Re: Support, help weaning a 19 month old during a difficult
Welcome to the forum! The first thing I thought, when I read your post, is that your baby is quite young to be completely weaned. Are you at all open to continuing to nurse, or are you definitely ready to be done? The reason I ask is that continuing to nurse would be hands down the easiest course of action, and sometimes giving in to a child's demands is so reassuring to the child that the level of demand ultimately goes down. No pressure to continue, of course! If you're ready to be done, that's fine- I just don't want you to push weaning because someone is pressuring you.
If you're absolutely ready to be done, there's no one right answer to what you should do. On the one hand, consistency and not giving in to the demands is important, and probably the fastest way to complete weaning. And in my experience, you should expect more demand and less sleep when you're in the process of eliminating the last feedings- toddlers don't usually give in without a fight! But on the other hand, you know your child best. If you feel he is really in distress, and it feels cruel not to nurse him, then you do what you have to do. Weaning can be a "2 steps forward, 1 step back" experience, and it's not wrong to allow it to proceed more slowly and more flexibly than you originally intended.
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