Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: north of the equator
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I would suggest reading at kellymom.com about weaning and going to your library and getting a couple of books on weaning. The nursing mother's guide to weaning by Kathleen Huggins is good as is the la leche league books about nursing.
I started to wean my older dd at 24 mos. She would not have been reasonable about it any earlier and it would have been a fight. I started with day weaning when she was about 18 mos just by giving her meals and a sippy of milk instead of nursing. I also stopped nursing outside of home. So, around then, she stopped napping and nursed less and less during the day. By 24 mos, she was only nursing awake, to sleep, and 2-3 times at night. I started with one feeding at a time at night. I just soothed her back to sleep if she would let me. I also talked about how I do not wake up at 3am for a snack. If she cried, I nursed but more and more she let me soothe and snuggle her back to sleep. She was pretty regular about her feedings so I just did one at a time.
Within a few mos, she was sleeping through the night and not waking to nurse. I then worked on the nursing first thing in the am. She has always been a grumpy am person so that was hard. Again, I never let her cry but reasoned with her and we worked through it lovingly. We got into a morning routine with breakfast and we have been there ever since. Last to go was nursing to sleep. That was hard and I just had to let her stay up until she was really sleepy. By 30 mos, she was fully weaned.