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How to Wean from Breastfeeding
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.
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.”
“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!
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!
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.