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Child led weaning [Sep. 11th, 2012|08:02 am]
Nursing past 12 months


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For those of you practicing child led weaning, how long have you nursed for? My Nurslings will be 4 in January and I guess I'm looking for validation that this is normal.

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[User Picture]From: gosling
2012-09-11 10:22 am (UTC)
My goal with my current nursling is five years. :-)

Most of my friends nurse their kids for several years, so I know lots of kids who nursed for four or more years. I had my kids later than a lot of my friends, so I watched how completely child-led weaning can work. They would gradually stop over time, and often nursing was this awesome thing they remembered fondly. Some of them would occasionally mention it as an example of how awesome their mom was when they saw me first nursing my little one.

I pumped exclusively for my first child for four and a half years. I'm a big believer in getting those antibodies as long as possible!

(Also great apes, which we are, nurse their babies for at least six times full term gestation. From a physiological perspective humans are born immature, and our gestation would be up to three months longer if we didn't have that walking upright/huge head thing going. I would be totally comfortable with my kid nursing six years, which is the point at which the shape of the jaw starts to really have changed so much it gets difficult to nurse. I don't think he's going to nurse that long though. I doubt I'll make it to my five year goal either. We'll see.)
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[User Picture]From: sxdx
2012-09-11 01:37 pm (UTC)
Holy pumping! You rule for that.
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