Re: I need help weaning my 18 mo. old
Limits is where it's at when nursing an older baby. You don't want her spelunking for your nipples in public? Tell her not to grab you and redirect her hands to a toy or some piece of skin that is not off-limits (elbows and earlobes are good substitutes). Wear a shirt with a high neckline that keeps her hands out (turtlenecks are good). If she gropes you, put her down.
Limits will be useful when it comes to delaying a nursing session, but when it comes to eliminating sessions you need some more tricks. Like getting someone else- maybe daddy, or grandma- to put your baby down for a nap or for bedtime. Or enlisting the stroller or the car to get your baby to sleep. And, of course, you have to be willing to hold the line. If she's crying to nurse in the middle of the night, you have to be willing to offer her every comfort measure in the book- love, cuddles, back rubs, lullabies, sippy cups- but not nurse.
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