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December 19th, 2010, 12:55 PM
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I tried to stop a feeding and my 15 month old responded by nursing during the night again. How do I get him to stop nursing? I want him weaned soon. I need to get working and having him breastfeeding is not going to help either of us. How'd you guys stop? One of the doctors I see for weight loss said I should just do it cold turkey, but I don't think that would help and might make things worse. Please, help me! Thanks I know you will have some great ideas for me to try!
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December 19th, 2010, 06:15 PM
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I'm not much help because I've never had to wean. Mak weaned herself when I got pg and Maddie's still nursing. I went back to work when she was 12 months old and don't pump at work. I still have plenty of milk and she's just adjusted to when she nurses. Are you wanting to wean because you're going back to work or you want to wean because you feel the time is right?

I don't know if you'll get a lot of advice on this particular board since the majority of us are nursing past 1yr but I'm sure the ladies on the Weaning board might have so ideas too. Good luck with your return to work and weaning. 15 months is a great milestone.
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December 19th, 2010, 09:19 PM
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I'm slowly weaning my girls. It's a combination of them and me right now doing the weaning. I decided that they could no longer nurse at night. The first night I was going to implement that, they decided to STTN. I'm so glad that I didn't force them to do anything. I have cut back during the day though and they weren't happy at first. They wanted to nurse when bored and I didn't wnat them to. I had to keep them distracted and soothed by reading books, playing with favorite toys or any other things that they enjoyed. They can't do cow dairy, so I added lots of fatty foods like almond butter, avocado and goat cheese into their snacks. They started nursing less in response to the food changes. I think the biggest thing for us is that they were ready to cut back. If they weren't ready it would have been hard and so far it hasn't been.

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December 20th, 2010, 01:52 PM
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i went back to work at 8 weeks but couldn't wait to stop pumping at a year! i slowly weaned jacob to cows milk during the day so that i didn't have to pump at work. i continued to nurse on demand at home. by 18 months, i had a new very demanding job, and his after-work nursing session was becoming too stressful to me. i tried the following: during his normal nursing session, i gave him a sippy of diluted juice and a snack. i played with him and gave him my full attention (no washing dishes or making dinner or re-packing the daycare bag). we played and played. and he was fine without nursing. i did this for a few days. then we went back to our "new" normal routine. he hasn't asked to nurse after work again. i'm still nursing morning and bedtime, and i'm ok with that for now. i would like him to wean at 2, but i'm probably going to have to encourage that as well since it's only 2 months away! i'd love for him to self-wean, but 2 years is enough for us!
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December 20th, 2010, 04:01 PM
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I have no advice, DD is no where ready to wean yet, and I am still pumping at work. I hope you can get some good advice and make the right transition for you and your LO

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