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Weaning breastfed babies

My daughter is one and although we are not weaning yet I have no clue how to start when the time comes! She is sooo dependent on the boob, she would nurse all day if I let her 😩 & she still nurses 6 times a day. I’ll try to redirect her with food or a cup but she knows what she wants. I know it’s a bad habit but it’s the only way I can get her to sleep as well. I tried to night wean but she would cry all night if I refused her boob (CIO does NOT work with her!). I don’t even know how I would get her to sleep without it.

  • Jasmine
    Dec 06

    I’m right there with you my baby will be one year in January and I haven’t tried yet. She also nurses to sleep. I plan to ask my pediatrician how to wean or introduce whole milk. Also I have a book called “precious little sleep” on how to wean nursing to sleep. I haven’t mastered it yet though. Ppl swear by the book!

  • Alejandra
    Dec 06

    I didn’t wean my first till he was 18 months old and I was pregnant with my second. I kinda just kept getting annoyed that he wanted to breasfeed all the time like a newborn and he would bite or just start to play and hitting me so one day I decided to slowly wean him by refusing the breast and offering regular cows milk before bed. We would lay down but he would look for my boobs and I would say no tomorrow in the morning. He cried but eventually went to sleep . Some days he would just not go to sleep without boob and some days he would. Then my husband helped out by putting him to sleep. I basically had to walk away and let my husband handle it.

  • Cassandra
    Dec 06

    My son is 14 months right now and still nurses so much! I’m trying to wean him, night time is rough so I’m sleep training. I sit in his bedroom with him in my rocker while he is in his crib and tell him it’s okay and to go back to sleep. I provide him with a bottle as well with 3% goats milk that he sometimes drinks. And then I’m slowly moving the rocker closer to the door each night when he falls asleep. It definitely takes some time and you might have to ask someone for help. My mom also took him overnight a little while ago so I could try to wean him a bit.

  • Ciarah
    Dec 06

    same here I have no clue what to do it’s so hard and I don’t want to hear him cry

  • Anonymous
    Dec 07

    People used to put cabbage over their breasts to dissuade baby from nursing. Most babies don't like cabbage. Is there any taste or texture she doesn't like?

  • Cassandra
    Dec 07

    Actually from the post above about the cabbage it will completely dry you up, you put it on your breasts to absorb your milk and dry up. I wouldn’t recommend putting cabbage leaves on your breasts unless you want to stop nursing cold turkey.

  • Anonymous
    Dec 07

    @Cassandra - there are no properties in cabbage that will do that. You're mistaking correlation for causation here. The reason why ppl put cabbage on the breast was what I posted above. Consequently, as baby weaned, there were fewer demands on the breast, which stops the feedback loop that causes the mammary glands to produce milk... And therefore women dried up. The cabbage itself will not dry you up.

  • Cassandra
    Dec 07

    @Anonymous actually no I’m not.... my sister just put cabbage on her breasts at night when she didn’t want to nurse anymore. The cabbage absorbed the breastmilk through the night and was soggy in the morning and she did it through the day too and guess what, no more milk. So I’m going to go off of what she said 😁🙃

  • Anonymous
    Dec 08

    @Cassandra - it sounds like what she is describing to you is that she just isnt leaking anymore. It takes more than overnight for mammary glands to complete stop their process. Neither of us can speak to exactly what is going on w your sister, but there must be something else going on then if she is physically unable to produce anymore milk seemingly *overnight*. E.g. there is a supply issue or she is on some other medication she doesnt realize is having an effect (like Sudafed), etc. No one has been able to prove or replicate the cabbage myth in a controlled environment. If you sneeze and a volcano erupts, it doesnt mean sneezing causes volcanic eruptions. :) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/XXX-XXXX2/?i=3&from=/XXX-XXXX5/related https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/XXX-XXXX5/ @Victoria - suggestion for the purpose of your post!! Regardless if you wean baby quickly or slowly, wean yourself from breastfeeding (some small amts of controlled manual expression) gradually so to avoid clogged ducts and discomfort from engorgement. Try to not activate the draw on the breast that signals resupply - ie avoid stimulating the nipple, and face AWAY from the water in the shower. Don't take hot showers if you can avoid it. Sudafed and other decongestants are proven to help. Advil and other NSAIDs can help with swelling and discomfort. Supportive bra with something cold stuffed in will help as well, be it an ice pack, bag of peas from the freezer, or cabbage leaves from the freezer (as the susperstition goes) -- really, anything cold will do. All the best!