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I am curious... I miss my nursing relationship, and was wondering what is the oldest child you have known or heard of nursing. I know I saw a siggy on here once that mentioned a daughter self weaning at age 7.

Is that a record??
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I can't imagine it's a record. We met a wonderful 7 year old on a trip that instantly bonded with my dd and played and played with her. She was still nursing.
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The oldest I have heard of is 8. My sister nursed her son regularly until he was 5, although he still asked for it when he was 7 (and she had two younger children who had dibs)

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The oldest nursling I know personally was weaned when he turned 5.
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The oldest I've known IRL was 5, but online I've heard of 8 yr. olds nursing. I assume there are nurslings older than 8 around somewhere.
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IRL I have the oldest nursling. Online, I know a few of my old birthclub mamas who are still nursing. Online though, I know here at MDC I've seen some mention 8 year olds.
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IRL, the oldest nursling I know of is my son, and a friend of my son's who is six months older, and a pair of twins who are somewhere in between. All are around 4 - 4 1/2 years old.

On MDC I know of a couple who were at least seven years old.
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My father met someone in chiropractic school who told him nursed until she was 12! Believe it or not! He said she was top in the class...

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I knew a woman who nursed her oldest for 6 or 7 years (she wouldn't say exactly, but I figured it out from various clues in various conversations.) She told me she'd met a man who was nursed until he was 9.

I've also known 40yo "nurslings" but that's not quite the same thing.

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IRL, the eldest nursling I personally knew was 4¾y. But I know of a mama and child who nursed until the child was 7y in our community.
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my dd was 5.5yr when I considered her weaned. She'll be 6 the end of the summer and is down to once a month (last time was Mother's Day morning, she had a stomach bug all weekend)

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The oldest nursling I have known IRL was around 5.25 when weaned. Hmmm, I've actually known three children who weaned/were weaned shortly after 5.

It's beginning to look like DS will be the oldest nursling I know IRL.

 

 

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The oldest i've known personally was around 6, but here on MDC I think I've met moms who nursed til 8 and I've heard from my LLL leader of an instance of a 10 yr old nursling.
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The oldest I know IRL was 5. On-line the oldest I've heard of is 8.


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I've also known 40yo "nurslings" but that's not quite the same thing.

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My dd is the oldest nursling I know and have heard of IRL. She's only 2!
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IRL - 3.
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oldest I've known is some of the LLL mom's toddlers - 2 or 3. Prior to that it was my sister whom my mom nursed til 22 months.

Oldest I've heard of was a 10 yr old.
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dd is the oldest nursling i know IRL. i think in dettwyler's survey i noticed at least one over 9.
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I know of a 9 yr old.

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The oldest I know IRL is 2.5 At the last LLL meeting I went to my DS was the oldest nursling there.

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IRL--About 2yrs. old. The sad part is, nowdays the majority of the babies or when they were babies, they were formula-fed from birth.

Online--9yrs. old
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IRL: my son, 37mo
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Oh God. If my husband ever hears of a nine-year-old nursling . . . . I keep telling him ds will self-wean by four at the latest. Oops.
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The oldest nursling I have met IRL was 4.5 (at a LLL meeting). Online the oldest I have seen is 7.5, I think.
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the average weaning age worldwide is something like 4.7 years, and the general range is something like 2.5-7 years (I'm sure www.Kellymom.com can correct me...)

so anyway, anyone who is CLW and thinks they might be done by four... you may be falling short by a year or two
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Sadly, my DD is the oldest nursling I know IRL. But I have heard of 7-8yr old nurslings here.
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DD turned 7 a few weeks back. When she went two weeks without asking, I thought we might be done. Now we're back to about once/week.

I don't know what the general range of weaning age is, but the 2-7 years is the biologically normal age range for weaning. I have yet to read of a current culture in which going this many years is a Norm though. 3-4 I've heard of, but not 7.

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that is so cool...i love to hear of kiddos getting to stay attached to mama for a while longer...
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I have a friend who nursed her youngest until he was 9. She had had 5 children that she nursed them all for a long time. She lactated continously for 25 years. I can't imagine that.
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