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By Rebecca Teti

Fridays: Education

(Join each day’s Coffee Talk discussion: Mon: Parenting; Tues: Open Forum; Wed: NFP; Thu: Marriage; Fri: Education; Sat/Sun: Changing Roles)

Whether your children attend school or are homeschooled, this is the spot to ask questions about curricula, religious education, parent-teacher relationships, or academic concerns of any kind.

Please join us!

Rebecca Teti


  • It's a stretch, but could I ask for help *learning* how to wean a very content nursling? My son just celebrated his third birthday---and I see no signs of "child-led weaning" at this point. I've not ever had a child this interested at this age, and am rather at a loss. It's the one time during the day amidst laundry, dishes, schoolwork and other chores that I get to sit down. My husband teased me and said, "maybe when his beard is scratching you, you can stop" LOL! Have a great day, everyone!

    Posted on Feb 22nd, 2013 at 11:25 AM by Donna L.

  • Well, I finally told my dd that she was just getting too old a bit after she turned 4; I gave her a week's notice, counting down the days and then she was done (not too happily, but not too miserable either). But if you don't mind it yet, then I wouldn't worry. Perhaps it's his way to make sure you sit down with him each day? No way to pass that task to an older sibling, eh? Might he be open to weaning if you made sure to substitute some other daily "special time"?

    Posted on Feb 22nd, 2013 at 1:14 PM by Anna

  • As my daughter approached her third birthday, I told her that the nursing would end then. She missed it, but accepted that was the way it wa goingto be. I don't even recall any tears. Maybe there's a special day you can count down to - complete with some small celebration/gift (one he could use especially during the old nursing time) to mark his nursing "graduation."

    Posted on Feb 22nd, 2013 at 3:51 PM by Carolyn A

  • My daughter LOVED to nurse, and about six months after I thought I couldn't STAND nursing for another day... I told her my nummies had broken. We both cried together (I cried because I felt so mean and also because she was crying - it was awful for both of us). But here we are years later and she is the sweetest and most affectionate little girl! No "scars" as far as I can tell. She was not even bothered by watching her younger sibling get to start nursing six months after she stopped. At that time I explained that nummies were for babies and when baby brother got old enough he wouldn't need them anymore just like she didn't need them anymore. She accepted that just fine! All this said, I wouldn't quit if it isn't bothering you on some level. My daughter wanted to be latched on CONSTANTLY and not even toys or TV or grandparents visiting could distract her. It drove me nuts. But I let her co-sleep MUCH longer because it didn't bother me a bit! She stopped when the bed really would not hold her + hubs and I anymore! By that point she was really excited about getting a PINK bed, too. :) Good luck!

    Posted on Feb 22nd, 2013 at 11:55 PM by unknown

  • May I also add: have you had his teeth checked out? My daughter who nursed constantly had four massive cavities. I imagine it was from soaking her teeth in milk at frequent intervals. It sounds like your little guy may be nursing a lot less often... but I just thought I'd throw the idea out there since he's 3 anyway. My daughter was 3 when we found the cavities and I'd wished we'd found them before they'd gotten so big. I'm not a big promoter of an early dental check-up for extended-nursers, just to make sure their yummy snack isn't causing any tooth decay!

    Posted on Feb 22nd, 2013 at 11:59 PM by unknown

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