I'm ready to stop breastfeeding and don't know where to start.

Farida - posted on 03/11/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son is going to be 14 months old and I can't get him off my breast.....any advise?

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Anne - posted on 03/20/2010

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Contact the Australian Breast Feeding Association. They have a web site with lots of info. Great job B/F until 14 months. He should be able to drink reasonably well from a cup and can go straight onto cows milk at this age. He is also old enouth to distract but depending on how many , and when he is having B/F you should do it slowly.

Allyson - posted on 03/20/2010

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Have someone else give him the bottle while you are out of the room. If the breast isn't in view sometimes they are more receptive.

Jody - posted on 03/13/2010

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the best way is o cut one feed out at a time the feed u dont give him express and give it to him in a bottle.

Farida - posted on 03/11/2010

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Thanks for the advice. I'm back to work now and only feed him when I get home and when he wakes up in the middle of the night. But I really want him off all the way due to medical reasons.

Allison - posted on 03/11/2010

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Hi! I think gradually is the most emotionally supportive way. I just stopped nursing son after 2 3/4 years, and did it over about 6 months and he didn't seem upset about it at all. You can introduce other, fun and interesting things at times when you usually would nurse. We just slowly dropped one nursing a day over a few months, by reading a story or playing outside instead at that time, and for the last month just did one nursing at night before bed. Then, one day I just said we were going to read books instead of have milk and he said OK!



Definitely cherish these moments when you can be quiet and still with him, because when they start getting independent and running around, you will WISH they would just SIT STILL with you for a minute!!! I am a big fan of extended breastfeeding, because of all the health benefits, and it made my life SO much easier on many occasions, such as calming him down in stressful situations or bonding after I was gone for a few days.

Of course you are the mom and have to do what feels best for you :) But just in case you are stopping because of social pressure, it made me feel good to know that the World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding for at least 2 years, and longer if it works for mom and toddler. Anyway, I just know that not many people do nurse for that long any more in the US, and wanted to throw it out there :) Good luck with your little guy!!!

Naomi - posted on 03/11/2010

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I just found out I was pregnant so I just stoped now she sleeps throughthe night I was scared at first but God had it all work out for good Things are so much easier She is 15 months you can do it

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