Breastfeeding is something that is finally starting to be accepted again as the "norm". The World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend nursing until at least the age of two and longer as long as mother and child are happy.
Now that we are seeing a breastfeeding boom, a lot of moms are having trouble weaning their children as they do not have the support of a community or family members that they would normally have. Topping off lack of support, there are also the toddler tantrums that come with weaning a toddler from nursing and you are stuck in a rut.
Sally Weans From Night Nursing Written By Lesli Mitchell, MSW and Illustrated by Lesli Mitchell and Joanna Reinhold is a great book for children and for moms who need some help with weaning their toddler from nursing, especially at night. The writer puts a great Introduction in the book about why they had to figure out a way to wean and even details how they weaned their daughter at the very end of the book as well. The book itself is directed to be read to your toddler who is having trouble weaning. They recommend reading it especially before bed but also during the day as well so that your child can associate with Sally in the book and learn that they do not need to nurse as often.
Sally Weans From Night Nursing is a very big, colorful, paperback book. I found her introduction and ending part about weaning their daughter very helpful and interesting. The story itself is also good for toddlers. Although Xavier is already weaned from nursing (Read: No More Boobie Juice) I still read him the book, as he loves books. He sat quietly while I read it to him and liked seeing some of the toys in Sally's room in the book and we discussed what they were. He at least found it entertaining which is what I was hoping as you would want your toddler to be entertained.
In my opinion I found this book very informative and helpful for moms wanting to wean their children even if they are just weaning from nursing in general, not just night nursing. It is a great tool to use along with many other things and some suggestions are put in the book for you. The combination of the information from the mom and the toddler story make it a great tool for any nursing mom.
My only problem with it was some of the illustrations. I found them far too busy, colorful and distracting. Sally constantly has stuff all over her room, the bed and house is inconsistent in the illustrations and in my opinion the worst was the green and red striped wall paper in Sally's room. You could barely read the words over the wall paper. However, illustrations are just fun for your toddler to look at and the message is the most important part. There are not many books of this kind so I highly recommend this for nursing moms especially if you are toddler nursing. Next Generation Stay At Home Mom gives Sally Weans From Night Nursing 4 Stars!
You can visit Lesli's website about the book here
You can also purchase your own copy of the paperback book for yourself or the nursing mom in your life from Amazon for $11.16
As a result of myself thinking this is such an important nursing aid in a moms repertoire I am giving away a copy of the book! The giveaway starts today, Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 9:00AM EST and ends Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 9:00AM EST! Enjoy!
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