Weaning off breastfeeding twins

by Cessiz
(Philippines)

I've been breastfeeding my twins for almost two years now.I decided that I have to wean them because I'm losing a lot of weight,and now that they are eating meals and only breastfeed to help them sleep..at first 2 days it was hard because they're rejecting their milk in a bottle,and so hard to make them fall asleep..but after a week things are on a smoothsail..it feels like that they dont want to breastfeed anymore.but when it is time for bed,we cuddle and that what helps them get sleepy..

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Sep 05, 2011
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You Go Girl!!!
by: Elsabe

You deserve a big medal for breastfeeding your twins for two years, you go girl!!!!

My twincesses are now 13 months old and I hope we can also make it to two years. My singleton son self-weaned at 17 months, so for me that was a bit disappointing, but I was glad that he made the choice and not me. With the girls I really hope we can also make it to two years.

Thanks for sharing, this is so encouraging to hear. Very few twin moms even make it to 6 months, finding support for the extended nursing of multiples is pretty impossible.

Sep 17, 2011
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thank you!
by: Cessiz

thanks..I know it's kinda amazing how I did that..at first I wanted to breastfeed them only for 6 months,but their attachment to the the breast is so hard to cut..and therefore it lasted up to this point.And I can say that it's worth it.My twins is healthier compared to other kids I know who never been breastfed by their moms.Also,they don't easily get sick..what more can i ask for?
And it's all because of breastfeeding.
So,if your kids still want to breastfeed,let them..it's for the benefit of all..


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Decision to wean my 3 month old/crying and pulling away from the nipple

by Fabi
(Costamesa ca usa)

Hello, I am in need of advice before making the decision to wean my 3 month old due to mental and physical exhaustion!

My son will not nurse for more than 5 minutes and only one side every 3 to 4 hrs since his delivery.

I pump all day long to empty my breast and try bottle feeding my breastmilk with no success. He will not drink more than 1oz. He will latch on and for the most part start crying and pulling away from the nipple after only 3-5 minutes , 7 minutes if I am lucky!

I have tried pumping before feeding him as I do have a fast let down and still no luck. it is very stressful and the more i try the more he fusses and screams if I try bringing him back to the nipple.THIS HAPPENS IN EVERY FEEDING SESSION!

I waste so much of the milk I pump on a daily basis. I am suffering from postportum depression and nursing him is the only thing that helps me feel better.

I tied my tubes during my csection delivery and sadly regret the decision. I have an 8yr old boy and a 7yr old girl that I did not nurse due to my lack of strong will. I was than 21yrs old and gave up too easily(yrs later I regretted that so much).

I don't want to do that with my little baby!! Please help me. I called the hospital lactation consultants where I deliver and they claimed not to help babies older than 6 weeks. What do I do?

I have also tried different nursing positions including nursing while walking and different bottles, Nothing works!! Please help me !!

He does have a bowel movement and wet diapers as normal, but its all extra work that I have to do in order for this to happen. Again it's taking a toll on me!! Thanks im advanced for any advice.

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Dec 12, 2012
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my thoughts
by: T

Hi Fabi

It sounds like a fast let down. Here is a link that can help...

//www.breastfeeding-problems.com/let-down-reflex.html

I also recommend that you see a lactation consultant in your area, there is no way for us to know exactly what the problem is. A lactation consultant can observe you and baby and give you the best advice.

Jun 01, 2013
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Perhaps expressing will help
by: Anonymous

I hope your situation has gotten better. If you are still producing any milk my advice is to express and bottle feed. All my kids were given my milk via bottle. I read somewhere even if you stopped producing milk you can restart it with constant expressing. Good luck!

Apr 04, 2014
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Breastfeeding Weaning Struggles
by: Anonymous

Hi

That sounds very frustrating. Weaning off breastfeeding can be a tough task and a tough decision.

I've heard that the most important part of breastfeeding, is the first three months. Because the most important things are in the colostrum of mum's milk.

I would definitely suggest Babies Magic Tea, because you say you are feeling the blues.

The Fennel in the tea is really good for that, and it calms baby too. Both mum and baby can drink the tea.

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Can extended pacificer use lead to early self weaning from nursing in toddlers?

by Tanessa
(Cincinnati OH, USA)

I am wondering if there has ever been a study about older babies and self weaning from nursing and pacificer use. Specifically babies between 12 -18 months old. Do you think older babies wean early after 12 months because of extended pacificer use?

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Apr 04, 2014
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weaning off breastfeeding and pacifier use
by: Anonymous

Hi

I don't think it would make much difference at that age.

During the early weeks after birth, pacifier use is avoided due to the fact that it takes time away from the breast, but when babies are older, if they like the boob, regardless of whether they use a pacifier or not, they will continue to breastfeed. Thats just my thoughts.

;-)

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Weaning off the breast

by Deven

My baby is 5 weeks old and I started supplementing with formula a week or so ago which really helped as I don't produce enough milk for him.

I was giving him 2 or 3 bottles a day. My supply has reduced a lot more and today I provided a couple more bottles than previously, and he has been spitting up more and fussy and I feel his tummy rumbling. Could it be his body adjusting to the switch?

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Sep 08, 2016
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Milk supply dwindling
by: Tracy

Hi Deven

Thank you for reaching out.

Firstly, many mothers assume that their milk supplies are low a few weeks after birth. This is mostly due to the fact that your body starts to produce only the amount of milk your baby needs and also the engorgement that you experience after birth will start to subside. Many moms take this as a sign of low milk supply. Here are the real signs of low milk supply and how to know if your baby is taking in enough milk...Is my baby drinking enough?
The reason why your supply decreased even more now is because you have given your body the signal to produce less milk by breastfeeding less and supplementing.

Milk supply works on a supply and demand basis. The less you breastfeed, the less milk you will make. And the good news is that it is not too late to bring that supply up again.

The reason why your baby is having tummy issues is because formula changes the PH of the gut as well as is less easily digested. Please read about the protection that breast milk offers a baby's gut. Gut protection

To start producing more milk and supplement less (it will be a gradual process), you need to:

* Breastfeed more
* Allow comfort feeding
The benefits of comfort feeding.
* Breastfeed first
* Start pumping in between feedings
* Start benefiting from skin to skin contact and kangaroo mother care.
What is skin to skin?
All about Kangaroo care
* Use breast compression while breastfeeding
Breast Compressions
* If after all these, you still feel your supply is on the low side, you can try a herbal tea... my recipe.
* Eat a bowl of oats every morning.

As your supply increases, you can start to give less and less formula. Use the guide for tell tale signs. Is my baby drinking enough?

Please let me know how things go.

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Ambivalence about weaning

by Amina
(Australia)

Hi, My nearly 2 year old son (#2) absolutely LOVES booby - in fact, he calls them "my boobies.'

After having a very preemie baby, the first time (now 5yrs old) and really struggling with my breastfeeding journey then - though I am immensely proud of what I accomplished - it has been much easier this time round.

But now, I am dealing with some pretty major hormonal imbalances and pretty huge weight gain that is not moving regardless of what I do.

I am working with a very good Dr (who is not encouraging weaning) and yet I am reluctantly feeling like it may well be time. I would be happy to (in fact, planned to) feed until he was 3 or 4 - but my body is really struggling.

My son can get a bit obsessed with booby and definitely prefers it over solids (though he does have a good and balanced diet). It can interfere with his sleeping and I think it is interfering with my relationship with my husband as well - I just feel sometimes like everyone wants a piece of me. Anyone else ever feel like that sometimes?

The problem is, I guess, that I would really rather he just chose to give it up on his own - but I want that to happen sooner rather than later so I can get well again - and given the choice, I reckon he'd wean at about 12 years lol!

I really love the deep connection we share and that close time when feeding, and I love how into it he is - also being able to give that to him feels really good, but sometimes I am a bit resentful too - and that can't be good. I am having trouble letting go - and would love to hear from anyone who has felt similarly.
Thanks xxx

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Apr 01, 2014
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ending your nursing relationship
by: Anonymous

Hi

Congrats on making it this far!

I know how you feel, my little girl was also very attached to her "boo boos" hee hee

I had to make that very same difficult decision about 6 months ago, just before her second birthday.

I also wanted her to "self wean" from the breast, knowing that that is ultimately the best thing to do most times, but I believe that in your and my case, it is not the best thing to do. Why?

Because you are unhappy, and so was I. The reason why I weaned, was because I needed to sleep at night! She would wake me at least 3 times at night to breastfeed. I needed my sleep!

So, sometimes we need to look after ourselves and be a little selfish! So that we can be the best mommies for our babies.

It was not easy! But, i decided not to give in, I stopped breastfeeding in a matter of about three weeks. I first started refusing feeds during the day and only breastfed before bedtime and at night. All I did was told her that "boobie has gone away" she asked me a few times, but I kept distracting her with something else.

Night feedings were a bit more difficult, I would wake up and just lie with her until she fell asleep, the first few nights she cried quite a bit. It wasnt three days of doing this, and my little girl was sleeping through at night!! I was so relieved, and finally I had the best sleep I had had in literally two years!! LOL

Do it for yourself mamma, you deserve to be happy, you have done enough!

Apr 02, 2014
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Taking a deep breath and diving in...
by: Anonymous

Hi

Thank you so much for your reply to my post. I was very touched by what you wrote and feel really validated too.

I think I really needed to hear what you said - that it's time to look after me - that I've done enough.

I have tears now just writing this. Well done to you for handling that process so beautifully with your little girl too -- I'm taking notes ;)

Jul 06, 2014
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Starting to stop and hoping for the best
by: Anonymous

My little 20 month old loves his boobies too!! It's very emotional to stop breastfeeding, but like many - I had to do it to get some sleep. Plus, not only were the night feeds keeping me exhausted, but they were also screwing up my back! The co-sleeping and breast feeding need to stop... I'm at the end of my rope and I hit the wall - my body is crying for rest ... I know it's time!... I just told my kiddo that his older brother (4 1/2) doesn't need boobies so to be a big boy - no more boobies. The funny thing is - he gets it. I'm writing this as I'm up - happy with the fact that I held-out and stayed strong in withholding the boob... I just rubbed his back and after 15 - 20 minutes of his usual moans - he just went back to sleep! Whew... Hope I can keep this up! ... It's a small thing - but a huge step!! We can do it!! We need to get ourselves back... It's time :).... Good luck and all the best!

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milk deposits and weaning

by Amin
(mumbai)

My son is 2 and half yrs old.

I want to breast feeding him and now since last 2 days he is not sucking the milk, but I am facing the problem of breast lumps.

How should I get rid of this and when will the milk get dried up?

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Nov 02, 2014
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by: Tracy

Hi

Not really sure about your question. Are you trying to wean?

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