How to start weening a baby?

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-31-2011
How to start weening a baby?
Wed, 01-23-2013 - 9:19pm

My baby is 10 months old today and I plan on weening her when she is one. What is the best way to start weening her ? I pump 3 times when I'm @ work and bf her 3 times @ home.

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Registered: 06-10-2008
Thu, 01-24-2013 - 9:56am

Regina, welcome to the board and thanks for stopping by!

The most important thing to think about with regards to weaning is to do it SLOWLY. If you're not planning on introducing formula, it's probably best to wait to start doing anything until after her first birthday since cow's milk typically shouldn't be introduced before then. Do you know yet if she'll drink other beverages from a bottle or cup? Does she eat a varied diet of solids?

Once you're ready to stop pumping at work, just drop one pump session at a time and give your body a chance to adjust so you're not dealing with engorgement. Are you looking to wean entirely or just to stop pumping at work? Some moms choose to hang up the pump horns but continue to nurse morning and evening until baby is ready to stop. I just wanted to throw that out there as an option as well, since breastfeeding does continue to have many benefits to baby and mom after the first birthday.

I hope that helps. Please let us know if you have any additional questions.


iVillage Member
Registered: 08-31-2011
Thu, 01-24-2013 - 5:10pm

Yes she drinks water & juice from a sippy cup @ meal time. She eats table foods now. I plan on bf her in the morring and @ bed time after she turns one. I just really do not want to pump much after that. Thank  you for your help . It gives me more of an idea of what to do.:-)

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Registered: 12-21-2009
Thu, 01-24-2013 - 9:41pm

Lots of babies will naturally cut back on breastfeeding as you give more and more solids and liquids from a cup.

If you mostly want to give up the pump, ask her daycare provider to focus more on the solids and other liquids and try to gradually cut back on her need for any pumped milk during the day. When she’s one year the baby can take cow’s milk from a cup if you’d like to start that. As she needs less breast milk for bottles during the day you can obviously gradually cut back on the pumping.

Good luck, I’m hoping some of the moms will also chime in with their personal experiences


Kathy Kuhn IBCLC

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and Grammy to Brennan, Elias, Elianna, Tahlia, Makenna, Maura, Silas and Charlotte    

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