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Q&A: Weaning a Breastfed Baby

Wendy Goldenthal, Certified Breastfeeding Counselor


Q I am 22 years old and this is my 7th pregnancy, I had a miscarriage in February and now I am currently 10 weeks pregnant again. I am also breastfeeding my 1 year old son. I am trying to wean him because the doctor said that it was not wise to breastfeed at this time. He becomes extremely upset and frustrated when I do not let him nurse. He will continously cry or hit me. What can I do to make weaning him less difficult?

A I am truly sorry that you are going through such a difficult time. My suggestion to you is that you try as many things as possible and see what works. Some days, some things will work better than others. You might want to try having someone else feed the baby. Babies not only nurse because they are hungry, but for comfort too. Try distracting your son with his favorite pacifier or toy. Or the next time your son comes to you to nurse, see if he will accept a cup or bottle of juice. There are no right or wrong ways to handle this situation. Just keep on doing your best with trying different things.


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A Certified Breastfeeding Counselor with eight years of experience. She is the founder and owner of Nursing Mothers Supplies, a website where breastfeeding mothers can purchase breastfeeding supplies and get a little advice as well.

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