Cheryl - posted on 09/28/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )
My daughter is almost 14 months old. She was exclusively breastfed until 9 months. 9 months is when food was introduced. She has never had a bottle or pacifier. I have really tried to cut back feeding her but she doesn't like it. I have tried introducing milk and she doesn't want that. I have tried flavoring it with chocolate, & strawberry syrup. I have also tried Silk. She doesn't want anything. She won't drink breast milk out of a cup. She wants it out of the real thing. She will, however, take a sippy cup of water or juice.
Recently she has started to leave teeth marks around my nipple. She isn't biting but it seems like she is holding on with her teeth. That is one of the reasons for weaning but the other is I think I breastfeed too often for her being this age. She wakes to nurse at night anywhere from 2 times to 4 times still. And she nurses about 6-8 times during the day still. She nurses to sleep for both naps and bed. On top of all this nursing, she eats regular food like crazy. She weighs 22lbs 14oz currently, which is a good weight, but I would love to at least cut back breastfeeding.
Right now, when she wants to eat, she will smack at my breasts, pull at my shirt, fling herself into a laying position, or cry until she gets what she wants. When we try to distract her, it works for a minute but then she will do it again. If I try to walk away she will chase behind me. I'm not sure what I can do to cut back or wean all together.....
What can I do to cut back or tricks to help me wean my baby girl?
Thanks for any advice in advance.