Re: Thoughts on weaning my 15 month old
I'm sorry you're feeling drained (). I understand that feeling. And you've done such a wonderful thing by nursing your baby this long you should feel proud of that no matter what you decide to do next.
I would just say that if your little lady is nursing a lot and asking for it a lot right now it will most definitely be more difficult (for her AND for you) to wean right now than it would be if you gave her a little more time, let the teething and neediness calm down a bit, and then then gradually cut out nursing sessions one at a time.
You could try distracting her from nursing, which is actually a method of gentle weaning and may make you feel a little better about things. Try offering special snacks, water or juice, playing a game, going to the park, etc. Anything you can think that might get her mind off her teeth hurting. Or if there are times of the day that she typically nurses you can head those off by doing something else instead- like if she nurses after lunch go have a picnic at the playground and let her play after she eats instead of nursing. This is how I moved my daughter toward weaning and I was surprised how often it worked if I didn't immediately nurse her when she asked. Keep in mind though she was a bit older when we did this, closer to two, and very verbal so she was easier to reason with.
I can also tell you that if you can get through this difficult time, nursing a toddler is a lot easier than nursing a baby. It's more flexible and it's on your terms. You can set limits, reason with her, things like that. It can continue to be a really useful tool for calming them down when they are upset or hurt and of course there are health benefits for both of you.
Congratulations on getting your DH back soon! Thank you and him for your sacrifices.
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