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or if they nursed 6+ times a day at another age (2.5, 3, whatever), when did they wean?

i don't know if there's any correlation between # of nursings at a certain age and age of weaning, but i'm curious. (like how long kids usually have 2 nursings a day, or whatever.)

DD nurses generally 6+ times a day (including overnight), as you might have guessed!

i'm kind of figuring she won't wean until at least 3 or 4--unless it's due to pregnancy (i am not currently pg, but i might be in the next year or so).

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At 2 dd nursed 12-20 times a day. She's 4.5yrs and still nursing.

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DD "officially" weaned at 4 years, 2 months. She tried occasionally for another 14 months. DS weaned at 5 years, 8 months. Oddly enough, the last time they each nursed (or tried) was in May.

When did they go down to 6 times a day?

Hmmm, I would guess in the 3+ range for DD (she had been down that far during my pg with DS, but then she bumped back up again). Definatley by 3.5 years. Sometime before she turned 2 I decided I would count how many times she nursed in a day. I got to 22 and gave up.

DS was definately 4+ before he went down to only 6 times daily. He actually nursed less than DD at 2 years (still at least every 1-2 hours day and night) but he continued that rate for much longer (imo, that is because of the limits I placed on DD while pg with DS).

 

 

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I think my second child was nursing 4 times a day for a long long time and self-weaned at 2.5

for my third, I was devastated when she dropped from 4 times a day to twice a day at about 16 months old just after we moved countries with total lifestyle changes & thought she would self wean soon (= before 2 years of age & when I would be ready); she's been BFing twice a day for more than 7 months now & uped the numbers drastically when she had her first ear infection & a molar out and then again the same 2 weeks later. we are back at twice a day only. I'm so glad we are likely to make it to age two .....
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well, now down to 2 times for a few min at 3 years and 4 months...

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My older dd was down to twice a day by the time she was 2.5 and nursed until she was 5.5.

My younger dd now nurses morning, bedtime plus 1-2 times at night; she's 4.5.

I think it's hard to predict when a child will really be *done* based on any current nursing pattern.
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I have no idea! DS will be 3 next months (his sister is 6 months old and he nursed through pregnancy even when the 'ninnies were all gone!' )
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My dd nursed every hour at that age. I used to joke that she nursed more than any child ever in thr history of man. Then one morning she nursed for like ann hour and then never asked again. Seriously just like that and it was at 2 years and seven months.

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My older dd was down to twice a day by the time she was 2.5 and nursed until she was 5.5.

My younger dd now nurses morning, bedtime plus 1-2 times at night; she's 4.5.

I think it's hard to predict when a child will really be *done* based on any current nursing pattern.
interesting!

well, DD nurses at LEAST 6 times in a 24 hour period. but uh, since last night she has already nursed 5 times. so maybe it's more like 10 these days. i don't know--i don't really count. but she is in daycare 3x/week which kind of makes it hard to say what the general pattern is anyhow.

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DD was nursing quite often at that age. 6-8 times a day, if I recall correctly. She self-weaned the day before her 4th birthday, although she's tried again a couple times since then. She really has completely forgotten how to latch though. I didn't expect that to happen so quickly, given how avid a nurser she always was.
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My DD was probably nursing around 6 times in 24 hours at age 2. Now at 3 yrs, 2 mos she is down to just at bedtime, and has been for close to 6 months. After she turned 2, I suggested cutting back, and she did not resist or fuss much. The few times that she did, I let her nurse. It took several months to get down to just bedtime. For awhile, it was bedtime, naptime and first thing in the morning. Dropping morning was initiated by her. It has gone smoothly, but I have been done with nursing for a long time and wish she'd get on with dropping the bedtime one.
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My son has slowed down on nursing since he started preschool in September. He had been nursing many times per day, at least 6. He's 4.5 now and down to nursing 2 or 3 times a day. On some days he forgets to nurse.
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My dd nursed every hour at that age. I used to joke that she nursed more than any child ever in thr history of man. Then one morning she nursed for like ann hour and then never asked again. Seriously just like that and it was at 2 years and seven months.
that was exactly my experience, with both my children. They nursed from birth till about 2- 2 1/2 every hour and a half or two hours....they never let up, neither one of them. (I have 2) then they just stopped. at about the same age, 2.3 or 2.4.
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I wonder the same thing.
DD, 3, nurses at least three times a day. When she was two she would nurse during the the night, in the morning, at nap time and in the idle of nap time then after nap time, then she would nurse to sleep. If she ever got hurt or sad she would want to nurse then, too. During and because of my pregnancies her nursing had to be cut down but they didn't go easily. Recently, we've moved and because of that change in her life I think her nursing are more than I think they might be. I don't see her weaning anytime soon. I could get her down to two times a day but I think she would level until ???

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DD2 is 3 and still nursing 6+ times a day (probably closer to 10 or 12 but the nursing sessions are getting much shorter)

DD1 nursed 6+ times a day until she self-weaned rather suddenly at 3 1/4. She never did the nursing 2x a day, or nursing once every few days. There was a slight period of tapering off (maybe a few days) that lead up to weaning, but not the prolonged period that a lot of toddlers/preschoolers seem to go through.

That said, DD2 was never much of a nurser. She did it for nutrition, but wasn't really "into" it, if that makes sense. I thought for sure that she would be the kid to self-wean between 1 and 2 years, but no, she's still going strong. I don' think there's a good way to predict, but it is interesting to hear other mama's stories!

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Sam is 4.5 and nurses several times a day. He nursed upwards of 6x a day when he was 2. He also nursed multiple times in the night, which he no longer does, but I did nightwean him at some point. My memory is quite foggy on when since I was so sleep deprived at the time Maybe 2.5? He likes to ask to nurse every time he sees me sitting, but at this point I tell him not now or distract him because I really would rather not nurse in front of people anymore. I don't have any plans to wean him but I have cut him back to 3 or so times per day. My oldest, who is now 8, nursed 20 times a day at age 3. He kept this up until age 3.5 when I weaned him. I was actually tandem nursing so I was nursing 2 kids 20 times a day, one on each side. My kids just love to nurse!
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You're having second-thoughts about moving into the dorms with our kids, aren't you? I promise I'll be a good roommate. The hard part will be insisting that S & R go to the same university.
ha!

not really. just curious what the patterns are. i'm happy to nurse her till she's old, but i'm not going to do the manatee thing

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My older daughter nursed constantly at 2 years. she weaned a month before turning three. It wasn't totally child-led because I had surgery and was bandaged for a few days however I was responsive to allowing her to nurse after I healed she just never wanted to which leads me to beleive she was completely ready.

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My son nursed a lot more than 6 times a day at 2 years old. Te was still going strong when I was pregnant and he was three. Then suddenly dropped down to once or twice a day at the end of my pregnancy. he still nursed infrequently up until he was 4.5 (his sister was born when he was 3 years 9 months)
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5.5 years old. If my version of child-led weaning meant ONLY her wishes, she probably would have gone longer. We were a team through it all and ended when I needed to and when she was ready.
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I'll have to let you know. DD is still nursing at 4.5 through my second preg.

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The girl who nursed a zillion times a day at two and told me I'd have to put up with her nursing when she was bigger than I am, weaned herself this January at 7-1/2. Last year she was still nursing morning, night, and at least once during the day. More if upset. I posted about it.
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m. nursed like a newborn till three years old; quit night nursing (every two hours...) around four years, and weaned at 5.5. she debates the clw label, though.
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At 2 dd nursed 12-20 times a day. She's 4.5yrs and still nursing.

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Mine were nursing that much at age 2 as well.

DD self-weaned at 3.5
DS is slowly weaning at age 5

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DD2 is 2, nursing around 10 times a day. No way she is gonna wean anytime soon.

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At age 2, DD nursed probably 10 times a day; about half were full nursings; half quick check in.
At age 3, DD nursed probably 4 times a day. Two full nursings; rest check in.
At age 4, DD nursed twice a day, and when injured/sad. One full nursing; 1 check in.
At age 4 years and 6 months, DD nursed every other day or so. Usually full nursing. She asked but never latched maybe alternate days.
At age 4 years and 7 months, DD nursed only at LLL meetings when she saw all the other nursing kids.
At age 4 years and 9 months, DD declared herself weaned and we had a weaning party.
The next week, she asked off and on, but didn't nurse. Here and there she's asked but since then, she hasn't nursed.

Until this past Tuesday, for about 10 seconds, after 2 very long days in a row and a blood draw at the doctor's office (lead levels, and they were fine. ) She's 5 years and 3 weeks. I also still consider her weaned though. It's a last check in.

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My first one went from six or seven times at 24 mos to no times at all, ever at just short of 5 years.

He might have gone longer, but he got a sister right around his third birthday, and I think that might have inclined him to wean. Not really sure.

The sister in question went from six or seven times at 24 months to complete self-weaning at 30 months (I got pregnant when she was 24 months -- oops!), but then unweaned herself when the new baby was born and now nurses once or twice a day at 38 months.
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Ds used to nurse 20+ times at 2. He weaned at 4.

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DS was another "nursing as often as a newborn" at age 2 1/2, probably even at age 3 that was true.
At 4 he would go days without nursing, and I think I ended up losing supply around then. Nursing became painful and I would sometimes decline it, but if it seemed like he really needed to, we would. He stopped asking at about 4 1/2.

Aw, I don't realize how much I miss those nursing sessions until I really sit and ponder them! It was only about a year and a half ago, but it feels like ages ago!
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