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Mine are almost 16 months. I intended on doing clw. . . but have had some rough patches. . . you know the drill; touched out bad, pain from so many teeth, normal toddler nursing behavior x2. But I wasn't ready to give it up completely. I just needed them to nurse less. So I did on demand until month 13. Nightweaned in the 14th month (so much easier than I had anticipated). In the 15th month I cut their day feedings down to 3-4 times a day. This was with dh's help (as was the nightweaning). DS has responded very well to it, and would probably be fine nursing even less. He usually doesn't think of nursing until dd is on my lap. DD wants it all the time, talks about it all the time, asks other women for it. So sometimes she gets more when ds isn't looking/sleeping. That was the big struggle for me - that they wanted it different amounts/times/reasons and coming to a conclusion that the three of us could be comfortable with. The way they nurse now, I have not set a deadline. I"m open to suggestions from them.
**eta** I would start w/ nightweaning. Some like Jay Gordon's nightweaning plan. When one asks for milk, offer a drink or snack or activity. I tried to have a cold beverage, exotic snack, exciting activity or toy ready to go when they woke from nap. Those were the nursing times I cut out first.
Single mama to two wild and sweet toddlers 2/08