Weening

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I'm ready to stop breastfeeding, but it's not going well. She fusses until I finally give in. What's the least painful way to quit for me AND my daughter?!?

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She is 8 months, and we introduced formula around 7 months as a supplement while I was at work, but she never really had more than about 4ozs(I'd mix half and half) a day. Now, I am not nursing at all during the day, but at bedtime, night (the eating at night is another problem we are battleing), and early morning is when it is the most horrible. She will not take a bottle at all, even if my husband trys to feed her. She just screams and screams until I finally give in. I'm completely over breastfeeding. I just have gotten to a point where I don't want to do it anymore. She's really cut back on her milk intake (about 24ozs a day) since starting solids, so I think now is the time.

Jessica - posted on 04/11/2009

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there are nipples at walmart for breastfeeding babys thats what i used for both of my kids and it worked.

Meaghan - posted on 04/11/2009

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Can I ask why your stopping?, if you switching to formula, then pumping and mixing it with the formula to get her used to and gradually cutting out one feeding at a time should work.

Melissa - posted on 04/11/2009

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Have someone else give her a bottle, see if you can pump and mix it half and half so she still has that taste and then eventually have it all formula. If you try to feed her she will go for your breast because she knows that you have fed her until now, so by having someone else give her a bottle she doesnt have the choice of your breast!

Stephanie - posted on 04/10/2009

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No matter how much of a fuss she puts up, you really shouldn't give in and breastfeed here again, she will pick up on that, and it will become harder to get her off breast mik.

Heather - posted on 04/09/2009

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Personally I heard that its easier when and im just going by a book here, its easier to pump and get her used tothe bottle and then slowly switch her over to formula. If she really fights you I have also been told that its because they can smell the mothers milk so if the dad or grandparents steps in to feed when she fusses it will make it a slighlty easier transition! Good luck!! My best advice is to check out what to expect in the first year it was a great book for me if I wasnt moving i would and it wasnt packed up already i would quoate it exactly for you but i believe that was the gist of the article. GOOD LUCK!! 2 both of you

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Are you weening her b/c she's getting close to one or is she being switched to formula??Like Lauran said, I started taking one feed out at a time. I think my son  was down to about 4 or 5 times a day once he was 11 1/2 months old. So I took the least important one out first and replaced it with baby food, or graduate snacks. Then I took the second feed down and so on. He adjusted very well until we got to the last one, which was the morning feed, his favorite one. It was emotionally hard on me as well, as I am guessing with you too. B/c you feel bad for taking it away, but I could tell my breast were decreasing in milk as he got close to one. I would say to just take it slow, give her time to adjust. It took me about one month to have him completely weened. Good luck

Lauran - posted on 04/09/2009

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Hi there.  My daughter's 11 months old and I weened her last month.  At the time I chose to start she was at 4 feedings a day.  I took it slow, for her sake and mine.  Every 10 days I would take a feeding away.  30 days later she was completelt weened, and I was feeling fine.  No engorgement.  I think I had to pump a little the second and 4th day after, but since I took it slow, my milk slowed on it's own.  The last time I was at the doctor's they said that it was o.k. to introduce whole milk at 11 months.  As she was getting less feedings from me, I would give her the warm whole milk, and she did fine with the transition.  Good luck!

Ashley - posted on 04/09/2009

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Have you tried to gradualy weaning her? A couple of her feeding try to only use the bottle and others you can do breast. Im not usre how old your daughter is but you could try to introduce some new foods to her diet in place of the breast milk. Hope all goes well.

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