Mothers often have to balance two children at once. If you are ready to have another baby, or are pregnant, but you have a toddler who is still nursing, this balancing act can get a little tricky. After all, you need to be able to give the baby the full ability to nurse while still meeting the needs of your toddler. While you can do both, you may find that it is time for you to start weaning your toddler from breastfeeding so that you can start working towards the goal of being ready to provide for the new baby.
To help you through this process, here are a few steps to help you. Unbelievably, you may find yourself able to make this transition happen easier than you thought, especially if your toddler is t least 12 to 16 months old.
- Encourage more cup drinking. A toddler needs this skill. Incorporate cups at meals and be sure they are able to drink well from a cup before you stop breastfeeding.
- Encourage solid food eating in children as they age, according to your paediatrician’s recommendations. You want the child to learn to eat all solid foods.
- Be sure to meet the toddlers needs for you. After all, they want time with you more than they want the breastfeeding nutrients. Spend time with the child and cuddle with them. Having time together like this, without breastfeeding will fill their emotional need for it.
- Get help from dad. He can help the toddler to explore new foods and if it is necessary, he can start bottle-feeding the child.
- Talk to your doctor about any problems you are having. Most children will not have trouble weaning from breastfeeding, but some may. This could be a sign of the child not getting enough nourishment during the day.
It may be possible for you to nurse two babies at one time, but this process can exhaust you and may leave the children battling for you at the same time. Instead of going down this road, you may want to consider weaning the baby. This is possible and it will aid the toddler to adjusting to someone else nursing from mom by the time the baby gets there. Giving the child the comfort and security he or she needs in another form is a very important part of the process of weaning.