(Closed) I need help weaning my daughter from the breast.

posted 4 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

You may want to repost this in the Babies section, under Nesting. There’s lots of nice ladies over there that could help you out!

Post # 3
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Busy bee

My daughter never took to milk after i weaned her and she is almost 2. As long as she is eating full fat yogurt and cheese and other dairy  it makes up for the lack of milk.  And I apologize for this because it’s sanctimonious, but a baby should not be drinking anything but water or milk. Juice is pure sugar and no nutrients.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

That sounds tough… My first suggestion would be to start moving that feed earlier, so you can dissociate it from sleeping. Maybe start inserting a book / song inbetween, then move it to before the bath (if you do it), so that eventually you breastfeed at dinner time. Once you’ve gotten there, I would have said try to substitute it with formula or milk, but since your daughter won’t take them, maybe just drop it?

We also had a long, though planned, period of adjustment from breastmilk to formula (and then, somewhat easier, to milk). It took mine about 5 weeks (at 7mo) of consistently offering the same sippy cup before breastfeeding and then breastfeeding if she had not drank enough.

I am curious though, how is she getting her dairy intake? Our doctor said they need 1/2 liter of dairy at this age, mainly because of the calcium. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee

cathiemaney:  juice for regulation is totally different! If the doc says do it, you do it. You could try blending milk into smoothies with berries and stuff which may also help her poop and get her dairy.

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Juice and milk aren’t ideal anyway. I’d talk to your doctor, but there are healthy kids all over the world who aren’t fed cow milk, and I believe at 18 months she’s past needing any milk? Consider how many kiddos are lactose intolerant. There are loads of foods that provide calcium, and juice isn’t as good for the body as eating fruit. Fruits and veggies are high in fiber and a healthier way of obtaining the nutrients.

No one needs juice or cow milk for a healthy digestive system. If she has a poor reaction after weaning, look into other options. But juice/milk are far from necessary for ideal health in most people. Seriously, I highly doubt she needs either.

ETA – Anyone who undergoes a major dietary change deals with bowel movement changes. It is understandable that she dealt with a bit of constipation after weaning initially. You’re now down to 1 short feeding, and there’s no reason to think cutting that out will throw her BMs off. Just feed her a healthy diet and she will be fine. I think you’re very lucky to have a kid who doesn’t crave sugary drinks, and I also wonder if she is lactose intolerant or has a cow milk allergy, which could lead her to deny it even when thirsty.

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 8 months ago by  lovelyruby.
Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

cathiemaney:  Well, like other have said, she doesn’t HAVE to have cow’s milk. If she gets plenty of calcium, vitamin D, protein and fat from other sources, it’s just fine. Cow milk is just an easy way to get in those good calories from protein and fat. If you’re only breastfeeding her for five minutes every 24 hours, I’m guessing you’re not making much milk anymore. So I don’t think you need to worry to much about her losing that liquid intake. It sounds like she nurses for comfort and to feel drowsy, which is totally normal. My son loved nursing before bed so we replaced it with rocking, talking about our day, and patting his back after a few books. Since your daughter likes to nurse for comfort, I think the key is replacing breastfeeding with cuddles or something else to help her feel sleepy, not with a drink. I think a PP’s advie about moving the nursing session earlier is a good one. Best of luck!

ETA: I don’t think there’s anything wrong with offering her just water if she’s thirsty, as long as the water doesn’t fill her up and prevent her from eating healthy foods!

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

lovelyruby:  Lactose intolerance in a child that young isn’t all that common.  Breast milk contains lactose, so breastfeeding is an issue for the kids who are lactose intolerant.

Post # 12
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Newbee

I weaned my son at 18 months.  He never drank cow’s milk and to this day won’t drink it.  I also don’t believe milk is necessary for good health.  I’ve never drank milk myself.  My son eats cheese, gets a mutivitamin and foods high in calcium.  He also ate lots of yoghurt when he was younger.  

I was forced to wean my son at my doctor’s advice as I had a dental procedure requiring an anaesthetic.  My son would have been exposed to trace amounts of anaesthetic in my breastmilk (I was told).

I tried tons of things to wean my son.  It was very difficult and felt so cruel to simply refuse to feed him and offer other things to drink.  Only one thing worked and it worked in about a day or two.  I brushed my nipples with vinegar.  My son didn’t like the taste and lost interest in breastfeeding.  There were no tears and it was a painless process as my son ultimately made the decision to stop feeding due to the sour taste of the vinegar.  Cabbage leaves also worked for breast engorgement (sounds ridiculous but it really does work – go figure) 🤔

I hope this helps…..Good luck!  Breastfeeding and weaning is difficult and parenting is filled with guilt as you’re constantly questioning and judging yourself.  Do what’s best and least traumatic for yourself and your baby.

 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
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AB Bride:  That’s not the point I was trying to make. Cow’s milk is not necessary for human survival and there’s no reason for OP to be afraid because her daugher doesn’t seem to want to transition to it. I was simply offering the point that many, many societies do not consume it and it doesn’t harm their long-tern development. Then as a side note, I offered the possibility that she could be lactose intolerant or allergic to cow’s milk. There are proteins in cows milk that are hard to digest for many infants, toddlers, and adults, which is why so many young children have trouble digesting formula and not breastmilk. But yes, you’re right that a little baby rarely has trouble specifically with lactose.

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