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Baby nearly 12months doesnt want to wean from breastfeeding

posted 1 decade 7 months ago
Hi I was wondering if anyone can help. My daughter is 3 weeks away from her 1st bday she is my 4th child and I have breastfed them all on demand for a year each and weaned them with no problems,they do say every child is different! my dilemma is that I'm finding it very difficult to stop the breastfeeding as she is nearly 1 and I'm exhausted.
She wont take cows milk but does eat a varied diet, yogurt,cheese veg etc and will drink a very small amount of squash, I've cut her down to 4 feeds in the day and 1-2 feeds through the night but with 3 other children my aim is to give up all together by her bday,I am worried as breast milk is all she will take and she cries till she gets it.Some might say that I should know the answer to this after weaning my other 3 but I could do with a little HELP Confused

posted 1 decade 6 months ago
I faced a far more difficult situation,my kid did not want to give up on breast feeding my wife was really upset about it,then on the advice of my mother she started applying chilly paste or some other bitter paste on her nipple,Some thing my kid did not like and gradually gave up breast feeding.

posted 1 decade 6 months ago
Thanks for your reply

posted 1 decade 6 months ago
Why don't you want your baby to wean she is ready?

posted 1 decade 6 months ago
I want to give up as I have done my best feeding on demand for nearly a year and I have 3 other small children to consider, I have breastfed all 4 of my children over the last 9 years which in total adds up to nearly 4 1/2 years of breastfeeding I think I deserve a break! Breastfeeding is a lovely thing to do and I am proud to have done so but I would love to have my body back! Smile

posted 1 decade 6 months ago
try and cut back to just a night time feed, once your body has adjusted to that you could introduce a new bedtime routine that doesn't involve a feed but is still very close

p.s. well done on all that breastfeeding Very happy

posted 1 decade 6 months ago
Please don't put anything on your nipple to deter your baby. It's a betrayal of trust and might really give them a nasty fright.

I don't think you should worry about it so much! Just because you weaned your other babies off at a year, doesn't mean you have to do the same this time around. Perhaps this baby wants to breastfeed for longer because she recognises that that is the time when she gets mummy to herself, little blame to her.

My advice to a friend would be to give her the breast whenever she asks. If you have been refusing, she'll only ask for it more! If she gets it every time she asks, maybe she won't see it as such a big deal.

If you must wean her off, the way to do it is to refuse every second request. What I mean is when she asks, turn her down, but if she presists and asks again, then let her. That way, if there is a real need for it, that need will be addressed, but if she is easily cuddled in by hubby through the night or distracted by telly or toys through the day, then she wanted it out of habit I suppose.

Still say you should keep going... Very happy

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