My baby is 19 month old and I’m still breastfeeding and I want to stop, he is very attached, especially at night, what’s the best way to do it?
First baby should be given light dinner at least 2 hours before sleeping time to minimize gastric upset and fussiness at night, can give some warm cow milk at sleeping time.
After you nurse, place the baby back in her area, or slide her away from you so that close proximity doesn’t encourage more frequent nursing. Wear clothing that makes it harder for baby to access your breast at night.
Get Dad in on the nighttime routine!If your baby appears to be waking only for comfort during the night, she may accept Dad as the comforter. Dad can comfort baby in other ways, such as offering a drink, just lying next to her, holding her, etc. Dad may even be able to sleep with baby in another room with less interruption than if baby were sleeping near mom.
Increase daytime contact by allowing baby unlimited nursing and cuddling during the day. Sometimes toddlers will seek out the breast more at night when they aren’t getting enough close cuddling during the day. Sometimes we as busy mothers, especially if we have other children, forget to pick these little ones up often during the day and just sit and cuddle with them. If you can increase this close contact during the day, baby may need it less at night. If you work, night nursing may be her way of trying to reconnect with you.
Talk to your child as to refer the night time for rest and sleep waiting for the sun shine and having a new day. The child may not understand it but it will be representing when repeated every night.
Just say “n” or “later.” Feel secure enough to say it (at least some of the time) while staying sensitive to your child’s needs. At night, you might say, “not now, but we will later.” The baby may – or may not – awaken again to nurse later. It worked with so many moms.
Substitute other comfort measures.You also may try other things to settle the baby, such as a back rub, just holding and cuddling, getting him a drink of water, humming softly.