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April 12th, 2012, 02:30 PM
Purple654's Avatar Rhett's Mommy
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Hi ladies!

I havent been on in ages and I just want to wish everyone the best with their bfing journey! I have loved it!

My boy still wakes up 3 or more times a night to nurse. I know he would stop if we were no longer bfing but I dont want to completely wean him yet, just slowly.

He loves to nurse and I offer him other fluids and solids all the time but he just isnt interested. He fills up on breast milk. He is growing fine but Mommy is getting tired. He freaks out if he wants to nurse and I dont allow him to.

Any advice for gentle weaning of a boob a holic?

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April 12th, 2012, 04:10 PM
mgm78's Avatar Zoe's mom Meredith
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Well, he is only a year old, so it is not abnormal to still nurse a lot and to wake up during the night. Are you looking to night wean him or completely wean him? does he eat food? Not all babies are into food right away and can take a while for them to really enjoy it. Does he drink milk or eat yogurt? have you tried substituting a meal for a nursing session, or offering a sippy cup? I am not help though, my DD woke up 6-10 times a night to nurse at that age

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April 12th, 2012, 05:29 PM
sugarloafbaby's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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I was going to ask the same questions. I never had to deal with this though since my milk simply dried up during pregnancy- made for easy weaning! What we did was offer milk in a sippy (straw kind) with meals - she gradually started replacing that with nursing sessions. I cut down to just before naps and bedtime. Bedtime was the last one I cut out.

I should also add that the whole "weaning" process took about 4 months. I started with night weaning, which was the hardest and what took the longest. Then I went from there. I held on to those naptime and bedtime nursing sessions as long as I could though.
Mommy to 2 girls , 6/26/10 & 12/31/11

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April 15th, 2012, 04:55 PM
joonzgurl's Avatar Proud mama of 2 girls
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I agree that night weaning might be where to start. You might find that you feel better rested after he is night weaned and might not feel the need to wean completely. Good luck!

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Avery Elizabeth (08/27/2011) & Dawsyn Brielle (10/29/2013)
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April 15th, 2012, 05:04 PM
-Trish-'s Avatar Mom to 3boys & a Princess
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I night weaned at 15 months. It only took about 5 days and then she was sleeping through the night and so was mommy she has now been completely weaned for almost 3 weeks and she's 19 months old now. Feel free to message me if you have questions on how I did it. It's very hard when they are so attached to your boobies. My daughter still refuses to drink regular milk :-/

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