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that your babe will bf for at least so many years? I do <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Bolt.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bolt"><br>
I <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/praying.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="praying">: for <b>at least</b> 3 years <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
Dh says I shouldn't set myself up for possible dissapointment, but I'm hoping for a minimum of 3 years (and hopefully many more <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> ). I know it's called child -led weaning, but I'd strongly encourage her to keep going <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Anyone else secretly hope for a minimum?
 

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Not "hoping" so much anymore, but 2 years of bmilk was the minimum "acceptable" to me. As my kids are 6 (and weaned) and 3.5 (and still going strong) and we plan on no more kids, I've reached my *minimum.*<br><br>
It's funny because I was just thinking about how I was ready for DS to wean. But what I mean by that is him slowly cutting back over the next 6 months. Kinda funny to think that I would consider his active weaning longer than most children are bfed in the US. Its all about perspective, huh?
 

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I always figured if they wanted to stop before about 2.5 I would consider it just a strike and keep trying, maybe even pumping for a while (that's saying alot for someone who has been lactating for almost 6 years and never even tried to pump :LOL )<br><br>
My oldest made it past 5 and the youngest just turned 4 and I am also hoping he is pretty much done in the next 6 months.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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I agree. I consider the beginning of the end with the oldest at about 4 1/2, although he nursed probably weekly for the next 6 months, and monthly for the 6 months after that. My youngest is already to the once or twice a week and I am sure ready to be done!
 

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Two years was my minimum. I made it past that with ds1 and still have 14 months to go for ds2 to det there. Truthfully, I would like ds1 to nurse for at least another year(3.5) because of his multiple food allergies. It's nice to know he can have a very limited diet and still be healthy because of the breastmilk he gets. I really don't see him weaning any time soon. If ds2 ends up with as many allergies( he has some but it's too soon to tell), I will encourage him to nurse longer too.
 

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If I had a kid who quit nursing before 2.5, I too would consider it a strike and work to get them back on the boob. I can't even imagine what a nursing strike is like, though, as my son is nearly 2.5 and still nurses 1000 times a day. He has always nursed more than any baby or toddler I've ever met. I'm hoping this next one is a little more laid back- but I still want him/her to nurse for 2.5+ years.
 
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