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Giving up breastfeeding my 1 yr old???

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Busybeebaby Sun 21-Apr-13 20:15:01


I have a 1yr old DS who I breastfeed once in the morning and evening and about 2 or 3 times during the night. I have absolutely enjoyed my breastfeeding relationship with him but I have now reached the point where I want to give up! I just don't have a clue how to go about it. He does have the occasional formula feed if being looked after by grandparents but now that he is 12 months I would assume it would be silly to transition him onto formula. However at least I know he will drink that because he absolutely refuses to drink cows milk unless its in his cereal! I have no clue what to do and was wondering if anyone could help me?

tumbletumble Sun 21-Apr-13 20:23:43

I stopped breastfeeding my DS at 12 months. I expected it to be a nightmare but it was much easier than I expected. By then I was only doing one feed at bedtime so it was replaced with a story (read by DH for the first couple of nights as he was not associated with milk). I didn't bother with bottles or formula - went straight on to cows milk and a cup.

As you're still doing several feeds I'd suggest dropping them gradually - maybe one per week?

Busybeebaby Sun 21-Apr-13 21:01:37

Thanks Tumble, I am definitely going to go down the gradual route. I think night weaning is what I want to tackle first! However the only problem is that he won't drink any cows milk either from a bottle or a cup. He just takes one sip, spits it out and then bats either the cup or bottle away. I have even tried flavouring it with hot chocolate or fruit like banana but he won't have it unless in cereal!

tumbletumble Mon 22-Apr-13 07:19:55

Are you using milk straight from the fridge? You could try warming it to room temperature? Otherwise no harm in using formula till he gets the hang of it!

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