Weaning from breastfeeding...

Carissa - posted on 05/15/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I have been thinking of weaning my son, who is now 13 months, from breastfeeding. I already feel this will be hard for both of us. BUT how do you do it? What are some "easy-slow" ways of starting to wean?

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Merry - posted on 07/11/2010

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Eric is 15 months and he nurses about 7-12 times a day. not long each time but often. also he is nursed to sleep at night then i lay him in his crib. he sleeps about 8 hours then wakes to nurse the sleeps 2-3 more hours. He can nurse anytime he wants within reason and with his molars comming through it is often. He really gets about 75% of his diet through my milk so I know he wont be weaning anytime soon. my goal is 4 years so Its all good :)
PS I am trying to conceive currently and I will be nursing through the pregnancy and tandem nursing both once the new baby is born.

Sammi - posted on 07/11/2010

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I'm in the situation where my daughter (15mths) still feeds in the day and night but like you I don't fancy doing anything difficult to upset her. I'm at the stage now where I've accepted that she'll self wean. I know that she can manage without the milk. I moved house recently and my parents took her out for the day - they were gone for 6 hours (the longest she'd been away) and she was completely fine. Of course when she saw me she wanted to reconnect but that's ok. We co sleep to manage the nights and while I would rather we had our bed back and that I was getting a good sleep every night I guess it won't last forever and I'm just not prepared to rock the boat xx

Amanda - posted on 07/08/2010

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i did formula, but the way I got them off was to start cutting their formula bottles with milk. started at 2oz then went from there. does he take a bottle or cup at all?

Carissa - posted on 07/03/2010

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My son is down to about 4 BM feedings a day... one in the morning, one before nap and one before bed and then sometimes in the middle of the night.

Jenny - posted on 06/21/2010

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I weaned during the day first, then worked on the nights. What I found worked for me (and it may or may not work for you) is before nap time, I started giving him a milk bottle while rocking him, then put him down. After he got used to that, I gave him a milk bottle at night and skipped that nursing. Then I moved on to giving him a bottle if he woke in the night. After he was used to going to bed without me nursing, we started weaning back off the bottle, starting at nap time, I would give him a drink of milk before going to his room, then just rock him and put him down. Then I did that at night, and finally he was weaned. Now I just give him water when he wakes up. HOpefully that helps.

Dannielle - posted on 06/21/2010

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I have found that my 13 month old boy is fine without feeding during the day if he is busy..
Maybe keep your son busy. Distract him from feeding patterns with a sippy/straw cup. Good luck.

Merry - posted on 06/16/2010

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if you want to avoid the "hard" part of weaning you can just let nature take its course and allow him to nurse until he is old enough to self wean, this usually happens after 2 years and it is easier and definately not hard on your son! the longer you wait the easier it will be to wean, because it will be closer to the natural weaning age. maybe wait a bit?

Princessa - posted on 06/06/2010

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hi, i have breastfed my son for 1 year and i am still breastfeeding my daughter who is now 13 months. I still feed in the nights which i didnt with my son so it was easier to wean. My son was textbook when it came to weaning i would have set times when he would usually breastfeed it was his own pattern and i would just drop a feed every week. I usually would distract him by taking him out to play or giving him a cup of water so he would drink from that if he was thirsty i got downt to the last feed at night then i just stopped and put him to bed with out the feed. My daughter is completly different she still feeds in the night, i have been told by a breastfeeding support group that the best way to wean is to drop the night feeds, this is difficult for my daughter as she will scream till i give it to her so at the mo i have her feeding once in the night. In the day she feeds when she wants no set pattern, if she is distracted though she wont ask for it as i know she get plenty of cows milk and food.



Do you have a feeding routine or does you son have pattern of when he likes to feed> How often does your son feed in the day/night?

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