Weaning from Breastfeeding - Oklahoma City,OK

Updated on April 12, 2009
E.L. asks from Oklahoma City, OK
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Ok my son is about to be 11 month's ,But I'm starting to get worried that I won't hit my dead line of stop breastfeeding by 12 month's .So how should I start right now taking him of the breast . Now he drink's out of a cup so that's not the problem . The problem is that when he take's naps he want to be breastfeed , How can I get him to stop that ?Please help.

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answers from Oklahoma City on

I may sound rude... But what is the rush? Why do we concentrate on schedules and deadlines when we are raising a child??????

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answers from Little Rock on

Is there a reason you have the deadline for 12 months? Or are you just doing b/c that's what everyone suggests you do? My daughter is 14 months old and she is still nursing. She LOVES her "boobie time". I am planning on bfing till she is 2. Good luck and do what you want to do not what everyone else thinks you should do.



answers from Baton Rouge on

I am basically going to agree with everyone else. Why rush to stop. He will wean himself when he is ready. If he is only nursing at nap time then he is nursing for "cuddle time" or comfort as opposed to nutrition. Dont rush it! They are only little for a short period of time and then they dont need you anymore, or so they think. In another year or two he wont want to even be held much. Cherish the time you have now.



answers from Biloxi on

I have no advise for you. Why would you be so strict about a "deadline" . If he is only doing it at nap time I wouldn't be giving that up. Time flies by so fast I would hold onto that. Life is short. Don't be so worried about a deadline. Enjoy him while you can!!!



answers from Fayetteville on


I'd say that, unless you really, really have to, don't wean your son till he's at least two. The reason? They go through so many big changes and it is so stressful in the second year of life that adding weaning - as well as not having the comfort of nursing for the both of you to relax into during the hard days and nights - sounds like just asking for trouble!!

Plus, there is no deadline. In fact the World Health Organization recommends nursing for at least two years. The longer you nurse, the better for your son, so don't worry that there is any detriment to going well past the first year.

No stress! But if you still want to, try this technique suggested by La Leche League: Don't Offer, Don't Refuse. Then, for his naps, remove the nipple before he is totally asleep.

This is the beginning of how to do it. For the rest, read No-Cry Sleep SOlution. It's more about sleep, of course, but the technique you're looking for is exactly that, and right there, and it's easy.

That is, if you really want to give up that super powerful calm-everybody-down tool right before all those changes.... I sure wouldn't! LOL.

Good luck whichever way you decide to take this, and kudos on nursing your son for a year! Feel proud that you've given him such a great start in life.

Oh. For great info on all nursing issues and plenty of weaning advice, go to the official la leche league website, lll.org




answers from Dothan on

I agree with Liev.

I nursed both my children. They were weaned gradually, eventually giving it up on their own. No stress whatsoever for me or them.

They are 10 and 21 now. Time really is short. I really hope you don't have to nurse with a "deadline."




answers from Huntsville on

Is your son on a breastfeeding schedule? When my sone was younger, I let him feed on demand. However, around 9 months or so I put him on a schedule. He was feeding 6 times a day (morning, before nap, after nap, before nap, after nap, and bedtime). Then we cut out one feeding at a time. First I cut out the "before nap" feedings. Just come up with a routine and stick to it. You could give him a little cup of milk before his nap, read a story, then tell him it's time for nap and put him down. It is hard at first but it didn't take my son long to catch on. Once we were down to the 4 feedings, we stuck to that for a little while. Then when I was really ready to be done, we cut out one feeding at a time with 1.5 to 2 weeks in between. I cut out the two "after nap" feedings then the night then the morning. The morning was my son's favorite one. It really didn't take him too long to "get it". Is it possible to have someone else put him down at night or for naps when you are ready to cut out that feeding? It makes it a little easier sometimes. He was done breast feeding by about 13 months. I hope this kind of helps. Good luck!



answers from Little Rock on

My son weaned at about 14 1/2 months. I think I started when he was about 12 months. Just eliminating one feeding at a time with at least a week between, starting with the shortest/his least favorite & keeping the morning feeding (both of our favorites) till the last. His pediatrician advised weaning at about 15 months, so I was shooting for around then. In hindsight, I would have liked to do it longer, but my son actually did the final steps of weaning mostly by himself. He wouldn't nurse for more than 2-3 minutes. He just wanted to get up & play. He eventually even did that with the morning feeding, but we have kept that morning time as a special cuddling time, unless he is just rearing to go first thing. He will actually cuddle me longer than he would nurse when he was weaning. He's 3 now & I'm so happy that he is a cuddler. I still miss the bonding of breastfeeding, though.



answers from Baton Rouge on

I am still nursing my 22 month old daughter. When I started I said it was going to be for 12 months only. When we got to that point I realized she nor I was ready to stop so I didn't. Then I said 18 months and that has come and gone. Now we are coming up on 2 years. & I swore that was going to be it but I am to the point now that I'm not worried about it. She is slowly weaning herself so it will eventually stop. It makes her happy & makes me happy that she is so happy. Why mess with that? Some ppl worry about what others say & some get alot of comments from friends and family. I know I do. But it all boils down to you are her mother & it's noones business but yours. When my little girl isn't nursing anymore I will be fine with it but it won't be because I forced it on her. Send me a message... I would love to chat with you!



answers from Tulsa on

Have you tried a Binky? Maybe you could hold him like you are breast feeding and use the binky. Of course then you'll have to wean him off the binky eventually...

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