How to get rid of last breastfeeding?

Deanna - posted on 05/07/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 13 months old. She has only been nursed just before bed for the last several weeks. I would like to wean her from this last feeding. Any suggestions how to go about it?

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Laura - posted on 06/13/2010

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We are starting to wean off of the night feeding as well. What is working for us is having my husband put our son to sleep. If I'm not even in the picture, he goes to bed fine. There are a few nights when he still really needs me and I comply, but I also recommend what Aimee said too - make sure they eat before bed.... Good luck.

Maggie - posted on 06/18/2010

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If you want to wean, I would try moving that last feeding earlier so it isn't at bedtime (maybe an hour eariler). Then try bedtime without it. Once you get the hang of bedtime without nursing, you can stop nursing altogether.

Nursing is great, but I'm about ready to be done too.

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Merry - posted on 07/13/2010

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Rachael, I want trying to force anything, I have a few friends that thought that once you were down to only 1 or 2 nurses a day that the milk wasnt as good anymore and that it essentially had no nutritional value. One had already weaned by the time I told her about the milk nutrients but the other decided to keep on nursing 1 time a day since he was still getting the benifits.
I just wanted to let Deanna know tha same thing so she could make her choice with all the facts.
I definately support her breastfeeding to a year, but my encouragement is always not to wean before baby is done :)

Rachael - posted on 07/12/2010

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the last feeding we are "stuck" on is the morning feeding. I have gotten him down to once every 2 days, but notice he is a little cranky on those mornings he doesn't nurse. Laura, while I respect your opinion, which alot of people feel strongly about, Deanna seems to want to fully wean her baby and should be applauded for nursing as long as she has, and respected by answering her question. The reason that many non-nursing mothers give for deciding not to breastfeed is that they feel that they HAVE to do it for such a long time. I think that any true try at breast feeding deserves congratulations, support and encouragement! =)

Merry - posted on 06/15/2010

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hey i found this info and i thought you might want to know how important even one nursing session is healthwise! but i have no weaning advise as i am not planning on eric weaning for at least a year or so. but congrats on breastfeeding till now!

All the benefits of human milk—including nutritional and health—continue for as long as your baby receives your milk. In fact, as your baby takes less human milk, these advantages are condensed into what milk is produced. Many of the health benefits of human milk are dose related, that is, the longer the baby receives human milk, the greater are the benefits.

Wendy - posted on 06/01/2010

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at 14 months my daughter amber fell asleep one night without nursing, she hasn't nursed since :( i was unprepared, she was obviously more ready than i was. and it has been nice because i have not had any problems with leaking or getting engorged which is what i feared.

Aimee - posted on 05/24/2010

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To wean my daughter, I made sure she was full an hour or so before bedtime and then would substitute a pacifier. She's never gotten attached to the pacifier either, so I just take it away when I think she doesn't need it.

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