Amber Caron
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Weaning

Posted by @ambercaron, Wed, Mar 8 3:11pm

Hello Everyone,
I know this group is about nursing,… but i am wondering if anyone has experience with weaning. My little guy is super attached to his momma and has no real self soothing mechanism. I didn’t really have to wean his brother because he self weaned without any problems. thoughts? suggestions??

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Katie
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Posted by @giglykatie, Fri, Mar 10 10:13am

@ambercaron So I used the “don’t offer, don’t refuse” method with my oldest. Just for my comfort, I would nurse in the morning, nap time and night time. Other than that I would only nurse if he “asked.” I wouldn’t refuse, but just didn’t offer. This allowed my supply to gently regulate down. Over time (like 4-6 weeks) we were down to 2 times a day, then once a day. Then he had a sleepover with Grandma and Grandpa…and that was it. He never asked again. He was 16 months old at the time. I still had milk for another TWO MONTHS but, would just hand express for comfort and then eventually nothing. Hope this helps!


Amber Caron
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Posted by @ambercaron, Fri, Mar 10 10:19am

@giglykatie Thank you so much for the advice. I am slowly trying this approach. It is easier during the week when i am at work and he is at daycare but i feel like we go backwards on the weekends because it is so much easier to just nurse him. 🙂 he is currently 13 months old and thinks he needs to nurse all night so i am anticipating this to take a while. Thanks again!


Katie
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Posted by @giglykatie, Thu, Mar 16 9:40am

Ugh so true! It’s hard to say no to those cute little faces.


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Posted by @jostby, Mon, Mar 20 10:40am

Currently working on weaning from nursing and pumping. Yesterday for the first time only nursed AM at wake up and PM for bed. Super excited to attempt to not pump at work for the first time in 9 months! *happy dance* However, my daughter refused to drink any milk yesterday from a sippy or a bottle. My daughter is 12 months and we would like her off the bottle but our in home daycare provider isn’t pushing it, since she isn’t drinking milk from a sippy well yet and she wants to make sure daughter drinks enough milk still during the day so she keeps with the bottle. (on food program) But my strong willed daughter refused milk even from a bottle with me downstairs out of sight. She never had issues when introducing a bottle or going back in forth between nursing at home and bottles at daycare. She also drinks water from a sippy just fine.

Any suggestions on how to encourage her to still drink milk at home? Curious to see how daycare goes today. I think she has her routine at daycare and knows when I am around I am the source, even though she didn’t seem to mind not having any daytime nursing sessions yesterday. And I think daycare will fight back if I say to stop the bottles completely.


Amber Caron
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Posted by @ambercaron, Mon, Mar 20 2:24pm

Good Luck!! hope it went well!!


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Posted by @ambercaron, Thu, Mar 23 9:55am

Any tips on how to best reduce supply? I am trying to wean and not have to pump at work anymore but the other day I tried not pumping and by the end of the work day I was miserable! I am worried about getting mastitis as I have had that before and that was not fun.


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Posted by @jostby, Thu, Mar 23 10:28am

@ambercaron How many times a day were you still pumping and trying to drop? I did 3x for a long time but dropping to two was pretty easy. I was nervous to go down from there. What recently worked for me is I gradually pushed back the morning pump time by 30 minutes each week for a few weeks, I work a rotating schedule with my lunch fluctuating and used that to move back the time. Along with that I cut down the time of pumping. I still pumped a 2nd time later in the afternoon but I cut down the length of pumping and made it pretty short to just relieve. Then after a few weeks of doing that I dropped that pump 2nd pump. When down to 1 pump I continued to cut down the time of it. And after actually just one week of pumping 1x a day I cut it out the next week, just last week!. I was only down to 1.5oz from that pump so it wasn’t worth it anyways!

From everywhere I read they suggested slow weaning and dropping 1 pump a week. Now I need to figure out how to drop the morning nursing session. I did get a plugged duct when dropped to the 1x pumping and that was no fun. So definitely try not to cut too quick! Best of luck!


Amber Caron
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Posted by @ambercaron, Thu, Mar 23 10:37am

@jostby I was pumping 2 times a day and now 1 time. I think maybe i will try to just pump for a shorter amount of time. My biggest problem is that my little guy is still nursing through the night. But we will work on stopping that once he is healthy. He has been fighting a respiratory bug one right after another for the last month. I don’t want to wean him or stress him out too much while he is sick. Thanks for the info! I cannot wait to stop pumping, will get to finally not have to worry about what to wear so i can pump! hahaha, its the small things!


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Posted by @jostby, Fri, Mar 31 10:29am

@ambercaron Hope this week went better for you! I have LOVED wearing a regular bra and not worrying about what I am wearing to work, if I can pump or not! You are right its the little things 🙂 I meant to cut the AM nursing this week but just couldn’t do it, and she was sick last weekend. Thinking next week need to give it a try. Gosh it seemed so hard in the beginning starting but now seems so hard stopping! Have a great weekend!


Amber Caron
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Posted by @ambercaron, Fri, Mar 31 10:51am

I have tried to not pump at work but by the end of the day am engorged and in pain so i have kept pumping one time. My little guy is doing so much better drinking out of his sippy that i am hoping my supply will start to drop. He is waking up and wanting to nurse 2-3 times a night so he is working hard to keep my supply up. He is teething really bad right now so i am not pushing it too hard. Hoping April will be my month! 🙂


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Posted by @jostby, Fri, Mar 31 10:57am

@ambercaron My very stubborn daughter refuses to drink milk out of a sippy or a bottle at home! She takes bottles just fine at daycare and does BM and whole milk. I have cut the daynight nursing sessions but she still refuses any milk from any source! I am lucky she sleeps through the night and that day will come for you! April will be our month 🙂


Amber Caron
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Posted by @ambercaron, Fri, Mar 31 11:01am

Our stubborn babies will be amazing adults someday! 🙂 this stubborn/strong will is a great trait people keep telling me.I am just so tired, 14 months of not getting a full nights rest is starting to catch up. I am sure i will miss all of this someday and since he is my last one i will cherish all of this!


Amber Caron
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Posted by @ambercaron, Wed, Apr 5 11:19am

Just wanted to post a “win” so far have been able to make it through the day this week without having to pump! 🙂 still not sleeping through the night but at least this is a step in the right direction!


JOstby
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Posted by @jostby, Wed, Apr 5 12:52pm

@ambercaron WIN for sure!!!! I have cut the AM nursing session this week and I took it way harder then my daughter. Hasn’t seemed to faze her having a bottle from Dad with me out of sight. Makes me sad my baby is growing up! 🙁 Have had to pump again once at work to relieve and not loving washing pump parts again!

Hopefully the sleeping changes for you in the near future!


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Posted by @jostby, Mon, May 1 12:51pm

@ambercaron How was the month of April? Wow how is it May already! My breastfeeding with my daughter has come to an end since Easter Break. Roller coaster of emotions that’s for sure! Hope your weaning has been going well.

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