I loved this advice about weaning a toddler, so I wanted to share it!
Hi Danielle, I was in a similar situation not so long ago; I got pregnant with my second child when my daughter was sixteen months and still nursing. My milk’s flavour changed almost immediately I think because she started to complain, but she soon got used to the new taste. I nursed her all through my pregnancy, but did put a stop to nighttime nursing by giving her a last nurse before going to sleep and then simply refusing if she woke up later on at night. She cried and carried on but I held firm, told her now was not milk time, and she soon stopped asking for milk if she did wake up, and soon after that, started sleeping through the night. In January, a month before her 2nd birthday, I decided I wanted to wean her. When she next asked for milk I told her that she was really getting a bit too big for that now, that mummymilk is for babies and not for big girls, then suggested that maybe we should skip the milk and have an extra cuddle instead – and that was that, she never asked for it again. However, when my second daughter was born three months later my toddler reverted back to nursing twice a day which I indulged, thinking the novelty would soon wear off – unfortunately it hasn’t, six months later, and now I’m struggling to get her to give it up again. So I guess the moral of the story is, you don’t have to wean straight away, you can cut down and lay down the law about when she’s allowed to nurse and when she isn’t, and be consistent about that rule. But if you do want to wean her off completely I would recommend to do it well before baby is born, so she’ll have forgotten all about ever having nursed when she sees baby nursing. Good Luck!
posted 10/19/2004 by a BabyCenter Member