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Old 03-31-2012, 07:39 AM   #1
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Switching to formula

My ds is 5 months old and I am going to be weaning him. Is it okay to do cold turkey? I know I may be uncomfotable for awhile. He is very laidback and has never seemed to care whether food came from me or from a bottle. Thoughts?

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Old 03-31-2012, 08:16 AM   #2
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I wouldn't, you'll probably get mastitis. I would drop one feeding every 3-5 days
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I wouldn't, you'll probably get mastitis. I would drop one feeding every 3-5 days
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Re: Switching to formula

Even if I pump for relief? I did cold turkey with my other 2 but they were 15 months and 12 months.
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Re: Switching to formula

If you pump to comfort you're still going to be doing a lot of pumping since LO is only 5 months. If you're not supplementing you're making more milk now than you would be at 15 months when LO is eating more solids.

I would drop a session every couple of days and search on the BF board for tips on drying up. I'm on my phone so I don't have acccess to my links.
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Re: Switching to formula

If he will take formula, then it should be fine. Just make sure he'll take the formula you pick before going off breast milk. My son's birth mom pumped for relief for a few weeks.
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I will not go to the BF board they were not very nice to me when I said that I wanted to quit BF at 5 months so I could TTC. Thank you mamas.
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I will not go to the BF board they were not very nice to me when I said that I wanted to quit BF at 5 months so I could TTC. Thank you mamas.
Not saying you have to ask the question there - but I've posted the link to a post on drying up on there.
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slowly go off, and don't drink a bunch of water and things that increase supply, also green tea is supposed to help dry you up
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I have always weaned cold turkey and never had any problems. If it was really bad I might pump a bit for relief but I wouldn't pump too much because then drying up would take even longer. There are some teas you can buy (with sage and peppermint) that can help, and cabbage leaves in the bra will help and will also soothe and comfort when you get to that point where you feel engorged from not nursing/pumping in so long.

ETA: I have weaned 5x now by 4 months old. However, I do have a low supply so it takes awhile for me to even feel engorged. This last time around I weaned right at 4 months and it took me like 3 days of not nursing/pumping to even feel slightly engorged. That lasted for about a day and then my body seemed to get the picture and reabsorb everything and by about 1 week I had no milk at all.
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