wean from

wean someone (away) from something

to force someone or an animal to break a habit. (Fig. on the notion of ending the dependence of a young creature on milk alone.) It was almost impossible to wean her from her high spending habits. We couldn't wean away the dog from its mother.
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wean from

or wean off
v.
1. To accustom some young mammal to nourishment other than something, as the mother's milk, obtained by suckling: The mother weaned the child from breast milk. The child was weaned from the breast.
2. To detach someone from something to which one is strongly habituated or devoted: I finally weaned myself from cigarettes. They were weaned from their drug habits at the rehabilitation center.
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The ratio of heavy to light nitrogen drops as juveniles wean from their mothers' milk, but babies nurse longer than usual if they're stressed by lack of food, Cherney said.
Studies of patients who fail to wean from ventilation have been performed to determine whether there are physiological characteristics which distinguish those who wean from those who fail to wean.
Neuromuscular disorders associated with failure to wean from the ventilator.
So, my advice to mums would be: breastfeed as long as you can, change to formula if you have to and go by your admirable instincts to wean from four months onwards.
Predicting if a patient will be able to wean from mechanical ventilation is an important part of critical care medicine.
5% in 2005, the number of days to wean from entry into protocol and the average number of days on vents decreased initially from baseline.
Patients who fail to wean from mechanical ventilation via usual methods, such as pressure support weaning or progressively increasing periods of unassisted breathing through a T-piece, pose a considerable challenge to the intensive care team (3).
Christine, tears pouring down her face, added: "My mum looked after the wean from when he was weeks old because Amanda always worked.