How do I stop nursing?

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My son will be16 mths on Sept.6. I know I need to stop nursing at some point but I honestly don't know how to stop. Emotionally it destroys me thinking about it, not to mention the pain. Any suggestions on how to just stop and on what can help with the pain. Btw...he stills ask for his milk milk:(

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Kelina - posted on 09/03/2011

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do you want to stop? because it doesn't sound like it. If the two of you are ok with nursing why stop? I'm pretty sure they recommend nursing until 2 years old but if you really want to stop there are a few things you can do to ease the pain. Start restricting it to first thing in the morning, right before naptime and right before bed. then slowly cut out the morning nurse, giving him a cup of milk instead. Then the naptime nurse, just putting him down. Last, cut out the bedtime nurse, replacing it with a bedtime routine, like a story and bath or something. The way i did it with my son was i started with the routine being teeth, story, milk. then it went to milk, teeth, story. Last, i just cut out the nurse one night. he did great! If you want to sotp cold turkey, a couple thigns you can do are 1) pump just enough to take off the pressure when it gets to be too painful. It will take a little bit longer this way but at least you won't be soaking through your breast pads. The other way, it sound weird and I've never tried it but I've heard it works like a dream is putting cold cabbage leaves in your bra. Apparently it helps! Good luck!

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Elfrieda - posted on 09/03/2011

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If you cut down the number of times you nurse each day slowly but steadily, over a few months, it won't hurt (physically) to stop nursing. When I stopped, it was at the point where my son sometimes nursed first thing in the morning when he woke up, and last thing before bed, but no other times. Then he stopped wanting to in the morning, and one day I decided to stop offering, and he was fine and I didn't even drip at all. Of course, it would be more difficult if he's asking for milk, but maybe you could reduce the number of nursing sessions per day, just to start.

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