That's not needy, that's normal infant behavior. It's GOOD she eats frequently, it's how they are designed. If she ate less frequently she'd have to stretch out her stomach in order to hold enough food and that can lead to chronic overeating and obesity. It can also cause digestive upset and lots of spit up!
Self weaning typically happens after 2 years of age... before that and it's not really self-weaning. If you wanted to wean her now, you would have to lead it by replacing feedings at the breast with bottles (small bottles). Switch one feeding a week until done. But remember, you still have to do the work of feeding her... except now you have the added expense of formula and bottles, etc... you have the added work of making the bottles, carrying it all everywhere with you and stopping whatever you're doing to feed her, PLUS all the extra dishes.
Not my cup of tea! I'd stick with nursing frequently!
at 9:24 PM on Feb. 9, 2011