I am curious: How old were your children when they decided that it was enough?
I'm hoping she eventually decides she's had enough.
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It seems to me that girls are often "done with it" sooner than boys. At least what I see when I look around.
Well, let's see how mine goes. But I actually see him keeping on nursing and nursing and then still being very upset, even if he is already 5. O well....
It was sweet, she said the milk was DD2's now.
FWIW, up until the time they stopped, I honestly thought that neither one of them would stop on their own. And they did.
My 3-year-old (daughter) isn't anywhere near ready to wean.
(My 7-month-old daughter is *also* not ready to wean.)
Anyway, i guess he'll wean soon, but im not in a hurry. His brother at 2 is still going about 6x a day (probably more actually)
My 2y11m old dd is going strong. I thought she would wean early but she loves her "milk-milk"!
dh wants them both to stop - that's another thread.....
My younger DD stopped on her own last year a few months after her 3rd birthday. She started wearing panties and sleeping in a toddler bed and decided she didn't need to nurse or nap anymore, "I'm a big girl now mom and I don't do that anymore". Okay, then.
Much easier on my conscience that way! I will not coerce a child into quitting again, like I did with my older DD. If I am gifted with more kids, I will be in it for the long run.
And I don't feel guilty either. All three were ready, all three thrived afterwards, and all three are remarkably healthy little goobers. I gave them a *really* good start with nursing exclusively for as long as they wanted, and I am content with that.
My older is 5.5 and still breastfeeding every morning and night, it seems its not going to end this year.
I have a 6 YO and when my baby was born, she wanted to nurse again. After too much of persuasion I finally let her try. She had completely forgotten to latch. She still ocassionally asks to nurse.
DS was 5 years, 8 months. He was *so* proud when he weaned himself. One days I was like, "Hey, you haven't nursed in a while" and he gave a huge grin and said, "Yup, I've weaned." It was spring of his kindergarten year.
i have no memory whatsoever of the last time she nursed, but she was somewhere around 7 or 7 1/2.
She won't ask again; she's 21 now, lol.
ds1 was 6 1/2, but i don't consider that clw because i overdid the "after i finish..." and then when i finished whatever seemed so darned important at the time, i wouldn't remind him if he seemed happy doing something else. i never intended to wean him, i just felt 'touched out", but pretty soon he stopped asking and then started refusing when offered.
he's 18 now.
Although both kids were shockingly old by cultural standards, i see a huge difference in them and feel that the clw kid benefited tremendously from what really wasn't that much more time out of my own life.
most kids will wean earlier than that, but i will not cut my two year old off if leisurely weaning runs in my family.
DD 9 DS 7 yrs
I wouldn't categorize us as totally CLW, as I did limit nursing somewhat, especially when nursing three, but I tried to work with my daughter as much as possible on it.