 x her birthweight.

I thought it made total sense though that she weaned in December and as of about February, she started grinding her teeth like mad during the night. A friend the same age was doing it too, and me and the mom were discussing it. We called the dentist to see if it was a problem. Dentist said, no, if they just started doing it, that just means they're loosening their baby teeth in preparation for them to fall out. So DDs weaning seems to be on track with her getting of adult teeth.

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LOL DS will be 8 before he reaches 5 X his birth weight. He's almost 4 and weighs 30 lbs (born at 9.3 lbs)

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So DDs weaning seems to be on track with her getting of adult teeth.
That was also true for my daughter... she weaned a month or two before losing her first baby teeth.

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lol, nope! DD was about 70lbs when she weaned and was 8lbs 8oz when born (just weaned about a month ago and her weight has been going down since then). DS was 8lbs 13oz and weaned when he was aroun 50-ish pounds at 4 years 3 months.
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nope. Well, I guess I'm not really sure if DD weaned or not, its been a few weeks but you never know But she'll be 3 in August, weighs 37ish lbs, and was born 8lb 10oz. So close but not exactly....

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dd has gone past her 45 pound mark abou two years ago, lost 5 teeth with more loose but still nursing at 6 1/2 years old.

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Oh, now the teeth thing wasn't true for us. DD1 lost her first tooth when she was around 7, and DD2 is 5.5 and still has not lost teeth, but has already weaned.
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My suspicion is that this is sort of coincidental, and depends largely on your child's birth weight. My kids were both "big" babies who leveled off in their first year, so I'd be quite surprised if they're still nursing when they quintuple their birth weights.

It's the same with the whole "double by six months, triple by a year" rule of thumb that some people use. My daughter, for example, weighed 10 lbs. 7 oz. at birth. So doubling that would be almost 21 pounds, and tripling that would be 31 pounds 5 ounces. She's almost 2.5, and she weighs about 27.5-28 pounds, which is an appropriate weight for her height (both are ~50th%). 31.5 pounds would have been pretty ridiculous for her at 12 months.

Anyway, my son is 4 years and a couple months, and he weighs about 35 pounds. At the (slow) rate that they gain weight at this age, I can't imagine he'll still be nursing when he hits 45.5 (he was a bit over 9 pounds at birth).

But talk to me in a couple years--maybe I'll be eating my words. =)
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According to Kathryn Dettwyler, most mammals wean at triple their birth weight (which is one fact that has encouraged the 1 year weaning in the recent past). Primates are more likely to go to quadruple their birth weight which would be from 2.5-3.5 years for humans.

That said, Dettwyler says 1/3 adult weight is a good indicator, which happens from 5-7 years in humans.

Here is a quick rundown:
http://www.kathydettwyler.org/detwean.html

DD was around 5X her birthweight when she weaned and DS was over 5X his birthweight when he weaned. While I have heard the first molars are pretty predictive, they were both very late teethers (at 7.5 DS has lost two teeth, at 10 DD has lost 8) so they weaned before that. The baby teeth used to be commonly called "milk" teeth, but both DD & DS were weaned 1.5-2 years before they lost their first tooth.

 

 

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Not true for us - my little one was closer to 4x birth weight. Interesting idea though.

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Interesting, I did a paper on this when ds was young and I think I remember reading this, but it didn't cross my mind when ds weaned. So... with his birth weight, he should of weaned at just under 40 lbs.
Close enough He was about 4 1/2 and a few lbs over 40.
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