How do I stop breastfeeding?

Tania - posted on 01/20/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My son turned two in December only drinks at night and weekends or when he sees my breast any advice please? Thank you Tania

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Betsy - posted on 01/22/2009

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Congrats on breastfeeding until the recommended age of 2! As a previous breastfeeding mom of 5 and a RN I have to agree with Juli Thurston! I found distraction very helpful but I also just started saying to my one daughter who breastfed until she was 28 months (usually only in the morning) that there was no more milk in the baba's. I made sure in the mornings that we continued to have "snuggle" time about the length she would have nursed for. I hope this helps. Good Luck! Betsy

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Congratulations on being able to breastfeed so long!

Just think of all the antibodies and protection from illness you have been able to provide for your son! You should be so proud because doing that while working is a real challenge!

My younger child breastfed a little like that until age 18 months and then he was too distracted by things he wanted to do (playing) to slow down to nurse. He nursed less and less often and for shorter periods of time, and then just stopped.



It's really not that different than some toddlers who aren't happy to give up the bottle after age one. Does he drink from a cup when you are at work?

If he already is an old pro at the cup, then he might be nursing for comfort.

It makes him feel close to you, and fulfills the sucking need.

You might try distracting him with other busy activities, and finding other "cuddle" activities, like reading a book together.

Meanwhile, as you try to phase out the nursing, if you must continue, don't reward him while you do it by giving him extra attention.

When he was an infant you probably smiled at him and cooed back to him, spoke to him, sang to him, etc. while you nursed.

Try not to make eye contact and try not to speak with him when you must nurse him, and give him lots of extra attention and praise when he is doing behaviors that you like and desire for him to repeat. He will soon learn that nursing doesn't give him more of YOU, but reading books together, playing together inside & outside gives him lots of mommy attention.

God bless & good luck!

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Tania - posted on 01/22/2009

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Thank you so much for that great advice I never thought of all those things you have said and each word of it is 100% correct and true. thanks again



God bless you to

Kayla - posted on 01/20/2009

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He is 2 years old? My goodness, you poor thing. I wish I could help but I stopped breast feeding as soon as I went back to work.

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