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Stopping bf nearly two year old

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upto11 Thu 09-May-13 16:35:26

I feel the time has come to stop bf my very nearly 2 year old. DS2 only feeds in the morning and evenings, but I've reached the point where I'm finding it more annoying than enjoyable. He is very wriggly and a bit bitey when feeding, and there are not very often any nice peaceful relaxed feeds any more. The problem is that he loves it, and is showing no signs at all of wanting to stop, which makes me feel rather bad about stopping. DS1 self weaned at around 20 months, and wasn't ever quite as obsessed as DS2, so I didn't have this problem!

Does anyone have any tips of how best to approach this? My DH is on hand to take him on mornings for a few days, when I think he will miss it most, and to put him to bed in the evenings. Is there anything else I can do to help DS2 with the transition?


DeathMetalMum Thu 09-May-13 17:07:01

We stopped when dd was a similar age (though I was pg so may have made a difference). We stopped night feed first dd dropped this herself kind of, we shuffled the bedtime routine around a little moving the feed earlier and after a week or so she didn't ask for it so we just webt upstairs. It was strange for me as even though I was ready to stop I was still used to doing it.

The morning was slightly more difficult, we used to bring her into bed with us before we got up so dp would get up and take her downstairs witb him instead, however even after a couple of weeks she would still ask when if were in bed, at which point I would just say we were getting up which she did get upset about but was fine by the time we were downstairs. Hth

DeathMetalMum Thu 09-May-13 17:12:30

Oh I had gradually been cutting down the night time feed length by saying we need to stop so we can go and have a story.

upto11 Thu 09-May-13 17:34:32

thanks Death. I don't think he will be too worried about the evening one, as he often feeds only for a couple of minutes and can be distracted by a story. The morning one can go on for ages though, and he is very insistent about it. And it gets very stressful when I am trying to get to work and get DS1 ready for school etc. Think I am going to have to brace myself for some screaming!

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