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I go back to work in 4 weeks and am still breastfeeding my 10.5 month old – 5:30am, 10am, 3pm and 7:30pm approx. She has never taken a bottle but does have small amounts of water in a straw cup after meals. How do I go about weaning… the daytime feeds especially as I can wait longer for the morning and bedtime ones hoping she self weans. The feeds she has are all before a sleep… she doesn’t fall asleep at the breast but seems to need them to be drowsy. I have on occasion been away in the day and missed the 10:30am feed and she is ok. Thanks!

Posted by anon, 22/11/13

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  • I would have said to give yourself a little longer – 6-8 weeks is ideal (in my opinion), Basically, drop one feed a day or replace it with formula. Wait 7-10 days then do that with another feed. And so on.

  • How did you go ? It’s good to share your experiences so people can learn from you :)

  • You had four weeks to sort this out, I’m guessing it’s all been resolved by now?

  • I just started replacing with formula from straw during the day. Milk supply quickly adjusted.

  • how did you go? pumping your milk is always a really great way to go

  • i hope you have a happy result

  • try expressing but bear in mind that you also want to slow down your flow so this may not be the best option. offer formula or water – be careful with cows milk as it can cause constipation

  • start slowly with substituting bottles of breast milk

  • I would start substituting bottles slowing over the preceding months

  • Try giving expressed milk in the bottle by someone other than yourself. If you’re around, then they are going to want mummy and it will break your heart!

  • i would try the bottle every day dont give up…… good luck

  • there are some good comments here

  • how are you being back out work

  • Sometimes we stress about these things and it turns out to be a lot easier than we thought it would be.

  • Yes, how are you managing now you are back at work?

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