I have two children whom I breastfed for a very long time. My daughter breastfed for 21 months and my son for 28 months, so they were both old enough to drink from glasses and eat regular foods when they were finally weaned. I had two extremely different experiences though.
Weaning my daughter was an overly simple task. She got really sick and was throwing up for a couple of days. I think she correlated breastfeeding with the throwing up, because she would nurse and then throw up a few minutes later. She stopped nursing cold turkey.
This left me engorged and sore. I had to actually pump some to relieve some of the pressure. I was in pain for a few weeks. It was sort of a stressful time for me.
Switch pages over to weaning my son. He loved nursing. One of his first words was “Boobie.” Weaning him, I thought would never just happen. I still think I was right. I started with the middle of the night nursing. Yeah, I didn’t like nursing in the middle of the night. I would get him a glass of water in the middle of the night instead. It took two weeks to get him to stop crying about not nursing at night. It was well worth it to get a more complete night’s sleep. I let him go nursing steady during day for another month.
I then started to cut out the morning time nursing. It probably seems weird to cut that one, but he loves eating cereal with me, so it seemed easy. I would get up and take him for a walk in the stroller as well, which he loves. We did this for about a month as well.
It was then time to stop the naptime nursing. Yeah, this stopped the naps as well for a while, so I had my son going to bed for the night at like 5 p.m. because he couldn’t hold his eyes open any longer. I still let him nurse to sleep that last time of the evening.
Lastly, I stopped that one. He would stay up until two or three in the morning for a few weeks. Our sleep schedule was all messed up, but it was fairly easy on me. I was tender for one day.
I didn’t like the constant begging for “Boobie” that I got, but I actually alleviated that with offering food, usually pickles. My son can’t resist Kosher Dill. When it got really bad, we would go for a walk.
This style of weaning caused no stress on my body though and total stress on my son, but he got used to it. Both of my children were so different when it came to weaning. I honestly think there is no perfect way to do this. You just have to remain calm, and you will get through whatever method you or your child choose is best.