How to Wean from Breastfeeding

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How to Wean from Breastfeeding

Thoughts on nursing into the wee hours of the morning. Being a mom is tough, tiring work. But it sure is the best work in the entire world.

I recently weaned Ellie last month and I had quite a few of you asking how I did it. To be honest, I gradually weaned with Olivia and it all came very natural since she basically weaned herself. Ellie was a bit different and I had to wean her myself, so I took what I learned with Olivia and just replicated the transition. I like to wean VERY gradually, over weeks so that it’s a smooth transition for the baby and me. Basically I gave myself 5 weeks to wean Ellie because we were at 5 nursing sessions a day. So however many nursing sessions you are currently at, multiple by 1 and that is the number of weeks you may want to take to wean and what I just did with Ellie.

Thoughts on nursing into the wee hours of the morning. Being a mom is tough, tiring work. But it sure is the best work in the entire world.

As I started to transition Ellie, she would get a bottle every evening and of course, whenever I was at work. Finding the best bottle for your baby is almost always difficult and Ellie was much more picky than Olivia. I asked my Snapchat family if any of them have used Philips Avent bottle and here is what they had to say about it: 

“We’ve used them for a long time and really like them.”

“We loved them for my son. He just turned 1, so we quit bottles cold turkey, but we used these from 2 weeks on and never had any issues.”

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“Loved it!!! Tried it in conjunction with their natural nipple bottle when I weened her! Definitely noticed a difference in her mood after feedings.” – Ashley

“I used the Avent bottles with my first and I liked them.”

“We loved the Avent bottles! Our little guy used them whenever I was away at work.” – Jackie

“It’s the only bottle we ever used!” – Mary

Philips Avent makes Natural bottles, which are great for moms who want to combine breast and bottle feeding, and Anti-colic bottles, which are proven to reduce colic*.  Fortunately, Ellie was not colicky but Olivia was when she was born until she was 3 months and it was a nightmare!  I wish I knew then about these bottles!

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At the time I started weaning Ellie (around 11 months), she was having about 5 bottles of 7-8 oz. a day along with her solids. Here is a bit more of a detailed example of how we weaned in 5 weeks: 

Week 1: Cut out the nightly feed. With me, this was easy since my supply first starts to drop at the bedtime feeding. Ellie started getting a bottle of milk at bedtime around 10.5 months old so this feeding was cut out for us first. Cut this feeding out for a full week before moving on to the next!

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Image by Victoria Gloria

Week 2: Cut out your 4th feeding and replace with just solids or a bottle. Ellie got this feeding when she woke up from her nap. 

Week 3: Cut out nursing before 2nd nap. 

Week 4: Cut out nursing before 1st nap

Week 5: Cut out the morning feeding 

Basically, I just worked around the clock backwards until all the feedings were transitioned. Right now at 13 months, she only gets 3 bottles a day – one before each nap and once at bedtime. Some of those feedings were replaced with just solid food and some were replaced with a bottle. We also started introducing cow’s milk and we are currently up to 4 oz of cow’s milk and 4 oz of formula per bottle 😉 For that transition we just introduced 1 oz of cow’s milk mixed with formula for a few days and then increased it to 2, 3, 4 and so on! 

If you’re interested in learning more about Philips Avent Anti-colic bottle, be sure to visit them on Facebook!

If you have any questions about the way we transitioned or have any tips you would like to add here for other moms, I would love for you to get in touch with me or send me a comment below! 🙂 

 

*At 2 weeks of age, babies fed with a Philips Avent Anti-colic bottle showed a trend to less colic than babies fed with a conventional bottle and a trend toward less fussing at night than babies fed with a competitor’s vented bottle.

How to Wean from Breastfeeding // A process that will be easier for both you and baby!

 

7 Comments

  1. December 13, 2016 / 2:38 pm

    I’m childfree, so I don’t know the first thing about babies or weaning. But my sister just had her first baby, so this is likely to be useful info for her. Actually, I think she’ll really enjoy reading your blog, so I’m sending her the link and maybe you’ll get a new follower 🙂

  2. December 14, 2016 / 12:51 pm

    This is such helpful information. Weaning your child can be so difficult and stressful, and you never know if what you’re going through is what every other mom has experienced. I always loved using Avent products when my kids were younger.

  3. December 14, 2016 / 1:06 pm

    I’m sure nursing Moms going through this will appreciate the tips. Weaning can be difficult.

  4. Annalee
    December 14, 2016 / 8:58 pm

    Hey. Could you give me an example of what your day looks like, wake at what time, naps at what time, food t what time?
    Thanks.

  5. December 15, 2016 / 2:10 am

    Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures! I breastfed both my kids and used Philips Avent when i was unable to breastfed tham. Great product!

  6. December 15, 2016 / 7:37 am

    I was very lucky that my son would take whatever was in front of him as a little one. We used Phillips products from time to time and they were reliable. It’s always a stressful time for new mamas to decide what is best for their kid!

  7. December 17, 2016 / 7:40 pm

    It helps when the munchkins are cooperative. I’ve seen kids nurse for a few weeks up until 3 years old. I think the biting and bleeding is the worst part. Beautiful pics and a sweet baby. Congrats and Merry Christmas

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