Weaning :(

Jen - posted on 03/11/2012 ( 9 moms have responded )

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As our babies are quickly approaching the one year mark, I thought it would be helpful to start a thread on how to go about weaning from both the breast and the bottle (or even the pacifier). I know that this time around weaning will be different for us because my daughter (now 4), weaned herself from the breast at 6 months, but my son loves his boobie. :)



With my daughter I started mixing whole milk into her formula 4 weeks before her 1st b-day. Each week I added 2 more ounces of milk and she was completely on whole milk by her 1st birthday. I also weaned her off of the bottle at the same time so that she only had 1 bottle left on her b-day. Each week I replaced one bottle with a sippy cup.



Now I'm at a loss on weaning. I need to wean my son, by August because I plan on going to school full time (I'm part time now). I also don't know if you can safely mix breast and whole milk. Any tips?

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Merry - posted on 03/12/2012

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Aww that sounds stressful! The longer you wait to wean the easier it will be for you both!

And Jessica has said exactly what I was going to say, there's no reason to force a full weaning so young just because you will go back to work.

You can nurse at night and in the mornings and the weekends and on days off.

Many moms return to work at 6 weeks and continue to exclusively breastfeed.

The benefit for your son is he will still get the protection of your immune system as the immunities concentrate as you make less milk.

So the less milk you make, he still gets the same good stuff.

He can drink water, and eat food when you're gone, and nurse whenever you're home.



Don't stress! The recommendation is two years so if you get in a good rhythm at work you can continue as long as he needs it :)

And remember, the older he is the easier it will be to impose weaning.

Merry - posted on 03/16/2012

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Zahida, you can try diluting the milk with water. Very slowly, add a bit of water to the milk one night and continue with that amount for a week, then the next week add a little more water for that week, then the third week make it about half water half milk for a week, then a little more the next week, until you are at full water!

Bottles of water won't decay teeth so once it's just water in there you have time to get the bottles gone entirely.

Good luck!

Sophie, I'm sorry if you felt I was judging, I sure wasn't! Many moms believe weaning at a year is the only way to do it, and many don't know how beneficial it is to continue. So I try to educate when possible. But I don't ever judge a mom for her choices as I don't know her life or her baby" you do what's best, I only try to offer help!

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Jennifer - posted on 03/16/2012

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While I can see how you thought Laura was judging, I don't think she meant it that way at all. The recommendation IS two BUT as long as no cows milk before one, its fine! A lot of mothers do NOT realize that BF past one is accepted more now and is actually recommended. I personally formula feed mine...my advice would be to try to give her formula or breastmilk in a sippy, not a bottle or else you will be weaning twice. Once from the breast, once from the bottle (bottle recommendation is to stop by one). As far as how to wean from breast, whenever possible let someone else try to feed your baby?

Zahidah - posted on 03/15/2012

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I am looking for advice on how to wean my two year old baby off the bottle she drinks water from a sipper cuppy but refuses to drink her milk from it.at night she sleeps with her bottle n i have to refill or give her like two to three bottles at ni.ght .same story when she has her daytime napi have to wean hher off cos hher teeth is getting decayed:(!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!newan with ne ideas please share!!!!!!!!!will be really grateful:)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sophie - posted on 03/15/2012

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Its great to get support from other moms about tough subjects like weaning, but at the same time we should do so without judgement. Every mom has their own personal reasons for weaning and shouldn't be made to feel bad if they decide to do so. I have various reasons but the main one is that it is becoming painful as she tugs so hard and bites leaving me needing a ice pack after feeds, plus I am plain exhausted from it as it is becoming a reason for her to wake up so many times during the night for comfort rather than hunger. Every child is different so even though I am going through this for the second time, it doesn't make it any easier. But I had a bit of a breakthrough yesterday but punching a bigger hole in the top of a bottle, which allows her mouth to fill up with formula while she chews down on it. It's a slow and messy process but she is getting the idea and I am finally getting formula into her, so might be able to start replacing the bedtime feed with a bottle soon!

Jen - posted on 03/15/2012

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I didn't specify. I need to have him day time weaned by August. I still fully plan to nurse him before bed, when he wakes up, and whenever he needs his mommy time. He actually refuses solid foods when he wants to nurse. I'm just not sure how I go about weaning him. I still want to pump once a day (at least through the summer) so that I still have my back-up supply in the freezer. I just didn't know if I could mix breast milk and whole milk or if on his 1st b-day I start giving him cups/bottles of whole milk one feeding and breast milk at another. I currently send him to day care with 3 breast milk bottles, 1 breakfast item, 1 veggie, 1 fruit, and he has snacks too. He gets his bottles every 3 hours and solid food in between. He tends to eat a lot when he's away from me, but on the weekends he usually just nurses every 3-4 hours and eats 1 solid meal at dinner.

Merry - posted on 03/14/2012

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Sophie, she's just too young to take to weaning just yet.

The world health organization recommends breastfeeding to cntinue the first two years minimum, then after that as long as mom and baby want.

Give her time! She can't really live off of solids yet anyways as she has no molars.

My 10 month old nurses about every 3-4 hours in the day along with a few feeds in the night time.

It's normal! There's no rush to wean, your milk keeps her healthy especially in the toddler years.





And she should be getting formula if you won't breastfeed her. She needs your milk. And if you won't nurse her she needs formula.

She is not old enough to live off of just solids and water.

Sophie - posted on 03/14/2012

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My daughter is 10 months old and I am trying to wean her daytime nursing feeds with food. She won't take the bottle after a three month break from it after I got Mastitus, as I was affraid of it coming back if I dropped a feed. But now she treats it like a foreign object and just chews on the bottle or sippy cup like a teething toy rather than drinking from it. She gets frustrated if I don't nurse her when she wakes up from her naps, screams and just pushes food away. We take a break, play and try to come back to eating but it is a constant battle. My husband helps at weekends as he isn't withholding the goods and she is better at taking food from him. I just feed her first thing in morning and last thing at night but really want to ween these feeds too, but how can I if she won't drink anything? I weened my son by 9 months but feel my daughter is going to be a longer process.

Anyone gone through a similar experience?

Jessica - posted on 03/11/2012

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Are you planning on totally weaning? I'm starting back to work next month and I've started cutting back on our daytime nursing sessions, but I have every intention of nursing in the morning and at bedtime, and on weekends as she wants it. I nursed my first until 15 months, after going back to work after a year off. I have no plan to totally wean Rose for a while yet.



I don't know about mixing whole and breast milk, but my daughter loves whole milk just from a cup. I am giving her some (I don't measure) in a cup at lunch time, for now. I plan to start "replacing" other feeds with milk, but I am enjoying the nursing, and it makes me sad to think about losing that. *sigh* Babies grow up so fast!

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