How to Wean from Breastfeeding

  1. Sage says:

    I’m childfree, so I don’t know the first thing about babies or weaning. But my sister just had her first baby, so this is likely to be useful info for her. Actually, I think she’ll really enjoy reading your blog, so I’m sending her the link and maybe you’ll get a new follower 🙂

  2. This is such helpful information. Weaning your child can be so difficult and stressful, and you never know if what you’re going through is what every other mom has experienced. I always loved using Avent products when my kids were younger.

  3. Clara says:

    I’m sure nursing Moms going through this will appreciate the tips. Weaning can be difficult.

  4. Annalee says:

    Hey. Could you give me an example of what your day looks like, wake at what time, naps at what time, food t what time?
    Thanks.

  5. rika says:

    Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures! I breastfed both my kids and used Philips Avent when i was unable to breastfed tham. Great product!

  6. krystal says:

    I was very lucky that my son would take whatever was in front of him as a little one. We used Phillips products from time to time and they were reliable. It’s always a stressful time for new mamas to decide what is best for their kid!

  7. Valerie says:

    It helps when the munchkins are cooperative. I’ve seen kids nurse for a few weeks up until 3 years old. I think the biting and bleeding is the worst part. Beautiful pics and a sweet baby. Congrats and Merry Christmas

  8. Elvira B. says:

    My daughter is 14 months and I’m desperate to ween her off. I want my boobies back! I’m hesitant about replacing my milk with cows milk or formula. Is there another way? Also, she wakes up several times a night and only the boob calms her & she falls right back to sleep. If I stop BF will she not wake up as frequent during the night? I miss my sleep lol and forgot to mention she had been sleeping with me for almost 2 months. I put her in her bed, which is still in our room, and when she wakes up at odd hours I just bring her into bed with me so hubby is in spare room. I miss him too! Haha .. I try not to do it but she wakes up so easily when I put her in her bed so to keep my sanity I just have her sleep with me. Help!

    • Alyce says:

      I’m in the same boat, my little one is 13months wakes several times a night and is in my bed. Plus she won’t take a bottle so struggling big time. I miss my sleep and hope that once she is on cows milk she will sleep through the night, as like you my little one uses me to fall back asleep as she can’t self settle. Good luck and hopefully we will both be sleeping again soon. ????

      • Al says:

        I really really think the answer here is establishing some sleep habits and boundaries first that fit your family. Doing that will allow you the space you crave. Then you can tackle weaning as you see fit. I’ve seen tons of moms establish better sleep patterns and the babe weans shortly after on their own. This transition is so smooth bc baby no longer needs the extra support to offset the lack of sleep and they have matured past the boob = sleep mechanism of a newborn. You’ll see a whole new side of your baby (and yourself) once sleep patterns are in the right place for your family!

  9. Reigan says:

    Hi!

    I have been following you/ reading your posts for awhile now! It’s crazy because I have a daughter named Ellie too! She is 12 months now and we are having a hard time weaning her. My husband doesn’t want me to stop breastfeeding so he’s not too much help, but I am READY. She won’t take a bottle (she never has) so that’s the hardest part. She has never taken a bottle and since I work from home it’s her and I pretty much every day. Do you have any other tips or suggestions? Thanks in advance!

    Reigan

    • Alyce says:

      This sounds like me, my little one is 13 months and won’t/never taken a bottle and struggling to wean her off. Plus I also work from home so have the same issue. Good luck and I hope we both can manage to wean the little ones. ????

  10. Ashley says:

    When you say you replaced a feeding with bottle, is that of pumped breastmilk or formula/cows milk? Does it matter which you use if it’s in the bottle? We aren’t at the weaning point yet but I’m clueless how to tackle it when we are there so thanks for posting this!!

  11. Lynnette says:

    Omg I’m currently tandem nursing my 2 year old and 10 week old!!!! I need to wean my toddler. Help!!!

    • Al says:

      Hang in there!!!! I did this too and it felt crazy with a fresh 2yo and newborn. But man my first just needed that relationship so much and now that he’s 4.5 I see that. I was really grateful to have nursing in my tool kit to connect with my two yo before a tantrum even started. He is a high energy emotional guy and gets MAD now at 4.5 but we never saw tantrums from him EVER until after he stopped nursing at 3yr and 4 mo. For you asthe ten mo naps longer the tandem nursing declines significantly and stops. My older one still remember tandem nursing with my second and I honestly think that was the beginning of their bond, they would hold hands smile and giggle, it was beyond special. I’d say you’re probably almost at the point that tandem could stop if you make space for both and boundaries for the 2 yo, thats old enough to understand patience and waiting with help from mama!! Being the oldest requires that type of behavior anyway so better they learn it now.

  12. Jen says:

    I understand not wanting to nurse anymore for freedom etc, but cannot understand why you would wean just to replace it with formula. Obviously this is just my opinion but if I never have to use formula I will be elated.

  13. Al says:

    I guess I don’t understand why people wean just bc. To preface I’m not a crunchy hippie, attachment parent or SAHM that you might expect to be behind this, I’m a FT corporate job, Mom of 3. When I was pregnant with my first I prepared by learning about weaning and then stepped back and asked why? Obviously there are significant reasons like work schedules, medication, etc but I think a lot of people wean bc they think they are supposed to (I did! So truly I hold no judgement, I think we as a society of mothers who statistically, probably were not breastfed by our mothers just don’t know) and just like you would never let anyone pressure in to parenting a certain way you should never let anyone pressure you to weaning. Fast forward…my first nursed until 3 years 4 months bc I let him lead but my second finished at around 18 mo 100% on her own. I tandem nursed the first two and am currently nursing the third until he decides he’s done (while pregnant). All kids need different parenting tactics, weaning included. If you’re googling the interwebs looking for advice and weaning is hard it’s probably not right in your child’s phase of life. I guess I would suggest we try not to make this a thing, another parenting “skill” we pick up like sleep training or potty training, rather let baby led weaning (yes that concept includes breast milk too) or self weaning take precedent.

  14. Jeanne says:

    Thanks for the weaning advice! My girl is almost 10 months, but eats & drinks most everything we put in front of her. Going to start weaning around 12 mo. She never liked a bottle, but it doesn’t matter bc she likes hard and soft sippy cups. Try one of those before y’all get stressed about your little ones not taking a bottle. It’ll be ok, mommas!

  15. ChElsea says:

    Im really struGglIng weanIng. Can you offer personsonal advice?

  16. BroOke says:

    What do your nap/night times look like? My boy likes to comfort nurse to sleep, and i dont know how to get him to eat without nursing. Any advice?

  17. Lauren says:

    So my sweet baby girl jUst turned 1, how can a small number seem so big?!? I have only nursed her and i am trying to offer her a bottle or cup and she will have none of it. She drinks water from a straw Cup but when i Put milk/breastmilk in It she spits it out. AnY tips to get a one year old to drink from a bottle?

  18. Stephanie says:

    Im ready to wean my almost 19 month old .. he nurses monring, nap , night!!
    He does really nurse that long its totally just a habit but When are Weaning do you give a little for that whole week that yOu wean that nap time feed or do you just cold turkeY ?? I just want it to be smooth!!
    Please help!!
    Thank you

  19. Alyse says:

    Hi,
    I love all of The Information You give! I am starting to wean my 16 month old. CuRreNtly, he still Bf in the morning and before bed. He recently started passing up the morning so i am starting with stopping that first. However, during the day he drinks cold cows milk from a sippy cup. Should i give him a warm bottLe before bed when i wean him off the before bed bf? Im confuSed on how to wean him off the bf before bed – – wondering if i should give him something to replace that or just put him to bed without anything? Hes not used to having bottles anymore so that’s why im confused on what to do. Thank you for your Insight!

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