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17month old & still breastfeeding...

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Kittycake Thu 05-Nov-09 14:57:01

...how to stop? She never took to a bottle so was breastfeed from the off and is still reluctant to have milk in her sippy cup but does have it with her cereals; loves yoghurt & cheesey stuff so does have quite a bit throughout the day. If i'm honest I've been reluctant up to now to stop but, as she's now fully equipped with a gobfull of nashers and is getting more and more independent, the time has finally come to put away the nursing bras and reclaim my boobs. Shall I just cold turkey it and steel myself against the heartbreaking wails or is there an alternative route?

Thanks.

chuckeyegg Thu 05-Nov-09 16:03:07

Could you just cut it down slowly DS only had night feeds in the end and after a bad cold when he couldn't easily feed he decided himself he had enough.

Perhaps a gradual reduction would be better.

Clary Thu 05-Nov-09 16:11:12

yeah deffo reduce gradually.

I bf DS2 the longest and first cut out daytime feeds, so ew were doign early mornign and bedtime.

Finally just bedtime, over a period of weeks rather than days certainly. When he was less than keen and I felt I was just doing it to make me feel better blush (he was no 3 and final) I decided to stop and he and I were fine.

He was abotu 13mo btw but the age is not expecially relevant here.

Kittycake Thu 05-Nov-09 16:22:23

Thanks for that..we're down to a morning & bedtime feed only at present & have been for some time. I've occasionally put her to bed without a bf (& without too much of a protestation due to tiredness) and i suspect the morning one will be the hardest to break. I'm not sure how this can be achieved gradually...help! (sorry if i appear slow on the uptake)

Clary Thu 05-Nov-09 22:10:11

well you just need to drop one (sounds like maybe the bedtime one for you) then in due course, maybe a week later or whatever, stop doign the other one too.

If you want to stop then you just have to really. There will be a day you feed her once followed by a day you don't feed her at all. It will be fine I am sure.

Sassyfrassy Sat 07-Nov-09 22:29:30

You could always give her the feed in the morning but cut it shorter each day until she doesn't seem bothered anymore.

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