Re: Need help. I'm ready but baby isn't
Yeah, cold turkey is only easy to recommend. It's not easy to actually do! It means an unhappy, confused kid, and it puts you at greater risk for engorgement/plugged ducts/mastitis. So I agree with the PPs: continue to nurse and work on slowly phasing out the nursing sessions.
Here are some things that helped me drop feedings:
- Get help. Often babies really want to nurse only when they see mom. But if they spend the day with grandma or daddy, they won't be triggered to nurse by your presence. Sometimes you don't need the full day- just those times when the baby's habit is to nurse (often transition times like bedtime, nap time, wake-up).
- Offer substitutes. Snacks and sippy cups.
- Distraction is your friend! Go outside, go to a store- just get away from your regular routine.
- Avoid your habitual nursing places. If you always nurse in the same chair, avoid it like the plague!
- Be flexible. Sometimes you will win the struggle and be able to avoid nursing, but sometimes your child will really need to nurse. Sometimes you'll nurse when you could have avoided it, and sometimes you won't when you probably should have. Either way, keep your eyes on the general trend. As long as you are gradually phasing out sessions, you are getting where you want to go.
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