MOM TALK MONDAY: QUITING BREASTFEEDING


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Happy New Years friends!!!
What a year it has been and I am so thankful to have so many of you mamas supporting me in 2017! I am beyond excited to be starting 2018 and can’t wait for what this year will bring! Lots of amazing and big things coming your way!

Today for my Mom Talk Monday I wanted to ask you mamas opinion on how to quit breastfeeding?
Edison is now 14 months and I had a goal to breastfeed till his first birthday. I am so happy that I made it that long. I can’t say it was an easy journey, but a time I will always cherish! If you are a new mama, don’t give up on those hard days. I promise it is worth it!

iI did go over the year mark by two months, by choice. I wanted to wait until after Italy, then Christmas came, and I knew we would be away home for awhile. I felt the adjustment would be best once we were home for good. Well at least for awhile!!

I will probably begin the journey as soon as we are back to our healthy selves again, but I am ready to hear all of your thoughts and advice!

To be honest I don’t think the adjustment is going to be as hard for him as it will be for me. I have found that I nurse him when I am tired, lazy, or just in public to calm him down. When I don’t have that “out” anymore, it sort of freaks me out!! So I think the 5 am wake up calls will be extra brutal when I can’t whip out the boob and go back to sleep!

As for Edison he is currently breastfeeding 2-4 times a day. Stopping the day time feeds I don’t think will be a problem. There has been days that I only feed morning and night!
So the worst will be the nighttime feeding right before bed. He generally falls asleep at the breat and I lay him down. So I would love any advice here!

Lastly, once I start weaning I know Whole Milk is the best to give them? Yes? No?
What else do you suggest?
Also, its probably best to just quit all bottles at once, yes?
Guys, I’m totally clueless here!
​ So if I keep bottles, no problem. But if switching to sippy cups is the right way to go, which brand do you suggest?

Cant wait to hear all your responses!

​xo Camilla

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13 Comments

  1. Robin
    January 1, 2018 / 10:18 pm

    First off!!! I commend you for breastfeeding for all this time! It takes a lot 🙌🏻 I started my first on whole milk when she turned one but when she didn’t react well (we don’t drink milk anyways as a household) we switched her to rice milk! It’s the same consistency as breast milk!!! She didn’t really notice the difference! I can’t wait to hear what everyone says about the bottle has my daughter won’t go to sleep without one! She is 20 months and it’s not even a question for her… but during the day she is perfectly fine with a cup and a straw! 💋

    • Camilla Thurman
      January 2, 2018 / 12:16 pm

      Thank you so much Robin!

      This is so helpful. I will have to give a look into Rice Milk if he doesn’t take Whole Milk!

  2. Kristian
    January 2, 2018 / 8:19 am

    Ours was not the same situation at all- we ended up switching to formula at about 4 months. Our baby was so colicky, partly due to having trouble digesting his food, and after lots of diet switching, meds etc. our doctor suggested special formula.

    However, the weaning was interesting. Most people suggest (no matter the babies age) doing it slowly, so, like, trying no breast feeding during the day but maybe before bed and if he wakes at night or once during the day. It is easier on your body too. We ended up having to go cold turkey and it hurt. For you, I would make sure you have cabbage leaves. As weird as it sounds, you put them on your breast to help with swelling. The cabbages are cool and they have vitamins and stuff in them that help reduce milk production.

    Good luck!

    • Camilla Thurman
      January 2, 2018 / 12:17 pm

      Thank you so much Kristian!

      I appreciate you sharing this! Luckily for us, Edison is used to taking a bottle of formula each night too since he was about 3 or 4 months! So a bottle is no problem. But hoping just switching to bottles or sippy cups will be alright.

      Yes, I have heard cabbage leaves do wonders. Thanks for reminding me!

      xo

  3. Ema
    January 2, 2018 / 8:58 pm

    Hey mama, following for advice and outcome because my goal was one year and my Edison will be 15 months on the 14th and still breastfeeds about 3-4 times a day too. Everyone always tells you to breastfeed but no one ever says how to stop!!! I’ve given my son a bottle with whole milk and he’ll only take a couple sips and then he’s uninterested. Sorry I can’t be of more help but I’m here solidarity sisters LOL

    • Camilla Thurman
      January 3, 2018 / 9:20 pm

      Thank you so much Ema!

      It is totally hard and unspoken how to quit right? I totally feel you!

      xo

  4. Alyssa
    January 2, 2018 / 10:06 pm

    Hi Camilla! I don’t know anything about weaning, but I can relate to the fears of quitting. My daughter is 10 months, and I plan to be done breastfeeding by the time she is one. Your pediatrician may have some suggestions for weaning, and for what kind of milk to give Edison. I have a friend that gave her daughter almond milk at one. As for bottles and sippy cups, I only give my daughter breast milk in bottles, and then water in a sippy cup. Once she is one we will do all sippy cups if possible. I don’t think there is a right or wrong way to transition though, whatever is easier for you and Edison. As for brands of sippy cups, I like Nuk and Munchkin Miracle 360.

    • Camilla Thurman
      January 3, 2018 / 9:22 pm

      Hi Alyssa!

      Thank you so much for your response!

      I talked with my pediatrican today and she didn’t give me any advice. such a bummer! But I agree, I think switching to just sippy cups will be the right thing to do!

      xo

  5. Alexis
    January 3, 2018 / 8:57 am

    Hello,
    My daughter will be a year at the end of this month and I just stopped pumping this past week. She self weaned at 10 Months old. Right around that time I had been offering her a sippy cup with her meals to get her used to the idea. Up to that point I was only nursing her first this in the morning and before bed. She just stopped being interested in it and the biting just wasn’t worth it! (Ouch!) I continued to pump and offer it in her bottle which we eventually weaned to only the morning and bedtime feeds. Then I cut down to just a bottle at bedtime. She had gotten pretty good at using her sippy cup through the day. I feel like sippy cups are trial and error. You have to find one they like! I was slowly weaning myself off pumping as well because I was scared to lose that “out” like you said. I had a much harder time with it than my daughter did! As far as milk goes, I started out by mixing 1/2 breastmilk or 1/2 formula with 1/2 whole milk and after about 1.5 Months she’s only just whole and doing great! Sorry this is so long but us first time mamas need to stick together! Good luck! PS cabbage leaves and cold packs truly work wonders and you will feel okay about it all. Just think of all the extra time you have to make memories with your little one now!

    • Camilla Thurman
      January 3, 2018 / 9:25 pm

      Thank you so much Alexis!

      This is all so very helpful! I agree with you. I think mixing half and half is the best solution instead of switching to whole milk at once. Good idea. I will try this!
      I am also with you on the fact that us mamas need to stick together! Totally!

      xo Camilla

  6. Lindsey
    January 3, 2018 / 11:24 am

    My oldest two basically self weaned around a year but they were at daycare so they were much more used to taking a bottle by then. My twins didn’t really start taking a bottle until November when they started mother’s day our a few days a week. They also turned one in November. They’ve become less interested in nursing since then. I’d start offering him the bottle more often and tapering off nursing. Maybe switching up when you give him a bottle and when you nurse will help him not get into a settled routine of nursing at a certain time. You could continue to give the sippy cup with just water until you find one that he seems to like best and then start offering milk in the sippy when he would usually take the bottle. My pediatrician says around 15 months is when babies become attached to things because of control verses comfort so that’s an age to maybe aim for in having the transition at least underway if not complete. We try to not make a big deal about things and let transitions be more flexible and it seems to work for our boys. I got the twins camelbak cups for Christmas because our older boys (5 and 3) use them. The twins think they are so big now. I only put water in those because if they throw them (which they do) they can leak a bit. I love how easy they are to clean and you can replace the straw and mouth part. We started the babies on zoli cups for water first. I use sippies that don’t leak for milk and juice (we don’t do juice at all til closer to 3 and not a lot even then). This is such a fun age!!!

    • Camilla Thurman
      January 3, 2018 / 9:28 pm

      Thank you so much Lindsey!
      I loved reading it all.

      I hope to get it all situated before he turns 15 months, because I can totally see him becoming more attached.

      Thank you so much!

      xo

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