still breast feeding my one year old.

Laurraazacaula - posted on 01/31/2014 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I want to wean my one year old. I know this will take time and im truly in no hurry. But my husband is not suportive of breastfeeding past six months.it wasnt untill i was pregnant with this my second child that i was able to waen my first child at nearly four years old. She only nursed at bed time. But i realy dont want to go that long. As much as i love my girls.At some point. I want my body to be my own agin. Any ideas on how to do this. I dont want to wean her before she is turly ready, she nusrses alot day and night. She dosent like bottles at all. Which makes this all the more ddifficult. She will however drink from a cup with a straw and loves to drink from a water bottle.

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Lori - posted on 02/01/2014

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Congratulations on making it this far. And WOW! to have breastfed your first for almost 4 years with a hubby who isn't supportive. Awesome on you!
Since you have breastfed that long with your first, and are now at the year mark with your second… I assume you are aware of all the awesome benefits of "extended nursing" (beyond 1 year). Child will have fewer illnesses, and illnesses of shorter duration. Some of the immune factors in breast milk increases in concentration during the second year and also during the weaning process. Breastfeeding (extended) contributes to your child's mental and social development. Oh yeah… and don't forget breastfeeding past infancy is NORMAL. Also - benefits for Mom include reduced risk of breast cancer ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, and endometrial cancer. Breastfeeding also protects agains osteoporosis, and has been shown to decrease insulin requirement in diabetic women.
http://kellymom.com/ages/older-infant/eb...
If you hubby isn't aware of these benefits… perhaps some education would help him be more supportive?

However - if YOU are truly ready, then I'd suggest take your time and slowly drop one feeding at a time. Replace that feeding with a snack or other food. I'd save before naps and before bed for the last ones to go. Give it a week or more with each nursing session you drop. If baby really protests, then add that one back for a little while before trying again.
A few tips: Avoid any place your LO associates with breastfeeding if you don't plan to breastfeed. Keep her tummy full (or at least don't let it get too empty) so she's not asking for it due to hunger.

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