Re: almost 1 and want to wean need advise
Congrats on meeting and surpassing your personal nursing goal! WTG, Mama!
Nursing a biter and a shirt-puller is no fun- but there are strategies you can use to fix those problems or cope that don't involve total weaning. If you're interested in them, let us know and we'll try to help! The reason I ask is that there is still a lot of value to nursing past 1 year, and frankly I think it's easier to continue to nurse than to try to wean, and I'm all for busy mamas taking the easy way out!
If you're really, really serious about weaning, here are some tips:
- Eliminate the least favored feeding first. The last feedings to go tend to be the first morning session, and the sessions before nap and bedtime.
- Enlist help. Baby knows you've got the good stuff, but Daddy or Grandma doesn't. If baby is playing with a family member or a sitter- anyone other than mom- he may forget to nurse.
- Distraction is your friend. Get out of the house- baby may forget to nurse when he's in a new and interesting place. And if the baby wants to nurse, try offering some solid food or a bottle first.
He's got teeth and is closing in on a year- IMO that's old enough for table foods, so I'd just feed him whatever you're eating. Make sure whatever you give him is mashed or chopped into sizes that aren't choking hazards and all should be fine. (And remember to avoid serious choking hazards like nuts, sections of hot dog, etc., and highly allergenic foods.)
and any other solid foods besides gerber and rice to feed him he's turning down his food and only wants our food???
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