I've been breastfeeding my little girl since she has been born. She's now 14 months old and her pediatrician wants me to wean her. She has never accepted a bottle and she is now okay with an occasional sippy cup of whole milk or juice. I've been trying to throw in baby food since she was 6 months but she always throws a fit till I breastfeed. She's definitely using me for comfort!
Can anyone share a personal experience similar to mine that was successful? I need to wean fast but do it where it helps the transition for her and I!
I weaned my dd at 14 months. I'm not going to say it was a fun time but we got through it. She was used to nursing before bed and had a really hard time giving that feeding up. She took a bottle a handful of times, then flat out refused to take one. We started her on a sippy cup and that worked ok. I would pump, put the milk in her sippy cup and let dh or grandma give it to her. Her pediatrician told us we could use a 1/2 tsp. of strawberry syrup in her milk as it has the closest flavor of breastmilk. My dh had to put her to bed for about a week until she got used to not nursing. Overall I think we did okay. Actually- I think she took it better than I did, I really missed the bonding time at first. Now I'm due with our 2nd in a couple weeks and realize I'm going to have to go through the whole process yet again! Good luck to you!
I think the easiest way is to cut out one feeding per week(or at least every 4 days if your in a hurry.) KEEP the morning, lunch and dinner breast feeding and snack in between. You should def get your baby to learn a sippy cup.
Then, stop bf her for lunch for one week, keeping breakfast and dinner.
Then stop bf for breakfast.
Dwindle your feeding down to only one feeding a day. I would keep night time feeding for the last.
Thank you for your post so far!
I definitely will have to go with taking one out a week but I have been doing on demand feeding with her so I'm not sure how I will start.
For the past few months she has been teething and right now she has 8 teeth that are cutting through at once and four of them have barely made it through the surface (molars). That in itself has its own issues, she has been grinding her teeth with or without pain reliever! It drives my husband and I nuts! And because she has been teething, she hasn't had a normal sleep schedule and she's been waking up a lot through the night and breastfeeding is only way to get her back to sleep without waking my husband or neighbors, since apartment walls are thin!
I couldn't tell you how many times she nurses throughout the day!
She does drink from a sippy cup but she still won't eat much of baby food, she'll barely eat half of stage 2 jars. The only thing that she accepts any time of the day are the Gerber Puffs, and I don't think that is a healthy way to wean!
It's not an easy thing to get a baby to eat "real" food. All of my 4 kids have refused to eat any kind of baby food. So from the age of 6 months I have been giving them small pieces of bread, cheese, fruits, boiled vegatables, meat and fish. It works even without teeth! And water from a sippy cup. My youngest son is now one year old and he eats the same food as the rest of us and breastfeeding is just for comfort. Maybe this could work for your child too. I think the kids like it, because they can select the food they want to eat with their fingers, instead of getting a spoon into his/her mouth without really wanting what's on it.