need help weaning

Kyle - posted on 01/03/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I am currently BF my 21 month old. I am not going to start weaning right away but I would like to get some info and good tips for when I do start trying to wean him. How do I do it? do I cut down, stop cold turkey, only at certain times?? I BF my daughter but she only did it for a few months and then she self weaned because we were always running around and I was working so she would get bottles a lot. My son, I have been home with since birth and he took to the feeding a little better. any information would help. Thanks!

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Celeste - posted on 01/04/2011

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A couple of options. Let him wean when he decides (all kids *will* wean, with the average being 4).

If that's not an option for you a few things you can do:
-Go slow, I wouldn't do it cold turkey.
-Distractions. Figure out which times you want to cut out, like only nurse once a day, etc. If you have a place that you nurse, I'd avoid that during those times. I'd also try to keep him busy (I took my boys to the park, or somewhere to get out of the house)
-Lessen feedings. One thing I did was to tell them that I was going to count to 10 and then "nah nahs" were all done.

Here are a few more:
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/weaning/weani...

Noreen - posted on 01/03/2011

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First of all, way to go to make it to 21 months!! That is a HUGE feet!! Your son has received a great start in life!

You would want to start the weaning process by cutting out one nursing session a wk. Start with the least favorite and work your way to the favorite. You want to do it slowly so it is easier for him to adjust to the new change and so that your breast don't get too full and then you end up with mastitis. Weaning cold turkey will not be good for both you! Especially you!

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