Weaning my 8 1/2 month old

Catherine - posted on 04/11/2013 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I am a first time mom breastfeeding my 8 1/2 month old daughter. I never produced enough breastmilk so I've had to supplement with formula since she was born. I also have to use a nipple shield to get her to latch. I'm currently only nursing her once a day in the morning, but I feel like she is barely getting any milk. It sometimes sounds like she's sucking air until the milk comes out. Up until this point I have taken away what nursing I could do slowly and at her own pace, and I feel like she is ready to wean off the breast completely. My question is not how to get my daughter to wean; it's more how do I wean my body off nursing? I was thinking of postponing the morning nursing until late morning, then to afternoon, until I can just go cold turkey. Is that a good strategy? My mom nursed me and my sister but she didn't have the problems producing milk like I had.

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Sarah - posted on 04/16/2013

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hi if you still want to wean her of the breast . continuing what your doing is fine. i don't think just stoping is a good idea as that can cause mastitis.( very painful) what helped me was cutting feeds slowly about one per week or two. then when your down to one feed a day cut it to one every other day for about two weeks then one every three days till your at once a week then stop. you should feel a little full but it will soon go down. i hope that helps. i have four children and when i breast fed the first i didn't have a clue. i stopped when i went back to work and i suffered from stopping too quick. believe me it helps if you slowit down. i am also training as a breastfeeding peer supporter so if you want to ask something let me know.

Lilla - posted on 04/16/2013

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When I stopped bf, my daughter was only nursing in the evening and only from one breast. She self weaned and was ready for it so I just stopped. I tried a lot of things to help my milk dry up faster (sage tea and peppermint tea did nothing for me), and the best if you don't pump any out, and don't get tempted to put baby on it when it's painful. After two-three days, I was so uncomfortable, I put my lo on, but it meant I had to start all over again. It was painful for two weeks, and what helped me was using cabbage leaves and used a tigh bra (I tried wrapping them, but that wasn't for me). I hope this helps.

Deanna - posted on 04/14/2013

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Since she gets very little, she should be easy to take completely off.
I have the same problem as you, never produce enough. You should be able to just stop. When it starts to get uncomfortable, express enough to take the pressure off. Eventually it will just stop.
Hope this helps :)

Sarah - posted on 04/12/2013

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i'm sorry you had problems with milk supply. i feel that you may have had poor advice from the start. as it can take up to a week or more for your milk to come in when you start you may not of had any problems with milk supply. probably using formula and the nipple shield caused the problem. it may be quite hard for your baby to latch on with the shield so maybe thats why it seems that not much is coming out. but you might be suprised how much your baby gets from that one feed. maybe not in quantity but quality. the special stuff that only comes from you. theres no hurry to stop. the pretection from sickness will continue as long as your feeding

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Since she is already on the bottle it won't be much of a change. My daughter went cold turkey and it didn't hurt her at all. She was ready and did herself too. I produced tons of milk so I hurt for about 2 weeks afterwards and I imagine that you won't have that problem since you din't have much milk anyway. Hope it goes ok for you. I supplemented from 3 months on since I was also working and didn't have time to stop and feed her every 2 1/2 hrs for an hour. Sounds like it will be a very easy transition for you.

Dove - posted on 04/11/2013

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If you are just nursing once a day... cold turkey shouldn't be any problem at all. You might get a little full and uncomfortable, but it shouldn't last long and if it bothers you... hand expressing in the shower just enough to take the 'edge' off is fine. I did that after weaning all of my kids and within a few days/a week I had no discomfort whatsoever.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/11/2013

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It doesn't matter if you switch the times around honestly. Any nipple stimulation at any time is going to produce milk. So stopping cold turkey may be the way.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/11/2013

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Cold turkey is fine. Especially if you are only feeding once daily anyhow. If you are not producing enough milk, you still may get engorged, but you should be fine. It is often uncomfortable, that is just the life of a breastfeeding mom that is weening.

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