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At what age did your babes self wean?

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sausagecake Tue 14-Oct-08 21:01:08

I understand that they usually wean between 2-4 years but what age did your self wean? I have tried to wean without my success and wandered if I should wait for dd to self wean. She is 18 months.

sausagecake Tue 14-Oct-08 21:01:56

sorry for the typo's. lol

SamJamsmum Tue 14-Oct-08 21:07:08

Just after his fourth birthday.

SamJamsmum Thu 16-Oct-08 10:23:16

Ooops. Didn't mean to kill this thread. Anyone else?

waitingtobloom Thu 16-Oct-08 11:29:57

15 months - genuinely - not just strike. I was upset but glad he had done it himself and there was no fuss!

xxx

pistachio Thu 16-Oct-08 20:09:46

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terramum Fri 17-Oct-08 11:44:02

DS turned 4 in July and had pretty much weaned by then. He has the very occasional suckle some mornings if we are having a lie-in...but I think that's just for comfort or curiosity's sake...

Tangle Fri 17-Oct-08 15:51:45

DD is 18 months and still going strong - I can't imagine trying to wean her atm as I think it would make her very distressed, so I guess I might be able to answer in a couple of years!

aurorec Fri 17-Oct-08 16:33:41

Mine self-weaned at 14 months.
She was down to only 2 feeds by then, morning and night- she started refusing the morning feed, then a week later the night feed and that was that.

PortAndDemon Fri 17-Oct-08 16:34:45

DS at just over three (well, gradually between about 2.10 and 3.2). I was pregnant, though.

bythepowerofgreyskull Fri 17-Oct-08 16:36:17

I thought they had self weaned at 11 months but I didn't know anything about bf strikes then..

geekgirl Fri 17-Oct-08 16:36:30

dd1 at 3.5 yrs, dd2 at 14 months but that was due to a nursing strike rather than normal self-weaning, and ds at nearly 3.
After the age of 2 dd1 and ds were only bf at bedtime or when poorly IIRC.

zebedee1 Fri 17-Oct-08 16:41:08

Am watching this thread with interest sausagecake as am wondering when my BF addict 17 month old might eventually give up!

Just out of interest how did you try to wean, did you go cold turkey or try to reduce feeds? Am thinking of trying....

SharpMolarBear Fri 17-Oct-08 16:41:26

DS is 18 months ands I doubt I'll ever need to know this but how do you know the difference?

geekgirl Fri 17-Oct-08 17:01:01

How do you know the difference between self-weaning and nursing strikes? Self-weaning is a very gradual process, whereas nursing strikes happen really suddenly - dd2 was still breastfeeding a lot during the day and didn't really drink much else (she has SN and was still a proper baby at 14 months), and then she got such a heavy cold she just couldn't manage and was obviously totally put off
She got quite dehydrated and it was touch & go as to whether she'd have to go on a drip. It was horrible and I felt so sad about it.

With self-weaning you just get to the point where breastfeeding is such a small part of your child's life that they eventually just forget about it.

SharpMolarBear Fri 17-Oct-08 17:07:59

That must have been stressful
YEs, i see, strikes are all feeds suddenly stop, weaning happens very gradually
TBH I can't see either happening right at the moment but you never know

idontbelieveit Fri 17-Oct-08 17:12:08

My dd is 28 months and her last bf was on wednesday. She's been down to a couple of feeds per week for the last 4 or 5 weeks. She may or may not have self weaned as i type, but today she had an afternoon nap at home without a bf for the first time so she's taken a step closer. (If we're out she takes a nap in the pushchair without bothering with a feed, she's done this for about 8 months).

She stopped feeding to sleep at night around the time she turned 2. I didn't try to make her, she just wanted to get into her cot and have a story instead. It's been very gradual and I'm very happy it's been on her terms. Her little sister is due to arrive in feb so I have no idea what will happen with the feeding then.
I'm happy either way to be honest.

idontbelieveit Fri 17-Oct-08 17:13:02

she was still having at least 3 feeds per day at 18 months, probably more like 4 or 5!

mawbroon Fri 17-Oct-08 17:17:30

My ds will be 3 on Tuesday.

No sign whatsoever of giving up.

He feeds morning/bedtime and as many times through the day as he can get away with.

He would feed all night as well too if I let him.

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