Any weaning advice?

Misti - posted on 09/26/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I plan to start weaning my daughter when she turns one, which is now only about a month away. She nurses after every meal and before bed and has started lifting my shirt and pressing her face into my chest, so I know she definitely knows what they are for. lol I am wondering if any of you moms out there have advice on the best way to go about weaning. Do I switch to bottles, then wean her from bottles? Or do I just wean her from all of it? Are bottles still ok, or should she only have cups? This is my first child so I have no idea where to start. I know her Dr. will help us, but I want to know what other moms have done. Thanks for the help!! :0)

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Lois - posted on 09/26/2009

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Misti: Great job for nursing! It is the best and I am glad you were able to do that. I weaned my daughters starting at about nine months and finished them completely at the age of one. I used breast milk in a sippy cup to fill in for daytime meals removing one feeding a week. Then I switched to whole milk during the day and stopped the nightime feeding a week later. It was a gradual process taking roughly 3 months but I think it could be done in a month. The one daughter has no idea of a bottle since I tried giving her that and she refused, if your daughter does not take to the idea of a sippy cup try the bottle, but it is not necessary.

Carolyn - posted on 09/26/2009

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I agree no bottle, my doctor told me they can also contribute to problems with teeth ect. When my kids went onto sipper cups I still gave it to them on my lap held close to me and (if you don't already do it) read her a story while she drinks. I've found it a great habit to form for "our time" that can continue through thier childhood

User - posted on 09/26/2009

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Hi Misti! I was in your shoes 4 times so I can totally relate! I have done all the above and my biggest advice is NO bottles. Then your child has to be weaned twice! The best way for me was to go very slowly. Spend a few months with only nursing at nap and bed time. This is the most important time for your baby to feel relaxed and loved. Dont focus so much on the 1 year mark, many moms go for much longer and what a wonderful gift for your child! My children were all nursed well past a year and are all very healthy normal adults! Enjoy this time, you will miss it!! Good luck!

Danielle - posted on 09/26/2009

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My first child I started replacing feeds with bottles. She took the bottle pretty happily especially after food etc. My second child didn't seem to like the bottle so I just gave him a cup with a spout and we was pretty happy. It depends on the child and also what you want to do. It is very tempting to stick to the bottle as it seems so much more relaxing then just offering a cup. I remember talking to the health nurse about it after I put my first child on the bottle and she said that by 1 yr old they don't really need so much milk as they are getting it from their food. I now have a third child and when she is ready I will probably just offer her a cup and make sure she is having yogurt and cheese etc. It is a lot less hassle then a bottle as yes I did have to end up weaning my first child off the bottle and move to the cup eventually. I hope that helps!

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Misti - posted on 09/26/2009

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Quoting Melissa:

Hi Misti! I was in your shoes 4 times so I can totally relate! I have done all the above and my biggest advice is NO bottles. Then your child has to be weaned twice! The best way for me was to go very slowly. Spend a few months with only nursing at nap and bed time. This is the most important time for your baby to feel relaxed and loved. Dont focus so much on the 1 year mark, many moms go for much longer and what a wonderful gift for your child! My children were all nursed well past a year and are all very healthy normal adults! Enjoy this time, you will miss it!! Good luck!



The only reason I am looking at 1 year as a stopping point is because I need to get back on my medication. As it is I quit taking it for a year just so I could nurse her. I would love to nurse her longer, but I HAVE to get back on my medicine and it isn't safe when nursing. Thank you for the advice on going slow and about naptime and bedtime. I was more concerned about taking away that closeness we have when she nurses than taking away the milk itself, and you reminded me of the two most important times. I really appreciate it!! Thanks!! :0)

Oh, and I am enjoying this time very much!! I know I will miss it alot!!

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