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As my daughterâs second birthday is getting closer, the subject of weaning has popped into my head a couple of times. I believe that making it to the two-year mark will be a remarkable goal for us, and I have a hard time believing that sheâll be willing to give up breastfeeding simply because she has another birthday. Which led me to wonder if I should plan to wean her at all or just let nature take its course?
If there are no extenuating circumstances that justify the need to wean, is it best to go the child-led route. Child-led or self-led weaning is said to naturally occur between the ages of 2 and 4, and I am completely comfortable with the idea of nursing my daughter throughout that period of her life because I want her to receive the benefits of breastfeeding and breastmilk as long as she can.
However, is there a point even during child-led weaning when mom needs to encourage weaning for instance, when the child begins attending school? I came across a video online the other day that focused on a mother and her 7-year-old daughter who was still nursing on demand (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHRyRCHuQ7g). Now, Iâm quite certain that we wonât be nursing that long, but seeing a girl of that age asking to nurse really got me thinking about limiting nursing to an extent.
At this point, I do not feel that either of us is ready to wean, but I am interested in setting a few boundaries and beginning to prepare myself for when the time comes. To make nursing easier on mom I have heard that some will designate a special nursing spot(s) or times to help establish a boundary.
I think that incorporating ideas like those into our daily routine would work for us. But at the same time, Iâm worried that if I begin to set too many boundaries and restrictions on nursing to make things easier on me that she may get the wrong idea. I would hate to discourage her from nursing and consequently wean her just because I feel that I need a break.
So if any of the other parents out there have any advice on how you were able to successfully breastfeed your toddler or have lessons that you learned from your own weaning experiences Iâd love to hear what you have to say.