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Weaning an Older Baby or Toddler

weaning an older baby
Question: “I’m desperate to wean my 19 month old daughter, but I just don’t know how. Everything I read says to drop one feeding at a time, but with a toddler, nursing is so erratic, that doesn’t apply anymore. I’m scared that cold turkey is my only option, but is there a good way to lessen the shock/tantrums for my daughter?”

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What Nobody Tells You About Weaning After Breastfeeding – Huffington Post


  1. Avatar of Ashley

    I’ve been nursing my son for over a yr. now and he always cluster fed, he was never into a pacifier or formula or anything other than my milk. I dreaded weaning him, I waited till he hit 12 mos. so I could introduce him to almond milk, he had already been eating baby food and other foods here and there, I had no idea how I was going to wean him. I doctors told me to take one feeding away at a time, he of course being a baby wants it when he wants it, so it didn’t work, for over a yr. he has been waking up every 2 -3 hrs. to nurse back to sleep, I was lost, I had no idea what I was going to do, I ended up getting sick and the meds. I now have to take I cannot nurse with, I take them 4 times a day so there was no way I would be able to nurse any more, so we went cold turkey, I was told several times its not the best way because it can be traumatizing… but after a couple of long nights, all seems well, he’s fine, and he puts himself to sleep. I think it doesn’t have to be traumatizing, I was there with him every step of the way, at no point did I just leave him by himself to cry and figure it out alone, it was hard for me but it was even harder for him. now he sleeps all night on his own and I never ever would have thought this would have worked, but I’m glad it turned out the way it did or id still be trying to figure out the best way to wean him.

  2. Avatar of Emma Wilson

    I have a 16 month old. I want to stop nursing so bad but she is so reliant on it. I work 3, 10 hour shifts per week and have stopped pumping in hopes of reducing my supply. But now my days off she wants to nurse so much that I’ve been getting painful blocked ducts. (Maybe from going whole days not nursing and then10000% the next day). I’m really struggling. She’s so needy with me at night and any time I’m home. I feel like it’s going to have to be cold Turkey with her because reducing just feels impossible. I was not a person who wanted to nurse a long time it just ended up being our journey. Trying to wean home alone all day when my husband is working is so mentally and exhausting and challenging. I’m at the end of my rope

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