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Advice on weaning off of the breast? Angie ♥ 1 child; United Kingdom 1548 posts
6th Dec '12

Any advice on weaning off of breast feeding?



My LO is 16 months now. I want to wean gradually so we will probably go for another month but I'm thinking I'd like to stop and have my b**bs back now.



Advice? xx

justanothamotha Due January 20; 130 kids; Climax, Michigan 5120 posts
6th Dec '12

You take it slow & start by dropping the feed she is least likely to miss & work your way backward to the ones you think she is most attached to. If her reaction is good, you can drop one every few days. If she reactes strongly give it a couple more day & let things calm down. Try to avoid going too fast to avoid plugged ducts & upset to her. Just be aware that separation anxiety starts to peak again around this time (likely due to newfound independence & then finding that a bit scary) - so you may see it come out a little stronger if she is really attached to nursing for comfort & has thatremoved from her options. She may be much clingeier for a short bit as weaning (if she isn't ready & willing to giv ei tup on her own) can cause her to react more strongly in other ways.

user banned Due November 26; 1 child; Parkersburg, West Virginia 9548 posts
6th Dec '12

dd is almost 12 months and i would love to extend nurse but idk i just feel like weaning her slowly and then being done at like 16 months or something.

applelove 1 child; auburn, CA, United States 6529 posts
6th Dec '12

What you want your b**bs back? how could you!



Seriously IDK my baby won't give mine back but I have started with step one and that is not offering. Like if the baby is crying and you know b**b will work it out, don't give in. Let them work it out with what ever else they use. A paci or singers or bouncing.

Angie ♥ 1 child; United Kingdom 1548 posts
6th Dec '12
Quoting justanothamotha:" You take it slow & start by dropping the feed she is least likely to miss & work your way backward ... [snip!] ... bit as weaning (if she isn't ready & willing to giv ei tup on her own) can cause her to react more strongly in other ways."


Thank you! We've started this morning, usually I would give her a milk feed whilst she wakes up but I've offered her a beaker of water is instead and she is playing with that... I really do mean playing though :/



I have a bit of a problem with beakers/bottles with her as well.. she has always been exclusively breastfed and when I've tried in the past to bottle feed she never took to it.. now she still doesnt drink properly from them... any advice there? haha. I mostly breast feed now to make sure she is hydrated. :(

Angie ♥ 1 child; United Kingdom 1548 posts
6th Dec '12
Quoting applelove:" What you want your b**bs back? how could you! Seriously IDK my baby won't give mine back but I have ... [snip!] ... know b**b will work it out, don't give in. Let them work it out with what ever else they use. A paci or singers or bouncing."


I know right?! Mean mamma!

user banned Due November 26; 1 child; Parkersburg, West Virginia 9548 posts
6th Dec '12

i have stopped offering unless its major meal time or bedtime

Angie ♥ 1 child; United Kingdom 1548 posts
6th Dec '12
Quoting Sophie's dairy cow:" dd is almost 12 months and i would love to extend nurse but idk i just feel like weaning her slowly and then being done at like 16 months or something. "


I had my goal set at 6 months, then that moved to 12 and now its 18months.. but I am really starting to miss not leaking milk every day lol :/ I won't be able to stop till I'm confident my LO can drink properly from beakers and bottles. Right now she just kind of sips from them but doesnt take big drinks. :(

justanothamotha Due January 20; 130 kids; Climax, Michigan 5120 posts
6th Dec '12
Quoting Angie ♥:" Thank you! We've started this morning, usually I would give her a milk feed whilst she wakes up but ... [snip!] ... she still doesnt drink properly from them... any advice there? haha. I mostly breast feed now to make sure she is hydrated. :("

She'll catch up. try a straw. Both my breastfed babies got straws worked out by 5 months. If she doesn't grasp the concept, put a straw in water or whatever & plug the end with your finger. Then put the bottom in her mouth & remove your finger & let it flow. Then after a few times, start to make her suck the bottom & release it when she sucks. Once she is more actively sucking teh bottom of the plugged straw (should just take 4-5 tries) let her have her own cup. Make sure the straw is short though when you give her one in a cup...because they often give up before the liquid gets to the top if the straw is too long. You need easy pay off. I never used any baby or toddler cups. My kids didn't like them & they are a pain to clean. We have simple cups with snap on lids that fit standard disposable drinking straws. I have a few spills, but rarely & both my kids could do a full open cup without help by 2 & were good about putting it on the table & such.



Also - stay busy - avoid setting down in places she is used to crawling into your lap to nurse. Getting out of the house can be a great way to keep her mind off from it.

Angie ♥ 1 child; United Kingdom 1548 posts
6th Dec '12
Quoting justanothamotha:" She'll catch up. try a straw. Both my breastfed babies got straws worked out by 5 months. If she doesn't ... [snip!] ... she is used to crawling into your lap to nurse. Getting out of the house can be a great way to keep her mind off from it."


Thank you! Sounds like great advice x

applelove 1 child; auburn, CA, United States 6529 posts
6th Dec '12
Quoting justanothamotha:" You take it slow & start by dropping the feed she is least likely to miss & work your way backward ... [snip!] ... bit as weaning (if she isn't ready & willing to giv ei tup on her own) can cause her to react more strongly in other ways."

This is interesting about the separation anxiety. I did not know it came in phases.

user banned Due November 26; 1 child; Parkersburg, West Virginia 9548 posts
7th Dec '12

i didnt use a bottle for water i used a sippy with the silicon spout at 4 months. so luckily she uses a hard spout and i teased her with a juice box and she used a straw yesterday and she takes big gulps. my little bug is getting more and more independent