stopping breastfeeding

HEATHER - posted on 08/02/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hi My daughter is now almost 3 and she wont stop breastfeeding. Does anyone have any suggestions? I've tried distractions but it only lasts for so long and then.......Is there any way to make it less traumatic to stop?

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Kim - posted on 08/08/2010

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I limited it to at home and tried to stay active during the day so there was less time for them to ask. If you are night feeding you can wean that. I gave my kids a sippy cup of water incase they got thirsty. For the other times try giving her milk or other drinks if she is thirsty, if you sit in a special seat to nurse, don't sit there(I used to sit on the floor to avoid nursing and it helped). Just try cutting down one at a time. My youngest nursed the longest, almost 2 yrs, and she would go thru cycles of almost giving it up, then nursing more, try to get her at a time when she is less interested. Good luck.

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I tried that with my son, it didn't work for us either. What worked for him was slowly reducing the length of time he fed for. I would just take him off sooner then he would do on his own and then offer him other things to fill up on that I knew he liked, he was actually glad to have the food instead. I first did this process for the day and then after he had one full day of no breastfeeding (took a week to get to that point), I started the same process at night when he would wake up (except I would coax him back to sleep with him laying down after taking him off the breast). I started telling him that he was a big boy and that was for babies when he would ask to breastfeed, I would give him alternatives or help him back to sleep if it was during the night. To get him to stop waking up after he was weened, I started telling him to stay in bed until the sun comes up, ever since then, he has done just that. I thought it was going to be a difficult process but it ended up being supper easy with that method. Like I said it only took a week to stop day time feeds, and a few extra days after that, the night time feeding stopped. For a few weeks he would still ask, but I would remind him that was for babies and he was a big boy now. I would take him to the kitchen and offer things to eat, and he very happily ate them, no problems at all. For a while after stopping bf if he walked in on me changing or getting out of the shower, he would stare at my boobs and even tried to grab the areola with his hand a few times, but I told him not to and ignored the behavior other then that. Now that it has been months since we stopped bf he doesn't even think twice when he walks in on me and doesn't ever ask anymore, he only asks for food these days.

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