How do I stop my one and a half year old boy from Brestfeeding?

Sahiba - posted on 05/12/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I really want to know how shud I stop my child from breastfeeding as it is really getting difficult for me now to do that.

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Katherine - posted on 05/12/2012

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Here are some tips:

If possible, allow several weeks of concentrated time and attention to the process of weaning. Any baby who has nursed for a year or more is obviously really into it, and isn’t likely to give it up easily.
Don’t offer, but don’t refuse. Nurse him only when he is really adamant about it, but don’t offer to nurse at other times.
Make sure that you offer regular meals, snacks, and drinks to minimize hunger and thirst. Remember also that babies nurse for reasons besides hunger, including comfort, boredom, and to fall asleep. Try to change your daily routine to minimize situations where he wants to nurse. Does he want to nurse when he is bored? Try distracting him with a snack or a walk outside. Do you usually lie down with him at naptime? Try reading him a book or rocking him instead.
If dad is around, encourage him to take an active role in weaning. Have dad try to put him back to sleep if he wakes during the night. If he nurses first thing in the morning, try letting dad get him up instead of you and feed him breakfast. Watch his preferences and respect them. If he is having a really hard time giving up the first thing in the morning nursing, or the bedtime nursing, you may want to continue that one for a while rather than force the issue.
With older toddlers (two years plus) you can begin by setting limits on nursing. For example, you can say “We’ll nurse when we get home, but not at the mall”.
Substitute nursing on demand for nursing at your convenience. This theory also works for security objects (pacifiers or blankets) – for example, “You can’t take your blankie to pre-school, but it will be on your bed waiting for you when you get home”.
Shorten the duration of any given feeding. Say “That’s enough, now.” and gently remove the breast from his mouth. I’ve used a kitchen timer before when I was pregnant and nursing a toddler. My nipples were so sore that I could only nurse for a few minutes at a time, but that bedtime nursing was still important to her, so she learned that after 5 – or 4 – or 3 – minutes, the timer would go off and it would be time for her to stop. As long as she knew she could still nurse some, she was okay with it.

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Happy - posted on 05/12/2012

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Not judging, just asking, but if it is really hard for you to wean right now, then why do it?

Aside from that, when I was ready to wean my littles (all of which I nursed well past a year) I mainly did the "Don't offer, don't deny" like Katherine suggested. Anytime my little asked to nurse, I nursed and I never offered to nurse. I found that they got busier and busier with their playing and soon realized for themselves that it was quicker to grab a sip from a cup then from Mom.

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