Just say NO
The first time around, I took the easy way out. I cheated, in a way. I waited until I was pregnant again; I waited until she was 2-years 7-months old; and I waited until I had a work-related trip to separate me from her for 4 days. That was our weaning tactic.
Our second girl is now approaching that 2-1/2 year old age, the time when she is fully-potty trained and on her way to becoming an independent woman. And, yet, she says to me with such clarity and conviction: "Mama, I want to nurse."
And so I let her. What am I going to do? Say "NO?" She'll say, "Why?" and I'm afraid I don't really have a good enough reason. "You're too old," isn't really that true; "I don't feel like it," shouldn't be an excuse. I know. I'm a weakling! I can't do it.
So, I think I'm just going to leave. I need to find a place to go and hide for a couple of days. It'll be good for me, too. All of us mamas need a break from the "No, MINE!" and the "Mama, she's bothering me!" and the "Mama, I need some ..."
There is one thing, though. I've started to count while I nurse. I tell her, "I'm going to count to '5', and then we'll be done." I start counting: "One, two, three..." and by the time I get to "Five", she latches off. We've been doing this for several days. I think I'm going to start counting to '3', then maybe work my way down to '1'. Maybe we can do this after all, without having to take the easy way out ("outta sight, outta mind").
For all of yous who've been through this before, what has been your weaning tactic?