Re: Needing to wean my 14 month old ASAP due to health probl
Are you looking to wean primarily so that you can get these tests done, or because you're feeling run down from all the nursing? If it's the former, I would contact the Infant Risk Center http://www.infantrisk.com/, (806)-352-2519. They can give you a definitive answer as to whether or not the tests you need- and any medications you may need to take- are contraindicated during breastfeeding. It's pretty common for moms to get inaccurate information about whether or not a medication is safe for nursing, so it makes sense to check with the experts. If you want wean because you intrinsically need to wean, that's fine! I just don't want you to wean due to bad medical advice.
At 14 months, you might simply start by night-weaning. A lot of the moms on this forum have used the Jay Gordon method (http://drjaygordon.com/attachment/sleeppattern.html) or something like it in order to eliminate the night-nursing. Once you drop the night feedings, you might find that you have a lot more energy for day-time demand. But if you get to the point where you're not nursing at night and still need to wean, then you face the more difficult challenge of mother-led daytime weaning. Night-weaning is usually a little easier because the baby's basic mode is sleep, so she usually doesn't fight so hard to nurse. During the day, your best friend is distraction, since that's baby's basic daytime mode! When baby comes looking to nurse, offer a snack or a sippy cup or a game. Enlist helpers- if grandma can be around to take charge of baby during those times you don't want to nurse, that's ideal. And stay away from your habitual nursing spots. The more time you spend out and about, and away from your favorite nursing chair, the less often baby will be cued to nurse.
Drop one daytime feeding at a time, wait a couple of days, and then drop another. Weaning vacations are not recommended with young babies, because your supply is high and you're likely to get engorged and risk nasty things like plugged ducts and mastitis, which will only make weaning more unpleasant and a bigger health risk to you.
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