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I could use some advice about this one.<br>
Here is the behavior:<br>
- nurses on one side for a few secs<br>
- switches to other "bo" for a few sucks<br>
- goes back to orignial breast and sucks for a few secs and then stops.<br><br>
He still has one good long nurse in the morning.<br><br>
This is baby who loves to nurse, has nursed on demand since birth, has never had a bottle. He night weaned about 3 months ago. And, has been nursing 3 times a day since then (his choice).<br><br>
I'm concerned that my supply is low, but don't think this is the issue. I'm starting to think it may be the next step in weaning. I don't know if I should cry or celebrate. I hadn't expect this so early.<br><br>
Any thoughts? Is this weaning?
 

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Check out this link. <a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/weaning/babyselfwean.html" target="_blank">Do Babies Under 12 Months Self Wean?</a><br><br>
My question to you would be, what is he weaning TO? Too many sippy cups? Too many solid foods? A baby under 24 months NEEDS human milk, and the <a href="http://www.prairienet.org/laleche/detwean.html" target="_blank">natural age of weaning</a> for human children is probably between 2.5 years and 7 years. I would actively work to avoid weaning in a child under age 2, and would certainly never actively wean a child under age 3. There are just <a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/bfextended/ebf-benefits.html" target="_blank">too many benefits to nursing at least 2 years</a> (which is the <a href="http://www.who.int/child-adolescent-health/NUTRITION/global_strategy.htm" target="_blank">bare minimum recommendation by the WHO and UNICEF</a>)! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Thank you so much for the resources and support! I can't tell you how much I needed to hear/see this.<br><br>
In answer to your question, my son isn't wearning to anything as far as I can tell. He doesn't like any other kind of milk or milk subsitute. No sippy cup or bottle. He drinks water from and regular cup and has a good diet of solid foods. So, I don't htink this is it.<br><br>
What struck me most was this section in your first rec...<br><br>
"Be aware of your own subtle cues that encourage weaning"<br><br>
Yikes! I think that I may have been doing this. I thought that I was committed to nursing until 2. But, I did work (very gently and at my son's acceptance) towards night weaning and a more regular schedule for weaning at around 16 m. Looks like it may be contributing to what is happening now. And, I certainly haven't been offering. I may even act annoyed by it (sad to admit). So, do you think I should let him nurse more at night and during the day?<br><br>
I'm confused because it does seem like this behavior may be another step of the weaning process and I don't want to interfere too much.<br><br>
Bottom line...I'd like my son to wean when he is ready.<br><br>
Thanks for your input!
 

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try this:<br><br>
nurse first, food second.<br><br>
only give him food after you've taken time to nurse him. this will help correct his proportions of breastmilk and food.<br><br>
i am still nursing a 3 yr. old at night. some nights are tiring, but most are fine. he needs that to make up for his busy day.<br><br>
the appropriate beverage for a little child is breastmilk. no juice, soy milk, etc. sometimes theyneed water, of course.<br><br>
breastmilk is also still their most important and complex food.<br><br>
can you create a quiet space for some prenap and bedtime nursing? tsking time to really nurse him will also cut down on the snack nursing.<br><br>
of course, nursing is so much more than food!<br><br>
rrr
 
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