How do I wean?

Kristen - posted on 03/25/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I need help weaning my 16 month-old from nursing. I have to go out of town without her for a couple of days sometime next month and can't bring her with me unfortunately plus it would be beneficial to me in a way not to nurse anymore. It will be hard for both of us, but it's better to try to stop sooner than later because as time goes on it will get harder to wean. She already has been drinking whole milk for about 4 months and only sips it. I try to eliminate the nap time feeding, but it's really hard to do when I'm always right there. I try not to offer it, but she comes looking all the time. I don't work so I try to get out of the house when I can so that she's distracted throughout the day and she does fine then until we're at home. I try to give her milk, food, toys to no avail. Does anyone have any tips?

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Noreen - posted on 02/27/2011

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I am still nursing my 17mo old. She nurses 3-4x a day and about 1-2 at night. Most children self wean between 2-4yrs old. So I highly doubt you will be one of those moms still breastfeeding your school aged child.

Virginia - posted on 02/27/2011

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I have a simalar issue with my 15month old. I would like to stop breastfeeding her soon but she is so attached to it, it has been really hard. I am still feeding her 3-4 times in the day and 3-4 at night. I want to stop because i think mabey this is why she is still waking up 4-5 times a night. She refuses to take any formula or cows milk from a bottle or sippy cup. I am just hoping that she will decide to wean herself but at this point i really doubt it. Dont get me wrong i have absolutley loved breastfeeding but she is so devoted to it and i would like for it to be a little less often now.

Kristen - posted on 03/27/2010

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Oh, thank you. It has been too long, LOL! Yeah, I have a feeling though that's it's going to get harder for her to stop as she gets older, so I believe it's better somehow to wean her now rather then attempting to later. I don't want her to be one of those kids nursing until they're in school or something.

Danielle - posted on 03/25/2010

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it sounds like she isn't ready yet which i knwo isn't what you want to hear, it probably wont get harder the older she gets it will get easier as she is more distracted with the world and stuff to play with that she will loose interest eventually on her own.

you could just pump to relieve pressure while you are away if it comes to it and in that time the break might be enough to get her off the boob if she has found a good enough replacement.

if you really want to wean you could just go cold turkey and put up with a very angry young lady for a few days but she will get used to the idea and stop asking eventually.



the world health organisation recommends feeding until 2 if you can, but i have to say congratulations for BF for as long as you have so far, it is a great achievement

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