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Old 08-30-2013, 08:50 AM   #1
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2.5: I'm ready to be done!

So my son is almost two and a half. He nurses before nap time, and before (and during) the night, as we co-sleep. He shows no sign of wanting to stop, but honestly I'm ready to be done. He pulls at my shirt all the time, even though he knows we only nurse at specified times. I'm not getting the best sleep, and I just think it's time. We get plenty of non-nursing together/snuggle time. Does anyone have specific advice on how to (compassionately) wean a 2.5 year old? Any help would be appreciated!

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Old 09-03-2013, 10:41 AM   #2
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Re: 2.5: I'm ready to be done!

"mother your nursing toddler" and "how weaning happens". Both have chapters on gentle, respectful weaning. That said, it sounds like partially a problem with nursing manners. I don't allow my kids to pull on my clothes, because I know it annoys me. I wonder if you spent more time focusing on the behaviors (and maybe "overnight" weaning) you'd feel like you could keep going.
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Old 09-12-2013, 06:41 PM   #3
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I can't help because I'm in the same boat. My DS is almost 2 and I'm feeling done. He thinks otherwise. He still wants to nurse all day long. Sometimes it's just for a second, other times it's an actual nursing session.

I've tried telling him we only nurse at bedtime/naptime but if I refuse he cries. Then I feel bad because he's still my "baby".

I'll be watching this thread for suggestions!
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I know one mom who tried putting bitter oils on her nipples. It didn't work for her though, lol, but it might for you.
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If I didn't wean them I think my kids would have nursed till 3 or 4. But just past 2.5 was enough for me.

Does your son need to nurse to fall asleep? I'd work on an alternate method of falling asleep. You could wind it down slowly, restrict nursing to a certain couch (in a less used location so he's not reminded), don't let him nurse all the way down.

Or you could just declare the all night milk bar closed. That's what I did to nightwean my twins.

And distractions work well--when he asks to nurse, give him something to eat and drink and go do something else. Try to plan activities a few days in a row so he's in a different environment.
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