Weaning a Breastfeeding Toddler—While You're Pregnant

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Breastfeeding while pregnant is safe so if that works for you and your toddler, great. If, on the other hand, you're thinking that it's time to wean your toddler, be prepared for some tough going—and follow these tips from babble.


1. Distract Your Toddler. When your child wants to nurse, suggest playing a game or doing something else fun instead. If she associates nursing with being at home, get out of the house.

2. Give Her Something Else to Drink—or Suck. Try a cup (or bottle or pacifier, if you like), and fill it with milk or juice. Then sit with your child and read or cuddle so she doesn't feel she's losing the intimacy of nursing.

3. Talk to Your Child. Tell her no milk at night (or during the day), and explain that as kids get older they don't need to nurse as much or at all. Don't talk about the new baby's arrival yet.

Have you weaned a toddler? Got any tips you'd like to share?

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