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    Lol, I'm still going strong at 2x a day here too. That is interesting about her not being interested after you ran - - maybe she doesn't like 'milk shakes', LOL.

    Not really sure if I'm seeing any signs of him being ready to make any changes. I will be taking a couple of weeks off work in the summer, so I'm thinking of seeing if I can get him interested in playing rather than nursing first thing at that time, if nothing has changed by then. But we'll see what happens.
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    LIZ - I have an update! Yesterday I went to nurse the little guy in the morning as usual, and his sister woke up while I was just about to start. He immediately squirmed off and wanted to play, and when I asked him if he wanted to nurse he said no. I asked a couple more times, and since he seemed quite sure I just pumped. Then this morning I decided to see what happened, and didn't ask him about it, just got him interested in playing. He didn't seem to have any interest in nursing this morning either, so I just pumped again.

    I am going to give it a little while longer before I decide to completely cut out the morning session, but if this continues we may just be down to once a day (at night)! I will continue to keep you posted. I'm glad it seems to be his own initiative.
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    My DD hasnt been nursing as much, she's gone down after just a moment or 2 of nursing (bad latch again, so i stop her after just a few minutes) or only asked if she was really over tired lately too.

    it was inconvenient that in the middle of the night when i was full and didnt want to get up and pump she fell asleep after like 2 swallows.

    i'm quite certain that after her molars come in she'll be done, and those 2 yr molers have been killing me for like 4 months now!
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    Ouch on the molars! I hope they're all done soon!!!

    Today was day 6 of no nursing in the morning. Today was the first of those 6 days that he did ask about it, but let it go without getting upset at all. I stopped pumping in the morning too, so I am pretty much officially down to once a day - - the right before bed one. I'll just follow his lead on that too. I expect that one will last much longer. I'd love to be done nursing before my brother's wedding at the end of July, but I'm not holding my breath.
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    Wow Stephanie! That is a big update! Are you good with the dropping of the am? Mady usually wakes up around 5:30 and comes to bed with me for another 30-45 minutes - she immediately starts asking for milk at that time. Then again, it is so easy to just nurse her while I lay there!
    I've decided that 2 years is my absolute limit, so I've got four months to wean her...
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    So it's gone really well Liz! I have to say, the thing that made the big difference was getting up and going straight to playing - - which is not so easy at 5:30, lol. Maybe you could try to interest her in a book or something - - have a little Mummy-daughter reading time instead?

    I'm totally with you - - really thinking I'd like to be done by 2. I'm hoping that what will help me when I decide to cut out the evening nurse is the way he goes down for naps now. We read him a couple of books in the same chair I nurse him in at night, and then lay him into his bed. So I'm hoping that having a similar routine for bedtime will help him not miss the evening nurse so much. Still, I can't see doing that for a little while. He doesn't seem ready to give it up yet.
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    By the way - I just saw that you are still pumping??? Wow! My pump is long gone. Are you just trying to keep up supply?
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    When I first stopped the morning nursing session I kept it up with pumping just in case he wasn't truly ready to stop it. But after a handful of days I felt more confident that the morning session was done, so I have since stopped pumping.
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    Just got here a little late!

    Looks like you're having some success with dropping your morning nursing.. WTG!! I've been trying too but to no avail. Grady is now 25 months and nursing 3x a day still. Morning, nap and bedtime. I don't offer, but those naptime and bedtime routines are pretty ingrained, so I really don't know how I'll ever stop. My other two weaned themselves around 19 months, so this is a first for me. He IS nursing for shorter times though, so I'm hoping that's a sign that he's slowing down?

    I feel a little torn too on whether I want it all to end. He's my 3rd and last baby, so in a sense I don't mind holding onto his babydom.. but I'd love to be down to just once a day at bedtime by this point. Those morning nurses are inconvenient with how busy I am.. but he's pretty insistent most mornings. I do try to whisk him to the kitchen, get him interested in a toy, playing etc.. but the minute he sees me that's all he wants. DH is busy running out the door in the mornings, so mostly doesn't have time to get him.

    I'll probably be one of those moms with a nursing 5 year old! lol
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    you have plenty of time to drop those sessions before he's 5! especially since lots of kids drop the nap before then too
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