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Baby lead weaning ? :( Awkward 5 kids; 2 angel babies; St Cloud, MN, United States 4642 posts
Sep 30th

I think Dd is trying to wean. I'm not quite ready though.
She doesn't really nurse terribly often anymore. Only when she is tired and at night. She gets formula when I am not around (which isn't often) for the last month or two. She is 11 months.
She likes to eat table food and I know sometimes she wants something else so I offer to nurse her she will only nurse for a couple seconds then she will grab anything not b**b and try to drink it. The kids leave their water bottles out after practice or a game and she always gets it and drinks the leftover water. 
Do I just give up on nursing except night nursing so she is getting what she needs or do I keep trying?
I am fairly confident this is our last baby and I don't want to let go just yet but I also believe in baby lead weaning so.... idk what to do. 

Mandy and her girls!~ 4 kids; Illinois 13863 posts
Sep 30th

Technically that is not baby led weaning, baby led weaning is introducing solids (not baby foods). But as far as your actual question I would follow her cues and still offer it but if she's ready to wean I would let her since she is close to a year. If she is still wanting to at night then I would let her. I know it can be sad, our last baby just weaned a couple months ago at 18 months. 

tinana+3 3 kids; Orlando, FL, Virgin Islands 47796 posts
Sep 30th

Babies don’t typically wean on their own before 18 months if BLW is done properly. The general rule of thumb is always breast (or formula) first and if they refuse, they don’t get solids. (Before a year of course.) If you want to keep breastfeeding, definitely keep on going! 

Water before a year should only be 2 oz in 24 hours. That could be filling her but could also make her sick.