Childhood Diseases

Posted by: T | 2012/02/20


Taking baby off breast

Good day Dr. My LB is 18 months old. Still on the boob and still sleeps in bed with me because of. He dummies on me the entire night and refuses to take a normal dummy. If i dry up my breast milk (i was told there is medicaiton for this), will he stop dummying on me and using me to drink off to go to sleep? I am at my last resort now. I even put aloe juice on my nipples and all that got me was covered in vomit! I do not want to do it, but i need to get him out of my bed and into his own and i am sure he will sleep much better and possibly even through the night if he was off the boob! Thank you!

Expert's Reply



This is not going to be too easy because your little toddler has become completely used to breastfeeding all night and of course sleeping in your bed. He needs to be in a cot and this shoiuld be in his own room.The stimulus for your breast milk production is your son sucking at your breast. When you stop him doing this your milk supply will soon dry up.Offer him a formula such as Nido by bottle.You may have to try the 'controlled crying method' to get your son to stay in his cot when you move him.This is not easy but will work if you persist with it. You will get good advice if you write in to our breastfeeding forum on Health24.

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Posted by: PUrple | 2012/02/21

The dummy is the fake breast not the other way around - so a baby can''t dummy on the real thing - but can comfort suck on a dummy instead of the breast. (the dummy is a fake breast for comfort sucking).

Remember that if you wean your child, she is going to continue to wake at night and need your comfort, but by not having the breast for comfort sucking, you will have one less tool for soothing her.

Most children still wake at night till about age 3. Some continue after that, and some stop before then but 3 is about an average.

Your child is still tiny and many children are still co-sleeping at this age. There is no need to have your child ina cot in a separate room unless it bothers you that baby is still in your bed.

personally, whatever gets you all sleep is what I find is the best method. Co-sleeping works for some families but not for others.

Your daughter is also going through separation anxiety at this age, which is why she is comfort sucking so much. What effect will " crying it out"  have on her givin her terror at this age when she can''t see you?

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