Stopping Breastfeeding Cold Turkey 1 year old

Candace - posted on 03/17/2016 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I need to get my baby off the boob. He is so attached and using me as a dummy all night. Any tips on how to make this easier. .....

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Candace - posted on 03/18/2016

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Just going to bite the bullet. Hoping it won't be too traumatic. He is so good with my helper. Totally manipulating me. If he's doing this now imagine when he's 5! Time to take control. He will be a happier baby of he sleeps better

Sarah - posted on 03/18/2016

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A pacifier is not a "problem" when baby is waking mom constantly to soothe by suckling. At least mom could get some rest. Just a thought.

Amber - posted on 03/18/2016

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Do not start a passy at this age, if he is on one break him from it. It is too hard to get rid of later. Try giving him something in his cup or bottle

Candace - posted on 03/17/2016

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He never took one initially and now I don't want to trade one problem for the next. If I get him onto the dummy then down the line is will have to go through the same thing trying to get him off.

Dove - posted on 03/17/2016

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Cold turkey is potentially going to be really hard on your body... Be prepared for pain and possible medical issues.

Candace - posted on 03/17/2016

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Thanks for this.
I totally get that however him and I sleep so badly as he cannot self sooth. He needs me to go back to sleep every time he goes through light sleep. Going to bite the bullet. Will let you know in a week

Dove - posted on 03/17/2016

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Yeah... don't do it cold turkey. It will be extremely difficult on both of you.

As exhausting as it is... he is perfectly normal. You can try to set limits and enlist some night time help, but if you can wait him out... he WILL outgrow this (perhaps w/ some encouraging from you) when he is ready.

I started trying to gently night wean my son at 18 months... and it took until he was 2 before he was ready, but he's slept through the night (w/ rare exception) ever since. He has taken longer to reach certain 'emotional' milestones than many in society would find 'acceptable'... but he's doing it on HIS timeline and I guarantee he's doing it. ♥

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