Posted by: Mizo | 2013/01/23



I need help, by son just turned 2years still on the breast i have tried so many things to make the breast taste ugly Aloe, cayenne peper. i have taken him to my mom. Nothing has worked i really need help.

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I see that Purple has already given you excellent advice. You won't find better advice than this, so follow what she has recommended.

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Posted by: Purple | 2013/01/23

Well done for breastfeeding for so long, you have met the WHO requirements and have invested much time and effort in building this special relationship. When one of the two in the relationship has had enough though, then its time to wean. There are many gentle methods to wean a toddler.

Gradually weaning usually works best.

You could start by setting some limits such as telling him you''ll only breastfeed at home, or during the day or during the night or whatever will work best in your situation.

What can work well with that is a don''t offer don''t refuse policy, so you don''t offer the breast, but if he does ask and its in one of the allowed times, then don''t refuse.

At the times he does nurse, you can have a special song that you sing each time and when the song is finished its time to stop (with older toddlers, some mothers count down from 10 or 5). You can go as fast or slow with the song as suits you at the time.

Also when he asks to nurse, you can offer juice or an ice lolly or something to eat instead and see if that may distract him for a while. Sometimes nursing requests are also out of boredom, so offering to do a puzzle or play a game can be a nice distraction. The situation at the time will guide you.

Most mothers weaning toddlers need to introduce another comforting routine for bed time such as a special blanket or teddy, a song after the story, rocking to sleep (at this age he is more than likely still feeding to fall asleep) etc.

Weaning can be quite emotional for both mom and baby, so going slowly helps, and this also means you won''t get engorged and suffer physical pain. Reassure him with lots of extra hugging and holding him.

Explain to him what a big boy he is and you can set a deadline such as when we get back from visiting granny next month, or after we have been to the aquarium (and then obviously take him there the day of his final feed). Children can understand a fair amount of what we''re saying.

If you find that he gets very whiny, throws a lot of tantrums all of a sudden or you start getting pain in your breasts, you may like to slow down the pace a little. Weaning doesn''t have to be all or nothing, it can happen gradually over time. You can make it take a few weeks or a few months, whatever suits you both.

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