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Giving up BF - advice needed please!

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TheCatSofa Wed 03-Sep-14 11:28:32

Hello, I am trying to wean my 13mo off the breast. She has been EBF since day 1, never took to bottle but now will drink from sippy cup (although not very much at all). We are down to 2 or 3 BF's a day (morning, to sleep at night & sometimes in the night). I am looking for advice on how best to cut out these last feeds without too much trauma for her (in particular the bedtime feed) & for my boobs, they get so swollen by the end of the day/morning but I don't get how much to express to keep them ok - surely they will produce more milk? Also, slightly off topic but I always fed her to sleep for naps & now I am stuck in a new rut of walking her in the pram to nap which is a bit annoying for me and I think is affecting how she goes to sleep at night as it seems to be getting harder. Advice gratefully received, thank you ladies.

Ormally Wed 03-Sep-14 22:37:30

If I were you, I would keep the bedtime one for a bit if you can - it is definitely the last one they are prepared to give up. I've been told that a big step is to try to get them drinking their milk from a cup (and that it's the key to altering the bedtime one). Use straws! It is so much easier than sippy cups to open cups, they seem to take to them fine.

The boobs will be a bit temperamental but it does not take long to adjust. I was kind of dreading it and expecting a painful time but it wasn't anything like as bad as I thought.

AdorableAbbie Thu 04-Sep-14 08:28:46

I suggest you still bf her to sleep or give her milk in a cup to make her full so that before you bf her at night she will not suck too long.

That was also my dillema when I was still bf.

McBaby Thu 04-Sep-14 10:56:52

I cut the assosiation between feeding to sleep first then cut down the feeds.

So I fed till she was nearly asleep in the lounge light and tv on then DP settled her a couple of upset nights but within a week she was self settling.

The do have her a cup of milk and story the. Settled her for a while. Then I could do bed time again.

For nap time I just did the same but without DP which dd was ok with as the night time was changing to.

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