How to stop breastfeeding

Kameelia - posted on 01/11/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My son is two on the 19th and he is still breastfeeding. whenever I try to wean him - it is literal hell. Major screaming.

Any suggestions

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I might suggest thinking about a transitional stage. I wished that weaning would have come more naturally between one and two years, but it didn't. We still nurse once or twice in the night.

Some battles are tougher than others. For me, the night feeding are the times when we have the greatest conflict if I decline her request to nurse.

Other times of the day it's not so hard. I feel like only nursing in the night keeps it private, and almost subconcious. It's there, but in the background of her life. I'm hoping this will help her feel secure, but also eventually comfortable letting go.

Here are some ideas for you to try... a sippy with warm milk, a sports bra on for a few days to restrain access (and the pressure will help with engorgement too), extra cuddles. buy or borrow some new engaging toys, books or cds to look at together...

Good luck!

Heather - posted on 01/27/2010

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Two is still very young for weaning and the very bare minimum of what th WHO recommends. This article talks about a natural age for weaning in humans:

http://www.kathydettwyler.org/detwean.ht...

and this article covers some of the benefits to your baby and yourself of avoiding and this article discusses the benefits to you as well as your child in avoiding premature weaning:

http://www.helium.com/items/267806-when-...

All children wean when they are ready. It doesn't require any particular effort on the part of the mother.

Nadia - posted on 01/27/2010

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my daughter turned 2 on the 14th.....and yesterday was the 1st day i tried not to breasfeed her the whole day , but a week before i kept telling her that she is a big girl now and mama's milk has finished, so say bye bye ...so she would say bye bye and give loads of kisses...:)
then yesterday i applied blue food colouring on my nipples , and said to her see...milk is dirty now ...but u r a big girl u dont need it .....as she was prepared to say bye bye for a week , she said bye bye ...and slept without it in the fatrenoon and nite ...nite was tuff as she kept waking up and crying for it , but i kept saying milk is dirty so go back to sleep , so i would give her water and hekp her sleep .....so yesterday went quite well ...let see what happens today ....wish me luck :)
and i wish u luck as well ....:)

Kameelia - posted on 01/26/2010

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unfortunately - I am having no luck - if I am to avoid breastfeeding I have to avoid sitting or laying down - he will just climb on me and try taking out the breast - oh my - dad does not take too kindly to this he also wants him to stop.FRUSTRATING

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I weaned my son at 18 months and it was a very trying time for both of us. Some of my friends had luck with dabbing some vinegar on their nipples, but that did nothing to discourage my son. I did my best to distract him with activity, and being away from home at his favorite times to nurse really did help. It may be difficult right now, but just remember that this phase (like all others) won't last for long and soon it will be a distant memory. Best of luck to you both!

Amal - posted on 01/17/2010

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hi..breastfeeding is a close relation between the mom and her child, that's why it is difficult when stopping..so when i decided to stop nursing my first baby, i used to stop nursing him at noon first , which is an important time of the day to him after i come from work, but i kept night nursing..the most important thing you have to do is keeping him busy at the usual time of breastfeeding, and gradually you will do it..and keep in mind that your baby at this age doesn't need you milk, its affection that he needs.. GOOD LUCK

Mary - posted on 01/12/2010

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Morning, my second child nursed until 2 1/2. If it was up to her she would have continued. She ate well and drank out of a cup and even had a pacifier but she still nursed day and night. I tried different tips and the la leche league meetings said wait for the child to lead. I ended up leaving her with her sitter for the weekend. She was fine. I was miserable and engorged for a week but the cabbage leaves in the bra help. When I came home she still wanted to nurse and I would say, "all gone.". I would let her lay on me with her belly on my belly, skin to skin, and that seemed to calm her. Hope that helps.

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