H.S. asks from Omaha, NE on January 31, 2008
breastfeeding...start To Wean
Hello...My daughter is 11 months old and I need to start weaning her from breastfeeding. My plan is to do it until she is 12 months old and can drink regular milk. How do I begin to wean her? She does use a sippy cup, but I'm not pumping anymore, so I need to know what to do once she doesn't need formula/breastmilk any longer.
So What Happened?™
Thank you everyone for the advice...I guess I didn't realize that nursing is promoted for up to two years. I think it's hard because it's just not as accepted here as it is in other parts of the world. Which is unfortunate. I'm glad that I have been able to nurse. I have had to nurse my daughter in public recently and it doesn't bother me at all, but I have gotten some looks.
Thanks again for all the great advice.
M.F. answers from Bismarck on February 01, 2008
I see you've gotten some good suggestions already. I would recommend the book "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding" put out by the La Leche League; it has a good section on weaning. Are you asking what to give her in place of the feeding you are eliminating? Tap water (because it's fluorinated), whole milk, diluted juice (all in a sippy cup), or healthy snacks are all options.
M.B. answers from Salt Lake City on January 31, 2008
When they are one they need 16oz of whole milk a day. I would start cutting out one feeding at a time and replacing it as needed with whole milk. Gradually cut out all feedings except right before bed and first feeding of morning. Those are the hardest to wean because it soothes them so much. If she already uses a sippy cup you're way ahead of the game. Most nursing babies will only nurse. You probably won't have much of a problem getting her to switch.
C.T. answers from Boise on February 01, 2008
If your child isn't allergic to soy products, try giving a glass of soy milk (silk plus is a great one to try because it has added omega-3's)in replace of one breastfeeding and slowly increase. By twelve months she will be well on her way. If you have any problems with engourgment put cold cabbage leaves (not lettuce) in your bra, right next to the skin. Don't know why but it stops the milk from coming in. It really works and is commonly suggested to most patients. I actually learned about it in nursing school.
J.W. answers from Salt Lake City on February 04, 2008
I would recommend reading The Whole Soy Story before ever giving a child that young soy milk. It really isn't safe for a child that young.
S.M. answers from Lansing on February 01, 2008
I just weaned my 3 1/2 year old. She was ready. I was ready, so it just happened naturally.
C.S. answers from Kalamazoo on February 01, 2008
I agree with Lisa, that is pretty much how I did it with my son at that same age and it worked very well. Just start slowly eliminating feedings starting with the midday and ending with either the morning or nighttime feeding. My son barely even noticed and it was comfortable for me. You could replace each feeding with either regular milk or a small snack. I was terrified of eliminating that nighttime feeding because I thought it would give him a hard time going to sleep but he was just fine. Good luck!
B.W. answers from Waterloo on January 31, 2008
my son is 11- so it has been awhile but I would recommend you just slowly day by day missing a feeding- so if tomorrow you want to nurse in the morning and skip afternoon and do it in the evening and pretty much just keep on skipping till you feel comfortable- you dont want to get where you are so full that it hurts- just go with the flow and in a month you might just be doing it at night or not at all.
J.C. answers from Casper on January 31, 2008
I agree that you need to take it slow, if you can. I have weaned a couple of children cold turkey and it really bites the big one. I found that, for me, it took about 3-4 days for me to not feel the feeding that we missed. So I would take out a feeding at that interval. And then replace that feeding with one of formula or regular milk. If you take is slow then it won't be as uncomfortable for you and less stressful on her. Good luck.