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I'm wondering if someone could enlighten me as to the causes of premature weaning (excluding situations where mama "encourages" the process)...distraction? illness?<br><br>
The reason I'm asking is because I'm wondering if being a WOHM and having my DD in daycare full-time will somehow prompt her to wean early. Actually, this terrifies me, seeing as I won't be able to pump much for her (I have high lipase) and I may have to supplement with formula/donor milk if I can find it. I'm really hoping she reverse cycles, because I just. love. nursing. I really do. And I'm hoping DD will continue to want to nurse for a long time.<br><br>
So has anyone experienced sudden weaning due to prolonged regular absences from their LOs?
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2"> I know it can be scary when you WOH full-time and really, really want to BF your baby too. It can be done! I've been back at work almost 3 months (since DD was 12 wks) and things have gone much better than I had feared they would. My supply has been good, she took to a bottle really well, but still prefers mama when I'm there. So I haven't been working a long time yet, but things are going smoothly and I'm much more confident that I can nurse DD until she's ready to wean (whenever that is). Lots of women work and pump successfully. You can too!
 

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DOn't know about weaning causes, but I wanted to say I've been working since DD was 5 weeks old. I'm gone 11 hours a day (with commute). She's now 1 year old and we are still breastfeeding. She doesn't really drink any milk in the day any more, just does solids and water while I'm gone. We nurse as soon as I get home. IN fact the first thing she says to me is "ah-ah!" (our nursing word). We nurse overnight and in the early am. Also nurse on weekends at will.<br><br>
Even if you have to supplement while at work, you can still be a-ok for nursing otherwise. You can do it, momma!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
It's harder for a WOHM for sure. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> to you for all the work it takes!<br><br>
Okay- factors that *can* contribute to premature weaning:<br><br>
artificial nipples- especially when mom is around<br>
other sucking (pacifiers, sippy cups)<br>
other milks<br>
juice<br>
spoon feeding solids<br>
not cosleeping<br>
nightweaning<br>
not offering<br><br>
-Angela
 

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We did it successfully, too! I chose to wean ds recently at 23 months...I'm preg with #2... keep on keepin' on! Most likely, you'll do fine!
 

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I just want to offer support. I was a WOHM with my older DS. He nursed for 26.5 months. I worked with a woman who nursed but also supplemented and her daughter weaned at 19 months. Extended nursing and WOH can absolutely work! I know it is hard, but my advice would be to go with the flow and take things as they come. Try not to worry about what "could" happen.
 

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Artificial nipples- especially when mom is around<br>
other sucking (pacifiers, sippy cups)<br>
other milks<br>
juice<br>
spoon feeding solids<br>
not cosleeping<br>
nightweaning<br>
not offering</div>
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DD never did accept paci or a bottle (she'll slurp from a big cup once in a while), I've never supplemented, DD doesn't like solids yet (or juice), we cosleep, I don't want to nightwean and I offer lots...maybe too much <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Thank you all for your reassuring words; it's good to know other mamas made it work.
 
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