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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: La Leche League International (31 Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0912500549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0912500546
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 17.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 375,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Addresses the physical and emotional aspects of weaning children of varied ages, including natural weaning, weaning children for medical reasons, and standing firm in the face of pressure to wean a nursing toddler.

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Feb 2001
Format: Paperback
It is excellent to find a book dedicated to weaning when most parenting books only dedicate one or two lines to the subject. This book covers physical, emotional, medical and social aspects of weaning - and so is very thorough. Offers information that you wont find from health visitors or the usual baby books and magazines. It has some touching personal accounts of weaning and offers some very good practical suggestions for weaning. However, this book does tend to push a philosophy of child led weaning. This in most cases will mean breastfeeding until a child is well into toddlerhood and is ready to wean on her own. (The book also seems to assume full breastfeeding including night feeds well into toddlerhood). The book does mention other methods of weaning but is not objective in this. This philosophy, whilst fine could perhaps could put some women off the book. I feel that it would be better if it was written more objectively allowing the individual reader the freedom to choose the methods that feel right for them without having value judgements attached. For this reason I gave the rating of 3. Nevertheless, i tried to read the book with some impartiality and found some good ideas to pick out and that I felt would work for me.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Dec 2001
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I found this book a complete eye opener. For once I was offered a true impression of what it might be like to feed my baby as a toddler. Rather than an old load of baloney from my mother's generation of bottle fed babies telling me to give up now or you'll breastfeed them until you die. Instead I got great satisfaction and encouragement that I now know I am doing the right thing and to stuff all the ignorant people who only know about words like SMA, Cow ang Gate, etc. This book makes you realise that it is our modern fast-pace sex/boob assessed world that has got a problem with you breast feeding your 2 year old and not the child in your arms who derives the biggest comfort from their mummy milk, and that ultimately a secure baby will become an independent child. The criticism I have of this book is that may be it tends to over value the needs of the child and make you feel bad for wanting to even suggest weaning your baby from the breast. Also the fact that the book is written in the USA means that culturally there are differences in attitudes to breastfeeing and I certainly got the impression that it was more advocated in the US than in the UK.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Agnieszka Haldys on 18 Mar 2014
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It is an essential book on weaning—I love it—very inspiring—full of insights and wonderful knowledge.
I want to thank the person who sent the book to me.
I will share this book with all my friends mothers.
Thank you Ms Bengson for this most incredible book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By fidelma on 8 Nov 2013
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like all LLL books they give practical advise which is easy to understand, this book also gives lots of senarios which one can relate to
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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful
Unique book on the child-led/natural weaning process 23 Jan 2000
By ChristineMM - Published on
Format: Paperback
Wonderful book whose focus is allowing the toddler to determine when he wants to wean, which is also termed "child-led" weaning. Explains benefits of toddler nursing and how the toddler does stop nursing when the NEED to nurse is no longer present! Many stories and quotes from mothers who have "been there and done that"--something that I especially like. Easy to read and informative. Nice for mothers who nurse a toddler, such as myself, to read what may be in store for us in the future and wonder how the weaning process may go for us when that day comes. I learned that every toddler weans in a different way. Great book on subject material that is hard to come by despite the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations that breastfeeding should continue until at least 12 months of age and beyond so long as mutually desirable by mother and child.
95 of 101 people found the following review helpful gave How Weaning Happens 3-pacifiers 13 Jun 2001
By Vicky Collins - Published on
Format: Paperback
Knowing how and when to wean your baby from nursing can be a difficult and emotional experience. Reading How Weaning Happens, published by La Leche League, can be of great assistance.
This book is written from a pro-nursing perspective and is more of a primer about why you should continue nursing book, than it is a "how to wean" guide. If you know that before you purchase the book, then you probably won't be disappointed.
The book is broken down into helpful chapters, such as thinking about weaning, stories of natural weaning, weaning because of medical advice, and gently encouraging weaning, just to name a few.
Throughout each of the chapters there are a number of mini-stories, written by real mothers who share their personal experiences, of how they weaned or, in some cases how they decided not to wean.
How Weaning Happens is a book that is best suited for a mother who is not sure if she is ready to wean, and is looking for support to continue breastfeeding.
54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
This book is about how a child will wean himself 31 May 2006
By W. Overton - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is about how a child will eventually wean himself--NOT how you can wean your child. It provides support to a mother as she nurses her growing child--both to help the mother understand the child's needs and to help her "fend off" well-meaning onlookers who don't understand the mother's choice to let the child decide on when to wean.

Do not buy this book for help on how YOU can wean your child--you'll probably be disappointed. However, the book does give good advice on when you as a mother may want to set some boundaries regarding nursing your young child.This was one of the main benefits I received from the book.

I wanted to let my daughter nurse as long as she wanted and then let her wean when she decided to wean. We usually nursed at bedtime, nap time and other times of the day when she was in need of comfort and love. However, I began noticing the bedtime/naptime nursing sessions started to backfire on us. Instead of drifting off to a blissful sleep like she did when she was an infant, a few minutes of nursing was all she needed to regain her energy. She'd be up for another hour while I struggled to get her to sleep.

So, I instituted "nursing boundaries" at about 16 months. She was allowed to nurse whenever she wanted, just NOT at naptime and bedtime. My intent was not to wean her--the nursing boundaries were a loving way to help us avoid battles over bedtime. The result? Although given free access to nurse anytime except before sleep, my daughter decided to wean herself by 18 months. I offered, but she wasn't interested. Life was much too exciting by then to her to be slowed down by nursing.

Bottom line:

*Buy this book if you want to let your child wean himself.

*Don't buy this book if you want to stop nursing.

*Consider buying this book if you think you want to let your child nurse a while longer but are looking for some advice and alternate viewpoints on the subject, or you are thinking about weaning just because of a few problems caused by nursing (as in my bedtime struggles with my daughter).
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Very Comforting Guide for Breastfeeding Moms 24 Sep 2000
By Kelly - Published on
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This book is great! Its easy to read and very interesting [and a pretty quick read]. As a mother who has made the choice to continue to breastfeed past the first 12 months of my daughter's life, it was really reassuring to find a book like this. It gave me very practical information on how to decide when to wean and great ideas on how to achieve weaning when the time comes. I also really enjoyed reading the stories of many other mothers and babies and how they achieved weaning.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
more about NOT weaning than weaning 14 Jun 2005
By Erika (Grogin) Lange - Published on
Format: Paperback
As a mother nursing a 2+ year old I am used to the question, "How long do you plan on doing that for?" and the occasional raised eyebrow or odd look. Modern society seems to view extended breastfeeding as unconventional and radical. Many people that know about my breastfeeding relationship with my daughter also assume that I share a bed with my children, finger-paint and eat tofu all day! Perhaps the disapproving and sometimes hostile attitude towards extended breastfeeding was the breeding ground for such an assertive book that is more about NOT weaning than weaning. At the time that I took an interest in the book I was grappling through some challenges with my own extended breastfeeding with my younger daughter. Though I certainly don't think weaning is something you would buy a straightforward guidebook for, How Weaning Happens was an inspiring book to read. The book is a collection of personal stories and experiences combined with information about natural weaning and weaning at mother and child's pace. I would suggest this book as counteraction to the negative views of extended breastfeeding... perhaps something to leave out on the coffee table when the disapproving neighbors or in-laws are coming by!
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