weaning??? she is now 7 months old when should i start??

Monique - posted on 01/12/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My daughter is now 7months oold and everyone is asking me why i still breastfeed and telling me i dont need a 2year old hanging off me... so when do i stop or how do i stop??? she refuses to take a bottle with breast milk or formula...

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Don't let anyone feel like you SHOULD wean anytime before you and/or your baby is ready. It's a very individual, personal matter and you have to make that decision for yourself. Or even let your baby make it for you. I have chosen to let my son wean when he is ready. I don't think there's anything wrong with a 2 year old nursing. I think it's great actually. My son is almost 13 months and every baby is different. If he weans in a month fine (though I'll miss it very much) if he goes till 2 or 3, that's fine too. Please just do whatever you're comfortable with.

Kim - posted on 01/12/2010

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All my kids self weaned. After a year/18 months or so you don't have to nurse in public they can take a cup of milk or something by then but there is no reason to stop at home. My first self weaned at 18 months to the day, my 2nd 16 months, and my 3rd was 22 months. And they say it is better to breastfeed for 2 yrs if possible, don't let others make you stop.

Alisha - posted on 01/12/2010

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Stop when your ready! One year is great. Good for you to still be brest feeding. 7 months is a long way from 2. Keep giving that baby what she needs. tell folks to leave you alone. If you want to be polite tell them you will cross that bridge when a year has passed.

Nicole - posted on 01/12/2010

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You are awesome for breastfeeding your baby! Do not stop! Some women find themselves feeling guilty for not doing it longer, so they knock you to make themselves feel better. Keep giving your baby whats best!

Jessica - posted on 01/12/2010

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At 7 months you dont even need to think about weaning , unless YOU want to!!! Dont let anyone's opinion about beastfeeding make you do something you or your daughter are not ready for. My son also refused a bottle. Breastfeeding is the best thing for your child and if she needs it there is no reason to wean!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sheila - posted on 01/12/2010

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7 mths is exellent you will no when you want to quit dont do it anytime before that or you will fell guilty go until you are satisfied

Genevieve - posted on 01/12/2010

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You are the answer! It all depends if you NEED or WANT to wean her. If you don't I would say continue on with breastfeeding. My son just turned 2 and he nurses before nap and bed time. If you need to do it though, you should start gradually, you need to cut one session at a time. By example if she nurses for "snack time" you can cut that one out and offer her a bottle or a snack if she is interested in food. Just keep on until her next feed would be due, for example lunch time. After 2-3 days when she doesn't cry or ask for it anymore then you can cut another one. By example the afternoon one. So one and so forth. I would keep the morning and before bed one for the last ones to cut out. And if you are comfortable you can keep those 2 ones. Hope that helps :)

Angie - posted on 01/12/2010

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Do you want to stop or are you tired of everyone giving you a hard time? The longer your breastfeed the healthier your child. If you want to stop, you should ask a friend, family member or spouse to starting doing the feeding. When it is getting close to feeding time, fill a bottle with breast milk, give it to your friend, spouse or family member and leave the room. If you need to, go the store. It will be hard, but this is how I got my daughter weened. And by the way, Stop when YOU want to. Not when everyone thinks you should, only you know what is good for your child. Also, once your child is drinking from the bottle, slowly (you) start giving the bottle and when you do that start to mix the formula with the breast milk and slowly add less breast milk and more formula. Take your time and don't rush. It is a weening for both of you. Good Luck :)

Shayna - posted on 01/12/2010

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You are just fine. They say it's good to do it for at least a year! you can try a sippy cup with milk or water. If she were 2,3,4 yes, but 7 months? People need to leave you alone!

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hi my son is 8 mths old try starting your daughter with a beaker of breast milk and see how it goes no baby is the same so try everything and stop breast feeding when you feel ready x

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