How to Wean from Breastfeeding - Lynzy & Co.

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.

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.

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.

At the time I started weaning Ellie (around 11 months), she was having about 4 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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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 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! 🙂 

 

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

 

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  1. 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. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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

  5. My daughter is 14 months and I’m desperate to ween her off. I want my boobies back! I’m hesitant about replacing my milk with cows milk or formula. Is there another way? Also, she wakes up several times a night and only the boob calms her & she falls right back to sleep. If I stop BF will she not wake up as frequent during the night? I miss my sleep lol and forgot to mention she had been sleeping with me for almost 2 months. I put her in her bed, which is still in our room, and when she wakes up at odd hours I just bring her into bed with me so hubby is in spare room. I miss him too! Haha .. I try not to do it but she wakes up so easily when I put her in her bed so to keep my sanity I just have her sleep with me. Help!

    1. I’m in the same boat, my little one is 13months wakes several times a night and is in my bed. Plus she won’t take a bottle so struggling big time. I miss my sleep and hope that once she is on cows milk she will sleep through the night, as like you my little one uses me to fall back asleep as she can’t self settle. Good luck and hopefully we will both be sleeping again soon. 😊

      1. I really really think the answer here is establishing some sleep habits and boundaries first that fit your family. Doing that will allow you the space you crave. Then you can tackle weaning as you see fit. I’ve seen tons of moms establish better sleep patterns and the babe weans shortly after on their own. This transition is so smooth bc baby no longer needs the extra support to offset the lack of sleep and they have matured past the boob = sleep mechanism of a newborn. You’ll see a whole new side of your baby (and yourself) once sleep patterns are in the right place for your family!

  6. Hi!

    I have been following you/ reading your posts for awhile now! It’s crazy because I have a daughter named Ellie too! She is 12 months now and we are having a hard time weaning her. My husband doesn’t want me to stop breastfeeding so he’s not too much help, but I am READY. She won’t take a bottle (she never has) so that’s the hardest part. She has never taken a bottle and since I work from home it’s her and I pretty much every day. Do you have any other tips or suggestions? Thanks in advance!

    Reigan

    1. This sounds like me, my little one is 13 months and won’t/never taken a bottle and struggling to wean her off. Plus I also work from home so have the same issue. Good luck and I hope we both can manage to wean the little ones. 😊

  7. When you say you replaced a feeding with bottle, is that of pumped breastmilk or formula/cows milk? Does it matter which you use if it’s in the bottle? We aren’t at the weaning point yet but I’m clueless how to tackle it when we are there so thanks for posting this!!

    1. Hang in there!!!! I did this too and it felt crazy with a fresh 2yo and newborn. But man my first just needed that relationship so much and now that he’s 4.5 I see that. I was really grateful to have nursing in my tool kit to connect with my two yo before a tantrum even started. He is a high energy emotional guy and gets MAD now at 4.5 but we never saw tantrums from him EVER until after he stopped nursing at 3yr and 4 mo. For you asthe ten mo naps longer the tandem nursing declines significantly and stops. My older one still remember tandem nursing with my second and I honestly think that was the beginning of their bond, they would hold hands smile and giggle, it was beyond special. I’d say you’re probably almost at the point that tandem could stop if you make space for both and boundaries for the 2 yo, thats old enough to understand patience and waiting with help from mama!! Being the oldest requires that type of behavior anyway so better they learn it now.

  8. I understand not wanting to nurse anymore for freedom etc, but cannot understand why you would wean just to replace it with formula. Obviously this is just my opinion but if I never have to use formula I will be elated.

  9. I guess I don’t understand why people wean just bc. To preface I’m not a crunchy hippie, attachment parent or SAHM that you might expect to be behind this, I’m a FT corporate job, Mom of 3. When I was pregnant with my first I prepared by learning about weaning and then stepped back and asked why? Obviously there are significant reasons like work schedules, medication, etc but I think a lot of people wean bc they think they are supposed to (I did! So truly I hold no judgement, I think we as a society of mothers who statistically, probably were not breastfed by our mothers just don’t know) and just like you would never let anyone pressure in to parenting a certain way you should never let anyone pressure you to weaning. Fast forward…my first nursed until 3 years 4 months bc I let him lead but my second finished at around 18 mo 100% on her own. I tandem nursed the first two and am currently nursing the third until he decides he’s done (while pregnant). All kids need different parenting tactics, weaning included. If you’re googling the interwebs looking for advice and weaning is hard it’s probably not right in your child’s phase of life. I guess I would suggest we try not to make this a thing, another parenting “skill” we pick up like sleep training or potty training, rather let baby led weaning (yes that concept includes breast milk too) or self weaning take precedent.

  10. Thanks for the weaning advice! My girl is almost 10 months, but eats & drinks most everything we put in front of her. Going to start weaning around 12 mo. She never liked a bottle, but it doesn’t matter bc she likes hard and soft sippy cups. Try one of those before y’all get stressed about your little ones not taking a bottle. It’ll be ok, mommas!