Breast-Feeding: Weaning a Toddler - Topic Overview
Some mothers prefer to abruptly wean their toddler from the breast. This approach
may be best suited for a toddler who nurses fewer than 3 times a day.
When weaning abruptly, choose a time when
you don't anticipate other major changes in your or your toddler's life and when you have extra time to spend
with your child.
Say "no," and offer distractions. Try reading a book while holding your toddler on your lap. This provides the close contact your child wants. Or suggest a walk, a ride on a tricycle, or a trip to a playground or sandbox.
Make your breasts less available for nursing.
Let someone else take care of your toddler for a few days. Your child
should stay with a trusted caregiver, such as a spouse, grandparent, or other family member. Since you aren't available for breast-feeding, your child will adjust to the other caregivers and over time will come to accept that
breast-feeding isn't necessary. If you are gone for less than a week, your child may ask to breast-feed again
when you return but will often accept a refusal without too much complaining.