How to stop breastfeeding a 2 year old!

Cindy - posted on 12/13/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )




My 2 year old refuses to ween off the breast nicely, and I need some suggestions on how to get her to stop breastfeeding?!


Wendy - posted on 05/05/2012




Sarah when you find out, let me know. my son is 2 years old and he nurses mainly when sleepy. I want him to stop period because i would like him to become less dependant of it for conmfort. he has teeth and its very difficult now. he still wakes up 3/4 time a night. im so tired i just want him in his bed and rest so i can be better rested. let me know..

Sarah - posted on 04/30/2012




iv stoped feeding my daughter in day time she still trys but most days she dont but at bed time and morning she wont stop feeding i dont no what to do as im getting very stressed with feeding now she 2 years an 2 months old and wakes up atleast 3 4 times a night what can i do to stop this at bed time

Jessica - posted on 12/13/2009




My 2 year old is still breastfeeding so I can't tell you how to stop breastfeeding a 2 year old. But I only breastfeed him once a day or once every other day. I left town last month for 4 days, and he was just fine hanging out with his daddy and not breastfeeding...

I cut back one feeding at a time starting a little before he turned 2...he was breastfeeding 5-6 times a day still, so i cut out everything but the first thing in the morning feeding, the before and after naptime feeding, and the bedtime feeding...

then i cut out the after naptime, then i cut out the bedtime, then i cut out the first thing in the morning, and now he only nurses to go to sleep at naptime and that's it! he can also fall asleep fine with daddy at naptime if i'm out and about...

My son is very opinionated and was very attached to the breast, so this might be an effective way to cut back with your little one without as much of a battle. hope that helps!

Michelle - posted on 12/13/2009




i dont force our kids to wean but i've heard the best way is to cut back one nursing at a time if you want to stop breastfeeding your 2 year old

Joley - posted on 12/13/2009




If you are really ready to wean and need to know how to stop breastfeeding a 2 year old then I would suggest giving her alternatives to the breast. Like you can have a cup of milk and sit in my lap to cuddle while you drink it. If neither of you are ready then keep going and gradually reduce her feedings.

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Amanda - posted on 12/13/2009




My son weaned at 14 months... and I'm sure he would have gone longer, but I was ready to quit. We basically did it cold turkey style... He didn't put up as much of a fight as I thought he was going to. Your daughter I'm assuming can speak though... so I'm sure that is harder, when she can tell you that is what she wants. But, if you really want to be done, just be firm with her. Tell her she is your big girl now, and big girls don't breastfeed, they drink from a cup, etc. ect. Expect a few tears, but she'll get over it in a few days.
hope it goes well for you both!

Michelle - posted on 12/13/2009




I never nursed that long so Congrats to you, Can you go and buy her a special cup that she will can use. I also am unsure how much you nurse her in a day so try to cut back one feeding at a time. Maybe at this time you can read her a book so you can still bond. Good luck, weaning at any age is hard.

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