what's some suggestions for weaning 1 yr old?

Becky - posted on 02/12/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )




I am looking for suggestions in weaning my 1 yr old. He has never taken a bottle (refused since day 1) and is now drinking whole milk from a sippy cup during the day. We've gotten into a bad habit of nursing before naps & bedtime. :S He does go down, when really tired, for someone else (without breast feeding) after 15 or so minutes of crying it out. But with me he just cries & cries.

I am wanting to wean him because: 1) hopefully break the bad habit, 2) it's uncomfortable for me with his 3 teeth, 3) get him to sleep through the night without needing a snack (which is something he was doing for about 2 months until last month - when the teeth really started irritating him).

I don't really like letting him cry it out because I'm afraid that he'll wake his brother in the next room and sometimes he will get so upset & awake that he doesn't go back to sleep.

thank you for your suggestions


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Faye - posted on 02/13/2012




Maybe express your milk and place it in the sippy cup for use at nap and bedtime. You say he has been on a sippy cup for a while now, now is the time to switch him over to sippy cup 100% of the time. No breast at all. Sippy cup or nothing at all sometimes is the best way. The crying will last for a bit but in the end you will have to be stronger than he is when it come to this milestone.

Mary Ann - posted on 02/13/2012




hi Beckey... I'm on the same boat with you. i have a 2 year old daughter and she is still breastfeeding till now. I tried to wean her in any way i know how but none of it work. She can't sleep without it, and she still wakes up 1-2 times to breastfed. but i've realize that for my daughter breastfeeding is more like her comfort zone.. it cheers her up when she's frustrated or upset about something. it does make me happy because she's really bonded with me. I know she will wean when she's ready.

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