Weaning Son from breastfeeding.....

Heather - posted on 07/10/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I have 4 children (3 daughters and now our son) I have nursed ( 1 of my kids is a step, so it wasn't an option to nurse her)...and so far our son has been the most interesting. That is the best way I can explain it. He has been an incredible challenge to manage feedings for. He would love to nurse 24/7... I am a stay at home mom so he doesn't have any anxiety or seperation issues...

We are getting ready to wean him, and I find it more and more difficult to regulate the times he nurses. There are days I throw in a walk with the stroller just to distract him for a bit longer from nursing, trying to make it at least 4 hours...trying for 5.

He doesn't lke any formulas, we have tried....and he has just started testing out milk...which he will only drink cold and very small amounts, or with cereal. He eats 3 meals a day so I am not concerned about nutrition. I can't pump (to mix with milk or formula) because he is always nursing and the times I have tried pumping have been very unsuccessful...



Has anyone else had an aggressive nurser and how did you wean him/her? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks

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Princess - posted on 07/18/2009

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my son is one and he was the same way he was a very aggresive when it came down to nursing weening is going to be difficult especially being a stay at home mom because he is with you my son is with me all day but to start weening him i gave him a cup with a little milk at a time and i cut out midday breast feeding the more you cut back the more he will ajust to life without breadstmilk and give him something for comfort to help with the transition i got my son a really soft teddy to help take his mind of breastfeeding it works he is one now and if i even try to breastfeed he looks at my like whats that mom

Brandy - posted on 07/17/2009

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I Have been going through this same thing. I have five children, 4 sons and 1 daughter. I tryed to nurse with all of them but for many reasons none of them lasted more then 6 months and all were supplimented with formula. This last son on the other hand loves breastfeeding. He turned one on July 5 and that was the date I gave myself to start weening him. I am so not there yet. He has never really taken a bottle and perfers to drink from the sippy cup. He eats 3 meals a day plus snack. He still insists on breastfeeding at naps and at bedtime and once in the middle of the night. It also seems like when he hurts himself he wants to nurse. It is amazing how conforting it is for him. I thought by now he would have lost interest and I hate the thought of taking it away from him. So, like you I have been unsuccessful in the weening process. This is a new experience for me and I am totaly stumped on how to make this process as painless as possible. Sorry that I could not help you but I wanted you to know that you are not alone. Good luke. If you find something that works, Pass it my way.

Lori - posted on 07/13/2009

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I am in the process of weaning my one year old, he turned one July 1st. He's eating three meals and gets plenty of other liquids a day when I am willing to hold the sippy cup for him. He won't drink from it himself for some reason. I saw the Dr today and told him in 2 weeks I am traveling and will be gone two days. he said Brady would be just fine and it would be a great time to just quit cold turkey! My poor husband, I know!! I feel badly, but I will probably try to wean more now until I leave, but then for those two days with me GONE I think it will help the process along. I am a stay at home mom and Brady definitely likes the BF'ing for comfort, but maybe if I'm not here he won't miss it. I guess we'll seee. I think weaning is sooo hard. My daughter was easy at 12 months she just stopped but she took the sippy much quicker and caught on easier to the concept of drinking from that when she was thristy. If you can do it, don't let him BF at all from you and cut it cold turkey. I've been told many times that's the best way not to confuse them. The am and pm feedings I'm sure are the toughest. Good luck to you

Paula - posted on 07/12/2009

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I also have 3 girls then a boy. I bfeed all my children the girls would loose intest or take a bottle. However my little guy would never take a bottle or drink from a cup until I just stopped nursing him. I had asked the doctor and a lactation specialist what to do they told me that he would drink when he was ready. He also was 11 1/2 months though. I am not sure how old your little guy is but maybe he just like to cuddle with u. He never nursed through the night.

Does he drink juice or water yet? As long as he is getting liquid he should be okay.

Samantha - posted on 07/11/2009

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Maybe he's just not ready to ween yet. Whats your main reason for him to be weened? Cause babies or Toddlers still get nurtriental benefits from bfing past a year. Im going to do Child-led weening. My DD loves nursing as well but does take breaks. Its the mid-afternoon/night time that is going to be hard. But i know when she is ready she will be done. She's already slowed down on the number through the day. Maybe when he's more active (walking- unless he already is) he might get distracted easier. Sorry i couldnt be much help.

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