How did you wean your child from breast feeding?

Rebecca - posted on 06/26/2011 ( 33 moms have responded )

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My son is going to be 1 soon. How did you wean your child from breast feeding?

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Tanya - posted on 07/17/2011

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Just so you know, you can still breastfeed while you work. My second son is 14.5 months, and I have been working 12-hour shifts since he was 6 months old. I pumped at work until he was just over a year old, but now I don't need to anymore. He nurses lots (day and night) when I'm home, and when I'm working, he drinks cow's milk and water, and has a bottle to fall asleep.

If you really WANT to wean, though, the "don't offer, don't refuse" method often works. You can try to offer alternatives to nursing (a drink or food if he wants to nurse for thirst or hunger; a "lovey", cuddle, or pacifier if he wants to nurse for comfort), but if he doesn't accept those, just nurse him. Often if you try to deprive them of something they really want, it just makes them want it more.

Kristi - posted on 06/27/2011

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I just weaned my son about a month ago after his first birthday and all i basically did was replace the feedings with sippys of milk with cuddle time so he still felt that closeness. He didn't take to it right away but i started offering it more throughout the day when he normally wouldn't want to nurse and he now LOVES milk. Cant get enough. I am still kind of producing milk but it takes awhile for them to get full. In my birthing class i was told that putting cabbage in your bra will dry you out quick but i haven't tried it yet because frankly I'm not ready for my boobs to be deflated after being nice and full for so long lol My son is almost 30lbs and 13mo so it was getting very awkward and difficult trying to feed him. Hope this helps!

Tara - posted on 06/27/2011

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I started cutting down one feeding slowly at one year and by 13 mos he was only feeding at bedtime and since he was starting to bite, I told him if he bit me one more time, no more breast. He did and that was it. My daughter weaned herself at 6 mos and my now 3 week old son is such a slow and weak sucker, he is preferring the bottle more that the breast, which is super depressing!

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Is there a reason you have to wean? Or it's just time for you to stop nursing? I'd visit the Breastfeeding Moms board for specific answers.

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Tah - posted on 08/18/2011

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apparently you want to wean now and not later and that is your call. i started introducing the cup. i cut out the after eating feeds etc and gave him a cup of milk in a sippy and it was a pretty smooth transition..best wishes in doing whats right for you and weaning whatever the reason..

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Tamara - posted on 08/18/2011

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My son weaned himself off of the breast at 16 months. If u want to stop then do so hun. You will probably need to offer him a beaker instead of the breast. Good luck!

Jessie - posted on 08/14/2011

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slowly, very slowly. I started weaning around 12 months and stopped by 16 months. slowly stop offering nursing and replacing with other fluids and foods. the one thing I will say is to be watchful introducing new things, turns out my son is intolerant to dairy and we found out during the weaning process. good luck

Heather - posted on 08/10/2011

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why not just let him ween when he is done? unless there is some reason you need to ween him? My first kiddo i weened at 31 mos and it was not fun. My 2nd weened himself at 48 mos and that felt right to me. When he was done he stopped nursing.
Good luck :o)

Patty - posted on 08/08/2011

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I stopped cold turkey when my son was 18 months old. I was 2 weeks away from delivering my next son and I didn't want him to be jealous of his little brother.

Roeshell - posted on 08/04/2011

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my children weaned themselves when they were ready they weaned themselves at 18mths.

Betty H - posted on 08/03/2011

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You start by taking away the session that your baby likes the least. Usually the morning and night feedings go last. Betty H Greenman BS,CLC,IBCLC
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

Petrina - posted on 08/02/2011

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I'd say don't wean unless you and your child is emotionally ready to let go. Nutrients are still good for him from you.
Buy a cheap electric pump and bring milk back for him. He gets food in the day and you can give him milk in the night.
Unless you desperately need to wean if your job disallow pumping, then go ahead. My boy nursed till 3yo. I waited till then cause he's able to understand me better to avoid head-on clash with him during weaning.

Oluwakemi - posted on 07/26/2011

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It was easy weaning my 1st two children but this last one has not been easy i also need help too

Rebecca - posted on 07/25/2011

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I went back to work at 15 months and keep feeding. By that stage my son was breastfeeding and using a sippy cups for liquids. At childcare he ate solids and drank water from the sippy cup and I would feed in the morning and night. There was no need to express milk (given over 1 year) and did not have to wean him. I breastfeed my eldest till she was nearly 4 years (and worked). Having a breastfeed toddler in childcare is great as they seem to sick a lot less the the bottle feed little ones. My son is currently 3 years and still feeding. Doesn't ask for it out anymore as boo boo time is at home for sleep now. So on the way to self weaning.

Kerri - posted on 07/23/2011

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our daughter Jeyda only just recently turned 2 yrs old & would love to wean her. she's on maybe now 3 feeds total, but it's a major comfort. doesn't help either that i'm co sleeping with her...she throws her cup if i or her dad offer it , but will eventally give in if tired enough. i just wish you the best luck & share with us what works for you as it may work for someone else ! good luck & remember we are all in this together

Dayna - posted on 07/15/2011

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all i did was add a bottle to the breast feeding and i gave it to her more each feeding. now since your son is almost 1 add a sippy cup or training bottle add he should adjust to it quickly.

Kyra - posted on 07/12/2011

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I have 4 daughters, i have breastfed all of them, and they weaned at different times. But this is my last child and i wanted to wean her at 2 yrs. I work full time and i have since before the baby. I only feed at night now and I am done, but she is not, she drinks everything from a cup, milk, juice, water and she still wants breastmilk. she prefers it to eating meals and i wont let her breastfeed until she eats her food. Sometimes she will tell me she is tired and wants to breastfeed in the middle of the day, but i wont give in..... and when the sun goes down she will say its night time can she have breastmilk, omg.... i want to stop and i have made some weak attempts at it, i even have it down to only at night, i was hoping i would dry up, no such luck, Each of my other girls did it very differently, my second youngest just stopped, my 3rd youngest stopped when i became pregnant with the other. Now 6 months past the time i wanted to stop, i still allow the evening feedings, she loves it so much, how can i break her heart..... ok so this wasnt very helpful, sorry

Karen - posted on 07/10/2011

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I work fulltime & have nursed 3 kids past a year. If you are around they will not want to nurse.

Julie - posted on 07/10/2011

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slowly there is no rush, once you baby is becoming satisfied with food and sipping water you can give breast milk as well - i am sure you will find that the demand for longer breast feeds will slow down and come to a natural end themselves.

Lindsay - posted on 07/10/2011

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Just Put ur shirt down an give Him a cup that's all it took for my lil boy an he liked it a lot better

Shievannessah - posted on 07/05/2011

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I breastfed my kids 2 years straight,,when hes 2, i started him on a cup,,after 2 days he stopped feeding from me,,plus of course i was telling him that hes no longer a baby, and he must drink his milk from a cup.Both my kids just decided not to feed from me when they become 2 yrs old.They just decided to drink from the cup.

SARAH - posted on 07/05/2011

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My son has been nursing for 20months now and I work full time. It is possible to nurse and work. If weaning is your goal, I've heard you can decrease each session ny minutes and then offer a sippy or bottle at the usual nursing times. Good luck. I hope to have a weaning plan very soon myself!

SARAH - posted on 07/05/2011

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My son has been nursing for 20months now and I work full time. It is possible to nurse and work. If weaning is your goal, I've heard you can decrease each session ny minutes and then offer a sippy or bottle at the usual nursing times. Good luck. I hope to have a weaning plan very soon myself!

Desiree - posted on 07/05/2011

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As each of my four children neared the 11th month, I started expressing my milk and mixing it with soy milk ( they all happened to be allergic to cow milk) first with a 1 to 4 ratio then over the next 4 to 8 weeks I would increase the soy milk by an ounce (depending on the child) and eventually went to full soy milk..

Wumi - posted on 07/05/2011

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Weaned my dauughter off breast milk at iyr but started the process at 11months. I reduced the no. of times I breat fed her and fed her more on food, at 11 months 2weeks she was only breastfeeding at nights, did that till 12months when I stopped. If she gets restless at night I usually wake up to feed her baby food in place of breastmilk. It worked well for me. Good luck to u! :)

Ann Marie - posted on 07/05/2011

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If this is mostly about getting back to work, you can definitely wean your baby during the day and still let them nurse in the evenings and at night. I did that with both of my girls until they were about 18 months old. At that point I was ready to be done with breastfeeding, and it was pretty easy to wean them. When they were around 1 year of age I made a rule that they didn't get to nurse between bedtime and the morning - that was the hardest part, but after a few days they started sleeping through the night, yay! Then a few months later I got them used to going to sleep at night without nursing - just a routine of bathtime, books, prayers, and lullabies, and a bottle of water if they were thirsty. And then later, for the morning nursing time, I would distract them with toys and things. The younger one stopped asking to nurse on her own, and the older one only needed me to say the "nay-nay" was all gone for a few days. It was very gradual and easy (except for the night weaning part).

Just make sure you replace the nursing with lots of snuggles, and make sure you're both ready to be done. There's no rush to lose the after-work/nighttime nursing if you want to keep doing that.

Rebecca - posted on 07/04/2011

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Dalia don't feelweak. It is hard to wean them sometimess. I just start to add a little rice cereal to his baby food at lunch and dinner a little oatmeal cereal with his fruit at beakfast and at night before he goes to bed a just start to feed him the oatmeal cereal with banana flavor then i breastfeed when he needs it. I am prayering that it works. I 'd like to start working again. How about you?

Dalia - posted on 07/04/2011

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i am trying to wean my child from breast feeding coz he stopped eating at all he just wanna milk from me so he started to be contisipated. he is 18 month now but i am feeling very weak infront of him.

Holly - posted on 06/30/2011

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My sons were both weened by about 14 months. The night time feeding was the last to go. My daughter is a bit more challenging. She is 13 months and still nursing 3 times a day, morning, right when I get home from work, and at bed. Want to quit the feeding when I get home from work next, but she is so fussy and seems to want that closeness with Mommy. I'm in no hurry at this point since we have decided this will be our last baby.

Corina - posted on 06/27/2011

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My daughter is 13 months and I have attempted to wean at 12 months. I have successfully weaned her from day and morning feedings and she is currently on nursing twice at night. My tip is to gradually take away one feeding every week. My daughter use to eat every three hours and prefer to breast oppose to solids. So I would offer her a snack and a cup of milk was taken away the feeding..it is very hard to wean if your baby is enjoying feeding..I think self weaning is best. I also wanted to go back to work to which is why I wean the morning and day feedings..she has her first feeding at 11 at night and her second at 3 in the morning..sometimes if she did not eat a snack at night she will want to nurse three times..for me this works good because I can go back to work and she still getting my milk at night. Good Luck!

Faye - posted on 06/27/2011

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My daughter had a cold at the age of 6 months and she weaned herself. My son was 10 months old and he was growing so well that he was getting to heavy to hold to nurse and me be comfortable. I was only feeding twice a day (morning and night) anyway so I just quit offering the night feeding and soon after the morning feeding.

Yes, ideally I would have liked to feed both until one year of age but it was just not practical as I worked full time after each were born.

Rebecca - posted on 06/26/2011

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Well i would like to start looking for work. He eats food but still breastfeds. just wanted to know what to do

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