Breastfeeding and Weaning a Young Child or a Toddler

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After a session in which Marina was wondering how to deal with her child’s clinginess and how to wean her, we discussed giving the child the affection and connection she needs with or without the breast. I also shared with Marine a few ways to gently move on. I think Marina’s response in the following email can be very helpful to many breastfeeding mothers:

Hello Naomi,

I have been meaning to email for the last little while.

Just wanted to let you know that the last 2wks have been amazing! I have weaned as we discussed and it was definitely the right decision to make! It was time. I feel like I have freed us both; myself from the constant little person hanging of my boob and Alice from the need to have that for her comfort. After 2-3days she almost forgot about it. Now sometimes she still asks for it but moves on within seconds. I think crucial to our success of weaning was our discussion regarding giving her my time and attention whenever she required it. I started saying “yes” almost every time and this has been huge in how the rest of the day unfolds. We have enjoyed endless cuddles and giggles and play (also not complicated but the power game of her wanting boob and me saying no). Within days of this, I noticed that she was in fact happier to leave me for 3-5 minutes here and there and was also sleeping in more (not screaming for boob at 6am) and has therefore been more rested and generally much more pleasant to be around. She has also been less annoying with her brother and not as keen to ruin his Cello practice. Just wanted to let you know:)

Lots of love,