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DS will be 14 months old tomorrow. He's been pretty uninterested in nursing since about 11 1/2 months. He never asks to nurse anymore. Even when he normally gets milk, like right after his bath, if I snuggle him and don't offer right away, he's perfectly happy sucking his thumb. I had been offering 4X/day (morning, lunch, after work, bed), and recently decided to go ahead and drop the after work nurse. On the weekends, he usually only nurses twice or so; since we don't have the schedule, I just let things go as they go. The only time he ever seems to initiate nursing is when he sees me topless when I'm changing or after the shower or something. I guess he thinks I'm offering. I thought it was just a drop in interest at first, but it's been more than 2 months now and he still has very little interest. He's absolutely thrilled to nurse when I offer, but I honestly don't think he'd care if he just had his thumb or a sippy cup of rice milk.<br><br>
I like nursing him and all, but lately, it's becoming more of a chore. He wiggles and hums while he nurses and for some reason he's started fussing toward the end of the feeding on each side. That, plus the discomfort with all the teeth and I'm about to say we're done. Anyone BTDT? Any insight would be appreciated!
 

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My dd isnt much older than yours so I completely get the annoying nursing aerobics and what not. I would keep nursing tho... I think all babies should nurse til 2 even if its just a few times a day or when they need comfort. There is so much going on in their brains from 12-24 months that I think they are often easily distracted but its so worth while to their health and to the connection between you two to keep going <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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If you are trying to wean him it sounds like it will be fairly uneventful if you do so in the next couple months.<br><br>
I cannot advise that, though. Children at that age have a very real need to nurse and have species specific milk. Additionally, "Don't Ask, Don't Refuse" is a weaning method. Further, I think many kids at that age don't really realize they *can* ask to nurse (as evidenced by the great number of kids that age who don't ask, but are visably excited when asked).<br><br>
I would suggest increasing the number of times you nurse and perhaps cutting him off (for that individual time) if he starts a nursing behavior that you find unacceptable.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If you are trying to wean him it sounds like it will be fairly uneventful if you do so in the next couple months.<br><br>
I cannot advise that, though. Children at that age have a very real need to nurse and have species specific milk. Additionally, "Don't Ask, Don't Refuse" is a weaning method. Further, I think many kids at that age don't really realize they *can* ask to nurse (as evidenced by the great number of kids that age who don't ask, but are visably excited when asked).<br><br>
I would suggest increasing the number of times you nurse and perhaps cutting him off (for that individual time) if he starts a nursing behavior that you find unacceptable.</div>
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Ditto this!!!<br><br>
14 months is just way too young to wean.....he needs breastmilk for at LEAST two years.<br><br>
Please consider offering more and continuing to nurse your baby. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Offer more often. If he weaned would you be content if he didn't have any milk in his diet? Probably not, you'd probably want him to have some other milk. Why not encourage the perfect milk? Humans need human milk for at least 2 years.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Offer more often. If he weaned would you be content if he didn't have any milk in his diet? Probably not, you'd probably want him to have some other milk. Why not encourage the perfect milk? Humans need human milk for at least 2 years.<br><br>
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