Is there something bitter I could put on my nipples to wean?

K4krystalking - posted on 02/18/2015 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Mom's please help me I'm so tired of breastfeeding I am still nursing my 21 month old. She loves solids and beverages, so I don't quite get why she won't stop. I feel like she ruined it for all the other children I plan on having my husband wouldn't want to breastfeed my next child and I wouldn't want to. Someone told me to try benga the muscle relaxant on my nipples but I'm scared. I have tried lime juice with no success. She nurses 10+ times a day not including night!

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Jodi - posted on 02/18/2015

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You are the parent and she is old enough to understand "no". It's called parenting. You shouldn't need something bitter on it to stop her feeding. Of course she doesn't want to stop if you keep letting her do it. Honestly, if you can't say no to this battle, you are going to be in for a hell of a ride.

Sarah - posted on 02/19/2015

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Bengay would be cruel at the least. Have you ever gotten that in your mouth on in your eyes? Awful. You want to wean her not hurt her. That would burn your nipples too.
I am not sure if a baby that wants to be at your breasts 10 or more times a day could even be discouraged by a bitter taste. So while that seems like an easy fix, it may not work. Cutting her off cold turkey can be done, just tell her no more. You may get engorged and uncomfortable if you don't nurse at all.
Have you tried wearing high collared shirts and pushing her to nurse just and naps and bedtime? You might not feel as overwhelmed at that point and she will probably taper off naturally.

K4krystalking - posted on 02/19/2015

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I don't quite understand how this has anything to do with my parenting at the end of the day I want to take the easy way out if you don't know something bitter don't answer!

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Jodi - posted on 02/19/2015

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I was simply pointing out that this is a point in your parenting life where you need to learn to say no to your child and be firm about it. If you are struggling to say no to this behaviour, it won't actually get any easier. Take that as you will. The "easy way out" to parenting is often not the way you should go. The "easy way out" is not having to say no to your child. That never ends well. Take that advice or leave it.

I agree with Sarah, however, that you may want to do it gradually rather than cold turkey.

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