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Old 03-28-05, 10:45 PM
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Well, there is definately something to be said for cold turkey. It works and is not at all cruel. In fact, it works alot better usually than the gradual stuff. Cold turkey stopping nursing doesn't mean going cold turkey on stopping the affection and cuddling . Not at all. It means you need to figure out ways that will last thru out her entire life that will make her feel the same way -- without the food aspect.

BUT, going cold turkey for you is painful. I did that with Sarah and it hurt. (I didn't think it was all that cold turkey as I was going back to work -- but it was alot more abrupt than my body had planned ) Neither of my kids were the least bit sad that I no longer nursed them. BUT, they never were want for affection or that cuddle time either. (and I always held them when they drank a bottle)
Time away with your partner is important.

So my best idea would be to work on weaning her, and then when it's time for your trip. Finish off the 'cold turkey' bit. (but bring the pump along)

It's actually pretty sad to know (and thus alot of people pretend it's not true) that the parents make a far bigger deal about change than the children do.
I took the pacifier away from my children cold turkey (well, during the day only at least) and they were unhappy for about a day and then they were as happy as a clam. Didn't care. Here it was I thought it was more important. Same goes for alot of things I thought would be more important to them... turns out... it was just me that made the mountain out of the mole hill.
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