How not to nurse my baby
August 5, 2010 7:56pm CST
I am a mom to a 2&5mos old boy. From his birth and to this date, I gave him no other milk supplement other than my own. But now that he's big enough to take other foods and drinks, I felt that I have to stop nursing him. For one, I occassionally suffer from muscular pain after nusring him. I went to a physician and she told me to stop nursing. The same advice was also given by his pedia to me because, accordingly, the kind of nutrients that he is getting from me is not the same that his age needs. Now, I really find it hard to say "NO" to him. Could anybody suggest how will we go through this?
6 Aug 10
nursing is best for babies up to two years of age.it is normal to have cramps when nursing your child. but pain, maybe the positioning and latching on is not properly done. reposition you son but if it's still there, something might be going wrong. other alternative ways are: you can air dry yours and you can massage too. you can apply warm/ heat application too. like warm towels over yours then apply ice packs after feeding. and get plenty of rest and increase your fluid intake. =p hope this helps
6 Aug 10
Hi ania. It would be very difficult for the mother as well the child emotionally to stop feeding. But then, it has to happen at one point of time. Slowly start introducing other food inbetween and feed only once or twice a day. Say no even if he insists more than that. And stop completely in a month or two. He will gradually get used to it.
7 Aug 10
Hello, devijay78. Thanks for the suggestions posted. Definitely I'm with you. Yes, it really has to stop at one point, both, for him and for me. Foremost for him, because he is no longer getting the same nutrients as he used to. For one, I am already working now and so it is but natural to be stress sometimes at work. With that, I don't think it's healthy to nurse him. Although it really hurt me, as a mom, to refuse him, I'm trying. Lately, when I go home from work, I always have his fave goodies as presence. But after taking those goodies (and eating them), he will still ask for the "feeding". Well atleast the good thing is, I can now wash first before attending to him, unlike before. I wanted to believe that this is part of that "gradual change or development", what do you think?
7 Aug 10
That shows that he is adjusting. Keep trying ania. But learn to say no too. Since you are working, it will make you tired too. You need to regain your strength. Make it to once a day, probably only at night before bed. And then after some days, make him have hot milk from a sipper. He will resist in the beginning, but will slowly learn. All the best.