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SupersillySheamoma 03-14-2013 08:55 AM

Need Help with weaning!
Hi My son is 11 months old and nurses when he wakes up in the morning, then has baby food for breakfast, nurses when he wakes up from his first nap, baby food for lunch, nurses before nap, took away nursing when wakes up from 2nd nap, baby food for dinner, and nurses before bed. So he is down to 4 nursings. I am afraid to take away any more. It was hard to get rid of the one and he will not take formula or breast milk from a bottle or sippy cup. Any suggestions? Which nursing should I take away next? What should I do instead of nursing him then?
Thank you!

Solcatia 04-07-2013 01:19 PM

Re: Need Help with weaning!
I found that the nursing just after waking up after nap time was the next that was easier to eliminate. We would just find someone else really interesting to do, or a really enticing snack like strawberries. 2nd to last nursing to eliminate was the morning one. That one was tough but same idea...snack and milk in a sippy cup. Last one to go was the bedtime nursing. Husband and I started switching off nights of putting him to bed. It was VERY tough. Once DS got used to it, I slowly started reducing the time DS spent at each breast until we got down to about 3 minutes each side. Then switched to just one side each night for about 5 minutes. At that point, DS's interest started to decline and he just stopped asking for "Nursies" on his own. Tough, long transition but we wanted to do it as peacefully as possible.

Solcatia 04-07-2013 01:21 PM

Re: Need Help with weaning!
Oh, and the rest of the bedtime routine was absolutely KEY. Bath, brush teeth, then read about 2-3 stories, of DS's choosing. We do it in exactly the same sequence every night, and that absolutely helps.

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