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Posted by: sister | 2009-07-23

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what must i use to stop 1yr &  8mnt from breastfeeding

I am asking for help i want to stop breastfeeding my baby but i dont know what should i use or do please help me.

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Posted by: Purple | 2009-07-23


It' s best to stop gradually as even though you have made the decision to stop, it is still an emotional time for both you and your toddler.

I breastfed until two and a half, but I started weaning at 2 years old and did it gradually over 6 months. You don' t have to go as slowly as me, but don' t abruptly stop for your own and your child' s sake.

Well done for feeding for so long, you have benefited both yourself and your baby immensly.

What I did was to start by setting some feeding rules. I told my son that he could only have a feed when we were at home and not when we were out of the house.
He accepted this fine.
Once that was going well, I stopped offering the breast at all and waited for him to ask for a feed.
When he asked, I gave him a feed.
Once that was going all right, when he asked for a feed I would offer him juice instead. I usually water down fruit juice, but to make it more attractive, I offered it with no water in it for a few weeks. Often he just wanted a breastfeed for thirst, so he' d stop asking for a feed after having the juice.
Sometimes I offered a frozen lolly (I made ice lollies in tupperware ice lolly containers using fruit juice).

Once that was going well we tackled the harder stuff. THrough this, you must hug and cuddle your child a lot more than usual, as they miss the comfort of the breastfeeding. Remember that your child understands a lot more than they can say, so constnatly reassure her how much you love her.

I told my son a little fib and said that my milk was running out and there wasn' t enough milk for the day time.
We had a few teards but he accepted it after suggesting we go to the garage shop, buy milk and fill my breasts up again. When I pointed out that there wasn' t an opening through which to fill them he just accepted it (though he did suggest cutting them open with a knife).

Once that was going well, I stopped the night feeds. There were tears and crying solidly through the night for nearly a week, so I just sat rocking my son and reassuring him that I love him.

I waited a few weeks before tackling first the bed time feed and then his favourite, the first thing in the morning feed. I just told him that the milk was pretty much finished. He was quite accepting of this.

ABout 6 weeks after we stopped he wanted to test if there was any milk, and I let him (though it felt odd after so long) and there wasn' t any and he' s never asksed again, though at 5 and a half he still talks about how upset he was at the time.

Good luck and remember that once you make the decision to stop you can' t back track on any of the rules you set as if you do it will get very confusing for your baby.

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