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How old was your child when you decided to stop breast feeding?


Asked by Ethans_Ma at 10:54 AM on Apr. 14, 2011 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • My dd was the only one that I really nursed. My goal was a year but she self-weaned at 11 months.

    Answer by JamieLK at 1:34 PM on Apr. 14, 2011

  • You can teach them etiquette and to NOT bite by putting them down immediately. They will learn quickly to not bite or go hungry. And yes, given the chance, kids WILL self wean. Most will do it around 2 or 3. Some earlier, some longer.

    Before 18months, it's more likely a nursing strike and NOT weaning.


    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 11:00 AM on Apr. 14, 2011

  • My 3rd child self-weaned at 14 months...about the same time i found out i was pregnant with his little brothrer. My 4th baby is still breastfeeding and he will be 12months on April 22nd.

    Answer by team21 at 10:56 AM on Apr. 14, 2011

  • 1 year and 3 weeks when he finally stoped but he started to self ween atround 8 or 9 months.

    Answer by Liamsmom09 at 10:57 AM on Apr. 14, 2011

  • My daughter stopped at about 14 mos, likely due to my pregnancy. My son is 3 1/2 and just stopped about 2 weeks ago.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 10:57 AM on Apr. 14, 2011

  • The longest I went was 7months. Teeth can really hurt! I plan on breastfeeding for the 4th time with this baby and plan to go at least till teeth and biting become an issue.

    Answer by CrazyMommy87 at 10:57 AM on Apr. 14, 2011

  • Oh, I didn't know that they would self-wean, that would be good lol I don't know very much about breast feeding

    Comment by Ethans_Ma (original poster) at 10:58 AM on Apr. 14, 2011

  • At 11.5 months she self-weaned. I wasn't ready. I was going for at least 2 years.

    Answer by Jademom07 at 10:58 AM on Apr. 14, 2011

  • Yes, children will self wean if given the opportunity. Self weaning USUALLY occurs sometime between 2.5 and 5, I believe. Of course, there are children that fall outside those brackets.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 11:01 AM on Apr. 14, 2011

  • Nurseing strikes can happen but some children just decide they would rather be up doing other things then breastfeeding and don't need as many feedings. Which is what my DS did. By the time he was a year he was only feeding at sleeping times and when he got up in the middle of the night. Then over the next couple of weeks he didn't need it anymore. I wanted to go longer but he didn't.

    Answer by Liamsmom09 at 11:30 AM on Apr. 14, 2011