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Should I wean my 1 year old? Help! - Page 2post #21 of 298/20/13 at 6:22amI too worried about nursing to sleep being a crutch with DD1, but it didn't end up being a problem for me. I was lucky that when I did wean, she was fine with cuddles and her lovey from me, but what can help if it ends up being a problem is having Daddy put her to bed for awhile as baby knows he can't BF, whether you wean or not. I personally wouldn't wean, I would try getting more food and BM in your baby during the day as you said he just started walking he probably doesn't want to slow down to eat. Feed him often and try to give things that are easy to eat one, go play for a bit, eat another, etc. He probably wants to reattach at night and to get some more food. Good luck!post #22 of 298/20/13 at 9:09ampost #23 of 298/20/13 at 12:18pm
I think you're asking because you know you actually don't want to. I suggest you honor that and redefine what you are doing/how you are doing it. Could you get in touch with a lactation expert, maybe from La Leche League in your area? Also, have you read "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding"? How can you rally up a new type of support system, new folks and a new way with your regular folks?
Good luck, and be well.post #24 of 298/21/13 at 8:42am
It's been a few years since my DS but my son comfort nursed at night a few days ago for the first time in awhile so I figured to chime in. The sessions get incredibly short (the other night was basically pop on, get a brief back rub and he was out in a flash) and I was out of that bottom bunk pretty fast too :)
They goes through phases and some phases are a huge pain in the tush and some are bearable. There are the phases that seem to go on forever (like during teething or a major growth spurt). Eventually they realize that it's your presence at night they need and not your breast but sometimes they regress and it's the most basic comfort to them. I don't deprive my DS of it like I don't stop my DD from using her thumb for comfort but I do help give them other things they need that may help them to sleep better or feel better too.
Hang in there. At that age my DS was hungry VERY hungry so yes you may want to start offering more food during the day and before bed to help get him through this phase.post #25 of 293/29/14 at 4:37pmQuote:I am so delighted to hear that there is a possibility that my 21 month old son will start sleeping through the night,he still wakes up to nurse! I thank God I'm a stay at home mom because I don't get no sleep!Originally Posted by sassyfirechick
My DD is 21 mos and has just in the past few weeks begun to sleep through the night, maybe 3-5 nights a week. I get the frustration, as her night nursing is never hunger but for comfort (I'm her pacifier) but even on the worst of nights I've never even entertained the thought of weaning. At that age she was cutting teeth left and right and going through some major growth spurts and so there was a lot of night feedings, and of course right before a tooth would cut she's nurse almost 24/7 for about 48 hours. Weaning would be a pretty harsh reaction to something that could just be a passing phase. I'd rule out growth spurts, teeth, and any other physical issues first because if he's truly in pain or discomfort, taking away his ability to comfort nurse will only escalate the situation.post #26 of 294/12/14 at 10:39amExcuse my ignorance,but I wonder how many African American moms that is still breast feeding after 1 yrs of age. When I read magazines on breast feeding and even read mothers posts (those with pics) they all be white and be breast feeding well after 2 and 3 yrs of age. I'm African American and everyone in my family and some friends give me the side eye or ridicule me because I'm still nursing my 21 month old son. I planned on stopping at two but he don't seem to want to stop. How can I deny him something that's so natural and beneficial to him. I know there are plenty of black people that breast feed but how many of us do so through toddler stages?post #27 of 294/12/14 at 11:20amGabrielsma, you'll get more answers to your question if you start your own thread.
I will just put in that I am white, and the only people of color I personally know that breastfed their babies through toddlerhood (3-4 yrs) are African. I mean, they live in the US now but they're mostly from Somalia. I think a lot of it has to do with cultural norms wherever you are.post #28 of 294/12/14 at 11:43amQuote:Thanks, I'm still trying to figure this site out. I was attempting to start a new thread but couldn't figure it out.Originally Posted by LTurtle
Gabrielsma, you'll get more answers to your question if you start your own thread.
I will just put in that I am white, and the only people of color I personally know that breastfed their babies through toddlerhood (3-4 yrs) are African. I mean, they live in the US now but they're mostly from Somalia. I think a lot of it has to do with cultural norms wherever you are.post #29 of 294/12/14 at 12:08pm
Huge race differences in the US on breastfeeding. Certainly distinct norms based on different subcultures in our society. There's a socio-economic distinction as well (higher classes typically = higher breastfeeding rates and duration).
Jeez, I can't seem to recall how to start a new thread either - sorry!
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