Yes, another sticky for another popular subject.
It's really simple. No big production. The second you introduce solids, you've started the process. How long it takes depends onb which fork you choose in the road.
EASIEST METHOD: Do absolutely nothing. Baby will do it on his/her own. Time frame to weaning: anywhere from a month to a couple of years, depending on the baby.
NEXT EASIEST: Don't offer, don't refuse. What it says on the tin. Mom doesn't offer to nurse, but doesn't say no either. This is best instituted at the one year mark when solids become the primary nutrition....the solids will take over. Time frame to weaning: As much as a year.
NEXT EASIEST: Drop one feeding per week till gone. Start with the LEAST desired feeding. Distract and delay nursing sessions until that feeding is dropped. Then move on to the next one. Replace with formula if baby isunder a year. Replace however you like if baby is over a year. Time frame for weaning: As many weeks as baby nurses in a day.
HARDEST: Cold turkey. Only do this if you REALLY REALLY need to (as in going for chemotherapy) because it can lead to mastitis and generally DOES lead to a lot of misery and discomfort for mom and baby. It is what it says. Don't nurse. Cabbage leaves in your bra; change them when they stink. Sage tea or sage pills...go to the health food store. STAY AWAY FROM SUDAFED....not a good thing to take meds you don't need.