How do you go from breastfeeding to no breastfeeding?

Cassie - posted on 02/27/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My son is almost 7 months and would like him to be off the breast by about 9 months. I still want to be able to pump to store. But adventually be done all together by 1 yr.

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Angela - posted on 03/01/2009

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I struggled to get my second daughter to take anything but the breast untill my friend recommended a bottle that worked for me. I like you have tried about 5 different bottles on the market, all i wanted was the odd night out, so expressed and she took this bottle no problems. Here is the website if you want to have a look, www.breastflow.co.uk. I have recommended it to 5 other people and it also worked for them.

I always give water or juice to my daughter at meal times with food, from a Doidy cup which she still uses at 19 months.

Unfortunatly it's just a trial and error with getting babies to do what we would like, they are clever little things and they know what they want.

Krystal - posted on 02/27/2009

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Hi Cassie.



I agree that taking your time is best for baby and you. I too started with the least "needed" sessions first - once my son was eating a good breakfast of solid foods i wouldn't nurse him after he was done eating, and instead offered him a sippy cup. I only took one nursing away every few days until we had adjusted. the last ones to go were before nap and bedtime (i am one of the mommy's who nurse their kids to sleep - to each their own as it worked for me...anyways). The bedtime nursing was definitely the hardest to go. my daugther was ready to give up breastfeeding - but i wasnt! 



it's great that you're planning on pumping up until the one year mark! thats a lot of work! i commend you for that! make sure you keep on eating right and staying hydrated!



does your son take a bottle? you may find that if he's never had one he may not take one! if thats the case, i would recommend just skipping the bottle all together and going straight to a cup - whether its a soft spout, a flexible kid straw sippy, or just a plain old regular top.



so again, just take your time! good luck!

Melinda - posted on 02/27/2009

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Take 1 feeding at a time because if you take more than that your breast will get too full and your baby will not be very happy. I took my time weaning and it was not a bad experience at all. Just do it slowly is the key.

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Janice - posted on 08/31/2011

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By 9 months my daughter was only breastfeeding about 5-6x a day. If your son has never had bottles then it will be very stressful to get him to take them now. My daughter always refused them and we introduced a cup at 4.5 months when we started solids. It took her about a month to take to both. I began weaning at 10 mo. and went from 6 feeds down to 3 (wake-up, nap, bedtime) by 12 mo. by slowly replacing feeds with meals. My doctor okayed whole milk at 11 mo. so she never got formula or a bottle. At twelve mo. I got rid of the nap feed. The am feed ended at 14.5 months and we were 100% done at 17 mo. Overall, I really enjoyed not being tied to breastfeeding all day but having the connection at night. My daughter transitioned very well it was like she hardly noticed what was happening.

Before I was a mom I though BFing an older infant seemed weird but it was so natural to just keep going. Although, I was definitely ready to nurse less as we got closer to a year, continuing to feed her when I did never felt strange.

I guess my best advice is to move slowly and that you may have better luck with a sippy cup than a bottle.

Lynn - posted on 08/31/2011

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My son is 13 months today and I am struggling with weaning him. He drinks from a sippy cup, but not very much and doesn't seem to like whole milk or many juices. He is eating a lot of solids and we have been able to skip most the feedings during the day. Right now giving up the morning feeding is the hardest. Today he was really fussy a couple of hours after his nap and crawled on my lap and kept tapping my breast and trying to lift my shirt up and kept crying. It made me feel so guilty. I kept handing him the sippy cup and he would cry even harder. I know I shouldn't have but I finally just gave in and let him nurse a little. I think I would feel less guilty if I felt like he was drinking more of anything else. Any ideas?

Cassie - posted on 02/28/2009

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I probably only nurse about 5 times a day. I too nurse my little guy pretty much to sleep. I have not had a lot of luck with a bottle. He is really fussy about the nipple. We have tried probably about 5 different kinds. At meal times should I offer a sippy cup with breastmilk in it?

Florence - posted on 02/27/2009

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Colleen, you should know that babies do not need to be weaned intentionally. They do it on their own eventually with no fuss. Breast milk is always healthier than formula, so if your son isn't taking much in solids, you may want to see if over time, he just switches from breast to food.

Colleen - posted on 02/27/2009

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That was a question I was starting to wonder also. My problem is that I never got my son to take a bottle and we just started feeding cereal, but we're not very consistent with it yet. Anybody have any ideas on how I should start weaning? Of course I'm not even sure if I want to wean him completely yet.

Angela - posted on 02/27/2009

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I breastfed both my girls, my first for 9 months and recently my second after 15 months. It's a really hard thing to do if you are really enjoying it, like i did, my second child weaned herself off me. Part of me wasn't ready for her to finish, but i had to let go. I know with my first Chloe, she was dairy intolerant and i was having to cut a lot of my dairy out of my diet which got too much for me, so decided to start weaning her slowly from about 8 months to stoping completely at 9 months. I introduced a bottle of soya in the afternoon instead of breast then slowly cutting the ammount of breast milk every few days untill the last 2 weeks of morning and night, then i woke one morning and decided to go cold turkey and surprisingly my breasts wern't too bad. It took a little determination not to get my boob out when she cried, but my husband was always there to take her. I am now a qualified breastfeeding support councillor, trying to help other mums to breastfeed for as long as they can, you have done brilliantly to get to this point, so if a little guilt is holding you back then don't feel that way, because you have given your child the best start he could possibly have.

Serica - posted on 02/27/2009

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It's really hard but you have to start limiting the times that you do breast feed. Depending on how often you do it, stop doing it at a particular time that he can go without and maybe give him a bottle instead. For my little girl, I would only do it morning, before nap and at night. Soon it was just morning and night. And it took the longest to get her off at night but she was done by her first birthday :).

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