Weening a two year old

Louise - posted on 03/30/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hi, I have a two year old (second child) who is still breastfeeding!! She feeds about three times a day mainly before going to sleep. But its getting annoying as everytime I sit on the couch and she sees me, she hops onto my lap and lifts my top. Ive tried everything short of putting chilli on my breasts. Does anyone have any ideas of weening her?

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Louise - posted on 04/03/2009

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Thanks Lisa, will definately try your suggestions.  I have to agree I think I find it easier to put her on the boob when she is upset or asks for it.  I threw out my maternity bras yesterday and only wear "normal" bras now.  She's only asked for it once since and I managed to distract her.  Thanks for  your advice  - I will stay strong!!!

Lisa - posted on 04/03/2009

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Hi there! Wow do I ever know what you are going through. My son is two years old and was still breastfeeding up until three weeks ago when I cut him completely off cold turkey because I had suffered a miscarriage. I was so worried that perhaps this prolonged nursing is what caused my miscarriage. Before I knew that I was pregnant, I had been planning on weaning my son but I kept putting it off. On the other side now, I think it was more me than him. He did just fine. At this age they can understand a lot more than we give them credit for. Like any behaviour what we want to change, the experts say it usually takes three days. I was fortunate with my son because we really only had one fussy night. The hardest part will lie with you as you need to be strong and not give in. Consistency and love will be the things that will get you through this. I found that my son slept better and his appetite increased after he was weaned. When it came down to the actual quitting, when he was ready for a nursing, I told him, "No Laird, no more boobie, you're a big boy now"! I snuggled him against me with a new blankie and he eventually dozed off. He was cranky and crying, but I just held him tight and helped him to settle himself down. It helped too to do it when he was tired. Then again at bedtime I repeated the same phrase and held him again with his blankie. They are very smart little creatures. They WILL get the message you are sending them. You just can't cave in, no matter how sad they seem. Just give them extra love and snuggles. The other thing that I thought I would mention is that for the first several days I didn't let him see my breasts without a shirt on! It sounds silly, but until he knew for sure that we were finished with that, I didn't want to parade them!!!! We used humour and it really diffused some of his upset. I would laughingly say..."You don't need the boobie anymore" while I tickled him! We are just fine now. You will be just fine too! And remember to be proud of yourself for being such an amazing source of nurturing for you daughter all this time!

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