Breastfeeding has so many benefits, it's almost impossible to recount them all. For a start, it boosts the immune system of a baby and creates a beautiful bonding experience between mother and child in the process. When it comes to weaning, it can be a difficult task that's hard for everyone involved. One mother decided to ditch the complex plans she found online and opt for a lesser-known approach.
Children can remain attached to nursing well into their toddler years, and as long as the experience is still benefiting both mother and child, then there's no harm in it. However, for those that are finding it increasingly difficult to continue, showing their children that there are other ways to find comfort can be the easiest way out. Most plans tell mothers to ease their kids off slowly, starting out by reducing feedings in the day and then moving on to the nighttime. However, one anonymous author took to Today's Parent to tell her secret - Band-Aids.
After several weeks of feeling frustrated at her two-year-old's reluctance to give up nursing, she came across the suggestion to simply put Band-Aids across her nipples, and tell her son that mommy had an "owie", so she couldn't nurse. Despite her reservations, the hack worked - but there were a few tears. When the time came for her son to ask, he inevitably started crying, but to mom's surprise, wore himself out in 15 minutes and settled to sleep by himself.
The next morning, he woke up and asked to be nursed, but inquisitively looked at the Band-Aids when it was once again explained to him that mommy had an owie. Although the tantrums stopped almost immediately, the child continued to ask repeatedly to be fed and to look at the Band-Aids. After about two weeks, it subsided all together and the two-year-old was happy to be cuddled instead of nursed.
Have you ever tried this hack, or did you find another off-the-rails way that worked for you and your child? Let us know in the comments, we'd love to hear your stories.