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mamapajero
Stop Breast Feeding
May 27, 2013 at 4:43 AM

Hello. My baby is 18 months old and i would like to stop breast feeding...any ideas on how to approach this

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  • bad_mama2011
    May 27, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    I had to go cold turkey with my oldest at 2.

  • summerbear
    May 27, 2013 at 9:03 AM
    No help here, my son will be 2 in two months and he still wants to nurse. It doesn't help that we have a 2 week old newborn in the house... I have always let my kids self-wean but this boy is nuts! Lol

    My girls were done nursing before they turned 1.
  • preacherskid
    May 27, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Best way is to drop one feeding per week, starting with the one baby is least attached to.  A gradual weaning like that keeps you from developing blocked ducts or mastitis.

  • illinoismommy83
    May 27, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    We just stopped cold turkey. Not the best way, but its quick. 

  • lauratupper
    May 27, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    bump!

  • Raeann11
    May 27, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    I have always waited till my weaned. But I know the best way is to slowly cut out a feeding. Start with one that baby does not need as much. Sometimes it may take a day or two or a week to get use to that feeding being gone. Really depends on the child and how much the really want that one.

  • emkirkley
    May 27, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    how many times a day do you still nurse? Mine weaned fairly well on her own at 20 months, average age to self wean is between 24 and 30 months for most kids.

  • KylersMom8-16-7
    May 27, 2013 at 10:46 AM
    This!


    Quoting preacherskid:

    Best way is to drop one feeding per week, starting with the one baby is least attached to.  A gradual weaning like that keeps you from developing blocked ducts or mastitis.


  • Turtledoves
    May 27, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Drop one feeding per week. Good luck though, I'm trying to wean my 23 month old (I'm pregnant and it's absolutely killing me!) but she's so reluctant that it's a constant battle. I feel bad for weaning her before she's ready, but I've been having problems for two months now! (DD was nursing 6-8 times even at 21 months old, I dropped her down to 4, and then 3. We're struggling with dropping down to 2)

  • brittany208
    May 27, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    I gradually replaced breastfeedings with bottle feedings, then gradually switched the bottles from pumped breastmilk to whole milk (I mixed them and gradually upped the ratio). worked really easily for us.

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