Posted in Breastfeeding, Toddlers
Anonymous

My son just turned a year old and I want to ween him off of breast feeding. How do I do so?

  • Samantha
    Dec 03

    Bottle feeding. Start with a mam or tommy tippee for like breast nipples then switch to soft sippee cups. He doesn't need to be weened of breast milk until he's well established with baby food. We had bottles before down and drinks with baby food.

  • Vianel
    Dec 03

    Start by not breastfeeding as much. Take away 1 breast feeding session 😁. 1 year old can hold a sippy cup. You can pump or they can also be given regular milk. Feed him as much food as possible so he gets full. I stopped breast feeding my son at 15month.

  • Anonymous
    Dec 03

    He drinks out of a cup with a straw already. He eats all day but still wants to breastfeed

  • Samantha
    Dec 03

    He needs to be able to hold the cups himself. He might be taking comfort in breastfeeding which is him just taking comfort in you. Try giving him that smells strongly like the two of you while introducing bottles , like today's shirt.

  • Anonymous
    Dec 03

    He holds the cups himself he doesn’t like bottles. Will try the shirt suggestion.

  • Samantha
    Dec 03

    Have you introduced baby food? I had to get my son on formula after giving him breast milk in a bottle, after he stopped getting what flavors I was eating it was easier to just breastfeed him twice at night and in the morning "nightfeeding" if the sun was up I have him a bottle after his morning feed. When I felt ready I started giving him a bottle at night for bed and then the breast after the bottle intended more for comfort to go to sleep. Does your son use a pacifier?

  • Elizabeth
    Dec 04

    I had to stop cold turkey . Plus we switched to whole milk. When I was nursing my son wouldn't even drink pumped milk. It was hard to stop and he cried some but drank whole milk when he got hungry.

  • C D
    Dec 04

    I had the same comfort attachment when I weaned my daughter at 1.5 years (when I knew she had enough table food to be full without my milk). I would definitely go slowly and gradually reduce feedings to make the transition easier on the both of you. Slowly weaning also helps with engorgment as your body stops it’s supply. In the end, she just laid on my chest (without nursing) at bedtime (so having your scent is real).

  • Iris
    Dec 04

    I tried to wean at 12 months and failed. :) We ended up going until 19 months.

  • Anonymous
    Dec 04

    Thank you all for suggestions. I’m due time we will get weened

  • Aje
    Dec 04

    My son also never took a bottle and he just breastfeeds because he likes it. I gradually reduced dropping a feeding at a time. Once I got him used to regular milk I was able to ditch the last day feeding I had. The nap time nursing session was eliminated by making sure he had a good snack about half an hour before nap. That way I knew he didn’t feel hungry. I had to find another way to help him fall asleep. I still cuddled him like I would have if he were getting nursed after a few days he accepted it. Then later in the day he usually asks for “Mimi” and I say are you thirsty? Moms going to get you a nice glass of milk and I make sure I stand up and keep busy for a little after I give him the cup so he has time to drink and get satisfied. If I sit down he’ll jump to my lap right away and ditch the cup and ask again for Mimi. Instead of nursing he spends time in my lap with books. I think they miss the mommy time more than anything. I’m still struggling with the before bed feeding but being as it doesn’t interfere with my day I’m fine with it for a little while longer. I’m slowly trying to separate it from sleep time which I feel will help me eliminate the feeding later.

  • Lindsay
    Monday

    At 12 mo we made the rule only at first wake up, naps and bedtime (then overnight cause my babe is a dreadful sleeper), then in a couple weeks we dropped first this am feed, then naps, then bed time and just recently dropped the over nights (little is currently 15mo and we started this process at 12). As long as baby is getting plenty of food during the day and some source of fluids (mine is a fiend for whole milk) you should be able to offer an alternative. I will say wearing something higher neckline and maybe with a tighter bra so my little couldn’t go digging around down my shirt herself made a big difference! She would get more angry when I’d say no if she could see them 👀