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    Default I want to wean my 9 mth old - advice needed

    I am really nervous posting about this considering all the breast feeding threads lately so I bought I would post in this section hoping some people in here might ave advice. I am currently breast feeding my 9.5 month old and really want to switch to bottle feeding. At the moment she has a BF approx 6:30, lunch, 4:30pm and then my DH gives her a bottle of expressed milk at 7:30 (200ml) I pump before bed every night to supply milk for this bottle. She has had the occasional bottle of formula and seems fine with it. I guess I just don't know where to start with weaning her? Which feed should I drop first? She eats solids 3 times a day plus afternoon tea. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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    Hi, I don't really think I'm much of an expert regarding feeding/weaning, i just wanted to let you know what i did.

    DD was 4 months when we switched to formula as I had run out of milk. We started with the feed just before bedtime - 7ish - as this seemed to be when my milk was at its lowest. DD slept through the night for the first time and didn't want a bar of me afterwards (poor thing was starving!!)

    I am a big believer in doing what works for you and your baby, if you don't want to BF anymore it's your choice, good luck

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    DD self weaned and that went really well. It sort of worked out that she dropped one feed every 3-7 days, I woul give her a bottle instead. she dropped lunch first, then the afternoon feed. Then finally the morning feed. She was still feeding over night and dropped her 3-4am feed last. If I felt the build up or blockage in my ducts I would hand express, only if I had to would I use a pump and only to get the blockage out or to not fill full.

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    My ds weaned to the bottle from breast at 10ish months. All I did was slowly replace breastfeeds with bottles. I didn't really have ant issues as he didn't seem determined to get back on the boob. I have read that wearing
    Clothes which cover your chest etc helps too. Good luck you have done an amazing job
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    If she is taking formula ok then it will be very easy for you. Just change one feed to formula then after a few days make 2 feeds formula and so on. You can do this as slowly as you like untill you are no longer breast feeding and your milk will dry up completely shortly after .

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    Thanks for all the advice o far. If anyone else can share heir experiences I would be very grateful. seem doesn't seem very attached to BF so I am hoping she won't be too worried. That's one of the reasons I am giving up, for months now she a seems to be more interested in kicking me in the head and 'chatting' rather than feeding.

    Also how many bottles a day is typical for 9 months?

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    First of all don't feel that you need a reason or excuse on here to stop breastfeeding! It's ok to stop breastfeeding and bottlefeed your child.

    I would definately recommend cutting out one feed per week, and finish with cutting out the final feed she likes the most. Go slowly, just one feed a week - it will be kinder to your breasts, and avoid things like mastitis hopefully from happening. And be aware of your breasts - if there are any blocked milk ducts make sure you massage to unblock them or it will cause problems.

    I found this the easiest way for me. And unfortuneately I found most people are very unhelpful on providing advice on how to wean. So I hope it all goes well for you! Good luck!

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    I guess each bub will be different, and you can be guided by what your little one does. With my DS1 I weaned relatively slowly, replacing a feed every few days. With DS2, who by then was a huge 7 month old and eating loads of food, he took one look at a bottle and that was it- he really never looked back after that. So, he weaned very quickly and I sorted out my breasts myself by expressing a bit until my supply dried up. Take it one day at a time and do what bub wants. It is great that she is used to a bottle already from your expressing! All the best.

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    Thanks so much for everyone's help. I think I will take the slow approach and drop a feed a week and see how we both go with the change. I really appreciate the supportive responses it has been so reassuring!


 

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