- 4 years ago
- Wedding: September 2010
I am starting to wean my 16-month-old child. I am 16 weeks pregnant and am finding breastfeeding to be fairly painful now. I would also just like a break before the new baby comes.
Things I am already doing/have already tried:
-I currently nurse her 3x/day maximum (only if she asks, but she always does). If she asks for the breast at times of the day than those 3 times, I tell her no & try to distract her with something else.
-I am eliminating one nursing session per week. Tomorrow I will eliminate the morning session, bringing us to 2 sessions/day. Next week, we’ll be down to 1x/day, and so on.
-She drinks & enjoys whole cow’s milk from a sippy cup with meals and at non-breastfeeding times.
-I have tried giving her a pacifier and/or a sippy cup of milk when she asks for the breast & it’s not time. This has not worked so far (by which I mean, I still don’t give in to her demands, but she cries a lot and reaches into my shirt, and it’s just a painful scene until I can successfully distract her).
-My husband and I both give her TONS of love and affection during the day, so she’s not starved of cuddles or anything like that during this time.
I’m good at being firm and sticking to my weaning plan. I am really just looking for any tips anyone has, or words of encouragement. How long did your child keep asking for the breast while you were weaning? How long did it take him/her to get over it? Did anything work as a substitute? Is there no simple solution other than patience and determination? I’m committed to weaning her; I just hate seeing her upset!