Weaning from breastmilk

Brandi - posted on 05/04/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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What is the best way to wean my son from breastmilk? I want it to be as painless as possible for the both of us. I appreciate any suggestions. Thanks!

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Brandi - posted on 05/05/2009

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That sounds good. He takes formula just fine so I should be ok with that. Other than that I'll do what you did for your daughter. I figure I'll start weaning him now since I want him on formula only in a few months.

Laura - posted on 05/05/2009

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When you give your baby formula he might not take it right away. You probally want to mix the formula with your breastmilk at first so he gets use to the taste cause not all kids do the breastmilk to formula routine so well. Thats what i did with my daughter when i weened her off of me i would take it slow. At first I would start at lunch time. I would stop feeding her from me everyday at say 1:00 for about a week and my body got use to it and stopped producing milk, and i would replace it with a formula bottle mixed 50/50 at first with breastmilk and formula. Every week that I would cut out a feeding from me I would decrease the breastmilk in the formula and up the formula in take. In about 4-6 weeks she was off of me and onto formula.

Brandi - posted on 05/05/2009

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He's just over 6 months, and he's on his own wanting less of my milk and wanting more solids. I know those teeth are coming soon, and I don't think I want to nurse him with teeth (ouch!). He sleeps through the night without needing to be nursed. He's been waking up once the past couple of nights, but I think it's teething because he sounds like he's in pain. I'll try replacing a feeding with formula every week and a half to 2 weeks. I want to take it slow, but I want to start now since I want to take a while to do it. I think I'll start by giving him a formula bottle after he eats solids for one of his feedings for now. Thank you for the advice!

Mel - posted on 05/05/2009

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well if your baby is over about 10 months he/she does not need the night feeds so id have to agree with taking those away first.

Ashleigh - posted on 05/04/2009

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That's why I was just wondering the age. I did some sleep training with my son at about 7 months old and he didnt want to nurse anymore at night. If he's over 1 he probably doesn't really need the night time nurses anymore.

Krista - posted on 05/04/2009

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Quoting Ashleigh:

How often does he nurse? If he nurses during the night, start to take those away, they will be the hardest. After that just slowly take one nurse away and replace it with a sippy cup (or bottle depending on age). My son got into the routine of nursing before his naps and bed time and in the morning, so I just took one nurse out every week and a half and it was fast and so simple! Good luck :)


I disagree...you want to start to eliminate the least important feeding of the day, the one that you can most easily replace with a sippy or cup.  The very last should be the ones at night.  This is the least stressful way for the baby to do it.

Ashleigh - posted on 05/04/2009

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How often does he nurse? If he nurses during the night, start to take those away, they will be the hardest. After that just slowly take one nurse away and replace it with a sippy cup (or bottle depending on age). My son got into the routine of nursing before his naps and bed time and in the morning, so I just took one nurse out every week and a half and it was fast and so simple! Good luck :)

Andrelle - posted on 05/04/2009

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i'm still breatfeeding but a friend of mine just weaned her son, she just breastfeed fed him less and less each day until he was completely on the bottle

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