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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-08-06 09:03 AM
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164. Your baby will let you know when to stop
Edited on Thu Jun-08-06 09:23 AM by hedgehog
I nursed all six of mine and they all weaned themselves so gradually that I couldn't really tell you at what age five of them stopped - somewhere between one and half to two years. The last baby I had to stop nursing close to her second birthday because I had to take some heavy duty antibiotics for an ear infection. She didn't object a bit as long as she got her cuddles.

By the way - all six were nursed exclusively until six months, but I wouldn't count on nursing as a method of birth control. I do have one set of Irish twins in the bunch - their birthdays are only 14 months apart!

Forgot to add - each child got chicken pox after they started school but not until about 2nd or 3rd grade. Chicken pox is so contagious that I expected a mini-epidemic amongst the younger kids every time, but it never happened. It took eight or nine years for the immunity acquired through breast feeding to wear off enough for each individual kid to catch chicken pox!
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