Advise & tips for stopping breastfeeding my 16 month old

(3 Posts)
Clair2103 Wed 29-Apr-15 09:31:41

Hopefully I've posted this in the right place....

I have an almost 16 month old who is the first child I have bf, however I've just found out I'm pregnant, so I need to stop....

I don't think he feeds because he's hungry, it's purely a comforter for him.

Still wakes 4/5 times a night, but after afew sucks he's pretty much asleep again....
I would continue feeding, but I really don't fancy him fighting a new born for boob :-/

Feel horribly guilty about stopping so any advise or tips how to do it with least upset would be fab :-)

Thanks xx

Treeceratops Thu 30-Apr-15 13:15:54

I weaned DS of night feeds at around 13 months. To start with, we did a cut off point of 11pm for feeds (i.e. I would feed him until that time), after which DH comforted him, then moved to bedtime feed only once he got used to that. It took a while but we got there. Although it also resulted in us moving him from his cot into a proper bed as it was so much easier to comfort him. Like you I felt it was a comfort thing. DS was doing exactly the same thing.
Now I am getting rid of his bedtime feed, I have been reducing it by 2 minutes every 2 days. I was prepared to switch every 3 days if he got upset but he hasn't. I tell him what I'm doing e.g. 'other boob now' and 'time for our cuddle now'. It's going fine (he's nearly 18 months).
Good luck. I felt/ feel horribly guilty too but he doesn't need it as much as I need the freedom to go out before a bottle-refusing toddler goes to bed.

JiltedJohnsJulie Thu 30-Apr-15 23:39:42

You might be best asking for this to be transferred onto infant feeding. On mn weaning means the introduction of complimentarŷ foods rather than stopping bfing smile

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