Nursing

Ashley - posted on 01/23/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Is anyone still nursing thier baby? My first son stopped on his own at 9 or 10 months. This baby boy just keeps nursing and appears to have no interest in stopping! I'm not sure yet that I'm ready for him to, but in some ways I am. I'm not interested in him going until he's a full on toddler, but I want him to be ready. Any suggestions or support? Thanks!

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Ashley - posted on 01/28/2009

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Thank you all!  My son and I have been working on it a little.  I don't really full heartedly want to wean, especially since he is my last, but I've been really tired becuase he's still not sleeping through the night and as I spend all day at school, am too tired not to just nurse him.  I have stopped nursing in the evenings as soon as I get home, and do right before he goes down.  It's the middle of the night thing that's hard, sometimes 3 times.  During the day he is great, drinks from a regular cup and everything.  I was also just wondering how many mom's are still nursing at this age.  Thanks for everyone's ideas and support, I appreciate it!

Crystal - posted on 01/28/2009

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I am still nursing my 14 month old and don't plan to stop until he is at least 2. The WHO (world health organization) recommends nursing until at least 2 and then for as long as both mother and baby are happy with. The benefits that come from breastfeeding don't magically stop just because they turn 1.

Kelly - posted on 01/28/2009

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hi there. i am still nuseing my son, but i have been trying ot quit for quite some time. he drinks forma sippy cup, loves regulare mil, but he is obbsessed with the boob!! at night he demands it and wont take anything else. any suggestions?? i have tried to just say no, but he loooves it. i wonder if he will ever stop on his own

Kelly - posted on 01/28/2009

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hi there. i am still nuseing my son, but i have been trying ot quit for quite some time. he drinks forma sippy cup, loves regulare mil, but he is obbsessed with the boob!! at night he demands it and wont take anything else. any suggestions?? i have tried to just say no, but he loooves it. i wonder if he will ever stop on his own

Maggie - posted on 01/28/2009

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Hi Ashley,



I'm still nursing my daughter but I am trying to get her to move to a cup. She is resisting big time! It is funny how torn we can feel during the transition period. I know I'll miss the cuddle time that nursing provides but it's a necessary step in her development.



I let her nurse first thing in the morning and just before bed. During the day I do my best to get her to drink fluids from a cup or a sippy bottle. I started by eliminating one breastfeeding a day for a week. The next week I eliminated another one. Etc... Maybe that will work for you too. I'm still working at getting her to give up the last few breastfeedings.

Chanda - posted on 01/24/2009

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I was still nursing my daughter up until last weekend. I was ready for a while but I kept putting it off because I didn't feel like she was ready AND because she will be my last baby. I couldn't keep it up anymore though. After being pregnant or nursing for 6 years with only a month or two break in between the birth of each of my girls, I felt a strong need to have my body back.

I got my girls ready about a week before I actually stopped breastfeeding by teaching them a word that I would use when they wanted to nurse, something besides "no". With my middle daughter I used the word "broken" because it was a word she already understood pretty well. With my youngest I used the phrase "all gone" because she was more familiar with it. I would use those words when they wanted to nurse, then distract them. After they had forgotten about nursing for a few minutes I offered a cup. The trickiest is the nursing before naps and bed time. If you don't nurse before he goes to sleep, you are already in good shape. I always did though so that was the toughest part for both of us.

Personally I would suggest giving her a sippy cup vs a bottle. I gave my first daughter a bottle and it was really tough switching to a sippy cup. Most pediatrician's suggest switching to a toddler cup at a year anyway. My youngest was already really good with her cup already because I have always given her water in it. I feel that was a part of the weaning process long before I even realized it. If your son has never used a cup I would just start with that. In between feedings you could offer him a cup with either juice, water, or milk. When it seems like he's getting the hang of it then take it a step further. Start replacing some of his feedings with his cup. You can do it as gradual as you want beginning with replacing only one every week or you can be more aggressive in the weaning process like I was. It's all in how you want to do it. Whatever speed you choose to wean him, just remember...consistency is key. If you say "all gone", or offer a cup instead of nursing but then give in, it will only confuse him and make the weaning process more difficult.

I hope I have given you some advice you can use. These are just some things that worked for me and I really believe that one of the most important parts of being a mother is following your own instinct. Good luck with the weaning!

-Chanda

Zara - posted on 01/24/2009

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im still nursing at bedtime, i keep saying ill give up but to be honest, i LOVE it! i keep wondering at what age it becomes "wrong" to breastfeed, but as long as she is happy ill keep going.

Julia - posted on 01/23/2009

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Well, my pediatrician said that you can continue while both of you are interested in continuing.  My little one I started weaning slowly after one year and he was fully weaned 5 weeks later...I know it can go quicker, but it seemed like he wasn't ready and he wouldn't accept milk in a bottle from me.  I had to wait until grandma gave him a bottle before he would take it...and then it had to be warmed up :) 



I guess it might indicate that he is ready if he is taking some milk bottles vs nursing.  Have you tried to give him one just to see what his reaction is?

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