I would like to kickstart a series called #wisdomofthecrowd to help each of us with/from our own experiences, learnings, mistakes, insights and further share them on with other parents & expecting parents sailing in the same boat.
I would urge you to also do the same, collectively we can build a resource-pool of valuable real-life parenting & childcare learnings.
One of the most difficult topics I find to address is HOW DO I WEAN MY CHILD OFF THE BREAST. Difficult because each case is so different. Difficult because I and my hubby really struggled trying to wean off my childoo. And I'm not sure we used the most easy or practical techniques. But yes, we managed after losing a lot of sleep and peace when she was 22.5 months old.
I didn't do anything that was recommended by specialists (cause I didn't really ask any!) or textbooks. I tried to introduce the bottle which everyone will tell you is a horrible idea 'coz then you have to wean her off the bottle! After bottle came sippers, straws, name mugs, etc etc. We would even take her out for a drive in the middle of the night which would lull her back to sleep!! Possible in Goa of course. In Delhi, I don't think you'd be able to even come out of your parking at 2am!
Long story short, we survived and yes I live to tell the tale :)
They say you should wean off the breast when your baby is ready. Some moms can. Some moms are not able to wait that long. Either way, it's so wrong for people to judge. Many people judged me. And I felt the pressure. That's a different story for a different day :)
So please do share in the comments - how did you wean your baby off the breast. Or if you can, pls share simple ideas/tips that worked for you.
We'll then request the content team to curate the most helpful tips/stories that in turn will help other moms struggling with this milestone.