Breastfeeding

Amber - posted on 07/26/2015 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My 1-year-old son won't give up on breastfeeding! I have tried and tried and he just wont give up. I've tried to change to cows milk but he still wants breastmilk. How do I break him away from the boobs?

Signed,

I want my boobs back

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Dove - posted on 07/27/2015

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You have two options... let him continue to nurse... or be consistent in stopping him.

Weaning my girls was easy because they were schedule fed and not really attached to breastfeeding.... I just dropped one feed at a time until they were down to just bedtime... Kept that one for a month and then quit.

My son, on the other hand, never would have weaned at a year w/out a LOT of stress and disaster for both of us...

If you are determined to do this... pick a time that you won't nurse and keep yourself covered, distract him as much as you can, change your normal routine during the time that he would like to nurse, etc...

My son did quit cold turkey, but he was 3 at the time... so it was easy on my body (not on his heart though.. only way he weaned was cuz he was gone). I would not recommend quitting cold turkey w/ a young child who is nursing frequently.

Good luck!

Michelle - posted on 07/26/2015

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If you give in to him now he will only get worse as a toddler. He will know that if he has a tantrum or screams he will eventually get what he wants.
You need to find another way to soothe him. It could be just rubbing his back until he falls asleep again or something else may work. It will be trial and error until you find what works for both of you.

Amber - posted on 07/26/2015

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the only time he really "wants" it is in the middle of the night and when he wakes from naps. i feel like a bad guy

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Sarah - posted on 07/29/2015

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Desirable to baby is not always desirable to sex partner or even to oneself.

Dejah_clarke - posted on 07/29/2015

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Don't! ur boobs stay desirable if u keep on 😊😅I wish I had kept on lol but teeth were painful

Sarah - posted on 07/27/2015

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I totally get your desire to have your body back and you've done your baby a tremendous service by nursing at all! I have to admit though, I secretly enjoyed that my youngest woke every night until she was two to nurse, it was the only time the two of us were alone.

Dove - posted on 07/27/2015

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Sorry... I should have read first. If it is just at night.... MORE good luck. lol I did manage to night wean my son at 2 though... once he was older and able to understand that he needed to wait again til the sun came up. He could not nap during the day w/out it though.

Sarah - posted on 07/27/2015

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When I conceived my fourth (surprise!) I was still nursing my son who was 20 months. I couldn't tolerate him touching me, so I cut him off. If was hard but I found if I stayed covered up and wore my shirts buttoned up and just gently told him no, he'd rest his head down and be sad but it only lasted a few days. Good Luck!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 07/27/2015

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I felt the same way when my daughter was 15 months. I cut her off cold turkey. It was terrible for myself and her. We both cried a lot. I totally feel your pain. You want your body back. So did I. Cold turkey, lots of love, cuddles and hugs. There is no easy way about it. Looking back, I wish I never did that.

Michelle - posted on 07/26/2015

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Don't give in when he wants them. Keep offering the bottle/sippy cup (whatever you are wanting to use). It's a power struggle and if you keep giving in then he will continue to have tantrums for the boob.

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