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My little guy will be 13 months next week. I'm not in a big rush just want him to get adjusted before the new baby comes that the milk is no longer for him, just not up to going tandom! Everyone seems to think I need to wean now, I don't feel we are quite ready yet.
I weaned my son soon after he turned 1. He was not nursing at night anymore so it was really just a matter of keeping him distracted during the day. Fortunately it was pretty simple for us, my son was busy learning to walk and was always wanting to get down and move. He was happy to drink from a sippy cup where he could sit on the floor and look around. Nursing was pulling him away from the other action happening around him and constricting him to my arms which he quickly became frustrated with. I think the weaning happened naturally for us at a time when we both felt like we were ready for some space!
I used to work one on one with breastfeeding moms and my best advice is to go at your own pace. Sometimes cutting out one feeding at a time is best for both mom and baby. Others find that cold turkey is easier, but it all depends on your situation. I have also worked with moms that took a "nursing vacation", basically just went out of town for a few days or stayed elsewhere. When they returned, baby had practically lost all interest in nursing. I think weaning is often harder on the moms than it is on the kids because of the emotional aspect.
My daughter self-weaned at 10 months (starting biting me hard every time I offered her the breast, and after a week of that I gave up). We already did a bottle a day, so I just shifted to all bottles. I can't even remember when I introduced sippy cups, but we were bad and let her have occasional bottles up until age 2 to help her get back to sleep or when she was really upset. She still asks for them nearly a year later.
Do you do any bottles regularly? How many times a day are you nursing him?
I don't have any advice, my 20 month old is down to just nap time, but shows no signs of being willing to give that up any time soon! She gets so upset if I don't offer it at nap time.
So looks like I will be going tandem... even though I wasn't planning on it.
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Avery Elizabeth (08/27/2011) & Dawsyn Brielle (10/29/2013)
I weaned my first by cutting back a feeding a week, but we were down to 3-4 a day. She was 18 months. I was going to do the same to my second, but she is a total booby baby. I am just going to let her nurse till two or she self weans. I may tandem nurse a little, but it won't be for long.
Three on Earth and seven in Heaven. ♥ Hoping to get knocked up in 2016. Sometimes.