How to wean from breastfeeding
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Donna - posted on 04/16/2010
Don't offer, don't refuse is less traumatic for both bub & mum. I breastfed my son till 26 months & don't regret 1 day of it (he weaned half way thru my next pregnancy). Now my daughter is 12 1/2 months & I plan to breastfeed her for 2 years if possible. I just wondered if you are aware that The World Health Organisation says babies need milk for the first 2 years of life, so I think why not give my baby the best milk available (human milk - if its possible). The composition of human breast milk is more complex than blood. Every mammal makes the right ratio of fat, protein, carbs, vitamins & minerals for their young to grow. Humans are the only mammals that give their offspring another mammals milk. I feel its a real privilege to breastfeed my babies & enjoy our special times together - that does include night feeds & a special breastfeeding diet to reduce their likelihood of allergies. Breastfeeding is not easy for me but its still a joy! Just giving you some additional food for thought.
Merry - posted on 04/13/2010
id also suggest letting him self wean. it is an amazing thing to be able to breastfeed and theres no reason you should stop at one year! the benifits keep on for as long as you breastfeed and im all for less ear infections and less colds and less asthma and allergies. also the amount of time you breastfeed decreases your risk for breast cancer. and the longer you breastfeed the more your risk goes down. so thats pretty cool!
Merry - posted on 05/21/2010
2 years is the recommended minimum so maybe forget about weaning and just enjoy the miracle it is to be able to feed your baby! The longer the better! No one regrets breastfeeding but almost all regret weaning to early. (before 2yrs) even if your baby seems disinterested at 1 1/2 or so it is healthier to encourage the nursing until at least 2 so your childs immune system is closer to developed. Also try not to wean before all 20 teeth are in. Thus is naturally important for eating good proteins like meat. Bottom line- weaning isn't something to encourage, much less force! Toddlers are designed to nurse!
Danielle - posted on 05/02/2010
Zoe has been self-weaning a little for the last few months - certainly cutting out the day feedings. We are down to maybe 1 day feeding and mostly it is the morning (before nap) feeding and before bedtime feeding that are the toughest. I feel positive it will all work out but honestly, I would like to have her weaned by 14 months. I am just ready to have my boobs back :D
Breanne - posted on 04/30/2010
COngrats on breastfeeding for a whole year!! I started by replacing one breastfeeding session with a sippycup filled with whole milk and did that for about 3 weeks. My son gave me a lot of resistance on that one and was mad at me for quite awhile! After that I got rid of the afternoon feed and replaced it with a sippy cup. By the time it came around to getting rid of the bedtime feed my son transitioned like nothing, and he didn`t even get mad! My best advice is to do it slowly or else you will physically feel unwell. And if your breats start to hurt alot make sure to get them checked by a doctor! Good luck!
I just started this today, my daughter turns 1 on the 21st. I spoke to a nurse and this is the advice she gave me. Right now I feed my daughter 4 times 6:30 or 7am, than 10:30ish, 2:30ish and 7:40ish. I just dropped the 2:30ish feeding today. What the nurse said is provide them with homo milk instead at either lunch or supper. So they understand that milk is provided at meals not anytime and that walk is what they can drink through out the day. So today I feed her around 10:30 and then gave her lunch with some homo milk and never fed her again until she went to bed. She seemed to like the milk. They say to do it slowly. I think I will drop another feeding every 2 weeks. She said once that they don't necessarily need to breastfeed morning and night anymore because they are eatting foods. But I do know a lot of people keep those feeds, I guess it is up to you. Good luck.
Carrie - posted on 04/14/2010
If you figure out a sure fire thing please share. =) My little one is exactly one, I am willing to nurse for a while but I am just ready to be done. We co-sleep so I think that is part of the problem, he would nurse all night if I would let him. I also cannot bring myself to do the cry-it-out so I just continue to get up with him and feed him whenever he wants, basically because it is easier than fighting with him.
I am trying the don't offer don't refuse but he still requests quite often. =)
Mattie - posted on 04/14/2010
I weened when I found out I was pregnant with the second and my oldest was 14 months. at times when I would have offered him the breast (pre naps and bed) i gave him a sippy cup with whole milk instead. we still cuddled so it was still a nice time for us. He may fuss a little at first but it won't hurt him in the least. Pretty soon he will have more or less forgotten all about it. don't feel guilty if you don't want to self ween, making it a year is a big accomplishment! congrats!
Tara - posted on 04/14/2010
yay im not the only one going through this! my daughter turned one this week and is still bf like its gogin out of fashion! she luvs her booby morning /day and night and as im still at home she is able to. im just hoping she will start to decrease it , im so glad i did bf tho because she is a redhead and therefore also has very sensitive skin and alot of allergies and food allergies so at least i knwo she is gettign enough nutrition for it, i just worry that now shes getting older even tho she is definately on solids, she reacts to so many things that shes not getting enough nutritionally.
Sarah - posted on 04/13/2010
I heard a lot of babies self wean around 18 months if you are willing to keep going that long. If not, I suggest what another poster said and offer more sippy cups (I will add, increase solids too as breast milk accounts for more than just actual liquid) but still let your baby have the breast sometimes.
In this way your milk supply will gradually decrease with the nursing and it will avoid having your baby become confused or upset at the totally lack of nursing. I am not sure where you are at but my 11 ½ month old baby is only nursing around 3 times a day, mostly at night and I plan on going until at least 18 months or self weaning.
Nancy - posted on 04/13/2010
Am also facing the same thing, i don't even know were to start coz my baby breast feeds more especially at night and she turned 1 on the 5th, am not home in the afternoon so she only gets the breast milk when i get home around 5 and mostly during the night she feeds 3 to 4 times and it's tiring sometimes in the morning.
There is a method called 'don't offer don't refuse'. This worked wonderful for us. I was offering more sippy cups, adding mealtimes to our routine, and only breastfed if he asked for it. This let the baby lead the weaning.. and I never suffered any engorgement at all.
Octavia - posted on 04/11/2010
Well there was a few different advice given to me when your son turns one its either better to let him wean off himself, You can still breast feed until 18 months at least before the age of two or because he is turning one you have to give him a little bit of whole milk and breast milk in sippy cup or bottle. He should be drinking less breast milk because soon as he turns one he should be eat whole foods so you will be breast feeding him less. Well good luck I'm on the same page as you because my daughter drinks breast as if she is still a new born yikes this is going to be tough but we can do it.!
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