HELP! my 16 month old wont nap without nursing.

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HELP! my 16 month old wont nap without nursing. I tried to let him cry it out but he ended up throwing up 2 times then I caved and gave him the breast. I don't know what to do. I am also 9 weeks pregnant and the doctors are making me worry about still breastfeeding. I am still breastfeeding morning, nap, and night. I want to slowly wean him starting with the nap time feeding.

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Sorry Lori..... Hope you can post again I accidently deleted my post when going to see your post. :0(

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Carrie - posted on 03/14/2012

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My son did the same thing and it was hard. I remember weaning him from the morning first, just pulling my shirt down and saying "It's morning, not time for Mommy's milk but time for a cup of milk like a big boy!". After a couple days of tears (nothing major), he forgot about morning feeds. Then we slowly weaned from nighttime next, where I would let him nurse one night BEFORE stories, then we laid in bed together until he fell asleep with his hand on my belly. He said night-night to mommy's milk and when he would try to nurse, we snuggled and hugged until he forgot. Falling asleep took longer, but after a few days/weeks he was done nursing at bedtime. The afternoon nap took a LOT longer but the same type of scenario. We would lie down in bed together and nurse, then read books, then fall asleep. My son is very stubborn so it took a couple weeks, but eventually he didn't notice he wasn't nursing to sleep. The key was to change the order of the routine and replace the last step with something equally wonderful, time with Mom. We just replaced nursing with a lot of snuggles, and today (at 2.5 years) he still falls asleep with his hand on my belly some days. Good luck, I know it's hard, but you can get through it.

Elizabeth - posted on 03/13/2012

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Can daddy or another adult help with putting baby to sleep. This only thing helping me. Baby takes forever to sleep with me b/c he wants to nurse. If daddy or grandma put him to sleep, he's out in not time. Only other thing that has worked is taking him out for a stroller ride but then I can't take him out of stroller til he wakes up. He's a light sleeper. Makes me feel guilty he's not sleeping comfortably through nap but at least he's sleeping and losing some of the nursing dependence. :-(

Christina - posted on 03/12/2012

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the reason its not good is because when you breast feed it can make your uterus contract. you dont want your uterus contraction if you are preg again

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