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Weaning Your Baby: The No-Worries Guide

5 tips from moms on weaning your kids.
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Great tips from moms for making a smooth transition

Substitute a new activity: "A few of my kids weaned themselves at about a year old, but the rest clung fast to their breastfeeding routines. Bedtime nursing in particular was, for them, mostly a way to get special time with me. So I shifted the focus before bed to singing, snuggling, and reading together. Once my children realized that they would have that time even without nursing, they weaned more willingly."
—Julie Lyles Carr, mom of eight, Austin, Texas

Find a pace that works for you: "I weaned my daughter at a year-and-a-half old. In the first month, I took away one daily nursing, then two in the second month, and so on until I was down to only one nursing per day. At that point, I just chose a random day and stopped completely. It was a bittersweet moment for me, but she didn't cry—she had her trusty sippy cup to fall back on!"
—Erin Evans, mom of two, Dallas, Georgia

Offer comfort toys: "I weaned my son at 22 months. Each time he asked to nurse, I got Blue Bear, his favorite stuffed animal, for him to cuddle. It worked—he weaned in just a couple of days!"
—Amy Tucker, mom of two, Huntsville, Alabama

Pump it up: "All of my kids easily weaned at about a year old—they turned their heads away as if to say ‘Never again!' I only had to be thoughtful about weaning’s pace in order to keep my breasts from exploding. I pumped only enough for one feeding at a time, and then would drop a pumping session every few days until the milk disappeared. The results were no engorgement, no infections, no screaming babies."
—Wendy Hagen, mom of three, San Francisco, California

Make milk the appetizer only: "I slowly changed our routine when it came time to wean so that I nursed only before feeding my children solid food. It didn’t take long for them to become more interested in the food, and then they basically weaned themselves."
—Richele McFarlin, mom of four, Toledo, Ohio

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  • Rated 0 out of 5 by 33reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I am currently taking the lead in letting my 13 month old self-wean. When I am home, I let her nurse a few times during the day and at bedtime. I'm a night-shifter and I pump at least once these days. These suggestions give me some ideas to work with. Thank you! October 13, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Though I have not personally liked a single day of breastfeeding, I have been strictly providing breast milk for my 4-month-old son. For me, I have been anxious to quit this whole time, but I know my son is getting the best nutrition; and he really enjoys nursing. So, I feel sad about weaning him when the time comes only because I will miss providing him that joy. Am I just nuts? May 10, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Patience, patience, patience. You need lots of it and remember that there are going to be days that are harder than others. November 26, 2013
    Rated 0 out of 5 by When my son was first born I heard about late night car rides to soothe babies with colic but since I have begun the process of weaning I often pack us into the car at naptime and drive him to sleep. This may not be the best solution for everyone but doing this and finding other ways to get my little one to sleep without nursing has helped tremendously. I notice that he often still wakes in the night but instead of crying out and requiring my milk he just rolls over and soothes himself to sleep. I just wanted him to learn that he doesn't need breastmilk to go to sleep. Going great so far! June 23, 2013
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