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September 12th, 2009, 03:47 AM
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Hi! I'm Joanna (25), DH is Tim (26) and we have a 15-month old named Dalton. I have been seriously considering weaning for a few months now, and I'm interested in learning what I should be doing. It seems like every time he gets a step forward with weaning, he gets two steps back - like he knows what I'm trying to do! I think I have thrush right now, so I'm in agonizing pain. Either thrush or just trauma to the nipple - he loves to fidget with them and it caused a huge blowout tonight while he was sleeping. Anyway, I'd love to hear your advice and I'll be checking out the links!
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September 12th, 2009, 12:16 PM
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hey girl and welcome!!!!

i had just gotten over thrush! i thought i was gonna die. the pain is unbelevable. after a month of using every cream and drops for Kyla i still had no relief. i went and bought gention violet. applied it once and 2 days later my nipples were pain free. try it, it really works!
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September 12th, 2009, 12:43 PM
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I've found the best way to wean if you're able is to use a slow gradual approach. Try cutting out one nursing session per week and start doing the don't offer, don't refuse approach for the rest of the feedings (don't invite him to nurse but don't refuse him either)

Also distraction works really well at that age so that he may even forget he wanted to nurse. And you can try putting him off by saying, 'Not now, maybe later'

Also be sure to offer lots of cuddles and extra hugs as nursing is providing that comfort right now.

Does he drink cow's milk?
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September 12th, 2009, 02:15 PM
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I read that about genitian violet this morning, but have no idea where to get it. We started with the Lotrimin cream and it seems to be helping. Or maybe that's just wishful thinking LOL

Dalton has a ton of problems with dairy - he's very sensitive to it, and can only have minimal amounts both in my diet and his. I've been thinking about trying rice milk, because he's also sensitive to soy, but haven't done it yet. I've tried doing the don't offer, don't refuse, but he won't ask for it. He just sits in my lap and screams. He's a very high need baby, if you read Dr. Sears. So I end up getting frustrated and just offering it to him again. It's like the more I try to wean the more he wants to nurse. I've started wearing more t-shirts so absolutely no cleavage is visible and we go to the park in the morning, which seems to help distract him.

Looking forward to more tips, gotta go round him up now. I hear him taking things out of my pantry LOL
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September 13th, 2009, 11:51 AM
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sounds like you got a boob a holic!
i would maybe start trying the soy or rice milk soon so he gets used to the taste, or else you could end up with our situation. where baby refuses all milk unless direct from me. lol!
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September 14th, 2009, 05:02 AM
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We started trying rice milk last night. He can have small amounts of dairy, so he has milk in cereal (he has to eat it big boy, just like daddy), plus some cheese during the day. He seemed to like the taste of the rice milk, but didn't really care to drink it much.
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September 14th, 2009, 11:07 AM
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hopefully he will get used to the taste soon.
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