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Location: Takoma Park, MD
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About four months ago, it became clear to me that nursing was no longer working for either me or my daughter, who was about 20 months old at the time.
It had become excruciatingly painful for me, I barely had any milk left, and she was frustrated with nursing.
So one afternoon when she asked to nurse, I told her we couldn't nurse anymore because it hurt me too much. She was fine with doing something else instead. She did ask to nurse a few times the next day, I repeated the explanation and offered her another beverage or alternate activity. For the next week or so, she asked to nurse about once a day, I reminded her that we didn't anymore, and all was well.
It's been fine ever since -- it seems to me that she was ready to wean, but needed me to take the lead. In a way, I think the weaning had been taking place while she was still nursing, since my milk supply had basically dwindled to nothing. Early on in the pregnancy, she was clearly very distressed by the reduction in milk supply, in that she wanted to nurse all the time and got very clingy; that had long since resolved itself by the time I did wean her.
Sonja , 40, married to DH (42) since 5-29-93, DD born 11-3-2004, DS born 1-18-2007.