Help in weaning 17 month old from breastfeeding

Avni - posted on 08/09/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 17 month old and I am still breastfeeding her. I tried introducing bottles, sippers, cups consistently but she wouldn't feed from them. Any recommendations on weaning her completely?

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Virginia - posted on 09/05/2010

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Just go cold turkey, thats what i did with my boy, the fist day is hard and the first night bedtime was the hardest for me he just cried and cried all he wanted was a bit of boob and i felt real bad but i didnt give in day 2 was not as bad bedtime was still a bit bad but no where near as bad day 3 he was over it. She will eat /drink from whatever when she is hungry enough. it is hard 1st day but you can do it, just be strong! :)

Jessica - posted on 08/19/2010

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I too am in the process of weaning. My son has been using since close to his first B-day. He was never on a bottle. He struggles with cups that tip, but does great with the straw tpe. We first got him interested in cups by letting him drink from ours, both from hte side and out of straws. You may find if you get your daughter using a cup consistantly , she may wean a little easier. We are using the elimination method right now too. We got rid of any nightime wakings and morings. Naptime is next. My sister would take her kids for walks in the stroller or rides in the car to help them fall asleep without nursing. Daddy reading books has put him out on days I'm gone, but he won't go to daddy if I'm home. Hope that helps.

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Cecelia - posted on 10/09/2010

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Hi, well my little man is 18 months now and i am still breastfeeding him. I have got it down to one feed just before bed. I slowly took each feed away and replaced it with something else. The easiest feed to take away was the morning one, i gave him his breakfast as soon as he woke up and then moved on to getting rid of the lunch one by distracting hime and wearing him out before his nap. The hardest one I have found to get rid of is the one before bed, i have tried to skip it but he will wake up during the night and once he has a drink he goes straight back to sleep.

Andrea - posted on 09/15/2010

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My problem is the bedtime and night wakings. SHe will go to sleep without it, but still wakes at night and will just gets louder and louder and kicks until I give in because I don't want her to wake everyone else up. SO any hints on these times would be great. I have done the elimination process and this is what is left and has been for around a month. She has had sippy cups since before she was 6 mos and loves them as well as cups without lids. These were a big help as everyone has recommended but she will not take it at night.

Jamie - posted on 08/23/2010

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Take away a feeding a day. The wonderful thing about little ones is that they adapt well when change is small and manageable. She may have some trouble at first, but if you introduce fun cups and offer lots of praise and excitement over the use of cups instead of nursing she will pick up on your excitement. A tip with sippy-cup use in weaning is to, in the beginning, hold her in the same position, in your usual spot, that you would nurse in. If your hesitant and unsure, she will sense that and become hesitant and unsure herself. If you are positive that it is time to wean your little one, be confident, brave, and excited in your approach to this new adventure for her!

Mandy - posted on 08/19/2010

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If you figure it out please let me know. My son will not let me wean him yet. He screams (or bits my breasts through my shirt) untill he gets it. I understand how difficult taking out one feeding a time can be, been there didnt succeed. I try the dont ask dont offer. But really I can totally empathize with you because my son uses it as a soothing method and nothing else seems to work at times. Good luck!

Sarah - posted on 08/18/2010

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I weaned my daughter at 14 months b/c i was pregnant again. We did it over a weekend when my husband could keep her entertained constantly. I also had to bind my breast b/c they were so engorged and when my daughter couldn't grab them or feel them, she seemed to lose interest. She still lifts up my shirt 3 months later, but does not try to nurse. She loves her sippy cup, I would not recommend going to a bottle, it is just something else you will have to break!

Vivie - posted on 08/18/2010

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I also agree with previous posts,cut out one feed at a time and make sure you destruct her, you can even take a walk with her so that she will forget about breastfeeding especially the afternoon feed. Maybe start cutting the afternoon one, then morning or vise vesa then night.if she screams dont give in be firm just for a few days she will give in. You feellike a bad mother i know but you can give her something that she likes even if she wakes up in the middle of the night.It worked for my boy he is 17 now and i weaned him completly last month. i used to give him yoghurt and sometimes banana because he never liked formula from day 1. I did this for about a week only and now he sleeps through the night.Good luck.

Kerri - posted on 08/16/2010

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Obviously you can't hide your breasts and say- I can't find them but I think that standing firm is key. I agree with previous posts, cut out a feeding and if they are really hungry/thirsty, she'll eventually take what you provide for her. Nuby cups are probably the next best step from the breast because its a similar feeling but not a bottle. My daughter is just starting to understand the concept of a cup without a lid- maybe you'll be able to make that jump? Tell her that big girls drink from a cup like mommy and daddy, then its like a treat, its special. Warning- she will occasionally dump the whole cup down her front, haha

Kerri - posted on 08/16/2010

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First of all- that's awesome you made it that long! At 3 months, my daughter starting teething and with the first couple teeth around five months, I stopped. She wanted to nibble a little too much! haha.
Second, I just wanted to share how I finally got my daughter off the bottle at night. She doesn't really have a special blanket or teddy bear or go to bed with music, she'd fall asleep with her bottle and we'd take it out. It was the only way she'd sleep. After hours of screaming, we'd always give in and give it to her but at 12 months decided, it's time to stand firm. We substituted singing to her and told her the bottle was gone, and we couldn't find it. She didn't do too bad surprisingly. The next day was a little better. (I think its all about not giving in).
Then the NEXT day, grandma had gotten her a baby doll that came with a bottle. We showed her how to feed the mini toy bottle to the baby and she accepts that bottles are for babies and feeds all her dolls and animals before she goes to bed each night =]

Melissa - posted on 08/14/2010

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I am having the same problem. My son will take a cup. He feeds at nap time and at bed time. He still gets up at night to feed too. I REALY want that to stop but he just screams more and more so I give in. I think she will take the cup maybe at first you can feed her a little then pop her off and give her th cup. or hold her and give her the cup.

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Let me know if it works because I have the same problem and I try to cut but she cries so bad that I have a headache.

Jodi - posted on 08/10/2010

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Cut out one feeding a day, it's what I'm doing right now! I started with the first morning feed after we got out of bed (she would crawl in bed with me and nurse and play a little bit). When you cut one out, replace it with something, maybe reading stories or doing a special activity like painting, just to distract her more or less. When she seems okay with it, cut out another feeding, save the night time feeding for last. It's been a few weeks and my daughter doesn't nurse at all until her naptime in the afternoon! Good luck!

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