If you're not going to let the child wean when they feel ready, then the best way is to drop one feeding per week until done. If baby is under 12 mos old, instead of dropping one feeding per week, you replace one nursing session per week with formula. If baby is older then 12 mos, you can substitute a beverage, a meal, a snuggle, or just drop the session. This way it is a bit easier on both your baby and your body. Cold turkey can cause problems. Not everyone wants to let their child lead the weaning process. Personally, I do feel that child led weaning is the best for everyone involved, but when it's not going to happen, this method can be a close second. Or, if baby is older then 12 mos, you can employ the "don't offer, don't refuse" method. You don't offer to nurse, but if the child requests it, you don't turn them down.
at 5:12 PM on Jan. 17, 2010