How Did You Do It

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Missy - May 1

How did you wean from nighttime feedings? We are weaned during the day - she takes formula all day in daycare - but she still wants the br___t at night and doesn't want to take the bottle - from me or her father. Any suggestions?

 

Jamie - May 1

If you're trying to wean her completely, then just do it. A friend of mine recently weaned her 5 month old; she said that it took one Saturday of "waiting her out" - the baby girl skipped 3 feedings, but at the 4th, she took the bottle and hasn't nursed since.

 

Susan W - May 1

She probably wants to nurse for the connection since she is separated from you all day long. You will probably have to force the issue, unfortunately :(

 

Missy - May 1

So - how did you deal with the engorgement? Geez - first I worry about being able to pump enough and now that I am trying to wean her, I produce too much! How long does it take to dry up?

 

olivia - May 2

missy, i have weened my daughter to once a day, usually in the morning when she gets up. I think even if you just cut the am feeding to half b___st half bottle and then gradually omit the b___st you shouldn't have to get engorged. I got pretty full in the beginning but now it seems to just be winding down. I think you just have to either deal with an engorgement, or do a gradual transition. I hear a tight bra with cabbage leaves does pretty well to ease your pain. Motrin too. Good luck.

 

C - May 4

I snuggle my son really close to my chest when I give him his bottle. He seems to like that as much as b___stfeeding. I am also down to just the a.m. feeding. Next week I'm going to try to phase that out slowly. I will try Olivia's suggestion of half b___st half bottle. I'm kind of sad that my son is now a year and I'm weaning him. I know I don't have to wean him yet but I think it'll be easier now, for him at least.

 

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