Breast feeding a brilliant tool for tantrum toddler too useful to wean!

(20 Posts)
GEM33 Fri 12-Jul-13 16:54:53

Anyone else feel like they have a brilliant instant tool to get a few minutes peace and quiet?! Don't get me wrong I'm looking forward to weaning and getting my body back but sometimes it's so nice to have these quiet moments together when nothing else will stop my toddler whining and whinging or throwing another wobbler. I regret to say i have found myself lying across my dd with a boob out to get her to stay still for daddy to change her nappy before poo goes everywhere. What do you do when they are weaned????

MonstersDontCry Fri 12-Jul-13 17:05:57

Someone once told me that breastfeeding is the closest thing to an 'off switch' and I totally agree!

GEM33 Fri 12-Jul-13 17:13:26

Ha ha! I second that!

MultipleMama Sat 13-Jul-13 10:53:59

Either an off switch or a mute button. Ds1 weaned himself at 2, lucky for me. But was very demandimg, always wanted nursing and hated bottles.

gamerchick Sat 13-Jul-13 10:59:13

it is the next best thing to an off switch. I really miss it sometimes!

JeewizzJen Sat 13-Jul-13 21:44:59

oh my god yes, it's bloomin fantastic how instant the quiet is. I'm definitely not ready to lose that yet! although I could definitely do without the feeding 3 times a night

mawbroon Sat 13-Jul-13 21:49:50

Hmm, not an off switch, but a "restore factory settings" switch IME smile

My solution was to feed way past the tantrumming stage.

Hobblethwaite Sat 13-Jul-13 22:12:16

I feel exactly the same and often wonder what I would do otherwise.

My dd asks daily for 'corner milk' which is where I make a brew and we sit in the corner of the couch nursing whilst I drink it. Bliss!

mawbroon Sat 13-Jul-13 22:14:38

LOL at corner milk! If ds2 wants to nurse, I usually pour myself a cup of tea and sit at the laptop and MN. Often, ds2 will actually say "mummy, have a cup of tea!" instead of asking for milk smile

catkind Sat 13-Jul-13 22:34:47

You know what? Your body is still yours and nursing is a pretty cool thing to use it for. Feed as long as the benefits outweigh any negatives!

jaggythistle Sun 14-Jul-13 21:21:08

I was a bit gutted when I accidentally caused DS1 to wean at age 2. sad

I was getting impatient to get pg again and stopped his early morning feed and occasional night feeds. He didn't seem to mind and I got pg the next month, but I so missed the peaceful snuggly feeds and tantrum stopping when I was shattered!

DS2 is a milk monster, I might just let him stay that way. grin

GEM33 Mon 15-Jul-13 16:43:21

Lovin the comments.. Corner milk. Lol! Having visions of a muller corner yoghurt with breast milk in before you explained!
Catkind you're preaching to the converted!

PinkPepper Mon 15-Jul-13 18:06:16

when I'm having a slightly tough day I remember the time I saw someone bf a toddler who fell over in the park, he was inconsoluble one min - chilled as anything the next, I want that magic fix for as long as possible :D

(I know it might not always work!!!)

catkind Tue 16-Jul-13 10:29:36

smile I just find it funny that people talk about "getting their bodies back" like it's not yours while you're feeding a baby. Are my arms not mine while I still need to carry my babies on occasion?

Pyrrah Tue 16-Jul-13 10:33:31

Was wonderful! The magic fix-all. Part of the reason I was still feeding DD at 3.5!

V useful on public transport too - nothing worse in rush-hour than a fractious screaming child and everyone round you going Tsk. Whip out a boob and hey presto, contented silence!

dyslexicdespot Tue 16-Jul-13 10:47:15

I dread the day DS (21 months) decides to stop BF. It is such an important part of our lives and I will miss him chanting "milk and book, milk and book".

GEM33 Tue 16-Jul-13 14:14:39

I know what you're saying catkind. But it's just a figure of speech covering the fact that I can't get drunk. I have to be careful what I put on ie sprays and perfume because my dd has sensitive skin. She has the shits if I drink too much orange juice. I always have to be around because she won't take pumped milk. None of these things are a major issue for me right now as my dd comes first and I love that we are still bf. I'm just saying I'm looking forward to ''having my body back'' as in not having to worry about any of the above. But as I say I'm glad I'm bf at the moment as I'm sure you can appreciate. This was a positive thread about bf not a moan :-)

MustafaCake Tue 16-Jul-13 14:19:41

BFing is getting me through DS2's terrible teething.

Has a more calming effect than Calpol or Neurofen!

MrsHoarder Tue 16-Jul-13 14:21:26

GEM33: I understand about your body, but at toddler stage I'm leaving DS without milk: for up to 18 hours on one occasion. He has water and food, and sometimes some cows milk from a cup, but by this age they can manage without it for quite a long time.

Agree on the instant calm though, its lovely to have bf cuddles.

catkind Wed 17-Jul-13 00:49:00

Gosh GEM33, you do sound quite constrained. I think you'll find you can ditch most of those inconveniences without stopping feeding tho smile Have you tried just going out for a night and having a few - er - orange juices? I find even though dd feeds pretty often when I'm there she's not bothered by lack of milk when I'm not. It's just a mummy thing so she doesn't expect it from daddy or granny or CM.
<wondering if my OJ-drinking habits may have been responsible for ds's toddler diarrhea now>

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