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Old 01-11-2005, 12:38 AM - Thread Starter
 
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: I am not sure if I am ready to continue nursing until they self wean. I mean, they are 4.4 and still going strong. Anywhere from 1-8 times a day per child. We still nurse for sleep as well but have stopped night nursing unless illness.
I have read two threads in this forum tonight and I have to be honest, I am not sure I can go on until they are 5 or more. I mean YIKES!!! That is a long long long time.


Ok, talk me down mama's.
Talk me down.please
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All I can tell you is that they WILL slow down and eventually stop!

ETA: BTW, my ds slowed down to bedtime-only (for the most part) sometime after turning 4. Since he's turned 5 (less than 2 months ago), he's begun skipping several days between nursings.
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charmarty: You never know what the future holds. DD was about your girls' age when one night, she rolled over while I read a chapter book to her, murmured, tell me if there's any pictures, and fell asleep without nursing. I was dumbfounded...now, she went back to it, but soon it became off and on, then she was not asking to nurse during the day excpet when horribly upset (so, like 2x a day LOL!)
By 5, the old frequent pattern was completely broken, and we started seeing periods when she would go long times (ie, weeks) without nursing. So nursing at 5 CAN be different than nursing at 4. Of course, disclaimer time, results will vary.
One variable with you is that there are 2...some moms of twins find that one is much less interested and weans faster, others don't. I wonder if the scenario many moms of older nurslings have noticed plays with your girls: the LLL meeting phenomenon. Del would always ask at meetings, even if she hadn't nursed all month. Seeing all those OTHER happy nurslings triggered the desire in her. Your girls always have that visual aid, kwim?

Anyway, good luck in your journey. Mary
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Try not to think of the future. Nursing will decrease gradually, with ups and downs. You will just psych yourself out thinking about "how long", especially when nursing seems so constant and you are feeling exhausted.

Try to stay in the present and take it one day at a time. Enjoy every moment without anticipation of what the future holds.

That is how it worked for us anyway. We took it one year at a time. If someone would have foreseen dd nursing until she did, I probably would have freaked out because it does seem "so long" if you are nowhere near there yet. It gets so much easier.
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I like the "you don't know what the future holds" That speaks to me mama's. thank you!!!!!
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