toddler weaning

posted 3 months ago in Babies
Post # 2
335 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

My son is 27 months. He’s been down to just bedtime since he was about 22 months. He will happily go to bed for his dad without asking for milk but still asks to nurse when I put him to bed. I think we’re nearing the end as he’s nursing for shorter time. But I’m pregnant so my kill could just be drying up. 

Post # 4
767 posts
Busy bee

The fact that she is not asking any often means she is probably almost ready to stop. My child went to 3 and was not eager to stop. Now I miss those days, but there is no interest from the child.

Post # 5
97 posts
Worker bee

DS is 17 months and has been down to just one session a day before bed for the last 1.5-2 months. I plan to fully wean him at 18 months as I’m currently 14 weeks pregnant and don’t think I have much milk at this point. I’d also really like a few months off – we EBF and DS never took a bottle so I could really use a break! I totally hear you on feeling sad though. I’ve struggled a bit with feeling guilty and thinking maybe if I wasn’t pregnant he could nurse for longer but then again I think I’d also be sad if he weaned on his own and I’d felt like he didn’t *need* me to nurse anymore. So basically, it’s sad regardless of who is leading the weaning and why! I’ve loved our breastfeeding journey and will miss it but I’m excited for all of the new experiences with a “bigger kid” ahead!

Post # 6
7657 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

My daughter is 23 months and only nurses for nap and for night time. I’ve been ready to stop, but I feel bad cutting her off. If I’m not home or someone else is putting her to bed she will go to sleep without it. I figure it’s onlt a shirt matter of time so I’m not pressing it.

Post # 7
1012 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

LilliV :  My son has been having 1 nursing session in the morning since around November 2017? Frankly I can’t remember. He is now 2 years and 9 months old, and is just starting to not have it every day. I too wonder how it will end.

My older daughter stopped nursing when I entered second trimester with my son. One day she just stopped and that was that, I think my body had to focus on my son at that point. She was about 16 months old.

So to answer your question, 1 session per day can go on for a long time.

Post # 8
402 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

This sounds similar to what we went through. My daughter got down to the one bedtime session around 17 months and then I went away for a few nights for work. She asked to nurse a couple of times after I got back but only stayed on for a minute or so. Then she gave it up for maybe 10 days, got sick, asked to nurse for a couple of nights, and then was done. It did seem fairly sudden!

Post # 9
439 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

My kids didn’t last that long-  but one of my girlfriends nursed her kids until around that age- and she also said that one day they just weren’t interested anymore and that was that.  Like all toddlers, I think they just move on more quickly than we do. I always try to focus on the other new things you can do to bond (and also celebrate the work your body did, and the freedom you have back). Good luck!

Post # 10
5649 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

My son nursed until he was 2.5 and by the last few months, he was casually requesting the comfort nursing at bedtime and on occasions if he was upset. We finally had a discussion and I let him know that we weren’t going to nurse anymore (I was going away for a few days so I set that as our deadline) but that he could still get all the cuddles and snuggles he wanted and needed at bedtime. He asked a couple times when I returned but I reminded him of our conversation and he was fine with getting a snuggle instead.

Post # 13
439 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

LilliV :  usually takes mine a couple of weeks to get back to “normal”. 

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