My daughter just turned 2 in March. I figured she would start to self wean at least a little bit by now, but hasn't at all. I'm trying to encourage her not to nurse, but she still wants to at least a few times a day and before naps and bedtime. Will she EVER start to self wean herself? I didn't just want to take nursing away from her, but I don't want nursing to become a habit.Answer Question
Answer by SAHMinIL2 at 9:56 AM on May. 26, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 10:00 AM on May. 26, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 10:01 AM on May. 26, 2010
Nursing is not a habit. It's normal for humans to wean between the age of 3-7. If you are "trying to encourage her to not to nurse" then that is mother let weaning not self weaning. If you want to allow your child to self wean then you let them nurse without restrictions until they wean themselves.
The earliest children self wean is usually around 2.5. There may not be a "starting" to weaning. One day a child may decide to not nurse any more.
Answer by Gailll at 10:16 AM on May. 26, 2010
Answer by admckenzie at 10:17 AM on May. 26, 2010
I think there is some confusion with terminology. Extended breastfeeding is when someone breastfeeds a long time. Since all babies are supposed to breastfeed 2 years it would seem like after 2 would be considered extended breastfeeding. However, since it is uncommon for toddlers to breastfeed after 1 year, extended breastfeeding may be after a year. There is no set definition.
Extended breastfeeding is what the OP is doing since her little girl is older. Since she is encouraging weaning she is doing mother led weaning. Is mother led weaning bad? It depends on how it's done. If a mother can't stand nursing any longer it may be better to wean. The child is going to pick up on all those negative emotions. If a child has health problems then it's best to nurse as long as possible.
Answer by Gailll at 10:25 AM on May. 26, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 10:28 AM on May. 26, 2010
Answer by NoahsMomma418 at 11:07 AM on May. 26, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 11:28 AM on May. 26, 2010
Answer by new_mom808 at 9:28 PM on May. 26, 2010