What do you do when you are done breast feeding?

Rachel - posted on 01/01/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I plan to breast feed my daughter for one year, the only issue I see is what do you do when that year come, do you go cold turkey on feeding and pumping? I heard that missing a day of pumping can cause blockage, so what would I do when the year is up as I plan to have another child which I plan to breast feed, help!

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Rachel - posted on 01/03/2010

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Thanks for the replies ladies, I am just not sure as I EBM exclusively and feed it to her by bottle, so it sounds like I just decrease my EBM from every three hours to less when we are ready to wean her. I wont be doing so until after her first birthday, but just wanted to be prepared as I am a planner!

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Oh I'm sorry that you don't have someone to help - I don't know how I would have done it without my hubby. I have heard of people having Grandma to help though. I am sure that it will work itself out and you will find something that suits you and your little one when the time comes. Good luck!

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Quoting Tammy:

Teresa, I eventually weaned my son because I had had enough, at about 22 mo. We also wanted to conceive and couldn't while I was breastfeeding. He was down to that last going to sleep one, and it was awful. Dad stayed home for a week and I moved to another room and it was just him and Dad. I had a half-hour limit, and then I would go in and rescue...but it never actually laste dthat long...he was able to settle with Dad, and each night the crying lasted a little bit less...I remember sitting right here bawling myself and feeling so awful and mean! I just had to keep saying "He has his Dad, He has his Dad..." That last one was *very* hard!!!



Unfortunately it's just me here.  My ex left us when I was 7 months pregnant, so......



I've heard that having someone else take over helps a lot though.  I'm glad it did for you. :)

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Teresa, I eventually weaned my son because I had had enough, at about 22 mo. We also wanted to conceive and couldn't while I was breastfeeding. He was down to that last going to sleep one, and it was awful. Dad stayed home for a week and I moved to another room and it was just him and Dad. I had a half-hour limit, and then I would go in and rescue...but it never actually laste dthat long...he was able to settle with Dad, and each night the crying lasted a little bit less...I remember sitting right here bawling myself and feeling so awful and mean! I just had to keep saying "He has his Dad, He has his Dad..." That last one was *very* hard!!!

Becky - posted on 01/01/2010

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My son is one and I was planning on just BF for the first year, but with the swine flu and it being RSV season and really enjoying the whole BF experience I have decided to finish out the winter and then wean. My son stayed at my mom's for a few days about 1 month ago and I realized that he would be ready to wean from EBM at pretty much any time because he hardly would even take EBM from the bottle from her. And when I work (nights) he will hardly take any milk from my hubby either. So at this point we are basically feeding for pleasure. I have read that you would start by stopping pumping and then slowly start cutting out feeds (that way your body and baby has time to adjust). Like if she's busy during the day don't offer the boob but let her be pacified with other things (you holding, pacifier, favorite blankie). Every week or so you cut out another feed. I hear the hardest is the last one. And you substitue with giving her whole milk (or the last of your stored frozen milk if you have any and then cows milk after) Good luck.

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You wean slowly. :)



I don't have any experience weaning a baby/child fed on demand, but can share the experience of weaning my twins who were schedule fed....



At a year, they were nursing before each nap (morning and afternoon), at bedtime, and once or twice during the night. At 13ish months I dropped the afternoon nursing since it wasn't putting them to sleep anymore anyway. A week or two later I dropped the morning nap nursing. This was the hardest for them, so I used a bottle of milk for the first day or two and then replaced that w/ a sippy and some snuggling. Right about the time I dropped the morning feeding they started sleeping through the night on their own. We kept up the bedtime feeding (also included rocking and a binky when I 'pulled' the boob) til they were 15 months. The rest of the bedtime routine stayed the same minus the nursing for another month or two.



They have always been my good sleepers though. I have NO idea how I'm going to handle it if/when the time comes to wean their brother before HE wants too....

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How old is your little one now? You will find that they naturally lessen their feeds and your body responds accordingly. My thirteen month old only feeds to sleep now, and through the night. Then weaning isn't such a big thing because it's only one or two feeds that you're down to - your body has adjusted down and so you get a bit full, but it passes. If your bub isn't ready to wean (my elder son at one) then you feel like you're about to explode and its not pretty! That was one of the reasons that I knew we weren't ready...he went on to feed until almost 2, and even then it was me who instigated weaning.

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