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Please Help an exhausted Mom

I really need to wean my 2 year old. She relies too much on nursing especially for nap. She can only nap for 40 mins or so and would need me to hold her for another hour. I am so done with it. She is exclusively breastfeeding from birth and has a strong association. She drinks a bit of milk from a small glass cup. I'm not sure if she accepts bottles.

  • Becca
    Jun 06, 2019

    Being that she’s 2, I would try and transition to a sippy cup. If you want to stop breastfeeding, I’d start pumping if possible and then supplement the breastmilk with cow milk and eventually, she’ll get used to it

  • Sargie15
    Jun 06, 2019

    First, great job on making it so long!!! That’s a feat in itself! When I weaned my daughter at 22 months, I started by cutting out one feeding a week. So first I quit letting her BF during the night. The next week I cut the morning session, the next week then nap, then bedtime was last. We never used bottles. Just went to cows milk in a sippy cup. Overnight was hard. I just quit going to her. It took 2 nights - first night she cried for about 40 mins and put herself back to sleep, second night was 15 mins, after that she slept thru the night. For her nap and bedtime, if she nursed to sleep, I would lay her in her crib as soon as she was asleep. If she woke up, I told her it was time to go night night and left her in her crib. She fought it for a few days and finally gave in. She got to the point that she would lay herself down and go to sleep. When it was time to wean and cut those nursing sessions, I’d read her a story and let her drink some cows milk, then put her in her crib and said it was time to go to sleep. It was a struggle for about 2 days for each and then she learned the new expectation. Good luck!!

  • Suz
    Aug 26, 2019

    I found ferber’s book “solve your child’s sleep problems” very helpful. Breaking sleep associations was what I needed to do. The methods in the book are a lot more gentle than sometimes people think. I am a big fan of nursing and nursed my son until a little after 2 but the book helped me night wean a bit before then.