Weaning dilema at one year.....

Karen - posted on 12/09/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )




Hi mums!

I have been breastfeeding for one year for my LG and I feel like I would like to stop, but a part of me feels like i would be unnatural to stop....so I have a heart and heard issue and both have heart and head answers! I just wanted to know if other moms successfully weaned at this age and how...her comfort is 100% me and my hubby and nursing....I do not agree with the crying technique and we co-sleep. I would appreciate if suggestions were in line with these practices and family choices....I do accept that everyone has their own way of raising their kids but we are very happy and she sleeps in her cot as well no problem. but both of us enjoy the cosy family nights.....please give me your story on how you were able to wean and still co-sleep without the crying technique....she also does not use a pacifier and she had no favorite toy as often as I have tried and tried. She can sleep out without milk when she stays with my mother no problem....and sleeps very well.....love to all mommys and babes and peace and joy over the festive season to one and all.....love


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Megan - posted on 12/10/2010




i stoped bf my son at age 1 but he slept in his own bed u might try her in her bed for a while if ur ready 2 stop then once she forgets can bring her back in the bed.

Laura - posted on 12/10/2010




i have little advice to offer, as i have not been in your situation...i am also a mother of a one year old and am still breastfeeding. i am curious to see other experienced mommy's answers, as we also co-sleep and are not down with the crying it out either, so this could possibly be a situation in my future. however, i do know from many friends (i am 30 and many of my closer friends who are mommies began having children 7+ years ago) and from a LLL meeting i attended some months ago, that it is all too normal to go through periods of REALLY wanting to stop bf even when there are many reasons why you want to/or feel like it's best to keep going. again, i have not been in your shoes, but i encourage you to push through! i don't want to comment too much, though, without really knowing the reasons you want to quit...just want to encourage you...know that what you're feeling is normal, even for moms who keep going well after a year. good luck searching for a resolution, and love to you.

Jennifer - posted on 12/10/2010




i have not been in your position and the only advice i can off is to continue breastfeeding until your head and your heart find common ground. the last thing you want is to feel guilty later on for stopping too soon. the world health organization recommends breastfeeding for at least 2 years.

keep in mind that nursing a toddler is much easier than nursing an infant. a toddler is able to get most of it nutrition elsewhere allowing you to have time to your self. at a year, as long as you are nursing 3 times a day there is no need for cows milk.

i'll be honest, i'm a little confused by your post. can i ask why it is you want to wean her? is it because you co sleep, and she relies on nursing through the night? if it is working for the 3 of you, it wont hurt her so if it were i in your situation i would just continue on.

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