What is the easiest way to get your child off Breastfeeding!!??

Jen - posted on 11/18/2008 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My Daughter is very stubborn. She will only go to bed at night now if I will Breastfeed her. I need to know the best and easiest way to figure this out! So anybody with input let me know! Thanks! Jen

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How old is your baby? If there's a reason you must wean before your daughter is ready (letting her decide on her own would be child-led weaning; this usually doesn't occur until 18 months at the earliest. The AAP recommends a minimum of one year of nursing, while the WHO recommends a minimum of two years.), you'll want to be very gradual and gentle so as not to make it traumatic for her.

http://www.kellymom.com/bf/weaning/index...

This is a good link full of TONS of information on weaning - how it happens, tips for making it easier, etc.

Mari - posted on 11/19/2008

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Hi! I breastfed my boy for 6 months with no bottles to help out. The easiest way I found was to introduce a bottle once a day for a few days and then 2 bottles again for a few days ect. As soon as he was used to getting a bottle, I made sure to get him quite hungry just before bed time for a couple of days and then gave him a bottle - obviously he was so hungry he took it without any probs. Try this. Hopefully it will do the trick.

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Mari

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Jennifer - posted on 11/23/2008

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Try giving her breastmilk in a bottle first and then change to formula. I would use a wide nipple. My daughter likes the Avent bottles. When you swith to formula keep her bottles warm. when I had to dry up it was EXTREMELY painful! I had to wear a sports bra at all times, except to shower. I even bound myself during the day. Good luck!!

Rhonda - posted on 11/19/2008

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Try and introduce a bottle with formula if she is still at that stage where she needs it. If she doesn't want to go to bed until she's fed, that should do the trick, because it will fill her up faster. If she is getting too old for both the breast and formula, try a little milk, juice or water. I stopped breastfeeding my daughter when she was 4 months old because when I went back to work, my husband didn't feel that the milk I had worked so HARD to pump was enough for her. So he had started giving her bottles of formula without my knowledge when I was working. When I came home to feed her, she didn't want it anymore. Whallah!! No more breastfeeding. I stopped breastfeeding my son when he was 2 months old, because I didn't want the same thing to happen to him, so we just started him on the formula before I went back to work. But if your daughter is older than that, it might be a little harder. Hope you get the help you are looking for. And Good luck!

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I think the best way is to decrease the time gradually until she's getting just a minute or two. At that point it should be easier to stop. Try it and see if it works.

Ricarda - posted on 11/18/2008

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First thing I sugest put on a good bra and be ready to leak. If your child can use a sippy cup during the day give her a cup if she'd rather be hungry try her on a wide nipple bottle I found the playtex lined nursers worked the best for my daughter.

User - posted on 11/18/2008

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When I stopped breastfeeding my kids I didn't want to take any of the drugs from the doctor to dry up my milk. I looked in a natural herb book and discovered that if I drank sage tea my milk would slowly dry up. You have to buy the whole natural dried herb (you can get it at a health food store), just steep it in boiling water and drink two cups a day. It is still safe to nurse your baby while you take it and as you're milk dries up you can start to introduce other foods to your child.

User - posted on 11/18/2008

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how old is she? If she's under a year the obvious answer is a bottle. Otherwise, Try having someone else put her to bed. I've heard of just putting her down in her room and letting her cry it out (i've done it a few times but not too fond of it), or try offering something else. Say something like "do you want to nurse or do you want _____" just make sure that it is something she would prefer. it works best for us to have my husband put her to bed. She doesn't fuss near as much as me putting her down and refusing to nurse. I've also heard that telling them that "mommy's boobies need to sleep too or are sleeping" something to that affect. Depending on the kids understanding it may or may not work. (didnt for us but was highly recommended from others i'd spoken to about the same thing.

Vickie - posted on 11/18/2008

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I have breastfed 4 kids and weaned them all and on grandchild (I didn't breastfeed him but his mom brought him to me to get thru the weaning) and the easiest thing I know to sugget is to wean using the farmers almanac. Look in it for the days it says to wean baby animals. It is by the moon. Don't even try until the days it suggests. Then keep a sippy cup by the bed for if she wakes up. Within 24 hours you will be all done! it works

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