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Aparently, I self-weaned at 11 months, according to my mom. I'm want to breastfeed Haeven for as long as she wants to, but I hope she doesn't want to quit at 11 months like I did. I'm wondering if any of you other moms had experiences with early weaning babies. Or was it just the circumstances that made me "quit"? And the fact that I bit every time made my mom give up as well.I.e. my mom worked outside of the home, so I only got boobie before and after work and during lunch. I don't think my mom pumped either, but anyways, you see what I'm worried about??<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hippie.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hippie">
 

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you were probably frustrated with your mom and if she had wanted to she could have worked with you to maintain the nursing relationship. maybe she was ready to be done, too, and just quietly let it end. it's pretty rare for a human to self-wean before 12 months, a lot of times the baby is frustrated or distracted so the mom takes it as an out, and then you'll never really know if the child was done or just needed some reminding. 9-11 months is prime time for a baby to nurse less frequently and be a pain in the butt while nursing, but it doesn't mean they have stopped needing it.<br><br>
by the way, give your mom a big <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> for nursing you almost a year! even if you are only 20, that was still the dark ages for nursing and few women made it that long.
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><i>Originally posted by Elphaba</i><br><b>you were probably frustrated with your mom and if she had wanted to she could have worked with you to maintain the nursing relationship. maybe she was ready to be done, too, and just quietly let it end. it's pretty rare for a human to self-wean before 12 months, a lot of times the baby is frustrated or distracted so the mom takes it as an out, and then you'll never really know if the child was done or just needed some reminding. 9-11 months is prime time for a baby to nurse less frequently and be a pain in the butt while nursing, but it doesn't mean they have stopped needing it.<br><br>
by the way, give your mom a big <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> for nursing you almost a year! even if you are only 20, that was still the dark ages for nursing and few women made it that long.</b></td>
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That's what I thought too, but wanted to know some other mom's experiences w/ early weaning babies or when their baby's weaned... to see if we have a chance to make it past 1 year. Sounds like I do.<br>
Yeah, I'm 22 and my mom was a hippy, lucky me. Thanks for writing me back Elphaba
 

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i do know 2 moms who say their children weaned themselves at 10 months. i don't know, as i wasn't the mama, but it seems to me that you can just wait out those rough spots before a year and then you're golden!<br>
i had to return to work when my baby was 10 months old, and she hated nursing on my dinner break. it was tense and rushed, and i was so scared she was weaning herself. but we persevered and here we are at 22+ months. i did however leave my sucky job 3 months later, and that was a great relief.<br>
you'll do great! if you are interested in reading about breastfeeding, check out the book "how weaning happens" it's wonderful!
 

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I think that there are several reasons that many children are easy to wean around a year.<br><br>
They get those molars and bite more, eat more solids, and wiggle more often making mom uncomfortable and cut the nursing short.<br><br>
Solids are regarded as real food, so if baby looks hungry you get out the cheerios, instead of nurseing.<br><br>
They are so distractable and don't want to sit in moms lap and nurse- how boring. Many babies around a year will get almost all of their breastmilk at night- so if mom has been pushing sleeping through the night at all they would rather have solids/cups/bottles in the day adn not be tied to moms lap.<br><br>
I don't think there is much correlation between early weaning and when your children wean- there are too many factors.<br><br><br>
I weaned at 3 months- well my mom was pregnant and I was losing weight- and my boys are still nursing at almost 4 years and 2 1/2 years.
 
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