Hi, me and my baby girl are new to this group, and we need some advice!

Tracy - posted on 02/04/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My baby is 19 months, and still breastfeeding, I think it's just comfort feeding though. She can go several hours without it, but none-the-less, she knows where to get it when she wants! Hence...pulling up my shirt when she pleases, and I usually let her. She is still a baby to me and I don't mind it, yet I am ready to stop. One other concern is that she doesn't seem to like whole milk, any suggestions there? She does drink juice and water out of sippy and regular cups. I have read it is traumatizing to just stop cold turkey, what do you think? Is taking an antihistamine to dry me up cruel? I kinda feel it is, but I don't know.

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When my son went from formula to milk I would but milk in the formula and slowly get him used to it that way. He was drinking 8 oz bottle and we did an ounce at a time until all 8 oz was milk. If your child will drink breast milk from a bottle you could try that way.

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I would pump and mix the breast milk with regular milk. Change the split so eventually there is less and less breast milk each time. If you're ready to stop, then you need to stop the pulling up of the shirt, etc ... I'd give her a sippy cup and snuggle with her while she drinks that. Then she'll stop associating the closeness with breast feeding, and can apply the closeness to something else.

Good luck!!!

Lindsey - posted on 02/06/2010

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We stopped nursing at 15months. At that point it was only for nap times and bed time so I slowly started pulling him off before he fell asleep. I told him it was "ni-night time" and put him in his crib. After a couple days I was only letting him nurse for a minute or two then put him down. And after doing that for a few days I would then just cuddle him and put him down. It took almost two weeks all together but I was able to wean him!

Kathryn - posted on 02/06/2010

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I don't really have any suggestions for the breastfeeding thing, I only did it for 3 months. But because your daughter doesn't like whole milk, it might not be sweet enough for her. You may want to try the lactose free milk, they are always sweeter, closer to the taste of breast milk.

Staci - posted on 02/05/2010

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I stopped breastfeeding on the breast at 7 months and then gave her expressed milk for the next 6 months. Maybe you can pump and have her drink that for a while? The other thing I found with the whole milk issue is that breastmilk is sweet and cow's milk is salty...so I mix in some strawberry nestle quick and she drinks it right down.

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