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Weaning from breast milk or formula.

At some point all parents need to think about moving on from breast milk or formula to other milk products such as cows milk, almond milk, soy milk ect. I have been very lucky with both my boys, weaning them both has been a very easy transition. I started both my boys at around 11 months. I started daily by substituting there formula in their cereal, by replacing it with full cream cows milk. This way it was not a lot at first, and I would know if it had an effect on them such as diahoreah, rashes or any severe reactions. After a bout a week I slowly started to add cows milk into a Sippy cup as well as in his cereal. Once another week had past I slowly replaced all formula with cows milk. By 1 years, Elijah was fully weaned and only drinking cows milk! So this was a great for me and a relief knowing there was no reactions or allergies to the milk. I did the exact same process with both boys and both worked out really well for me.

I recently read on mybabycare.org an article about moving your child onto Almond Milk for Kids which I found really interesting, as to be honest I had not thought about giving any other milk products to my kids. I have always drank cows milk, as its what I was brought up on, its what I know. I usually use almond milk in smoothies or on cereal. Sometimes I will even try coconut milk or coconut water in smoothies, which I’m not the greatest fan of I must say!

I would love to know your weaning experiences, good or bad and any tips you may have on weaning little ones from formula or breast! Everyone has different experiences, and learns new tips and tricks along the way, so share them with us!

Take Care,

Candice

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10 thoughts on “Weaning from breast milk or formula.”

    1. they will when they are ready. some babies take longer then others, but I started my son just before 12 months. I struggled at first getting him of the breast onto bottles, he just would not do it, but after that, I switched from breast milk to formula then on to cows milk, and that went very smoothly. I warm the milk up also, he wont drink it cold 🙂 good luck!

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  1. My oldest self weaned off breastmilk on her on her own when she was ready. My second is still currently nursing and will wean when she’s ready. I like to let my little’s lead the way on things like this.

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    1. absolutely, that was my plan at first, but I couldn’t keep doing the breast anymore, I desperately wanted my body back. I had had enough, but I am currently pregnant again, so the plan this time is to go as long as possible, even through the wanting my body back phase, and hopefully baby will self wean! congrats on being able to do that, I’m hoping to be a bit stronger this time around 🙂 x

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  2. Once my kids turned one, I just switched them over from formula to cow’s milk with no problems. A little constipation, but nothing too bad. We just increased their fiber intake. This time around, I’m hoping to BF for the full year, so we’ll see how it goes. 🙂 I like to transition them to cow’s milk instead of almond or other types of milk bc of the benefits it has for brain development.

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    1. oh good luck, hope your successful! I am pregnant again, and I am hoping this time around I can breast feed for a year, that’s my plan. but then again I said that last time, and I got to the point where I just wanted my boobs back and to be able to not share my body anymore! yes, I have never tried any other milk other then cows milk either. Thanks for your comment, I love to get everyone’s feedback and personal stories. there really interesting! x

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    1. I am looking forward to giving breast feeding another go with my 3rd, I want to go as long as possible and see if baby just weans naturally. Both my boys have been different in their feeding and their routines, so will see what happens with baby number 3! 🙂

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