When the time comes and you’re ready to wean your child from breastfeeding, it’s important to take some cues from your little one in order to help the process be as stress free as possible. If your child seems reluctant, you might need to offer a bit of encouragement and move a bit slower; however, as kids develop their sense of independence and autonomy, they are often far more willing to move on to a big kid cup than many parents might be imagining.
When you start the process of weaning a toddler, pick a time that will be the easiest for your child. The last feeding to eliminate is usually the bedtime session because that one is often a time when the child wants to cuddle and enjoy the security they get from breastfeeding. Start by shortening the time the child is allowed to nurse, then start skipping breastfeeding sessions altogether. A fun cup can be a huge motivator for some kids, so make the process one of change and excitement rather than one of sadness.