Help - Weaning emergency!

Geralyn - posted on 11/10/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I posted this in the Breastfeeding Moms community, but to me, BF and AP and co-sleeping go hand in hand together, and I would greatly appreciate your input.



My son Noah is 19 months old and has been breastfed all along. For the last 5-6 months, we have just nursed at night - mostly in the evening/falling asleep and waking hours. I have to stop nursing because I have to start taking medication on Thursday that he cannot ingest. This is not how I intended to "wean," but I have no choice. My son loves his nursey time and will be sad. I too am heartbroken, as it has been such a bonding experience. What can I do to make this easier on him? Advice on alternatives to nursing greatly appreciated! BF'ing is such a big part of being a mom... I want to make sure that I can make it up to him in some way....

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Minnie - posted on 11/11/2009

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I agree with Brenda- have you checked Thomas Hales breastfeeding and medication book?



It must be so hard on you thinking you may have to end such a close loving relationship- and the knowledge that it may be hard on your son as well. If you DID need to wean, could you do it gradually before you had to take the medication? I would continue to cosleep, and make with lots and lots of cuddles/stories. There probably will be tears, and you can love him through it and explain that you need to stop so you can be healthy. Love him through the behavioral issues it may cause (increased clinginess, tantrums, etc.) because he will grieve that special thing that you two had.



But really, definitely seek out an alternative if you can to that medication if you haven't, and find a breastfeeding-knowledgeable source if you haven't regarding the safety of the medication!)

Brenda - posted on 11/11/2009

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Out of curiosity, is the medication unsafe according to the doctor or your own research? I ask this because I had my wisdom tooth out and the doc told me I could not nurse and take vicodin, and had to pump and dump after the anestesia, but I did some checking with the hospital and kellymom.com and found out I didn't have to even pump and dump right afterward, and the vicodin was perfectly fine too.



But if it is a dangerous med, can you substitue cuddling with a sippy cup instead? I have no experience with weaning except when my older son went from the bottle to a cup, but we just used the cup before bed instead with milk, and later with water....

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