Weaning From Breast At One Year

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grendelcat - February 5

My DD is almost one and I am planning to stop BF (gradually). Any advice on stopping? I feel like I may be tempted to continue in the AM and PM solely to calm her and to have quality time with her -- did anyone else have mixed feelings? Being ready to stop, but having a hard time giving up that special bond and the ability to soothe? I really do want to stop -- I am ready to have my br___ts back and to be able to take contraindicated medicines if I need to, etc... Any advice or lessons learned is appreciated!

 

kaitlin - February 7

I'm going through this now. My DS is 13 months old. I thought I would have completely stopped by now, but I'm just back to work, and don't want to entirely ween him until I know he's settled in with his caregiver etc. Also, I'm not quite ready to give it up, now that I'm not with him during the day. I've been doing the AM/PM thing for about a month now, and it doesn't seem to be a problem. He's probably ready to let it go, which I am going to start doing this upcoming week. This morning we gave him a bottle of milk instead of b___stmilk, so it was our first time without an AM feed. It's sad, now that I think about it. No more morning bonding sessions. I find it easiest not to think about doing it, but to let it happen when it happens. For example, this morning, he actually seemed to make it through without his early morning feeding until 6:30, which allowed me the opp to get out of bed and warm up a bottle of milk. It wasn't so much a conscious decision as it was necessity - at that point, I had to get ready for work and didn't have time for the feeding so my hubby did it. Worked out ok, I think. Good luck.

 

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