Anyone else weaning?

Shauna - posted on 11/03/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Hello everybody. I wish I would've known about this community when I was preggo. It would've been nice talking to other moms that had October babies too!

I am in the process of weaning my son. Had a rough start with breastfeeding. He didn't latch on right and so we went to pumping and bottle feeding but once he started catching up to me I said screw the bottle! and just nursed him. It was very hard because my breasts hurt like heck for about a week before they got used to it. My goal was 6 months of breastfeeding and then when I got to 6 months I changed it to a year. I can't believe it has come and gone already. We are on one feeding at bedtime now and in about 1 more week I will be dropping this one as well.

Lots of mixed feelings about it. Am so proud of myself for getting this far and not giving up, but am also sad that my little man is growing up. I do believe we are both ready though, and I am looking forward to nursing our next baby.

Is anyone else in the process of weaning and how did you go about it?

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DeeDee - posted on 11/13/2011

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Great job! We are weaning right now too. We are down to just about once a day, some days none. It is just that my daughter has been a little sick and knows how to let me know she wants to nurse. We offer her the bottle first but if she is insistent then she will usually just nurse to sleep. It is harder this time than with my boys but pretty much the same gentle way.

Kristin - posted on 11/08/2011

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Good for you! I weaned at about 9.5 months. I was going for a year-give or take but my milk supply had significantly decreased due to a surprise pregnancy. Also he was starting to bite so that gave me an increased incentive lol. I stopped offering it to him and let him feed when he wanted. Within a week he basically stopped. It was probably a bit easier though at his age because I did replace the morning and evening feeding with a formula bottle. Now he is down to just the morning bottle. Selfishly I am having a hard time with this one but have made it a goal to be done by the end of the month. I enjoy having him snuggle up with me in bed and have his morning bottle rather than having to rush right out and start his breakfast...not much of a morning person here ;)

Hope - posted on 11/06/2011

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I finished weaning my daughter about three weeks ago. I went about it the same way that you did except that the last feeding I dropped out was the morning feeding. I wanted her to get adjusted to eating dinner and going to bed without any kind of post-dinner snack or bottle. She had no issue. I don't even give her a cup of milk or water to go to bed. She understands dinner, bath, light play, bed. It has worked beautifully. I thought she would be upset when we stopped nursing but she wasn't. The only negative side effect was that for about a week or so she refused to hold her sippy cup. And then she just started using it unassisted fullstop. I definitely miss that quality cuddle time in the morning but I like the freedom of not nursing and that she chooses when we cuddle. When she walks over and climbs up into my lap and snuggles makes my day. I also definitely saw an increase in her appetite when we stopped too. With how mobile she is I can't really imagine nursing her now.

I did suffer a little bit from some mild depression as my hormone levels evened back out but it wasn't lasting.

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