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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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wean on

v.
1. To accustom some infant mammal to take nourishment other than by suckling: The mother weaned the child on formula.
2. Slang To accustom someone to something from an early age. Used chiefly in the passive: Moviegoers who were weaned on the TV series will find the film to their liking.
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Two more families - one from Warrington and another from Waterloo - also feature in the series which has different themes and topics about weaning.
Foals and mares whinny to each other constantly during the weaning process.
Sweet potato-fortified weaning food blends which could be processed industrially (using either extrusion cooking or roller drying) or at the household-level (using toasting in an oven or open-pan) are proposed [2].
The spokesperson said the enhanced weaning workshops were PS6 a session while PS30 buys five baby massage sessions.
The study indicates that taking a baby-led approach to weaning may reduce a baby's risk of being overweight as they are in control of their food intake.
Breed of sire affected lamb growth from birth to weaning, but not survival," Leeds says.
Baby-led weaning also lets babies regulate their food intake according to appetite and research from Nottingham shows fewer get fat.
However, there has been much debate about when our ancestors evolved accelerated weaning.
It seems that the days of wildly dissimilar weaning protocols are behind us for the moment and it is the intent of this column to encapsulate the most recent studies into reasonable and clinically applicable blueprints for weaning success.
Observational studies in humans have similarly shown that longer periods of MV are associated with greater weaning difficulty (7-9).
Researchers analysed two methods of weaning - baby-led weaning with finger foods versus traditional spoon-feeding by parents.
com)-- The Cow & Gate team of nutritionists, weaning experts and baby care advisors have produced a free 5-step weaning plan that shows mums how to wean their babies, taking them from first spoonfuls to three pureed meals a day.
Summary: Two-year-olds who are still using bottles are more likely to be obese by kindergarten, a US study said, raising the possibility that weaning babies from the bottle at an earlier age may help prevent excessive weight gain.
Two-year-olds who are still using bottles are more likely to be obese by kindergarten, a USA study says, raising the possibility that weaning babies from the bottle at an earlier age may help to prevent excessive weight gain.