how to get toddlers off ur breast

Rachel - posted on 01/19/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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my daughter is 16 months i cant get her off my breast i have to nurse her to put her to sleep and she still wakes up 4-6 times a night wanting boob

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April - posted on 01/19/2010

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I breastfed my son until 14-1/2 months and at that point I was ready to be done. He was only nursing about twice per day at that point. I just told him that it was all gone and gave him his sippy cup instead. He's a pretty easy going kid, but this worked well for us. He stopped asking after about a week.

Asaria - posted on 01/19/2010

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also my daughter is 2.5 years old so this transition was a fair bit easier....keep in mind 16 months is still rather young and your daughter just might not be ready emotionally or mentally to give you up. After all this has been a special time that both of you have bonded over. Hope this helps. :)

Asaria - posted on 01/19/2010

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My friend used the "boo-boo" trick. She told her son that "mommy has a boo-boo" and showed him the band-aid that she had placed on her nipple. This tends to work if your child understands the concept of a boo-boo (has had a band-aid before). I wasn't comfortable to this approach as I didn't want to go cold turkey so every couple of days I would give my daughter one less feeding that would be replaced with her drinking a cup of soy milk ( or reg milk if you prefer ) but I let her sit in my lap while she would drink it. This way she felt secure and not overwhelmed. When she would ask for my milk I explained to her that she's getting older and needs to drink more soy milk and less mommy milk. She still tries to get my milk but I stopped giving it to her Dec.24th just before she went to sleep. Now she asks for it less and less. For this approach to work you need to have milk or milk alternatives like soy available and have lots of patience. Once you decide what day you want your toddler to be completely whinned off stick to it. Eventually they'll lose interest. Also note that you may not stop lactating right away.

Terri - posted on 01/19/2010

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Ive never had to really wean mine off the boob. My first gave me up at 10 and a half months due to me being pregnant with the next one. He then gave up at 11.5 months. My daughter I fed til 2 years and 3 months so she kinda just eased off and Im planning on feeding my next one till 2 years as well.



But some great tips I have heard is to put lemon juice on your breast when she goes to suckle and she wont like the taste of it. Then offer her a sippy cup of milk instead. This worked for my sister'n'law.



As to the night time wake ups you might have to gradually drop a feed each week and just endure her being upset (as much as it hurts) till she gets used to not having them. Try maybe giving her extra milk before bed or doing a top up breast feed about 30 to 60 minutes after the last feed to see if this helps her sleep through the night. She might actually just be using the feeds as a comfort not because she is hungry. Good luck :)

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