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how to stop breastfeeding .it has been a year and I want to stop

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Asked by aprilmill at 10:51 PM on Nov. 16, 2008 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • The way I did it was to pump for him until he got used to the bottle (I would do one bottle a day, then two, etc.). Then start mixing formula in with the expressed milk progressively until you know the little one won't notice when you stop using your own milk (the formula tastes way different so you do have to be kind of sneaky about it). Eventually you will be able to stop mixing them, but since yours is over a year you might just start with a sippy cup instead of a bottle, to kill two birds with one stone. When you know the babe won't notice the lack of breast milk, cut it out completely, and be prepared for a week or so of serious pain. But if you cut it down progressively, it isn't so bad as just stopping immediately.

    Answer by Iskkra at 12:11 AM on Nov. 17, 2008

  • Drop one feeding per week till gone. Replace with milk or water. You don't need formula and it's OK if baby won't take milk.

    Know that your milk doesn't have an expiration date, though...optimal brain growth is supported by nursing until baby stops on his own. Also, baby will cooperate if you let HIM lead.

    Answer by gdiamante at 1:46 AM on Nov. 17, 2008

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