looking for suggestions on weaning my daughter is 21 months old and i would like to get her off the breast is there a trick or is it best to just go cold turkey ??any suggestions greatly appriciated

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Anne - posted on 05/29/2011

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Hi Phelicia,
After reading the suggestions yesterday I started trying to get my son to use the sign language for milk again, and I am trying to get him to call it mommy milk, so that's funny that your little one calls it that. Jasper mostly nurses in the morning and at night. There was a point where I had gotten him to stop during the day, but then he started up again. I think I was sick this one week and I would just give into him so he would take a nap with me, so now he expects it at nap time again. But if we are out and about he is okay without it, but the minute we get home he wants it. Altough sometimes whne we are out he will start grabbing at me and putting his hand in my shirt. So I'm going to be working on manners now as well. I just need to be persistant and not get sick again! ; ) I give into him more when I am really tired or feel like crap.

Phelicia - posted on 05/28/2011

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Anne, I taught my daughter to ask for Milku. :) Worked for her and much less embarassing. When she was older she got cow's milk from a sippy cup, but was frequently still nursed, and she would distinguish between bottle milku and mommy milku!!! Ha ha ha!

Phelicia - posted on 05/28/2011

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I nursed until my daughter was 27 months old. I only stopped because I was pregnant with another baby and it was starting to hurt to nurse. I told her it was hurting mommy and we would have to stop now. She was dissappointed, but she weaned immediately. Usually there comes a time when one of the two of you is just done, and that is when it is time to wean. There is no hard fast rule, although some people will give you crazy looks for "still nursing" and even make nasty comments. I personally had her in a routine of only nursing in the morning and before bed when we did wean so my milk supply was lower (less pain for me) and so she wasn't so dependant. Be patient. BM is still the best thing for them, and they love the mommy lovin time, so go gently.

Anne - posted on 05/28/2011

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Hi Lise,
I think you mentioned signing in the other post. My daughter learned a few signs when she was 8 or 9 months... I tought my son the sign for milk, however, he uses it wrong... He uses it as though it means "more". I never even thought to teach him to ask to be nursed, he always just climbs up on me and pulls at my shirt...and I allowed it...I never thought to even prevent it. My one friend who is pro nursing is in Fl now and wasn't much help on this subject as her boys just stopped right away and she went from one to the other. I really had no one else to go to. I'm glad I found this site though. I actually joined to talk about fibromyalgia, but its nice to have a place to talk about the kids and breastfeeding as well. Again, thanks for the link.

Lise - posted on 05/28/2011

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DON'T GO COLD TURKEY! That is so hard on babies. Here are some great weaning techniques: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/weaning/weani...

Good luck! Anne, try teaching your lo a sign for nursing. My daughter's been signing to nurse since she was 8 months old so no embarrassing public incidents. ;) She's also learned to wait and does not have to nurse in public.

Dori - posted on 05/28/2011

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lol i as well makes it a tad embarassing when my daughter climbs on my lap asking for "boobies" lol

Anne - posted on 05/28/2011

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I totally get that. I would just like to be able to go out in public and not have to worry about my son trying to rip my shirt off of me when he gets hungry!

Anne - posted on 05/28/2011

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I'm in the same boat, only my son is almost 18months, but Im ready for him to stop breastfeeding. If you get any advice let me know.

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