what can I do to wean my 14 month old off of breastmilk??!! and he is addicted to it!!

Luisa - posted on 03/27/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )




I have a 14 month old son and he still breastfeeds.. sometimes (almost every night) he wakes up in the middle of the night and the only thing that can calm him is the breast.. I blame myself for sleeping with him because I am in college and i am so exahusted at night that I just dont have the patience so I just pull the breast out and he stays calm.. he takes bottles but not at night and during the day i have to kinda fight with him and sometimes he takes them and sometimes he doesnt. I tried to cut all of the daily nursing times and just do it at night and after the semester was over I could cut the night ones, but it is so hard because he pulls my shirt down and bangs at my chest and he looks so desperate and sometimes he cries just because he wants to nurse... I couldnt do it and now were back to one daily nursing (sometimes 2) and at night.. I dont know what to do.. is he just gonna stop one day?? I dont want to cause malnutrition because he needs to drink more cow's milk now... also he is a very independent and sociable boy but I have heard that sleeping with mom and breastfeeding too long could actually hurt him ( kinda psychologically) in the future.. is this true? I am just worried because hes so addicted to it, I dont know if ill have the strenght to completely eliminate it!!


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Leslie - posted on 03/28/2011




Will he take it from a sippy or bottle? If it is more of a he likes the taste better than cow milk, you could try what I did which was to mix pumped breast milk with fortified vanilla soy milk (it is sweet like breast milk). Then I started adding in whole milk and less breast milk till I phased out breast milk all together. Then I phased out the soy milk for regular whole milk.

If it is a comfort issue, then I can't help. You may want to talk to your son's doctor's office for suggestions as well.

Good luck!

Stifler's - posted on 03/27/2011




It won't hurt him psychologically in the future! WHO recommends breastfeeding until 2. Some kids sleep with their parents longer than that and are just fine. Do whatever YOU want to do and you think is best for your kid.

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