How do you stop breast feeding?

Rasha - posted on 10/25/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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I've been breast feeding for 3 months and I want to stop after 6 or 7 months, because I want to start working again. I afraid my baby wont want to eat anything besides my milk...

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Viviane - posted on 10/25/2009

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If you have enough breast milk to pump and freeze. You can pump at work and put it in the freezer that's depending your work type. Breeast milk lasts 6 months in deep freezer and 3 in the fridge freezer.

What I did is I started mixing both, baby formula and breast feeding; for e.g. early feeding breast milk, formula during the day and then breastfeeding at night. With time since you are not getting the gland working you won't have enough brestmilk and you will stop feeling the soreness in your breast. it will be uncomfrotable that's for sure. If you get too much in pain you can do the hot water massage or pump a bit just to release the tension.

Avis - posted on 10/27/2009

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Glad to be of help. I nursed my older son until he was 4, my middle son until 3 and my last son 18 months. Don't worry your baby will eat. Take care.

Denise - posted on 10/25/2009

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you dont have to stop breastfeeding totally at first, you can what we call pump and dump. Which is purchasing a breast pump and sterile bottles with silicon nipples stage one for straight milk or two for adding cereal. breast milk is alot healthier and much cheaper outside of purchasing the pump which if you shop around can find good deals . But if you just want to stop totally you should start weining her atleast a month before you go back to work. First you want to try giving her the bottle for some of her feedings to get used to the bottle she may not like it at first but keep trying. you may want to start with 1 during the day and then maybe 1 in the evening. If youre going to use formula try about every 2nd feeding she may spit some up because of the change in taste but dont give up keep at it but also be careful babies stomachs can be sensitive to certain formulas. ive always had great outcomes with good start. never had any problems. the key to weining your baby is have patience and dont give up, eventually theyll get used to it. good luck and your baby is beautiful.

Sarah - posted on 10/25/2009

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it's hard to transition the baby before they are ready on their own. Typically around 9-12 months (basically when they are eating a lot of table and baby food, and gaining their own sense of self) is when they will begin to stop on their own. However since you want to stop (I was the same way) it's a gradual process. Start now giving your baby a bottle with formula (unless you plan on pumping after you stop breast-feeding... I tried and failed miserably... went to formula after a few weeks, but everyone is different). Try different bottles and different formulas to see which your baby is responding to best. I would suggest alternating between the two, bottles and the breast, for the next few months, or start this process closer to when you want to quit. Although from personal experience the earlier you introduce the bottle the quicker your baby will take it. It's a bit hard at first, knowing they are getting what you can give them from something else, but try to ignore those feelings and just remember YOU are their mommy and nothing can replace that!! Good luck!

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Jaime - posted on 11/30/2009

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their are bottles that are similar to the breast nipple. talk to your doctor about which oneyou should get, but its ok to do thaT

Trish - posted on 10/28/2009

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I slowly weaned my baby by replacing one breastfeed with a formula feed every week leaving the night feeds to last my baby had no problems converting to bottle and dont let any one force u to do oneor the other i am back at work full time and formula works for me so do whats best in yr mind.

Amy - posted on 10/27/2009

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I always did both breast and formula and only nursed for about 3 months. towards the end I would nurse like only 2 times a day and then bottle feed the rest of the time. and then went to once a day and then stopped nursing all together and I was never sore when I stopped. Both of my boys never had a problem. I think because I also used a bottle.

Kayleen - posted on 10/27/2009

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You could pump at work and then use the milk from that to supplement your baby. My little one had no problems accepting formula when I had to make the switch. I pumped and bottle fed so she really knew no different. As far as the drying up process, after 9 months my body was struggling to produce enough milk (even with supplements) so when I did stop pumping a bit at a time, it only took me 3 days to basically dry up with no engorgement or pain.



At 6-7 months you will be introducing solid foods as well so a bottle and formula are just a new thing to get used to. If you can pump some breast milk and mix it into the formula for the transistion it might not be too hard for your little one. Easier on their tummy too. Just take it slowly and do what feels right for you.

Avis - posted on 10/27/2009

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When you are ready to stop, you can wean your baby from the breast. Your milk is supply and demand. Your baby will take the bottle if you have been preparing him.

while I breast fed I gave my children water in a bottle, so they weren't afraid of it or shocked when they saw it. I used a NUK nipple and my kids were fine with it. I nursed for quite a while, and I enjoyed it and so did they.

Kristen - posted on 10/26/2009

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I was in a simular situation and the biggest transition in my experiencee was th bottle. I s your baby already on a bottle? If not thats the first step to get them use to the bottle if he/she is already use to the bottle great if not slowly introduce it with your milk and that also gives others a chance to feed the baby too. Once you get the bottle thing down then find a formula that works with your babies tummy(this can be a pain) Nestle good start worked for both my boys and neither had trouble transitioning.

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I started mixing two ounces of each so she could start getting used to the formula and then I would still nurse once or twice a day. And give her the bottle for the rest of the time. And when you decide to stop do it slowly. even if you have to still pump a little . Don't just quit suddenly. You'll be in a lot of pain and it can cause infections and blocked ducts which are extremely painful.

Tsema - posted on 10/26/2009

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agree with those who asked u to xpress, but if u want to stop totally, you just stop, a friend suggested leaving the baby somewhere overnight. it was really hard 4 me cos i stopped when he was 1 plus cos i cldnt stand his crying whenever i refused to breastfeed but the truth is when u r ready to stop JUST STOP SUDDENLY.

Alicia - posted on 10/26/2009

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I supplement my baby with formula once a day so that he can get use to it! I am also going back to wrk in a few weeks and The daycare I am going to send him to do not allow breastmilk so I will have to send formula but still breast milk at home. Just watch out for nipple confusion! I don't have that problem as my son is getting breastmilk but trough a bottle - I've been using a electrical pump since he was 1week. I am still going te feed him breastmilk at home...

Jamie - posted on 10/26/2009

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you don't have to stop because of work, but that is your decision you can alwyas pump and store in the freezer. But i would mix the bottles starting 3 parts breast milk 1 part formula and as she gets used to that began half and half and so forth. but as for you so you dont engorge in pain, you can either stop all together and just deal with the pain for a few days, or gradually. by this i mean if shes eating every three hours, begin bottle feedings and pump every 4 hours the next day and gradually go every 5 hours and so on and so on so your not engorging and not in pain and your supply will lower. good luck

Melissa - posted on 10/26/2009

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Did you ever consider pumping? I breast fed my son until he was a year. Then I went one more month to ween him off. I would nurse when he woke up in the morning and when he went to bed. In between, he had whole milk. After a month of doing that, He just went on whole milk all the time. Good luck!!

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