How do i ween my 6 month old from breastfeeding?

Lydia - posted on 07/20/2011 ( 16 moms have responded )

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He wont take formula at all and wont go to sleep unless my nipples in his mouth.

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Delia - posted on 07/26/2011

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Natalie, there's an even tougher crowd of worldwide research scientists. You might benefit from reading what they have to say. The " I did it and they turned out perfectly fine" doesn't specify much qualitatively or quantitatively.



If you're going with anecdotal evidence, I'll add mine. 5 children with 5 varying amounts of formula ingested from 0% formula to 100% formula and all points in between. Present ages are 4, 7, 21, 25, and 27 years of age. All but one are intelligent, one is very creative musically, all are alive, good looking with no present diseases. You could call that a complete success story, right? WRONG. It's SO interesting reviewing their health histories. There's almost a one to one correspondence with the amount of formula ingested and the number and severity of ear infections. Then you have the issue of allergies. Same thing. The more formula, the more sickness. The more breastmilk ingested, the healthier with the 100% breastfed wining hands down both in health and intelligence.



I'm not a right winger. I'm a mother, a nurse, and I'm informed.

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Rebecca - posted on 07/27/2011

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I second Delia's response/experience. I have 3 children (20 years, 12 years and 3 years) the middle child only breastfeed till 9 months (due to work pressures) but my other 2 till over 3 years (just morning and night post 12 months) and I noticed the difference in health records as well as general resistance to colds and flu even at late primary school/late teens stage. All three were in childcare from 12 months on. There is definite benefits if able to keep breastfeeding. But sometimes hard with Western culturally pressures in respect of breastfeeding.

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It's against community guidelines to recommend weaning under 12 months unless for medical reasons. Maybe if she would come back and explain WHY she wants/needs to wean she might get different answers, but just to ask in general about weaning a 6 month old... not going to happen from anyone wanting to follow the communities guidelines.

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What a tough crowd! Do all of you right winged breastfeeders realize that not everyone is ABLE to breastfeed for an entire year or so, if that at all? I have many friends and relatives who were unable to breastfeed and their babies are PERFECTLY healthy and happy. Lydia, cut yourself a break! Try weaning slowly by replacing one breastfeeding session with a bottle. Try having dad or someone else give your baby the bottle when you are out of the room. After a few days, baby will catch on. Then you can move on to two bottles a day, and so on. I have done this and am now only breastfeeding in morning and at night. Good luck, and remember to do what is comfortable for you and your baby!

Delia - posted on 07/25/2011

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The American Academy of Pediatricians recommends you breastfeed for a minimum of 12 months, and with good reason.
* Your babies immune system will continue to be strengthened by your breastmilk on into the toddler years - something stagnant formula NEVER will do.
* No cows milk before 12 months, and formula, whether derived from cows or soybeans, introduces allergens.

I remember thinking "Ohhhhhhhhhh, if I could just have one undisturbed night of sleep. I'm sick of this baby nursing throughout the night!". Of course they all weaned, and it's just a "remember when" story now. One side benefit of babies who are breastfed on demand, going to sleep with your nipples in their mouth, is they often never develop the habit of thumb sucking.

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Smart baby. :) He's perfectly normal. I'm sure it gets tiring and frustrating at times, but he's doing what he was designed to do and your breasts are doing what THEY were designed to do.

It won't always be this way. Some day you will have a toddler or preschooler who is refusing to settle down and go to bed and you will long for the days when all you had to do was stick your boob in his mouth and he'd be out like a light.

Hang in there mama! This doesn't last forever.

Phelicia - posted on 07/24/2011

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Don't. He needs the comfort of mom and the nutrient of bm. Formula stinks,tastes nasty and comes out of a stiff, yucky nipple. I wouldn't drink it either. It is like the difference between eating whipped cream and preferred milk. Babies do not develop mature immune systems for several years, and need your antibodies. I cannot tell you how glad I was as a parent when my daughter caught the flu as a toddler but was still able to digest my milk and recovered quickly and easily because I was patient and kept at it.

Holly Janelle - posted on 07/24/2011

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I have stuck a pacifier in my daughters mouth when she isn't asleep just yet but almost there and she doesn't notice the difference because of being so tired, but I would try that to get yourself a little space. I don't personally believe I'm the cry it out method. At such a young age they don't understand that we are right there in the next room. They are in panic mode when they are crying and don't hear and see us they need to comforted by the fact we are very near and will be there if they need us here is a link from kellymom that I think you should read: http://www.kellymom.com/parenting/self-e...

Heather - posted on 07/23/2011

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Why is this a problem? You don't need to wean him. At night, try a pacifier or let him cry a little after you put him to bed. It's not going to hurt him to fuss a little bit every so often. Is he sleeping in his own bed, in his own room?

Holly Janelle - posted on 07/21/2011

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If you think are having supply issues you can order fenugreek(a natural drug that has helped lactating mothers for centuries) from lactationconnection.com and go to the search bar and type it in on the right hand side. It's only $7 a bottle Which is an awesome price and they have the safest herbs for our babies and us. I eat oatmeal in the am, drink plenty of water and eat at least 1800 calories a day and she is a chubby healthy baby! Again good luck to you and your precious boy :)

Olivia - posted on 07/20/2011

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Is it a problem for you? Listen to your child he knows what he needs. My daughter is 18 months and sometimes she just falls asleep in my arms but most nights I nurse her to sleep then remove myself like I always have I personally never let her pacifier all night. Breastfeeding is beneficial to a baby till 3 years of age. Most wean naturally you can gradually help the process but solid food at 6 months till 12 months is only to develop their taste buds and is not beneficial till after a year. In my opinion unless it is a huge problem for you keep giving him what he wants and needs, and especially don't replace it with formula. If you must pump your milk and give it to him in bottles. If you just can't produce enough milk any more and BF hurts or something contact a lactation consultant for help. Good luck

Elizabeth - posted on 07/20/2011

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Have you tried pumping and offering breast milk in a bottle for bed time? My lo was the same way and it was a struggle, but eventually she went to bed without the nips. Maybe try to rearrange your bedtime schedule. I figured out with mine that she really wanted a story before bed, so I did bath, breast feeding, then story. Don't get me wrong, it's not like it worked like magic immediately, but she came around to it :) I hope you find something that works!

Holly Janelle - posted on 07/20/2011

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I'm not trying to be rude but why would you want to do that?! Your giving him what he needs the milk that was made ESPECIALLY for him. Why would you want to take that away from him? You can't just stick it out 6 more months? Share that special time with him you'll never get this special bonding time back. Don't give up on him. He's trying to tell you mommy I want YOU, mommy I prefer YOU, please don't make me put something in my body that I don't want. Formula hurts their digestive system, screws with their digestive tract and natural balance. Don't take it away from him you've come this far. My daughter is 4 months and has to fall asleep with my nipple in her mouth but the way I look at it is. It's not going to last forever eventually I'll wish I had this sweet/close time we are spending together back and I'm doing the very very best for her and it makes her happy and that's all I care about. I'm not trying to press my views or be hurtful I just think that you should really think about it before you make your decision. I wish you the best of luck! X

Ania - posted on 07/20/2011

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Well, he is a baby an that's what BF babies do usually. It is normal behavior. When he gets older and ready and you will notice when he is ready, my boy was at 10 months...I fed him and I started putting him down awake. Your breast is not creating the sleeping problem, but at this age he is going again through some rough changes in his body, brain that is why he needs you so much. I would not wean him. Be patient. It will be fine and it won't last forever,

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