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Does it help to gradually wean/reduce weaning to a few times a day?<br>
Any experience using this as a weaning method (or in conjunction with other weaning methods)?<br><br>
Ds is now 3 (turned 3 yesterday <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> ) and I've been tired of nursing so much for a while. After 2 months of limiting (obviously, slowly and with very little unhappiness on his part), we are down to 8 times a day (5 times during the day, to go to sleep, and twice in the morning). Plus another session or two if he really really wants to. Oh yeah, most of those are WELL over 15 minutes, and some would be 30 min or longer.<br>
I tried cutting out his least needed nursing, but that didn't go well. I'm trying not to refuse if he isn't relatively easily contented by other things (something to drink, eat, reading a book on my lap, etc). He didn't take "no" for an answer! lol<br><br>
So my next idea is to limit the nursing sessions to 5-10 minutes, and go from there. I'm wondering if getting him used to not spending so much time nursing, would help reduce nursings? Or could it go the other way?<br><br>
If we could get down to bedtime, morning time, and nap time, I'd be good to go for another while.
 

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Wow, I <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bow.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bow"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bow.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bow"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bow.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bow"> to you for nursing that much for three years already!! You are one dedicated mama!<br><br>
Wish I could help...my dd (22 mo) is easily distracted from daytime nursing sessions (the least important ones) by a change in activity. Summer is especially useful for this b/c we can go to the park, play outside in the yard, go visit friends (a GREAT distraction--she's too busy playing w/ other kids!), etc.<br><br>
I have also told her to "wait" a little bit. This has *just* started going smoothly. Will your ds respond to a request to wait? Is he old enough to understand that "mommy needs a break"?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have also told her to "wait" a little bit. This has *just* started going smoothly. Will your ds respond to a request to wait? Is he old enough to understand that "mommy needs a break"?</div>
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He does understand that, but he also remembers what he wants...lol. So he'll ask to nurse again in just a short time. sigh.<br><br>
I do think spending a lot of time out at a park might help though. I'll have to focus more energy on that. It's a great idea, and he'd certainly enjoy it!
 
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