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How do you wean a toddler from BFing? (xposted)


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August 18th, 2011, 07:20 AM
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Mari is almost 2 years old and would still nurse ALL the time if I let her. I try to really limit her to the evenings before bedtimes, but on days I'm home all day with her she asks for it as soon as she wakes up and all day long.

Most of the time I just give in and nurse her because she can be quite persistant and throw a huge tantrum if I don't, but I'd really like to just stick with bedtime feedings or completely wean her.

Any advice?

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August 19th, 2011, 08:01 AM
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Hi Tina!

no great advice as the only reason bellas feeds are shortening is because im pregnant but heres a great blog post abuot BF a toddler which I found very reassuring and theres some suggestions in there.
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August 25th, 2011, 05:39 AM
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I would start offering her alternatives during the day. Maybe buy her a special cup to have a drink in - Amelia loves her Dora cup even though she's never seen Dora! - and tell her she can have milk (or whatever) in her Dora cup instead and really go for it with excitement so maybe she'll get excited, too. Also, I think you will probably have to be really firm with her and just tell her no and explain that nursing is only for bedtime (or whenever you want to feed her). But I would always give her an alternative, too. Say you can hug or play something with her, etc. "Let's do ______ instead" kind of thing. And probably some extra cuddling during this time would help her as well, so she still has that closeness with you. I hope this helps, Tina!!
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