Breastfeeding Questions - Weaning a Breastfed Toddler
I am currently still breastfeeding my daughter who will be 2 just before christmas. However, she is due to start playgroup next September and I would like to have stopped before then. My eldest was nearly 4 when she stopped having breastfeeds and she kind of weaned herself off. But I don't know how to wean the youngest off.
It's starting to annoy me as she tries to have it everytime I sit down. I was wondering if you could suggest anything. Thank you.
Congratulations on breastfeeding for so long. Your little girl will really benefit from such a wonderful start to her life.
I breastfed my last two children until they were about fifteen months old and found that the best way to wean was to very gradually cut out feeds. Try cutting out a feed that she may not miss too much to start with, perhaps in the middle of the day.
After a few days, try losing another feed and so on until you have completely stopped breastfeeding. I found the night-time feeds most difficult to stop as they were part of the bedtime routine.
You may need to work around this by introducing a new routine. Try giving a bowl of cereal and a drink of milk or water from a beaker instead of a breastfeed at bed-time. A bed-time bath can work wonders as can a little night-light and some bed-time music!
Try not to rush things. Make it gradual so that your little girl hardly realises what is happening.
Distracting her when she wants a breastfeed can sometimes work! Try reading a story or just playing with her when she tries to feed every time you sit down.
The World Health Organisation recommends breastfeeding for at least two years and in many parts of the world babies are breastfed for much longer! So you have done wonderfully to have breastfed for so long.
Good Luck and I hope this helps you in some way.
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