10/11/13

It's Time To Wean. (For Real This Time)

The time has come...

WEAN. WEAN. WEAN. WEAN.  Please wean! <------ Lately, I have been saying that to myself and Ollie everyday.

I know I have said that I need to wean before, but now it is seriously time.  The man child is TWENTY months old. Plus, thanks to FTD referring to my boobies as 'biddy' when it comes to nursing, Ollie does too.  My friends, 'biddy' sounds WAY to close to 'titty' when coming out of a toddler's mouth. Yes, he has asked for what sounds more like 'tiddy' in public! Enough. Is. Enough.  I need to to wean, and I need your help, God's Help, a professional's help, luck, and most of all a freaking back bone to say, 'NO MORE TIDDY!'


I really am ready this time.  I positively refuse to consider having baby number two before baby number one is weaned.  I need (at least) one month of completely owning my body before I pass it over to another pregnancy and round of nursing--should I be blessed enough to be able to do it again.

I have tried a few things to wean Ollie, including milk, almond milk, smoothies, drinkable yogurt, and cry-it-out.  None have worked.  Oliver is just not interested in anything when I am around, and with FTD at work full time, I am going to have to do it.

Yes, I'm prepared to let ice cream become a food group if I have to.

Luckily, we are down to nursing twice a day, at nap and bed time.  I am fairly certain it is more for comfort than anything else.  Now, I am not one to go and screw up a good nap time, but I am willing to forgo a few days of a good naps if it means weaning.

The latest tip I have is to try a bottle of warm milk.  Oliver never took a bottle. Well, he has taken a few, but he was never that interested, and since I hated pumping, that was never an issue. That being said, I would much rather wean him from a bottle than me, so if I can pass-the-buck so to speak, so be it. However, if this method is not going to work, or has a huge downfall, please let me know.

My friends, today's post is all about asking for help.  I need advice, tips and tricks.  If you have weaned, or have any tips, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE HELP!




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15 Comments:

Hilary @ Peanut Butter Spoonfuls said...

I have little advice because we are still going at 24 months and I see myself being one of those crazies that nurses two at once. BUT one thing that I've heard can help with those last two feedings is to switch the location at first. So if Ollie is used to nursing in his bed or in his rocking chair, or whatever, right before nap, start nursing him in the living room and then put him to bed another way. That way he gets used to falling asleep without the boob but you haven't cut him off yet. Then once he's ok with that comes the cutting off part. That's kind of a slow method though so maybe not what you're looking for. Anyways, good luck!

Anonymous said...

Try 1 feeding a day with milk @ the other. CIO will not hurt him, it took my baby girl a week to adjust and now we are full on milk! It's harder on you than him! Good luck you can do it!! :)

Anonymous said...

Just weaned my 20 month old 2 weeks ago... Dropped 1 feeding at a time (by decreasing it by minutes). Her and I actually talked about it. I told her "no more nursing and she was too big to nurse like a baby." Nursing was going bye bye. I told her this every time she asked for it. It was middle of the night nursing that she had to drop, which was so hard. I would wear a shirt and a robe and would completely wake her up and give her a piece of banana and some water (distraction). We would cuddle (she would cry and fuss) and I would in a calming voice completely recall the whole day. I would talk about everything we did from morning to night and ask her questions. I think it just got her mind off of it. It was hard for about 3 days but then she just stopped asking for it and just wanted to cuddle. I got very emotional a week after. I think my hormones were settling, so just be prepared. Advil and cold compresses helped my very hard painful breasts. I never thought I could do it without my husbands help (he was too chicken) but we did it and I just didn't give in. Good luck and stay strong! You did a great thing for 20 months for the both of you!

FirstTimeMomandDad.com said...

WOW! Thank you so so so much for this! Here's hoping...

FirstTimeMomandDad.com said...

I've heard it's harder on me and that only I will remember it after a month. it's time.

FirstTimeMomandDad.com said...

slow and steady wins the race. Mommy giving in does not! Thanks Hilary!!! xx

Anonymous said...

I know somebody who drew circles all around her boobs with washable markers, when the kiddo saw it, he refused to be breastfed from then on. :)

Anonymous said...

That, is awesome! It is almost halloween, she could find great scare tactics this time of year...

Parenting Patch said...

I am going on 22 months and strong. My advice is to let him wean on his own.

Amanda Brueckner said...

The reason he wants you is cause they can SMELL breastmilk before it even comes out. So my suggestion, and really I never weaned my kids so this is just a theory, but try getting your milk to dry up, then he won't smell it and won't make a fuss over it. Though I have no idea how to do that.

FirstTimeMomandDad.com said...

That has been the plan, but now that I think it's more for comfort... I'm not nursing this kid down the damn aisle!

FirstTimeMomandDad.com said...

Ugh. NO Cold Turkey. My boobs will explode in pain and so will my ears from his screaming and crying.

FirstTimeMomandDad.com said...

Thank you SO SO SO much to everyone for your comments and suggestion. As of this past Saturday I stopped with the nap feed. FIrst I give him a drinkable yogurt out in the living room, then take him to his room to our glider chair then, I snuggle him, while rocking, and sing our usual nursery rhymes. After about five minutes he is drowsy enough to go to sleep. The first day he protested, only slightly, but the second he was easy as can be! I plan to do this for the next week, then see if I can do the same to wean the night feeding!

Christy Garrett @ Uplifting Families said...

I slowly dropped a feeding every few days until we were down to one nursing session. Then one day I stopped all together. This allowed my boobs to adjust without being painfully sore for days upon days. The slow weaning process worked better for me and my son. Good luck!

Amanda Brueckner said...

I've heard there are ways to dry yourself up. Ask google lol. I also know that cabbage leaves in your bra will help with the pain. I lucked out the first time I dried up I was sick with a fever and was just dehydrated and couldn't feel the difference in the pain.

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