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Old 06-29-2010, 09:56 AM
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Let's talk weaning!

I am going to wean DD soon and need some advice/tips on how to do it. She is very attached to her "mommy milk" and I am not sure just trying to distract her will work every time. I know I should eliminate a session and gradually decrease the number of times a day. What did you guys do? Resort to bribing? I don't want it to get to that point that I need to whip out a Snickers bar or Twinkie every time she asks. You guys think I am kidding. DD does not let things go easily. I can imagine her having 20 minute long tantrums six times a day. Not fun... Any input is greatly appreciated. TIA.
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Old 06-29-2010, 10:51 AM
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I don't really have any suggestions, both of my kids were very easy to wean. I just stopped offering and neither asked
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Old 06-29-2010, 11:58 AM
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How old is she? I stopped nursing my first when she was 2 1/2 after her brother was born and she understood and never asked about it. For my son I stopped nursing him at 18 months after I went away for a weekend. He also gave it up easily. I'm nursing my 3rd right now, he's 11 months and I'm going to start weening him after 12 months, don't know how yet...
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Old 06-29-2010, 01:30 PM
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this will be the first time i wean a child without being pregnant OR tandem nursing. E will be 2 in August and i'm not sure how i'll go about weaning her. i nursed the other 5 until they were 2 (yes, through entire pregnancies and tandem)...they were all very easy to wean. i just slowly took away feedings and they just stopped when i didn't offer anymore.

E is very attached to her "nursies" and often won't eat until after she nurses. she is nursing less now that it's summer and we're outside a lot; she gets distracted and just eats whatever i offer.

we'll go through this together.
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Old 06-29-2010, 03:20 PM
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DD will be 2 at the end of July. I stopped offering when she turned 1, but she still asks pretty regularly. She will throw a fit if I refuse or cannot successfully distract her. I do notice she doesn't ask to nurse if we are out and about say at the zoo or park. Although often she will ask when we are leaving and before she gets in her car seat. She will absolutely refuse to get in her car seat until she nurses. I look forward to having someone to go through this with. *sigh*
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Evan will not sleep without nursing 1st. I call him nursey nurserton. I give him breast milk in a bottle when he eats solids and absolutely hate it. I love nursing him. I am no help at all.
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Old 06-29-2010, 03:57 PM
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i love nursing too. i'm going to be the worst weaning mom ever.
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I loved nursing too, and I selfishly liked being the only one who could give that to him - nursing was MY special moment.

I thought Luca was going to be nursed until he went to college , that's how much he liked it. I would have loved for him to self wean, but it was clear that was never going to happen.

Around 22-23 months, I slowly started reducing his nursing to twice a day, then once a day, and surprisingly he did not object (if you knew my son you would know what a huge thing that was - he is Mr. Opinionated). The bedtime nursing was the big hurdle, and I really had a hard time giving it up!!
I kept on saying "ok, tonight is the last night", and of course, I couldn't do it. It went on for months, until I had a severe viral allergy and was put on medication that was going through the milk - plus I had a surprise reaction to the medication and became drowsy and I passed out. I couldn't nurse him that night, and he cried for about 5 min (lucky for me, I was passed out and did not hear him) and then he never asked for it again. It was very easy for him, but the hardest thing in the world for me. I felt a void, and I was sad to be past that stage...
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Old 06-29-2010, 04:44 PM
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I like nursing too, but I think at this point DD is just doing it for fun or out of boredom. There are times where she will nurse for 10 seconds and get distracted by something. Or DH will ask her if she wants to go outside and look for blueberries and she will stop after nursing for 8 seconds and go off with him to the garden. I think the hardest sessions to give up will be before bed and after I pick her up from day care.
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If nothing else, by the time you have your next baby she should be old enough to understand that the baby needs the milk and she's not a baby, she's a big girl. I think I nursed my daughter twice after her little brother was born. Frankly I was so sore that I just told her that mommy's boobies hurt too much and the baby needed the milk. I reminded her that she got to eat all kinds of different foods and the only thing the baby got was mommy's milk. She gave it up very easily. And i didn't even attempt to wean her before that moment!
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I'm in the process of 'thinking' about weaning too. My DD is almost 16 months old and I'm giving her until she is 2. Like you all, I love nursing. It is our quiet time together and she loves it too so it it going to be difficult for both of us. Good luck everyone
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