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I suggested to DS1 that because he was such a big boy now he had "drunk all the milk" and he seemed pretty happy with that. Admittedly we were down to one feed a day at that point, also I was also nearly four months pregnant and my supply was dropping, so he didn't take much convincing.
I've just explained to my DS (27 months) that my milk has all gone now. There's been no tears (yet) and he has accepted it well. I must admit that I wouldn't want him to think my breasts were hurt, I think that would upset him needlessly but obviously each to their own
If they are over 22, I would hope you could reason with the .
But I do agree that older toddlers might do better. Mine is 18 months and there are obviously a lot of changes in that period.
I know a friend who, with her two year old, started explaining that mummy's breasts would stop having milk soon. She used an event, after a family birthday I think. They talked a lot about how the milk would stop. Then, wehn the time came, she encouraged him to give them a kiss and say goodbye. Not strictly biologically correct, but it did seem to work for her. I don't know anyone who has taken your approach though I'm afraid.
galaxy what I have read about it didn't strike me as sad, funnily enough. It seemed like a good strategy to get toddlers to finally give up.
I agree that it most likely be a disaster if the toddler was feeding fairly frequently and relying on feeds for sleep etc. But I think it could be ok for an older toddler who knew what plasters were for and was not relying so much on bf for nutrition, comfort, sleep etc.
I read a couple of blogs where mums did this with their toddlers aged 22+ and had success.
The toddlers were upset (as expected) for a while but adjusted well. Mums spent a lot of extra time cuddling and playing with them and the toddlers made the connection with their own use of plasters and their mums' plasters so they understood.
Anyone else tried this? Would like the get some more experiences?