I’m wondering today… (just because I’m the nosy type)… at what age do or did you wean your babies?
Most everything I’ve read on the subject recommends weaning around one year of age. Then there are the more naturally minded “experts” who encourage mothers to continue breastfeeding at least until age two.
I tend to learn toward extended breastfeeding, although as a new mom I never really thought about how long I planned to nurse. I just knew when my first little one reached the twelve month mark she wasn’t ready to wean. So we kept nursing for a few more months, and I’m glad we did.
Ten-plus years of mothering have taught me at least two things about weaning:
Babies grow up way too fast to rush it.
Mama knows her baby and her body best.
Both our daughters weaned around sixteen months old. My little boys each weaned just a few months before their second birthdays.
Baby C just turned a year old last week, and he is definitely not entertaining thoughts of weaning. Neither am I.
You know what? I’ve never regretted nursing my babies “that long”. I consider myself blessed to be able to breastfeed my babies to my heart’s content (not that it’s always been easy!).
I realize not everyone can nurse that long, and not everyone necessarily wants to. And that’s okay. I don’t believe there is a “magic age”, but I’m interested to hear what has worked for you other mamas!
So how old were your little darlings when they weaned?
In our case, I’m referring specifically to breastfeeding, but please feel free to comment whether or not you breastfed. (All babies wean from something, right?)
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Kristy Howard is a pastor’s wife, second-generation homeschooling mom of five, and a passionate believer in friendship, coffee, and quiet time! Kristy writes about motherhood, ministry and life at KristysCottage.com.