Advice on weaning a 22 month old

Ali - posted on 03/28/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Originally my plan was to allow for my daughter to self wean, but I feel like she may never stop on her own. I am single, I work, I go to school, and I am a full time Mommy. I don't know how to wean her at all. She stopped taking the pacifier at 6 months and the bottle at 9 months - both on her own. She is incredibly independent and I thought she would want to wean by 2, but it's not looking that way. Does anyone have any advice that they would like to offer?

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Niki - posted on 03/30/2011

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i weaned my first boy at 22 months - i went the cold turkey way, basically just stopped one day and it was an awful, traumatic experience for both of us - 3 days of crying and crying. looking back i cant believe that i did that to him! I'd reccomend doing it slowly, first get her going to sleep without sucking and a really good bedtime routeen (if you haven already) bath, PJs, drink, brush teeth, story and cuddles in a quiet dim room, etc. then slowly reduce number of feeds and length of feeds, but make sure you replace breastfeeding times with cuddles and a nice quite rest (maby a story of a song) so shes still getting that love and closeness from you

Lise - posted on 03/28/2011

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Does she ask to nurse? Can you limit her time (like you can nurse but I'm going to count to 10 and then we're done)?

Kathleen - posted on 03/28/2011

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I worked full time when I had the twins and they self weaned when they were 3 1/2 yrs old. They were still nursing often when they turned 3 but my sister was pregnant and I talked to them about feeding the baby. I told them that their aunt will nurse the baby like they nurse. Because they are getting older and don't have to nurse but babies have to eat that way since they don't have teeth to eat regular food.

If you really want to wean her, maybe try to show her babies and explain to her babies nurse and she is growing up and doesn't need to nurse. Good luck.

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