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Breast feeding.

i am trying to stop breast feeding and my doctor told me to just get her to eat solid foods so she doesnt want to breast feed but that doesnt work. i dont know how long it takes to stop but i have 2 months then she will be a year and i have to get a job. so i need to know how to stop breast feeding. i want to stop anywere between 11months and 12 months. what should i do? this is my first baby. and my mom said we all stopped at 11 months because we just didnt want it any more.

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Asked by new_lil_mama at 11:24 PM on Jan. 20, 2009 in General Parenting

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  • try introducing a sippy cup if you havent already. use that to replace one feeding a day. then you can gradually move up from there. but try the sippy and the food, she'll get full and she will brek the habit if you do it gradually

    Answer by Amanduhpanda at 11:26 PM on Jan. 20, 2009

  • Does she take a bottle? What you should do is cut out one feeding and offer a bottle. Then, after a few days cut out another feeding, and keep going until she is weaned. You have to do it slowly or it could be traumatic for her and painful for you.

    Answer by Rebecca7708 at 11:26 PM on Jan. 20, 2009

  • Drop one feeding per week till gone, starting with whichever one she likes least. It will take as many weeks as times she nurses in a day.

    DON"T GO FASTER! Mastitis is no fun.

    Answer by gdiamante at 11:29 PM on Jan. 20, 2009

  • Start by cutting down one breastfeeding session during your day. Usually an afternoon one is easiest. Make sure you stay on top of feeding her food and keeping her hydrated so she wont think about it. If DD got too hungry or thirsty, she would refuse food or a sippy cup.

    When she asks to nurse, give her milk in a cup. Try pumping and giving it to her in a cup instead. Also, teach her the word for cup, water, or milk. When DD asked in the afternoon to nurse, I would say "Go get your cup" and she would go find her cup. She was mostly just thristy.

    Slowly eliminate nursing in the afternoon and then pick the next easiest time. We did afternoon, early evening, bedtime, and we are now working on mornings.

    Good luck!

    Answer by jcsscfam5 at 11:30 PM on Jan. 20, 2009

  • I would skip the bottle and go straight to a cup. Do you have a milk pumped or can you pump some? You could put some in a sippy cup for her. Get her used to sitting down with you for all your meals (just for a few minutes) , plus letting her graze through the day. Are you aware that you can nurse her when you are not working and she can take other foods while you are working? It doesn't have to be all or nothing. You could keep the morning and bedtime nursing and maybe when you get home from work, so you can have that time to both relax and bond after being apart for the day. This way, you can go to work and know she will be ok without nursing but keeping her nursing will help keep her from getting sick if she is at daycare, give her something to eat when she is too sick to eat anything else and give you guys both that cozy time.

    Answer by TanyaR1024 at 8:35 AM on Jan. 21, 2009

  • Since shes under 12 mos, replace one nursing session per week with formula. You don't have to stop because you are going back to work. Lots of moms do formula while they are gone, and still nurse when they are with their baby. Just throwing it out there in case you didn't think of it.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 8:43 AM on Jan. 21, 2009

  • Even if you get a job.........that doesn't mean you need to stop breastfeeding. If your baby likes to BF then you should keep doing it until she doesn't want it anymore. There are tons of health benefits for you and for the baby. Just pump while you are at work and have someone give her bottles while you are gone (daycare, babysitter, hubby, etc) unless you feel this is really whats truly best for you and your baby but working doesn't mean you can't do it.
    good luck.

    Answer by ladysylpher at 6:57 PM on Jan. 21, 2009

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