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BF weaning tips?

Anonymous

Hi Moms! New mom here. Day 3 of weaning/ no milk from mom. Im kind of in this alone and need any tips/help/advice anyone has. No bedtime feed for over 2 weeks. The last 3 days have had 5-10 minutes crying in the morning but I have stayed strong and my son will eventually take his cereal and milk. So I guess my question is how do we make mornings have less tears and do I need to pump and dump or will I stop producing? Thanks!

  • 2Boys&aDog
    Nov 06

    How old is your son? It seems he is looking to you for comfort/routine. Do you have a specific reason as to why you’re weaning? I’m not trying to say you shouldn’t, I am just curious as to why some moms choose to wean before baby is ready. As far as drying up, I would only pump a tiny bit to relieve the engorgement and eventually your body will just accept that the milk isn’t needed. If you continuously pump and dump your body may think it is in supply and demand mode. Best of luck!

  • Megan
    Nov 06

    We just replaced nursing with snuggles. Sometimes my 14 month old is just grumpy when he wakes and is still a little weepy. We just snuggle it out until it passes. And I just hand expressed if things were uncomfortable, but only had to do that once.

  • Tara
    Nov 06

    I’ve heard that decongestant meds help dry up. And cabbage leaves in your bra cups. Not fully weaned yet, so this is not from personal experience.

  • Anonymous
    Nov 06

    My son is 18 months, 19 months at the end of this month. I wanted to bf to at least a year and then decided to wait on him. And it is total comfort which kills me. Cant stand to see my son cry. But I feel its time. And his full mouth of teeth makes me nervous! Thank you everyone. I am going to try hand expressing. I was worried pumping would make my body keep going.

  • 2Boys&aDog
    Nov 06

    You made it a long time! Great job mama. Snuggles and maybe a soft lovey will help with comfort, distraction helps too. It won’t be long until he totally forgets that part of his life.

  • Megan
    Nov 06

    Hey also, there may be tears, but everyday since I’ve weaned, I’ve been amazed at all the different doors that have opened to bond more deeply with my toddler. Even the tears and the holding DURING weaning was deeply bonding. Reading Janet Landsbury’s books on Respectful Parenting really helped me see crying in a different light. Might help you too 😊