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Weening my son off the breast

Amanda - posted on 03/23/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My son is about to turn a year old. I know that the doctor is going to want to switch him to fresh milk after he turns a year but he's only been breastfeed and he refuses a bottle. I can't even store breast milk, warm later and give him in a bottle cause he refuses it. Has anyone gone through this? Am I in for a rough road? Any suggestions on weening him?

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Jenn - posted on 03/24/2010

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My little guy also refused to take a bottle. We breastfed until he was 18 months, but I found that at around 12 months he would also take cow's milk from a sippy cup quite happily. Actually, we started out with an adult cup and gradually moved him to the sippy. If you're happy breastfeeding I think it's great to keep going. Good luck!

Jacky - posted on 03/23/2010

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i agree, dont do it unless you want to. they now say to breastfeed up to two yrs anyway. You can still give him whole milk and nurse him too.
good luck!
Jacky

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Celeste - posted on 03/23/2010

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Do you *want* to wean him? There is no reason to wean him if you don't want to.

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Lyndie - posted on 03/28/2010

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That is exactly how my daughter was! It is not necessary to switch to cows milk when they turn 1. My daughter was 17 monthe when she decided to wean herself and I had/still have to give her childrens yogurt with vit D and calcium because she still refuses to drink cows milk. I'd say if you made it this far, keep going, it is not hurting either of you, breast milk is still healthy for a baby over 1 year.

Jenn - posted on 03/28/2010

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Daniela, sorry it took so long to reply. I nursed my little guy until he was 18 months. It was nice for both of us to continue when I went back to work. I missed him probably more than he missed me, and it was really nice to have our mommy & baby time. You should be just fine to continue nursing whenever it's best for you -- it's really all about what you feel is best for you and your little one. :)

Kara - posted on 03/27/2010

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Great question! My son is only 9 months but he refuses everything but Nursing. I'v been thinking about weening him alot lately and I just get nervous. He will drink water and juice out of a sippie cup but nothing else.

Layla - posted on 03/27/2010

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there is no "reason" to wean your son. he is stll getting super nutrition and antibodies from your breastmilk. much more than he would get from formula or regular cows milk.
I was lucky enough to nurse my daughter until she was 3 (no bottles) and my son until he was 26 months old (also no bottles) neither liked the bottle. you'll notice as he gets older and he eats more solid foods that his nursing will slowly decrease anyway until he is only nursing a few times a day.
good luck!

Carrie - posted on 03/27/2010

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My daughter will be 15 months old the 6 th of april her doctors told me to breastfeed as long as I could and try an nubby sippy cup it has a wide soft top it kinda feels like the breast and when you give him cows milk try a little ovaltine mixed in the milk like a tsp. it works wonders!! I have no suggestions on weening my oldest was 2 when I weened her but she had been drinkin the cows milk for a year so she was no trouble weening now my little one is not so easy her doctor said when she is ready then she'll give no trouble to ween!!

Stephanie - posted on 03/27/2010

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At this stage of breastfeeding, your milk is made on demand when your little one wants to feed. It's not made continously and stored in the breast. You should find that you can go for long periods (during work and overnight) quite easily and comfortably without getting engorged like in the earlier stages of breastfeeding. I say if you want to continue with just a night feed before bed you should, I'm sure baby will love the closeness after being apart from you all day. It may make the transition easier on you too! Good luck, I'll be dealing with this in a few months myself.

Jenna - posted on 03/26/2010

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Daniela - I also have decreased my nursing with my son. (It usually took only a day or two for my breasts to adjust and I have had no problem with still producing milk - even once a day.) We have done it fairly gradually - dropped a nursing time here and there until we now nurse only in the mornings. He nurses much better in the mornings than at night, even though I had planned the bedtime feeding to be the last to go. We're planning to wean very soon (he'll be one in two weeks) mostly because he has a mouth full of teeth and bites to get the milk to let down each time. I'm also pregnant with Baby #2 and due in about 3 months. I love breastfeeding, and I know that I'll miss it with my son, but I also want to give myself a little break before the baby's born. Also, I tend to have some contractions while I nurse and I don't want that to continue as we get closer to my due date. Hope this helps.

Daniela - posted on 03/26/2010

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I agree with you Jenn...i think i may still nurse for his bedtime feeds (cause i wont have time in the morning)...I am still not sure about how my breasts will adjust...doing it cold turkey or having to pump which i wont have time at work during his other feeds?? How long did you nurse for??

Jenn - posted on 03/26/2010

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Daniela, I still nursed mornings and nights when I went back to work. I think your body will just natually adjust to give you the milk you need for fewer feedings. At least it did for me - I didn't find that I had any problems, and I think it was a comfort to my little one to have that nursing time with all the changes going back to work brought. It might be less stressful than trying to rush weaning. Good luck!

Daniela - posted on 03/26/2010

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I have the same dilemma!! I am going back to work in about 6 weeks (my baby will be one yrs) and i am not sure how to do this...I still want to nurse before he goes to bed at night ( currently i am feeding 3 times a day, morning, late afternoon, bedtime)..But i think i should just cut it off altogether, since i probaby wont produce enough milk to give him at bedtime. I have not tried cow's milk in a sippy cup yet, but he does drink water from it...So not sure how to do this, since i only have a short time left to stop breastfeeding. Any other people in this situation??

Amanda - posted on 03/26/2010

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Thanks everyone. I think I will continue to breastfeed. I enjoy the mommy and son time.

Beck - posted on 03/24/2010

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I agree with the other ladies. Also, dont stess re bottles. My bub is nearly 13mths and has 4 bfeeds a days. If he is fussy with the feed (and only has a little) or I am away at the time of a usual feed he has cows milk from a sipper cup. I think the benifits of bfeeding for as long as possible means that weaning should only occur when bub is ready.

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