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post #1 of 13
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I need some serious help here ladies, I am at my wit's end I need to start weaning Brandon from breastfeeding. He has been so clingy lately because he has been sick, but he is better now. And, even though he is feeling better, he is still being so clingy. I want to start weaning him (not because he's clingy, but because I only want to nurse for a year and he's over 11 months old now.) Does anyone have any tips or suggestions? My Mom is a lactation consultant and she has given me some good tips, but I was hoping to hear what you all did that helped you out. Any advice would be greatly appreciated I'm already starting to cry over this. I'm getting so frustrated
post #2 of 13
They make a new nipple for bottles called the Nuk that worked really well for me when i weaned my boys.
post #3 of 13
Have you just tried giving him a bottle instead?? One day my sister just started my niece on a bottle and she didn't notice the difference and she was just fine..every baby is different though.. My other niece was addicted to boob
post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 
He won't take a bottle. He hasn't since he was 4 months old. I think I'm gonna go crazy He does at least use a sippy cup, but he still wants me
post #5 of 13
I've never had children but I was a nanny for 5 years and worked in a creche for 4 years before that. Our breast feeding mums would use the Nuk teat and worked brilliantly.

Also when weaning, don't forget that this is a change of routine for your child and perserverence is essential. don't start weaning only to think it's too hard and go back to full time breast feeding also don't completely stop all breastfeeding but slowly cut down when you feed from the breast. If he doesn't like the bottle, try the sippy cup and the bottle. Start only feeding from the breast 3 times a day... am upon waking, mid day before naptime & pm before bed. then replace all other feeds during the day with a bottle of breast milk - don't forget NUK! Then begin to cut out mid pm feed and replace with a bottle, I'd say +/- 2 weeks into that drop am and replace with a bottle. Then again drop pm feed and replace with a bottle. By first birthday, hopefully your child will be weaned... or almost! It isn't only the milk that the child craves, it the closeness to you too!
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
That's some great advice, thanks I will certainly be giving it a try. Anyone else have any tricks or ideas?
post #7 of 13
I dont have any advice but i think its so funny when babies try to grab for my breast and suck!

Good luck weaning him!
post #8 of 13
Um, don't have any kids, but if being close and bonding time is a really big part of it, maybe replace one of the feedings with a "special" and fun and bonding activity that you only do during a time that you would otherwise be feeding. That may help the transistion.
post #9 of 13
I do not have any children yet, so I am not able about to help you with your current breastfeeding delima. I do plan to breastfeed some day though!
I did go online and I found this resource for you. It has a section where you can email them questions, talk on the forum, etc about breastfeeding. I'm sure some of them could offer you some wonderful advice on weaning little Brandon. Good luck sweetie! You're a good mommy!
http://www.lalecheleague.org/resourc...nce.html?m=0,0
post #10 of 13
Would it work to do just bedtime feedings? That's the one they seem to miss the most.

I have to confess I didn't wean my daughter. I knew she would be my "only" and and didn't want to miss anything. She stopped all but the bedtime feedings when she was about 14 months, then didn't want to nurse at all about a year later. There was no crying and no trauma, except for me.

Cheers, from
SwampWitch
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR View Post
I do not have any children yet, so I am not able about to help you with your current breastfeeding delima. I do plan to breastfeed some day though!
I did go online and I found this resource for you. It has a section where you can email them questions, talk on the forum, etc about breastfeeding. I'm sure some of them could offer you some wonderful advice on weaning little Brandon. Good luck sweetie! You're a good mommy!
http://www.lalecheleague.org/resourc...nce.html?m=0,0
Thanks , I did get some good info from there. I appreciate you taking the time to look for me
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by goosehazel View Post
Thanks , I did get some good info from there. I appreciate you taking the time to look for me
You're more than welcome! I hope it was helpfull! That was the best resource I was able to find so far. Let me know if you'd like me to look for another one!
post #13 of 13
I nursed all 4 of my kids. The two younger ones weaned themselves. (I wasn't ready yet!)

I think the key is the closeness and cuddling. The first step is to see how often you are nursing him now. If you nurse 4 times a day, just pick one feeding, say lunch, and replace nursing with a cup of formula (or breastmilk if you are pumping). Just set it at his highchair with lunch. After he is done eating, if there is any left, cuddle him on your lap as he finishes his drink. And don't worry if he won't take a bottle. Sippy cups are good, too.

Also, you can start adding another cuddly activity...like at bedtime, right after nursing, read him a book. That way he is cuddling on your lap, but not nursing. And you are adding to the bedtime routine. Then as time passes, you offer a sippycup an hour before bed, so soon he isn't even hungry at nursing time, and what he really wants is that story.

I think that by a year old, he will be more ready to wean. Just take it slow for now, and it won't be so hard. And if he weans a few weeks after his birthday...don't worry. He will be a big boy for a long time! Cherish your baby times with him. (But I totally understand you being ready to start weaning!)

I do remember after weaning my first baby, soon after her first birthday...she came to me and said "milk milk" indicating she wanted to nurse. This was after being weaned for a few days. I told her "all gone". She went to the fridge and said "milk milk". She really didn't care if it was nursing or a cup of milk, she was just thirsty!
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