How do i get my 14 almost 15 month son to stop breastfeeding?

Alenapratt15 - posted on 04/12/2016 ( 2 moms have responded )




My son is almost 15 months old and i want to stop breastfeeding but everytime that i say no or try to stop he screams on the top of his lungs. Any suggestions?


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Megan - posted on 04/25/2016




I feel your pain, I actually nursed mine until she was 3! It's true that this is a special bonding time for you and your little one, and you probably question when is it time to stop? Is it fair of me to deny them of this? Or is it still acceptable to nurse this late? The answer is -- It depends on when you are ready, and yes it's totally fine to do extended nursing. There are several benefits to nursing for both mom and baby, as you probably know.

There are the old tricks like using lemon juice, or some unsavoury taste they may not like - i tried some, and they didn't work. My kid just wiped it off, or worse - told me to clean it off!

I tried the bandaid method, explaining that I had an ouchy -- that didn't work at all. She just ripped them off.

There's the bottle/cup swap - it works for some, not all. My daughter was already drinking out of a cup, no problem, she used nursing as a comfort, or her security blanket for falling asleep at night, not for actual nutrition or thirst.

The way I got her to stop (finally) is through stern reminders and setting a specific date that she wouldn't be able to nurse any longer. For her it was her 3rd birthday. I started reminding her about 2 months prior, every night she nursed. But I reinforced that when she turned 3 she would be a big girl and would be able to do more big girl things. It's important to keep that balance for them -- you are taking something away, you have to give them something in return.

And, when you decide to stop, you have to be stern and decisive about it, your little one will push you and test your limits. it's important never to give and and go back once the line is drawn, even if its just for one day that they stop -- you have to be persistent.

Hope this helps.

Mary - posted on 04/21/2016




Hi Alena,
Him screaming is a natural reaction to not getting what he wants. He will do or try to do that for the rest of his life. If you want to stop, then just stop. Let him scream, each and everytime. He will stop eventually. You just have to keep yourself from giving in.

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