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The proper definition would be that it's when your child stops nursing and gets all her nutrition from sources other than the breast.Although children are also weaned from the bottle, the term most often refers to when a child stops breastfeeding.
I'm currently in the process of weaning my toddler, and I must tell you that so far it's a crazy battle. It requires a lot of patience and obviously can take time. It all depends on your child's age and how well and how quickly she adjusts. The experience would be different for everyone.
Weaning is very emotional, and at times painful, but can be freeing at the same time. Weaning doesn't mean that it's the end to the intimacy, that you as a mother have established through breastfeeding. It just means that you have to replace it with other nourishment and nurturing activities. If you nurse your child for comfort, find other ways to make her feel better. Try reading a book, singing a song together, or have fun playing outside.