I'm a SAHM to an incredibly verbal 3 year old. My doc says she has the verbal ability of a 5 year old. She can express, comprehend and question complex ideas. (Her favorite topic right now is electricity and lightning.)
I've been wanting to wean for the last 6 months but decided against it because of a demanding/difficult phase in DD's temperament and timing of a long trip to see our family for the holidays. Now that the trip is over and DD seems to be more emotionally reasonable I would like to wean.
If it matters, my personal reasons are:
-I want to take my old medication that isn't compatible with breastfeeding.
-Our nursing sessions are increasingly uncomfortable: teeth marks and sore nipples. I correct the latch each time but it seems her mouth shape just doesn't fit the same.
I've gone back and forth about weaning because I don't want her to feel rejected. We have also had some setbacks with potty learning with painful bowel movements leading to withholding. We are slowly working through those but I've also doubted the timing of weaning in light of all of that.
So I have two questions to the mom's out there that have weaned:
-How can I explain weaning to her?
-Can we potty train/learn while weaning?
-How far away am I from the average self-weaning age?
Your responses are greatly appreciated. My local LLL is very pro-toddler nursing and I get a lot of encouragement and support on hanging in there and latching but I feel that mom led weaning discussions are a bit sparse. Any help on that front would be most appreciated.