Posted in Breastfeeding, Preemies, Toddlers

I have a 23 month old preemie and I can’t seem to wean him from the breast. Any advice??

  • Tiff
    Oct 02, 2018

    I just increased the time between feedings gradually until feedings were only just before bed then had to cold turkey the bedtime feed by having my husband put our son to bed instead of me. Good luck.

  • Niki
    Oct 02, 2018

    I agree with Lulu, I know it seems like a hassle breastfeeding. But sometimes you just have to keep at... my daughter was 3 years old when we finally stopped. Now granted after she was 2, it was just a nightly feeding until she didn’t need it anymore at night.

  • Johanna
    Oct 02, 2018

    I am weaning because I am needing to go back to work. I would love to keep breastfeeding but one income isn’t enough at the moment

  • Niki
    Oct 02, 2018

    I understand that, I am a single parent so I was back at work after she was 2 months old. I just pumped during the day, so she had supply for when I was at work and then while at home I would breastfeed. Being that he is older it should be easier to wean for the time you are gone and when you are home you can continue to breastfeed if you choose. If you exclusively breastfeed now, I would start to introduce a sippy cup of your breast milk to him instead of the breast and see how he responds. Good luck momma!

  • Ronalene
    Oct 02, 2018

    I had the same problem with my daughter that was around 20 months at the time. She loved lemons so putting lime on my nipples did nothing. Trying to go cold turkey only made her cry and I’d give in. Then one day I read to one mom used mustard. So I tried that and within the 2nd day, she didn’t want it anymore. I had to stop because she was biting them and I just found out I was pregnant at the time lol

  • Johanna
    Oct 02, 2018

    I will give that a try. I try to pump but I only get about 1 oz when I pump

  • Angela
    Oct 02, 2018

    I tried everything to get my daughter weaned but she was so attached to me bc I was home with her. The only thing that worked was daycare. We went cold turkey for daytime feedings and she had zero issues. She's also magically figured out how to sleep at night without the boob. I also added sage tincture (got it from Amazon) to my juice and smoothies to dry up the milk, and I've heard cabbage leaves help too. My son weaned himself and it was because it took too much work to nurse when he could just quickly get milk from a bottle, so reducing your supply will kind of mimic that.

  • becky
    Oct 03, 2018

    My son is 28 months and still breastfeeding at naps. The rest of the feeding we started weaning from one at a time. Starting with the daytime when he was easier to occupy. At night we weaned the bedt im me one first by giving him a glass of milk instead. He eventually weaned himself of the rest of the night ones. Hang in there. Eventually they stop on their own:)

  • April
    Oct 03, 2018

    Legally speaking, jobs have to give you certain intervals of time to pump or breastfeed. If you’re having issues pumping, try upping your water intake. That helped me a lot. I went from half a gallon a day to sometimes up to 2 gals.