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weaning from breastfeeding loving little luna 1 child; Stavanger, Norway 835 posts
14th Jun '13

my daughter is turning 6 months old in less than 2 weeks. we will be starting her on solids using the BLW route.



i would like to wean around 1 year old. how does weaning work? like...what do i do? i'd like to know what i have to look forward to because it's stressing me out thinking i'll be breastfeeding until she goes to college lol



pumping isn't much of an option. i have a lipase issue and my milk tastes HORRIBLE if refrigerated or frozen/defrosted. any pumped milk has to be used at room temperature within 5ish hours.



thanks :)

7 blessings so far.... Due February 3; 6 kids; Glen Burnie, Maryland 8799 posts
14th Jun '13

No iformation you get on weaning w/be 100% correct for you & your child because all babies react differently to weaning. Either the child transitions to a cup/bottle w/another liquid in it or they don't. Start w/the cup now w/breastmilk or alittle water in it to let the child pratcie w/the sippy cup......
Bedtime nursing is usually the hardest to stop and can cause major trantrums. During the day its usually easier to redirect the childs attention . Of course at a yr old their attention span isn't very long .

loving little luna 1 child; Stavanger, Norway 835 posts
14th Jun '13
Quoting 6 blessings so far....:" No iformation you get on weaning w/be 100% correct for you & your child because all babies react ... [snip!] ... the day its usually easier to redirect the childs attention . Of course at a yr old their attention span isn't very long ."

thanks! i know no information will be 100% correct for us BUT i just need an idea of how it works.



i'd like to gradually wean her, not cut her off cold turkey. so from what i understand, i'm supposed to slowly cut out feedings. i'll be offering her water (or maybe a bit of expressed breastmilk) from a cup when we start BLW.

Elle&Cole 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Rio Rancho, NM, United States 25070 posts
status 14th Jun '13

I wouldn't force the weaning process. If you're going to be gone at school just encourage more solids and water/milk and then offer boob when you're home. I hate it when moms say they're going to wean at a year. Lol...like why a year? They're still babies and want boobies!




Eta if you're really stressed about her breastfeeding forever...don't be! Once they hit a year (ish) most babies won't nurse as often. I'm still nursing dd at 20 months but she'll go all day without nursing if she's busy and were out and about. I promise they don't nurse forever! Just wait until she's a year and you'll know what I mean

loving little luna 1 child; Stavanger, Norway 835 posts
14th Jun '13
Quoting Elliot Grace's Mama:" I wouldn't force the weaning process. If you're going to be gone at school just encourage more solids ... [snip!] ... she's busy and were out and about. I promise they don't nurse forever! Just wait until she's a year and you'll know what I mean"

the ONLY reasons i'm saying a year is: 1. that's the suggested limit, and with a dairy intolerance, it's really difficult. i've managed to be dairy free for 3 months but slip up every once in a while (why the hell do they put milk in hot dogs?!) and i HATE seeing her pay for it :( 2. there's NO support here for nursing past 1. it's unheard of. i've mentioned it to my doctor, LO's doctor, my MIL, SIL, etc. and i've gotten looks like i'm a 3 headed dog.



i'm a stay at home mom for now but in january, i will be gone for 4 hours everyday taking norwegian language classes.

Melissa 1 child; Michigan 1411 posts
14th Jun '13
Quoting loving little luna:" the ONLY reasons i'm saying a year is: 1. that's the suggested limit, and with a dairy intolerance, it's ... [snip!] ... dog. i'm a stay at home mom for now but in january, i will be gone for 4 hours everyday taking norwegian language classes."

Breastfeeding past a year is natural, normal. Sure, it might be unheard of where you are from, but it doesn't make it any less natural and beneficial for your baby. Do what you feel comfortable with, don't worry about what others think! 4 hours everyday isn't that long, my 9 month old breastfeeds every 4 hours usually.

loving little luna 1 child; Stavanger, Norway 835 posts
14th Jun '13
Quoting Mel♥Claire:" Breastfeeding past a year is natural, normal. Sure, it might be unheard of where you are from, but it ... [snip!] ... with, don't worry about what others think! 4 hours everyday isn't that long, my 9 month old breastfeeds every 4 hours usually."

is your LO on solids? i mentioned we haven't started solids yet (9 days to go!) and my daughter nurses EVERY SINGLE FREAKING HOUR :( i literally have to run around the house to do stuff before she gets hungry again :/ hoping that changes with solids.



i am interested in nursing past a year...but the whole dairy thing is really difficult. i can do it...it just really sucks when i REALLY want something with dairy in it. small amounts seem to be okay with my LO though :)

Melissa 1 child; Michigan 1411 posts
14th Jun '13
Quoting loving little luna:" is your LO on solids? i mentioned we haven't started solids yet (9 days to go!) and my daughter nurses ... [snip!] ... do it...it just really sucks when i REALLY want something with dairy in it. small amounts seem to be okay with my LO though :)"

yes she is, you have a while before you even have to worry about weaning! It will be ok, my daughter used to nurse every forty five minutes or less...so basically she never STOPPED nursing. I wanted to pull my hair our sometimes but it's much better now. She nurses about three times during the day and makes up for it at night. I wouldn't worry about weaning now anyway or about solids! Give it time :)