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    Default Re: Increasingly feeling the need to wean

    Thanks so much for all the responses. A little bit from each of you equals a lot of good support for me.

    I am taking all of this in and gradual is best. And after reading the article Mommal posted on international average of weaning, it reinforces that I don't want to do anything before Norah is ready.

    I am trying the "ask nicely" bit and she either doesn't understand or is not willing at this point. She is so crazy. She'll be repeating, "Mursh, mursh, mursh...while tugging on my shirt and if I don't say or do anything she grabs my face and makes eye contact and says what I'm supposed to say, "okay, okay, okay!" What am I going to do with this little Pepper!?

    I feel like the Mama who cries wolf, I keep saying I'm gonna wean her and I know I'm not ready.
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    Default Re: Increasingly feeling the need to wean

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*nolamomma View Post
    I am trying the "ask nicely" bit and she either doesn't understand or is not willing at this point. She is so crazy. She'll be repeating, "Mursh, mursh, mursh...while tugging on my shirt and if I don't say or do anything she grabs my face and makes eye contact and says what I'm supposed to say, "okay, okay, okay!" What am I going to do with this little Pepper!?

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    Default Re: Increasingly feeling the need to wean

    Well, you've received some great advice already and you have good instincts and the guts to follow them, so you've got that going for you!
    One thing stuck out to me in your OP-I suggest not worrying about her nursing until she's 5 at this point. That's a long way off and so much can change.
    If you feel ready to wean her, then do it! I'd just say, take it slowly. Setting limits is the first step and might make you feel a whole lot better and you might not feel the need to take the next step (total weaning) until later.

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    Christy--I'm right there with you. But having nursed through this age and then onto 3 , I can tell you it will get better and worse and better and worse again and again. So I applaud you for making it this far and encourage you to be gentle (which I know you will) and realize it is a phase and that a better time for distracting will come and soon. I can see that with Waylon--his ability to understand is growing with leaps and bounds and its only a matter of time before he has an understanding of time, and I'm srue Norah is closer than he to that. Once they can comprehend time, they can understand that when Mama says "not now" she doesn't mean, "not ever".


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    Default Re: Increasingly feeling the need to wean

    I weaned ds2 in blocks of time. He was nursing on demand around the clock and has a very demanding personality. I decided to do no nursing until after 10 a.m., then in a few weeks/months moved it to no nursing until after 12 a.m. etc.... Be sure to offer something else when she is demanding to mursh .....offer a drink of her favorite cup beverage, offer a snack, offer to read a book, offer a piggy back ride (this gives them physical contact but they can't nurse while on your back).

    I discovered through our weaning process that my los and I had to learn new ways to stay connected. They still needed physical comfort from me.
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