Weaning off breastmilk, need suggestions.

Amy - posted on 02/09/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I'm planning on weaning my son off breast milk in a couple months and I'm trying to figure out what the best way to make my milk dry up with as little pain as possible. Does anyone have experience and wouldn't mind telling me what they did?

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I'm currently doing this. I am steadily replacing a breastfeed with one formula feed. So my body gets used to missing the 1 feed. When I have adjusted to that, (takes about 2-3 days for me), I then drop another breastfeed and replace it with formula, but you need to make sure it's the same feeds at the same time of the day. I dropped his bedtime feed first and replaced it with a formula one. He sleeps longer at night now too. Steadily miss a few feeds and replace them with formula and then when you stop altogether the reflux won't be as bad.
Alternatively you can wait till he is on solids, he won't be taking as much milk then. But milk still needs to be their main diet till about 6 mths, hence why I opted for formula feeds. Hope this helps x

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Lisa - posted on 01/19/2014

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Martha Miranda, your response is both patronising and ignorant. 'I hope that you at least make it to the full year and that you are completely certain that weaing is what is best for you and your baby'. Whose business is it? If I make it to one month breastfeeding or don't, doesn't make me less of a good mother. You're response is both idiotic and divisive. Good for you for breastfeeding your child until 5 years old. (I'm being sarcastic).

Lisa - posted on 01/19/2014

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You're response is a bit patronising and judgemental. "I hope that you at least make it to the full year and that you are completely certain that weaning is what is best for you and your baby'. Who are you to ask that? Idiot.

Amy - posted on 02/10/2010

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Thanks for your help Sarah! That's very helpful! My son as been taking breastmilk from a bottle since he was 3 months old, and he's now almost 10 months. He was too busy to take it directly from me, so I've been pumping it. Crazy time consuming, but it's been worth it. Cold-turkey is definitely not what I want to do, I had enough trouble with engorgement when my milk came in, it was horrible. Anyway, I would like to start weaning him off starting at a year old, or so. Your suggestion is very helpful!

Amy - posted on 02/10/2010

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Thanks! My son is almost a year old, so he is almost ready to be safely and healthfully off of it. I was just wanting to know the best way stop milk production, with as little pain as possible, I wasn't planning on cold turkey, that would hurt. Thanks for you help though.

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Oh and just to add - My baby has transferred from the breast to bottle perfectly. He is happy and very content. He takes more from the bottle in one feed than he ever did when I fed him myself. I now have more time to play with him and he is developing a good routine. So don't be worried about upsetting your baby when weaning. I still feel a very strong bond with my child while feeding him a bottle. He is thriving. P.S He is only 3 mths xx

Martha - posted on 02/09/2010

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I hope that you at least make it to the full year and that you are completely certain that weaning is what is best for you and your baby. Just remember that breastfeeding NEVER loses it's nutritional value or benefits. With that said, if you are still going to wean your baby, do it gradually. I believe its cut one feeding a week or so. If you just stop cold turkey, it can be hard on the baby having that comfort taken right away from him know what i mean? ALSO just stopping can and probably will cause engorgment, mastis and can lead to infections of clogged ducts, ect. for you. Which would not be fun. If you do it gradually, you're body will slowly make less and less milk. As far as drying up completely, that depends on your body. Some moms still produce up to a year after completely being weaned. Some moms dry up in a couple of weeks. There are things that help with that too though. http://www.kellymom.com/bf/weaning/how_w...

Thats a better step by step guide on how to make the transition as easy as possible.

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