weaning suggestions

Lauren - posted on 02/27/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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i need help weaning my 14 month old. she is not wanting to take milk at all. she uses a sippy cup for water and juice and she hasn't ever used bottles. Any help would be appreciated.

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Amanda - posted on 02/27/2009

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I have a son who will be 2 on sunday he is still breastfeeding, but he mostly uses me a a human pacifer. i have tried weaning  and it doesn't work so i am gonna let him self wean.

Amanda - posted on 02/27/2009

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Quoting Dana:

Hi Lauren,

A friend of mine had the same problem with her two children. My suggestion is to mention it to your pediatrician. Hers told her that if the children wouldn't drink milk, it was ok as long as they received enough calcium and vitamin d from other sources like yogurt and cheese. It is frustrating when they wont wean easy, but her not having the milk right now, shouldn't hurt her. You can also try watering down the milk to make it more like breast milk and see if she will take it that way.



Why would you water down the milk to make it more like breastmilk???  My milk is never watery unless the baby or young child is getting only the foremilk which contains more water.  Maybe the child doesn't like the taste of cowsmilk because humans are and were never meant to drink another mammals milk!  I would overall make sure that you want to actually wean your child and it is of the utmost importance to you.  Why are you weaning is it just that you feel that you are done or you feel the child has grown to old to nurse?  Sometimes women feel pressure from others like close family or friends to wean when babys and young children have always been meant to nurse at the mothers' breast until they were able to take the step and not need it anymore and then they wean on their own.  I have never weaned a child totally yet, but I have heard that abrupt weaning can cause insecurities if the  child is not truly ready to wean from the breast.  If the child is showing high resistance to your efforts to wean your child might just not be ready to wean. 



 



If you feel deeply that you must wean anyways, I would definately suggest take it slow over a few weeks and replace the nursing sessions with lots of hugs and cuddles.  There will definately be a lot of crying from the child and upset if they are not ready to wean and that is why you should make sure you are definately ready and doing the best thing for you and your child.  I have to say that I did choose child led weaning and my oldest and youngest are both still nursing but they have cut down their nursing sessions gradually as they have gotten older and seem to be adjusting very nicely to the decrease in nursing sessions. 



Please think it through and if you read you might want to check out some breastfeeding books on weaning.  Those books have great suggestions to making it a much easier transition for you both!

Rafaela - posted on 02/27/2009

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Oh, and my kid is lactose intolerant, and does not like milk at all!! but the doctor says it's ok as long as he eats yogurt and cheese (and he loves love loves those, so i wouldn't worry much)

Rafaela - posted on 02/27/2009

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What I did, was getting by baby used to the bottle first and foremost, do that by feeding him his juice or water in a bottle sometimes, or if he just doesn't like the bottle, go with a sipi.... if the baby is not into milk, especially for the night feeding, have him drink a bit of juice or water at the time you would ussually feed him last....
The thing with weaning (when the baby has never been bottle fed), is that probaly the baby is used to almost falling asleep in your arms while feeding at night.... if so... at first, feed him that last bottle of juice or water while in your arms.... eventually, and this is the hard part for some, you'll just have to put him in bed with a bottle of water for the night, and that is that.... mine cried for 10 minutes the first day, for 30 minutes the second day, and for 10 minutes again on the third day, but after that, he forgot about the breast and the falling asleep in my arms...

Melinda - posted on 02/27/2009

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My advice is do it very slowly.I breastfed for 20 months but 10 of those I was weaning. It was not hard at all. In fact it was simpler than I thought. I gave her whole milk in a sippi cup and gradually took one feeding away at a time. Eventually it was just given to her to go to sleep and then I took that away as well. It didn't bother her one bit. Take your time and do what you feel is right for your baby. Don't even set a goal for when you want to finish. Just do as you feel is best for you and your child. Hope this helps

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Are you nursing? If so most babies will wean themselves if you give them time, unless you just want to quit cold turkey. I nursed my son till he was 22 months old. You might try flavoring the milk with a small amount of chocolate or strawberry syrup. It wont hurt or spoil, but it worked great for my son and after a few months he started drinking milk fine.

Amber - posted on 02/27/2009

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Hi. I am still nursing my 14 month old, I am planning to nurse until 18 months because of the immune benefits, but I have gotten a lot of help when talking about weaning. She hates plain milk, but she loves vanilla milk. You can look up recipes online, or you can buy the Horizon Organic vanilla milk, it comes in little boxes. You can also try mixing your breastmilk with the cow's milk to try to get her used to it. This didn't work for me though. However, her doctor says as long as she is drinking water and juice, and has some servings of dairy every day she will be just fine. She has yogurt every morning, and cheese at some point every day. So don't worry if your baby won't drink milk yet. I hope this helps!

Dana - posted on 02/27/2009

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Hi Lauren,



A friend of mine had the same problem with her two children. My suggestion is to mention it to your pediatrician. Hers told her that if the children wouldn't drink milk, it was ok as long as they received enough calcium and vitamin d from other sources like yogurt and cheese. It is frustrating when they wont wean easy, but her not having the milk right now, shouldn't hurt her. You can also try watering down the milk to make it more like breast milk and see if she will take it that way.

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