Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: In the Garden, Eating the Apple
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Thanks for the great advice! I knew I had come to the right place! I had actually heard of another mama doing the band aids, about a year ago. At the time I said (not to the mama), "Wow, that's pretty weird." Munch, munch, munch...eating my words.
I gave my daughter a couple days warning, talked a lot about it. Then we took her to pick out her own special big-girl cup, and had a little party for her--sang "Happy Big Girl to You" and had lemonade in her new cup. I tried to just play up the exciting things about being a big girl, but in the end she kept wanting to see the "nooks" and I wasn't totally comfortable with pushing the big girl thing, so i put bandages over my nipples so she could see they are "broken" and she has been pretty accepting about it. It is very very hard not to nurse her, though I know it would not be good for her. I definitely gained a deeper belief in child-led, or at least child involved, weaning--though I had planned on letting her wean herself all along. The cool thing is that we are now spending a lot of time singing and telling stories while cuddling--so there is a nice intimacy that invovles me paying complete attention to her, rather than nursing her while I do other things (read, watch a movie, use the computer, etc.) So, we are finding our way through it.