Farkkkk!  My nipples are SO SORE!!!!  I can’t do this anymore!

12 month old Bunty had 4 teeth – 2 on the top and 2 on the bottom – and using my nipples as a chewing toy!  My nipples were cracked, sore, bleeding and yanked to exhaustion.

And don’t even get me started on the backache from crouching over to breastfeed my 9kg plus bubba.

And just like that, I decided to stop breastfeeding!

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I was ready to stop, but she wasn’t.  She was still feeding 5-7 times a day.  Straight from the boob because she refused to take a bottle.

“Nen nen” was what she would say when she wanted boob, followed by the baby sign language where they clench their fist like they’re milking a cow!

Anyway, after 5 days, I successfully stopped breastfeeding { except for the 7am I-just-woke-up-so-feed-me-now feed } and here’s how I did it :-

STEP ONE
Decide to stop.  It’s a great first step because it got me into the right mindset and attitude.  I didn’t feel guilty and I didn’t have any regrets.  I was ready.

STEP TWO
More cuddles and kisses during feeding.  I told her that she was a big girl now and that we would have to stop breastfeeding soon, but it didn’t mean that I would love her any less.  You think babies can’t understand anything, but they are a whole lot smarter than you think!

STEP THREE
Shorten the feeds.  Instead of feeding from one boob exclusively, I got her to nurse from both boobs but with shortened feeding times.  To get her to unlatch, I used to use my finger but she learnt to pull my hand away and proceeded to punish me by biting down hard!  I told ya they are too smart!  Anyway, I got her to unlatch herself by saying, “Finish.  Drink Nen Nen from other side” and used baby sign language to show her.

STEP FOUR
Introduce her to cow’s milk.*  As I mentioned earlier, she refused to take a bottle so I played a game with her.  I poured some milk into a plastic cup and taught her how to sip from it.  Yes, it got very messy and wet very quickly!  She slowly started liking cow’s milk more and more.

I repeated these 4 steps for 3 days.  I was still breastfeeding but with shorter feeding times.  The more cow’s milk she drank, the less breastmilk I gave her.  But it wasn’t till the next step where we made a breakthrough…

STEP 5
Warm cow’s milk and put it in a bottle.  Something clicked and she started drinking cow’s milk from the bottle.  My feeds dropped down to 2 and then 1, on the 4th and 5th days consecutively.  SUCCESS!

BUT.

There’s always a but!

When babies reach 1, they are discouraged to drink from a bottle as it can cause bottle caries where their baby teeth are damaged from decay.

So I taught her to drink with a straw.  I cheated by placing juice / ginger beer / Diet Coke into a cup to get her sucking the straw { instead of biting it }, but hey ho, it worked! #dontjudgemeplease

She’s happy.  I’m happy.  And the Husband’s happy now that he can reclaim my { now very droopy and deflated } boobies!

*Note :  Babies can drink cow’s milk as replacement breastmilk when they turn one year old.  Any younger than that, they should be put on formula.  If in doubt, please speak to a professional before weaning.

If you have any additional breastfeeding tips, please feel free to leave them in the comments section 🙂

2 Comments on How to Stop Breastfeeding in 5 Days

  1. Norlin
    February 6, 2015 at 11:05 am (3 years ago)

    I weaned Master 9 when he turned 1 as well. The two girls breastfed a lot longer than he did…just by a few extra months. I was over breastfeeding by then and was ready – like you. No guilt. I can’t remember if he took the bottle or not tbh. I know Miss 13 took the bottle but had special formula because of her allergies. Then cow’s milk but not via a bottle. OMG I cannot remember!!!

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    • Ling
      February 6, 2015 at 11:06 am (3 years ago)

      LOL, don’t worry. I can’t even remember what I ate this morning!! 😛

      Reply

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