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Old 10-14-2013, 11:20 PM   #1
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So I desperately wanted to go to 2 yrs old but with all the stuff I have to deal with Daily, I am starting to get too stressed when nursing is mandatory. I am not enjoying nursing anymore because I never have time to relax and do it. Its always a chore instead of quality time with My Baby.

The problem is My almost 14 month old still needs it emotionally imo. She is desperate to nurse and sometimes picks that over food with how much she loves it. It sounds selfish but I am emotionally drained and just want to end it already. Do you think that 14 months is too young emotionally speaking? Like she'll suffer because she doesn't get the concept that milkies are finished?

Please help me. I don't want to ruin my very attached child over something so dumb because I can physically continue. TIA

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Old 10-15-2013, 12:30 AM   #2
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Does she still wake up at night to nurse? Would nightweaning help you? Some people nightwean just fine at 14 months, some not until after 18 months. Would cutting down nursing work? If I feed DD as soon as she wakes up, then she won't ask to nurse. I also started offering a different kind of milk, usually chocolate milk. Breastfeed toddlers usually really like chocolate milk because of how sweet breastmilk is. I have to sweeten cow's milk to get DD to drink it. She's so so about vanilla almond milk. I've heard of tons of people weaning by offering chocolate milk instead.
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Old 10-15-2013, 01:36 AM   #3
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I say cut out night feedings and get more sleep (even if she is already night weaned). Sounds like you are over tired. If you feel this way in a month slowly start cutting down the length of each session so it is less and less. Or if you feel you can tough it out cold and flu season is coming up.
Hugs mama I have a 15 month old that I love to nurse but I am trying to cut back because she would also rather nurse than eat
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I had to stop at 14 months with my toddler but because I was pregnant and my milk dried up in a flash.
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What about setting some reasonable limits? Breastfeeding doesn't have to be all or nothing after 12 months. You can set limits of how many nursing sessions you can handle in a day. Set a routine(for example first thing in the morning, nap time, after lunch, nap time, after dinner, bedtime) so she knows when to expect nursing and you won't feel like you have to be "on call" all day long.

We've all been there. Take care of yourself and you may feel very differently in a few days. And know that I feel that way whenever my period is coming. The feeling usually fades in a a day or two.
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Old 10-15-2013, 09:58 AM   #6
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What about setting some reasonable limits? Breastfeeding doesn't have to be all or nothing after 12 months. You can set limits of how many nursing sessions you can handle in a day. Set a routine(for example first thing in the morning, nap time, after lunch, nap time, after dinner, bedtime) so she knows when to expect nursing and you won't feel like you have to be "on call" all day long. We've all been there. Take care of yourself and you may feel very differently in a few days. And know that I feel that way whenever my period is coming. The feeling usually fades in a a day or two.
I feel that way whenever I'm ovulating, DD is teething, or sick. Basically anytime it's painful to nurse or she nurses more often. Heck I feel that way now and she only nursed twice yesterday.

Feeding her solid food before I anticipated her wanting to nurse helped a lot.
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I weaned at 13 months. She fought me most on nursing to sleep, but it only took 2-3 nights...
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Old 10-23-2013, 02:31 PM   #8
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Re: too young?

My dd is 6 mo and doesn't want to nurse unless it's middle of the night or bedtime I wish she still would. I'm not ready to quit even though she may be.
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My dd is 6 mo and doesn't want to nurse unless it's middle of the night or bedtime I wish she still would. I'm not ready to quit even though she may be.
I find at that age they are so curious as to what is around them. So I had to take dd in her room and it has to be quiet. They also become more efficient at nursing so they are quicker but still get enough. I nurse my 15month old in the morning about 6 or 7 & she goes back to sleep for 1.5-3 hrs. Then when she takes her mid morning nap I nurse right before she goes down and then her 330 nap & then her 8pm bed time.

She went through this same phase around 6-9 months now she would want to really nurse all the time but I am preg so I limit her.
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