How to stop breastfeeding my 9 month old?!

Christina - posted on 06/02/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 9 months old, I'm a stay at home mom so breastfeeding has gone great! But I am ready to be done! She has other plans, though! Here is where most of the problem lies- she needs to nurse to fall asleep. Whether it's a nap or bedtime. She won't sleep no matter WHAT I do unless she nurses first. This has never been a problem for me but id like to go out someday without leaving her hungry! Lol. Also she won't take a bottle or sippy cup of breast milk (she WILL drink water or juice from a sippy, just not breast milk). We have tried having dad give her bottle but still nothing. Also won't take a pacifier.
Any helpful tips are appreciated.
(Oh and I refuse to use the cry it out method!)

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Ishvisahaani - posted on 06/10/2014

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Stage one: let your baby finish a full breastfeed, then offer her a small portion of food. Encourage her to experiment with flavors and textures. She'll still get most of her nourishment from breast milk.
Stage two: once your baby is eating well, which you will know when you see changes in her poo, you can switch things around. At some mealtimes, try offering food before you breastfeed her. Then you can start offering something to eat before every breastfeed.
Stage three: offer your baby water in a soft-spouted beaker, instead of a breastfeed.

Lori - posted on 06/08/2014

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I don't really have a good suggestion for you… but I do sympathize. My 2nd wouldn't take a bottle or cup of breast milk ever. Even well past her first birthday. She'd drink a bit of water or juice from a cup… but not milk. I'd either plan my outings around her nursing, or as she got older, have her eat solid food while I was out and then nurse her again when I got home. I didn't go out in the evenings until past her 2nd birthday. I did make it a point to go out during the day though. We do need adult time, and time with our friends, and time to ourselves. And it's very difficult to get that time when you have a baby. So take it in short spurts, and remember she won't be a baby for all that much longer.

Ishvisahaani - posted on 06/04/2014

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Offer her a bottle in the evening after her regular feeding to get her used to the nipple.

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