Sunday, October 9, 2011

Child Led Weaning

What is it? You allow your child to breastfeed for as long as they want to until they decide to stop on their own (this can occur between 2 - 4 years of age, although usually around 2). I decided to do this with Mimi even though I questioned whether or not it would work. When she approached 2 1/2 years of age and was still nursing (not constantly, but when she wanted to sleep) I started to get concerned. I was worried because I'm pregnant and I didn't really want to nurse two kids. She was actually starting to nurse MORE than usual for a few weeks and I was very discouraged. But then... bam... done. She stopped nursing one day. She nursed a tiny bit for a night or two (I didn't bother her about it) and then completely stopped..... all by herself.
No crying fits
No tantrums
No staying awake at night

So if you're wondering whether or not it works, I'm here to say that for me it did work. I cannot tell you how thankful I am that I stuck with it and didn't give up. Knowing that she stopped when she was nutritionally and emotionally ready really makes me happy.

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