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.
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! 🙂