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#391 of 417 Old 01-21-2009, 10:11 PM
 
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I am nursing my 13 month old. He still nurses quite a bit. I am starting to turn into the freak of the week around here. Oh well I don't care.

When we were first getting to know each other and were having nursing troubles I was hoping to just make it through the next nursing session.Now we have been at it over a year. I hope to make it till at least two and am delaying trying to have another child until at least then so he can have my milk for a min of two years.

But.... since I got pregnant by accident last time we'll have to see. The best laid plans and all that.
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Hi. I just wanted to introduce myself. I'm Kelley, mom to an almost 4 yr old boy and a 17 mo old girl. I nursed ds until my third trimester of pregnancy, when he weaned himself, and dd is still going strong. Not much else to add, just that I'm happy to have finally found a group of moms who are for CLW - I don't meet many IRL
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Hello I have been lurking for quite a while, and have gotten a lot of support from all of you women without you even knowing it! My nursling DD will be 3 in April, and my nursling DS just turned 1 on the 14th. My mom (who was a LLL leader) nursed me and my brothers, and I (her last baby) nursed until I was 3 (I was also born at home). It has always been a given that I would nurse my babies. I think my mom would have disowned me if I didn't.

DD was a very unhappy baby who cried all of the time whether I was holding her or not (or course, I was holding her a majority of the time). She was also a terrible nurser. I always said that she nursed only when the alternative was to starve to death. I'm not exaggerating when I say that even when she was a few months old she had periods where she only nursed a few times all day long. I was constantly engorged. I could never nurse her in public because she just wouldn't. She would go for hours without nursing if we were in town. I would sit in LLL meetings and just cry because all of the other babies would just peacefully nurse and go to sleep. DD NEVER nursed to sleep, and she NEVER comfort nursed. I leaked all of the time because she would just nurse until my milk let down and then would latch off and cry until I gave her a pacifier. Anyway, I think you've got the point So, at the time I just prayed that she would make it to a year before she decided that she was finished altogether. I got pregnant when she turned a year old and then I thought for sure she wouldn't nurse through a pregnancy. Well, somewhere along the way she decided that this thing that she constantly fought against was something that she actually enjoyed doing, and here we are coming up on her 3rd birthday and she nurses on average 5 times a day.

My DS was a champion nurser from the beginning, though we had a rocky first few months. He also was one who wouldn't comfort nurse and wouldn't nurse to sleep. With both DD and DS, they would nurse until they had their fill, then they wouldn't want the milk anymore but still wanted to suck, so I ended up giving them a pacifier, much as I hated to. DS is much more easygoing temperamentally, and he is a calmer nurser, though he still is grumpy about nursing in public.

I am starting to get a little impatient with DD in regards to nursing, and I think she can tell because she has been asking to nurse more in a day. We take it a day at a time. My DS is a chunk, so I never worry that he is getting enough.

Anyway, that is a very long-winded me.

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Hi Everyone!
I'm new to MDC, and loving the boards! After lurking around for awhile, I thought I should share my story...

DS1 is 3.5 yrs, breastfed for 5 months. When I had him I was young (20), uneducated and unprepared. I knew I wanted to breastfeed - it felt natural to me - but I had no clue, and was dealing with a lot of stress. After a difficult labour (ds presented transverse, had to be vacuummed and had severe bruising) it was hours before he was alert enough to latch. We had a rough go from day one - every day was a struggle. One day, after refusing to nurse for hours on end, a friend came over and offered to give him a bottle (of formula - I wasn't able to express any milk). At that point, I was so worn out and upset that I let her. DS never nursed again...If I had only known what a "nursing strike" was at the time, I wouldn't have given up...but hindsight is 20/20....

Fast forward three years to the arrival of DS2. This time, I was ready. I did my "homework" - started attending LLL meetings, researching anything and everything to do with breastfeeding. After a straightforward, completely drug free, completely natural birth, ds2 did "the breast crawl" and has been going strong since. The difference is unreal. I'm prepared, relaxed and confident. I have the support of dh - who has learned a lot from the experiences with ds1 too - and I'm so proud. DS2 is 9 months, and we aren't stopping anytime soon. The idea of child led weaning just makes sense to me, and we will continue forward one day at a time. :

I would be lying if I said I didn't feel some guilt for not knowing more/trying harder/whatever with ds1, but then I remind myself that I did the best I could at the time. We have a deep, strong bond, and I work on nurturing it in many different ways.

It has been great reading posts from other members here, and I look forward to sharing the joys and challenges of this journey with everyone!

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Hi, I'm Maria, new to MDC and mama to 8-month-old Kaliyah. While I understand that this introduction is intended for discussion of Child-Led Weaning specifically, I'm also interested in connecting with others who are practicing Baby-Led Weaning (BLW - method of gradually weaning a baby from a milk diet onto solid foods. It allows a baby to control his or her solid food intake by self-feeding from the very beginning of the weaning process).

We are using this method and have really enjoyed allowing Kaliyah control of her intake but I have thoughts, questions, concerns, wonderings and wonder whether there is a place for this on MDC. Any of you familiar with BLW or, more importantly, just doing it, regardless of whether or not you've labeled it?

Thanks in advance.

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Hi! I'm Emily, 22, mama of Leonidas, almost 9 months. He was born naturally in a free standing birth center on May 6th, 2008. Breastfeeding has gone very smoothly for us. I did all my research before he was born...and knew AP was for us. DH supports us tremendously!

I've had sore nipples in the beginning, a few clogged ducts, and even one battle with mastitis, but we managed to get through it all with TLC, lots of nursing, and best of all...no drugs or meds!

I go to school a few days a week and pump when I'm gone. DS gets between 4 to 6 bottles a week of EBM per week, given by DH, who is home during the days I'm gone.

I also pump to donate for a family who had their baby with a surrogate. I'm blessed with oversupply!

As we progress in our journey of CLW, I am gradually getting less and less support from our families (who we thankfully aren't that close with) and am turning more to MDC. I am going to my first LLL meeting next week and I'm sooo excited! DS is still EBF at 9 months, no food at all yet. He isn't interested and we aren't pushing it before he's ready.
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hi, i'm mom to an almost 3 year old, and newly pregnant with number 2. DD tipped me off to my being pregnant, when she declared "empty" to my breasts. my heart started to pound, but i told her, "just keep nursing, and the milk will come back." she did. two days later, i took a pregnancy test and i was. i have since eaten tons of oatmeal and encouraged her to nurse. it does hurt a bit, but thankfully, that's my only real pregnancy symptom (no morning sickness again), so i'm almost glad to have the pain. it isn't so bad anyway (i went through a lot worse getting her nursing in the beginning -- 10 weeks of severe pain). i am hoping to tandem nurse once the baby is born. so, yes pls put me down for CLW!

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Hi! I am mom to Jonah, almost 6 mo. old and EBF. Honestly at first I was against CLW but the more I read (and now that I have actually experienced the beauty of breastfeeding I am leaning toward it. I'm looking forward to learning more and getting the support needed to make this choice.

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After all these years on MDC I can't believe this is the first time I've been to this forum!

I guess I am part of this club now! I have a 3+ yr old who, like someone said above, will be nursing until he goes off to college! I can't even imagine him weaning, he loves his milk!!! In recent months he has been nursing constantly. Even more than when he was 1 or 2 yrs old. I think some of it has to do with starting preschool, he is looking for more security and connection with me. Recently he has also begun a lot of typical 3 yr old behaviors (typically is very even tempered and easygoing!) so I think it's also his way of dealing with the developmental changes he's experiencing.

I do love nursing him and have no plans to quit (don't even see how that would be possible, anyway!) sometimes it does get hard to deal with when he is pulling up my shirt, diving down my shirt, or refuses to unlatch despite all my gentle attempts to end the nursing session.

I do have a lot of support IRL with a great group of friends, but even the die-hards have weaned their kids by now and I think only 1 of my friends is still nursing and over-3 yr old.

Glad to see we are all in good company here!
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Hello,
I was browsing this forum and thought it polite to stop in and introduce myself. My older child will be five in July, his sister will be three in May. We are tandem nursing. I'm sort of "in the moment" right now as far as tandem nursing. In some ways it feels like CLW might be just around the corner, in other ways it feels natural necessary and something that will be a part of our lives for ever and ever and ever and ever... I think that each of my children might have already weaned on their own if it weren't for the other. Sort of in the way that a stick at the park is more interesting to one dog if another dog is alread playing with it. I'm the stick. They're the dogs. Though they're actually quite lovely and tandem nursing has gotten us through many long nights in illness and health and it was a great help in getting their sleep synched up through the first two years.
Last year I thought about weaning ds but couldn't totally see my own logic - why would I start pushing him towards weaning at some arbitrary date when we had come so far. What was 3.5 compared to any other age? So here we are. And here I am. Nice to meet you!
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Hi! I'm Julie. I am nursing my two girls, 3.5 and 2. the oldest is down to nursing just once a day, generally. She also wants to nurse when she is sick or very upset. While she nurses very little, she is very attached to her "bb's". I don't see her giving them up any time soon.
And the 2 yr nurses, what feels like, constantly. She shows no signs of slowing down.
When I was pregnant with dd1 I thought I would nurse for 2 yrs. After she was born I just couldn't see myself forcing her to stop. Now it's up to them.
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I didn't realize I'd already posted here.
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Hi, I am new to MDC and have been looking around getting acquainted with the boards.

I'm Beth and I have a 25 month old nursling dd and I am 27 weeks pregnant with our 2nd child. For awhile there I was afraid that the drop in supply at the beginning of my 2nd trimeseter would signal the end for dd, but she has returned to her more frequent nursing schedule since my colustrum has begun. I plan to CLW all of my children and hearing many of your stories has been inspiring!

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Hi,
I am a mother of 3. My first madee is 4.5 I am home schooling her and I have twin 6 month old boys Jesse and Jame. I breast feed the twins,so I sit on the couch a lot. : My wonderful husband who work hard all day so that I can sit on the couch all day and he still comes home and takes the kids so I can workout for 1 hour.:
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Hi, my name is Sara. I have a beautiful 9 month old daughter named Luella.: From the beginning of my pregnancy I decided to let Lu do the decision making when it came to nursing. Despite the unwelcome scoffing of co-workers,family and friends I have remained loyal to my decision to let her wean on her own. Only I had no idea it would come so soon. My Lu is fiercely independent. She's still nursing occasionally but my milk supply is dwindling and I feel that this is the beginning of the end. I'm heartbroken.
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Hi I'm a single mother trying to do it all.I have a DD who is 13 and I have a DS who is only 6 months it feels like I'm a new parent all over agian fo waiting so long to have another child and he is a BOY so he is much more of a handfull than my DD!With my first child I fed her on formula but with my son I have made a vow to feed him strickly breastmilk till he is about a year old wish me luck he can be alittle agressive
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Hi!

I'm a regular on a more mainstream mommy forum, but am glad I wondered over here today after clicking a link on the mothering.com newsletter!

I'm SAHM (unemployed) to DD, 13-months. On my regular forum I'm an ODDBALL because I exclusively breastfed DD 'til 11 months and we co-sleep and don't vax.

BF is still her primary source of nourishment, although I now regularly give her organic purees at meal times as well as cheerios and puffs to get her used to chewing. Once she's a pro at that I can't wait to switch her to the more crunchy organic versions of those two!

I was surprised to read on here how old the children are when they are self-weaning. It seems I'm the oddball here too b/c I thought weaning would naturally happen by 2 years old or so.

I let DD lead as far as that goes...and she's ALWAYS been a very strong nurser and we've had no problems with supply and gaining. She's always been off the charts for weight (and now height).

I look forward to familiarizing myself with these forums.
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Never thought I would tandem breastfeed, everyone told me that children wean themselves during pregnancy..NOT SO! My first born would drink his "ma hum" even if it tasted like gasoline.

I also heard that child eventually slowdown with their breast feeding but my 2.5 year old, is nursing MORE now than before...this is with a four month old.

Breastfeeding is the oldest ones favorite thing in the world...
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I'm not afraid to re-introduce myself, just disgusted that I have to because I don't think I should belong here for at least another year or two.

But I live in the real world and I need support (or at least a safe place to vent) so I might as well let everybody know who this weirdo is.

My earlier intro is upthread aways and I'm not going to bother looking for it because my life circumstances have changed. I am a once and future CLWer. dd CLW'd and nursed for the last time when she was about 7 1/2 after "for five minutes every two or three months" had been reality for quite awhile.

I fully intended to do the same with ds1, but something went wrong; maybe I was worried about the sexual connotions because he was a boy, maybe I was "all touched out" after 10 years of pregnancy and/or nursing, maybe homeschooling was more impoortant to me than CLW, or maybe I was just busy, but what happened was that I would tell him he had to wait to nurse until I finished a hiomeschooling or housework task and then when I finished, he would seem perfectly happy with whatever he was doing so I wouldn't remind him or offer to nurse before I started the next task. He stopped asking when he was about 6 1/2 years old.

I regret weaning him very deeply and see a huge difference in him and dd as "big people". They are now 20 and 17. I have another son who is only fifteen months old. I don't feel like I belong here and I am shocked, horrified, and disgusted about all this nonsense I hear about weaning one year olds. I'm sorry if this makes me sound judgemental, but I can't control my feelings, only my behaviour. I expected better from the world after seeing so many of my "weird countercultural hippie" childrearing practrices become mainstream in the 16 years between my baby boys' births and knowing that the WHO and many other authorities that are commonly accepoted by mainstream parents recommend at least two years of nursing instead of the 9-12 months that was recommended when ds1 was a toddler.

ds2 has a different father and a vastly different personality than his siblings, so he may be done with nursing when he is two or he may go past toddlerhood like his siblings. I don't really care one way or the other, I just want weaning to be HIS decision and I want to do whatever it takes to avoid a repeat of ds1's weaning or worse.

I hope that, as a veteran who has nursed kids past society's expected norm and a parent who has personally experienced both CLW and MLW and raised one of each to adulthood (or near adulthood) I will have something of value to offer here and that I can come here to vent when I need to so that I can support parents who choose MLW with other issues we that we do have in common. I also hope for bluntness and hionesty if the issues that caused me to push ds1 away and "accidentally" wean him resurface when ds2 is older.

Thank you for listening.
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I fully intended to do the same with ds1, but something went wrong; maybe I was worried about the sexual connotions because he was a boy, maybe I was "all touched out" after 10 years of pregnancy and/or nursing, maybe homeschooling was more impoortant to me than CLW, or maybe I was just busy, but what happened was that I would tell him he had to wait to nurse until I finished a hiomeschooling or housework task and then when I finished, he would seem perfectly happy with whatever he was doing so I wouldn't remind him or offer to nurse before I started the next task. He stopped asking when he was about 6 1/2 years old.
Oh wow, I do this all the time with my dd and she's only 2.5. I really don't want it to make her wean, but sometimes I just need a break. Do you think it's a bad idea??? Rather (since I do need to keep doing this a bit for my sanity), do you have suggestions to make sure that the "please wait's" and "the boobies need a break now" don't turn into weaning? Especially since dd does use a pacifier to help keep me sane at night.

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JMHO but I think it's FINE to ask a 2.5 year old to wait and I'm pretty sure I asked dd to wait. I feel that my mistake was in not telling ds1 "I'm done with the dishes/helping dd with her Math/whatever so we can nurse now." and being dishonest about saying "just a minute" when I really meant, "Oh no, maybe you'll forget about it by the time I finish the dishes so I can do the laundry."

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JMHO but I think it's FINE to ask a 2.5 year old to wait and I'm pretty sure I asked dd to wait. I feel that my mistake was in not telling ds1 "I'm done with the dishes/helping dd with her Math/whatever so we can nurse now." and being dishonest about saying "just a minute" when I really meant, "Oh no, maybe you'll forget about it by the time I finish the dishes so I can do the laundry."

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That's good to hear. Thanks!!! I don't want to intentionally wean dd for good, but I have set a LOT of limits (because I get touched out easily) and have even night weaned (when I was pregnant last). So yeah, I'd hate to have the unintentional effect of weaning her or turning her off nursing/making her feel bad about it. I guess I've been feeling guilty lately for the amount that I've been telling her that the boobies need a break. But by gum, sometimes they DO!

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i'm a sahm to dd aged 3 and 3 mths. i would like to let her self-wean. but, my girly has always been a night nurser and nobody's gotten enough sleep in forever (we've always had a family bed). also, my milk seems to be running out which makes bf so much more uncomfortable for me and frustrating for her. i tried for two nights to say the nummies were sleeping. instead i tickled her, sang to her, and rocked her (for hours actually). she didn't cry and get hysterical--she just didn't sleep. after those two nights, i have given up on it for now. not sure if that means i need to let her decide when it's right to give it up herself or what. anyway, just been struggling with this stuff and checking in to this forum is helpful. thanks.
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Hi everyone (howdy, noordinaryspider! Good to see you're over here too )
My name is Suzy, I have a almost two year old and a four and a half year old, both girls. I never heard of CLW, but just nursed my eldest until my milk dried up completely because of being PG with #2. It didn't feel right to stop nursing her, so we continued for 27 months in total. I wondered if we would maybe tandem nurse, but that was not in the cards for me: when my milk came in again DD didn't like the taste of it anymore, and decided that boobs are for babies . With DD. 2 I'll just wait and see what happens.

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My name is Kristin, and I currently nurse my 7.5 mo old son on cue. We have nursed like this since he was 1 month (after we got over some bad advice from the doc!). My views of bf'ing have changed dramatically since ds was born. I knew I wanted to nurse him for at least 2 years. Then I saw the 20/20 news program on extended bf'ing (and basically how absurd/gross/weird) it is. I thought long and hard after that about nursing and at what age children should stop. I went to a LLL meeting and the leader there talked about how nursing is a relationship... after that I finally understood why some people nurse longer than others. I went from saying 1 year to 3 and then 5. I do believe I want to nurse until ds is done (no matter the age), but I feel I will need lots of support for it. Everyone keeps telling me that he will not learn coping mechanisms if I nurse him too long or once they can ask for it in a complete sentence it is too much. I live in the Midwest, so I know there will be a lot of conservative opinions surrounding my opinion. I know DH is comfortable until about 4 or so.

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Hi Kristin!
I can so relate. But getting and offering support is what we've come here for, right? I always feel it's DD's business and mine, I'm not asking anybody to judge me or give me that nonsense about not developing coping mechanisms :
IRL I seemed I hardly ever met anyone that nursed beyond 1 yrs, but... it turnes out some actually have but are kind of shy to share it with the whole world. Only last sunday, when we were visiting the hospital a nurse looked at me and said to me with this cute smile:"how nice you're still nursing her, I nursed my son 'till he was two years old too"

Mom to two girls, wife to DH : : : : : :
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