Weaning off Baby from Breast Milk? Ways to Stop Breastfeeding
Created by Preeti Updated on Jan 22, 2019
You know that your milk is the best food your baby can have. You also feel immense pleasure mixed with pride while you breastfeed your baby. However, at the same time, you do realize that there comes a time (an age) when you should start thinking about putting a complete end or to use any kind of femite solution to stop breastfeeding completely. And this is where the struggle begins. This is where the child becomes all the more demanding and looks for ways she can coax mommy to breastfeed her. However, you need to remember that no matter how much coaxing she does, you are not to give in to her demands if you want this whole ‘stop breastfeeding' program to succeed.
Things to Double Check If Weaning Off Breastfeeding
Doctors around the globe agree that breastmilk is the perfect food for your baby until the age of 6 months. As your baby starts to explore solids and different foods after her half birthday, she may just skip a feed here and there in a day, though milk still forms a major constituent of her diet. However, by the time she is a year old, she can get all her nutrition from breastmilk and you may decide to wean her off. If you have decided to wean off the baby earlier than 1 year or applying femite lotion etc, you will have to transition her to having formula milk, though you may also combine breastfeeding with formula. However, when you decide to wean your baby is an entirely personal choice, and giving it up may be somewhat emotional as well. That being said, most mothers feel happy to get their bodies back to themselves, and if you are worried about your bond with the baby, let me assure you it is just the beginning of a very special relationship.
When Is The Right Time To Wean off Baby from Breastfeeding?
Mostly, by age 1 a child starts to get most of the nutrition from other foods she is eating. She may be taking in a variety of foods every day leaving her less interested in breastmilk, and she may give it up on her own. This is also known as baby-led weaning, that is, when the baby decides to let go of the breast. If you would like to wean her earlier than 1 year, her diet would need to be supplemented by formula milk. The weaning breastfeeding process needs to be slow and gradual, because to a baby, breastfeeding is much more than just food – it gives her a sense of comfort, security and a feeling of closeness with you.
How to Stop Breastfeeding?
To wean your baby from night time breastfeeding, you need to ensure that the baby is not going through some transition phase, like teething or a new location, etc. Offer her plenty to eat throughout the day and give her extra feedings in the evening, so that she is full when she actually goes to bed. When the baby cries at night, get your spouse to comfort her, as your touch or smell can make her seek your feed with much more force. Gradually starting with one feed at a time, gently soothe and comfort her, though being firm at times also helps. Read More: How to Boost Immune System while Breastfeeding
8 Smart Tips to Stop Breastfeeding
Still, wondering how will it succeed? Just relax and read what most pro-parent has to say on the topic. Read this
Gauge Her Readiness:You will know if your baby is ready to give up breastfeeding when she starts to limit her time on the breast to pursue other activities – like playing or eating other foods. When it so happens, she will be ready to give up breastfeeding easily and willingly
Start Slow and Gradual:Breastfeeding is much more than just a way to nurture and nourish – it is the bond that a child and mother share. Hence, the weaning process should be gradual and slow, with both of you being comfortable and ready with it. Weaning can be a painful process if you or your baby are jumped into it
Start with Skipping one Feed at a time:Once you have decided that you want to stop breastfeeding, you should gradually start skipping the feeds one at a time. Instead, give her some other food to fill her stomach. With her tummy full she will not pressurize you for your feed. Keep skipping the feeds at the same time every day but do it during the day initially
Feeding Time:You know the feeding timings of your baby. You know when your child would demand your feed. So prepare ahead and feed her proper food so that her stomach is full and she forgets about her demand for your feed. You can offer her plenty of other foods so that she does not feel hungry and does not pester you for breastmilk
Divert Her Attention:You know your toddler's stomach is full yet she is persistent for your feed. What do you do in that case? Whatever else you do, please don't give in to the demands, as it will set a pattern and you will find it difficult to break it. The best way forward, in this case, is for you to divert her attention from the feed to either her favorite toy or some visuals that she found appealing. Yes, it does work and your child is easily distracted
Sleep Time Is Not Breastfeeding Time:If your child has a habit of going to bed after breastfeeding only, you need to change this. Stop breastfeeding when you want to put her to bed. You may take the help of your husband (in case of nuclear family) or the help of mother-in-law or anyone else (in case of the joint family). However, you need to be quite careful about this so that the child doesn't start crying on your sudden disappearance from the room. You may re-enter the room, once you know that the child is asleep. But ensure that you make the child sleep in one corner and you sleep at other with the hubby in between. This is so because toddlers have a habit of taking mother's milk during the night time; mine used to get up at least 5 times to take my feed until I started putting some distance between our sleeping spaces. It will be easy for you to handle your baby during the day hours as there are so many other things to distract her.
Hold Your Baby Differently:Many times, holding a baby differently also acts in your favor. My daughter is one smart child so whenever she wanted me to breastfeed she would come and sit in my lap ready to be nursed. But then she forgot that I am her mother and that I am smarter than her. I started holding her differently on my shoulder away from my breast. The trick did its job and I was able to wean my daughter off my feed.
No Stimulations:Avoid being in a situation where your baby gets stimulated for nursing. So no getting dressed or undressed in front of her, and avoid taking bath in front of her. My daughter used to get stimulated by the smallest triggers also. For instance, if she saw the comfortable rocking chair on which I nursed her she would cry for a feed.
These are some tried and tested tips by me to stop breastfeeding. Do you have some more? If yes, then please do share them with us in the comments section below to make this blog more useful for all those moms who want to stop breastfeeding but are unable to do so for various reasons.
| Nov 26, 2016
Thanks for the wonderful tips. I was searching for the same. But felt like night time feeding still more challenging case. since my daughter never leaves me till she wakes up ; ( through out feeding. i will be laying at one side whole night. Please suggest any good method to avoid this. since she cries a lot if I change my position from her.
| Nov 26, 2016
after lot of struggle and trying and experimenting I was successful in stopping breastfeed for my 2. 5yr second this month in 2weeks. Initially we tried by applying neem oil but it only created a negative impact in my child.. he started rolling on the floor n crying but late night he started taking feed even though it was bitter. so me and husband decided to stop feed on a Friday coz Saturday my husband has holiday. his help and support was most imp in stopping feed. weekends he kept him busy n made him sleep separately.. he distracted him with toys, juice, videos, rhymes and whatever he liked. Monday during day time he cried but i made sure I dint give in to his crying so by now he understood he will not get feed. night I would sleep early or act as if me and my elder son have slept with lights switched off which made him go n sleep with my husband.. slowly he started sleeping on my shoulders during daytime or not sleep at all but that doesn't mean that he completely forgot abt breastfeed. couple of days later also he tried every attempt to get feed but remember DONT GIVE IN MOTHERS. slowly in 2weeks we were able to completely stop the feed. now he has forgotten too. so don't worry it may sound impossible but it is possible. I had personally prayed a lot to Jesus to help.. so in this transition stage I could feel the grace of god in helping us and child to come out of this without much crying (he cried only one time one day) and tension but the key point is try and be persistent. every child may have a diff ways so keep trying.
| Nov 30, 2016
Hii.. I have also weaned my 1. 3 yr old baby from feeding in about 1week. She used to sleep only by my feed. She used to get up every 1hr during night. So I started feeding her through bottle and then roaming around for 10 mins.. it helped me alot.... N just try to talk to ur kid in a very polite way.. they just need ur attention. Try to give them as love n warmth as u can n they ll definitely not take much time. N hubby did a great job n supported me very well... now she sleeps for at least 3hrs continuously n wakes up once or twice at night... Really very much relieved now
| Dec 01, 2016
Nice blog. I would like to share my experience too. In my view it's better not to use bottle coz it may lead to infections and some times they will get habituated to bottle feed and wont leave or forget. it's better to feed them through tumbler, if they don't like milk through that give water as child too feels thirst it worked in my case and my daughter stopped BF At 1. 5yrs it really works and be patient dont lose hope.
| Dec 01, 2016
Bottle feeding during sleep or to put them sleep is not recommended from my opinion as a dentist.. babies are prone to get caries(decay) through bottle feed (called nursing caries) coz of lack of salivation during sleep. but tats the substitute for bf, i agree. rather can try playing them lullabies n make it a routine.. n give them time to settle, calm, sooth themselves wit a silent sleep environment. they will learn to sleep themselves. it doesn't happen like a miracle i knw. but trust me it wrks. give them chance to articulate themselves the habits rather than forcing them... most important got to maintain same timing. works grt with my 9 mnth dude.
| Dec 02, 2016
I had been exclusively breastfeeding my child for about 2 yrs and recently took a decision to stop breastfeeding her. I applied kattha (catechu), upon seeing that my daughter got scared and thought I am hurt. She then never asked for breastmilk. First few days she became restless but never asked for it. It was disheartening to see that but eventually that had to happen . Katha worked wonders for me.
| Dec 12, 2016
my son is also 2 yr ....he don't sleep without breastfeed. even his stomach is full but every time he sleeps wid only after Taking breastfeed n in midnight whenever he wake up he need feed to sleep...... it was really making me tired. I tried skipping feed , I put neem oil..... but all in vain .he was still feeding wid all stuff I was afraid if he will stop feed how will he manage to sleep...... breastfeeding is an addiction. ...for babies just like alcohol for adults.... I thought something should be there to help him while sleeping as well as to stop feed. I don't want to go for bottle feed.... so need anything better. I did two things..... first I applied "femite lotion". and to make him sleep ..I ask my husband to buy swing.... so that I can make him sleep without feed..... it really worked for me with in a week he stopped feeding ...and now m happy n relaxed. I hope it will work for others too.....
| Feb 26, 2017
Whoosh! This is what I was searching for over net, kept asking my mother,aunts and other mommy friends. I am trying to stop BF my 2yr old son but finding difficult. He has the habit of sleeping after feeding ONLY no matter how much full his tummy is. And in night if he wakes up, I need to feed him to sleep, if I don't do he cries a lot and gets angry or whatever u call! I am fed-up of his dis habit. I came across "Femite Lotion" in one of the comments of this blog,. Is it really safe for child, will he not get any allergy, vomiting or likewise by just tasting it? pls anyone guide me on Femite Lotion.
| Mar 24, 2017
Hello this could ce helpful for single baby as a mother of twins it doesn't work for me really. I kids dont demand in day time but during night when they wake up middle of sleep , they will not sleep without bf. Me and my husband bith are trying since few weeks but the situation is as it is. They keep crying for almost 1 and half an hour. I tried giving water and milk but they dint accept. I am really looking for something helpful.
| Mar 25, 2017
My 1. 3 yrs old DD nurses to sleep. She clings to me whole night n wud nt sleep without BF. Tried to cut down her day feed, only to aggravate her fear at night that she ll nt get Mum now. She cried n shouted in her sleep for milk for whole one week. What to do? No other family membet can help.
| May 09, 2017
My baby is one year and I have been trying to stop breast feeding, I have tried all the tips that you have given even before I came to know your blog. Though her tummy is full she is crying for my milk, she isn't sleeping till I breast feed her during day and night, crying and crying till 1 Am or 2 until I breastfeed. Mean while I'm feeding her with different foods, she is eating and then crying . She never slept with out my milk. If I'm handing her to her father or others she is cring like anything which I couldn't see that type of crying. Please help
| May 11, 2017
Hi moms, i just want to share my experience with you. My son takes only one nap in afternoon. He had a habit of waking up after 30mins n have some bf n go to sleep again. He was sleeping like this for 3hrs. So i stoped bf him in afternoon first n continued night feedings. He cried too much but i didnt give up. He took around 1 month to sleep without waking up in afternoon. Then when he learnt completely to sleep continuesly in afternoon i started to skip bf in night. So he cried very little bcoz he was used to sleep without bf in afternoon. So try gradually n you will get results. My son was also falling asleep only after bf so first i startd to make him sleep on my shoulder. For this he took around 5-6weeks. During this time i was bf him in sleep. When he learnt to sleep on my shoulder completely then i start to stop bf in afternoon. So best of luck. Go step by step.
| Jun 02, 2017
Hello all, I am mother of 17 months old son. I prefer videos too when it comes to parenting tips, easy for me to understand and execute. Please find below the similar video on When to stop breastfeeding. https://babystep.tv/en/video/5323-when-is-it-time-to-wean To view more similar videos, use babystep iPhone app or visit https://babystep.tv Hope it will help. Cheers !! Sonia
| Jul 20, 2017
I tried dis but dis trick does not work for my baby as what ever I prepared for her she always denied n spit it out from her mouth , I scold her , pampere her but all in vein. .. I dnt know her taste so I hv tried every thing kuch to khaye but A BIG no from my daughter :( pls advice n help :(
| Jul 20, 2017
Hi. It's about one of my friend her son is 2 yrs now still breastfeeding. As per your suggestion she do skip feeding him during day but then she feels vigorous pain and tightness in breast because of milk production so at last she goes by feeding him. What can be done for the pain pls sufgest
| Jul 22, 2017
how to stop feeding in case of a child who is feeding in midnight 3-4 times daily? she is not taking other milk instead of feeding strats crying very much.