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how can i wean my daughter off nursing?

my daughter is almost two and she will not give up nursing...i have tried everything but i am the only one with her husband works long hours and my family lives to far away

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Asked by wenzel2008 at 4:29 PM on Sep. 3, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Trying cutting out one feeding and give her a sippy cup instead. Do that for a week or two and then cut out another one. and so on and so on.

    Answer by Raeann11 at 4:32 PM on Sep. 3, 2010

  • It's convenient, it's not hurting anyone, it's healthy for both of you, and she's still very interested...... Why are you so worried about stopping?? Weaning naturally happens on it's own over time.

    Answer by jus1jess at 4:33 PM on Sep. 3, 2010

  • i dont know. i always weaned around 8 months, switched to formula. you could pump and put it in a cup and slowly change it to milk....good luck.

    Answer by cassie_m at 4:37 PM on Sep. 3, 2010

  • She is almost two, if you really want her to stop just tell her it is for babies, not big girls. Not in a mean way, just theat big girls don't nurse from mommy any more because that is what they did as babies, and now she is a big girl. Make a big deal about her being big, and do some big girl stuff, like paint her nails.

    Answer by A.Perry at 5:11 PM on Sep. 3, 2010

  • Try "don't offer, don't refuse". Don't offer to nurse, but if she asks then don't say no. Why? Because a lot of times when toddlers this age hear "no" it makes them ask more and more. So, if you have been telling her no, try stopping that for a couple of weeks.
    At the same time avoid situations where she is likely to ask. Keep your radar on for when you think she might ask and redirect her BEFORE she does "Let's have a snack," or "Let's go for a walk!"

    If you are home alone with her for long periods of time she is likely asking frequently just because you are there, she is bored etc. Try the suggestions above and see if you can get her down to nursing only a couple of times a day, like right before bed. Then work on getting rid of those last couple of times (or you may find you are okay with going a bit longer if it is a less demanding).

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 6:51 PM on Sep. 3, 2010

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