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...can you please share with me how you did it? Was it terribly traumatic, or is there a gentle way to do it?<br><br>
I know I'm not the only mama here who's had to wean because of medical issues. I have ulcerative colitis and I'm steroid-dependent right now. I've tried tapering off then, and I flare right back up again. The side effects of them, long and short-term, are not nice. So we've decided to try immunosuppressants, and the safety of them for breastfeeding is in question. They're a calculated risk, basically. I'll be taking them long-term.<br><br>
I've finally made a decision, after poring over all the available information. I'm going for a twice a day dosing schedule, and we'll nurse right before each dose, twice a day. That'll be first thing in the morning and bedtime, which are the times when they seem to need the nursing most desperately. But we're going to have to cut out all the rest. We'll keep going like that as long as I can keep a milk supply. I may pump and dump twice a day, too, in between times, just to stimulate supply so that there will be enough milk when I CAN nurse.<br><br>
I'm at a loss. I have no idea where to start, and no idea how to do this in a way that's not going to be horribly traumatic. So if you've BTDT, I would really love to hear how it was for you and your LO. Fortunately, they're nightweaned, so we have that going for us. But they depend on the boob a lot for naptime and for comfort.<br><br>
I need to have them down to twice a day really soon. I'm thinking two or three weeks at the most.<br><br>
I may be able to keep nap nursing, since the peak concentration of the drug will already be well past by the time they're ready to nap, but that's something I'd rather not do if I can find another way. I worry a lot about their immune systems being compromised by the drug.<br><br>
Please help me. My heart is so broken <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> about getting to this point, but I just don't want to be sick anymore, and if there's any chance this might help, I need to try it.<br><br>
Finally, if you were going to wean young toddlers, would you offer them cow's milk? Or am I still better off trying a commercial formula? I know DD can tolerate formula; she's had it before. DS had trouble with it as a young infant, but we've recently reintroduced dairy and he's doing fine with it now, so I think he's grown out of his sensitivity. I dunno. They eat a lot of solids, but it seems to me that they still need breastmilk a lot.
 

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I started weaning at 20 mos (done by 22 mos) by choice. I can tell you it was totally fine. I was very determined and he was a very enthusiastic nurser (up to 10x/day and night). I was very deliberate. If it wasnt our nursing 'time' we did anything BUT nurse and he eventually adjusted just fine. I'm 100 times happier and he's just the same. More affectionate but just the same in every other way. Honestly I think I overestimated his NEED to nurse and underestimated just how much of it was a habit <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: Not a bad habit or anything but one that was easily changed once it was time.<br><br>
We don't really do any milks.some soy. I wouldn'd do formula at all. I'd just do solids and offer a little milk here and there (whatever kind they like).<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
I hope you get some relief soon!
 
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