My name is K.. I am a mother of three boys. This is my first time on Mamasource, responding to a question. My first son nursed until shortly after his first birthday. My second nursed until around eight months. He was a very healthy (and still is) baby, loved his food and doing things for himself. As sad as it was to let go of that special "nursing" bond we had and of course you want them to get the proper nutritional benefits, he just was not interested. He is a very healthy 5 year old (even more so than my first) and is an independent child. Is this why he stopped nursing at 8 months? I don't know, all I know is that it was difficult for me, but, it was what he wanted. I fed him good nutritional food and vitamin supplements and he has never had any serious health issues (knock on wood) or has been sick very often. I did what was natural for him. I guess every child has there own wants, even as a baby. Try as you might, when they want to stop nursing, it is their choice. I don't know, but around that time I found out I was pregnant with my third. I have no idea if this had anything to do with it...changing hormones, chemicals, whatever. My third nursed a little longer, but when he became uninterested, that was it. Luckily he is healthy too. I wish you much luck and happiness with your little miracle. We need to support each other because moms know what is in another mom's heart. It is difficult to let go of that special bond. Find other ways to keep that bond strong. Best wishes, K. (mother of 3 boys and part time teacher)
I just read the other responses, and have never heard of a "nursing strike". I will have to look into that. I like what one mom said, "keep trying, but don't beat yourself up." Maybe it is just a "strike". But you know your own child. Other moms are not in your shoes. Some moms have been successful for a few years. That's great for them. What works for you and your babe?