Advice for weaning baby off breastfeeding

Jade - posted on 06/11/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have a 10 month old baby boy and have been breastfeeding up until this point. He has a few teeth now and it makes feeding difficult. Also, I am hoping to go back to work soon so I am keen to try to get him onto a bottle/beaker soon but have no idea how to go about it. Would be grateful for other mums opinions/techniques they have tried!

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Abigail - posted on 06/11/2010

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Hi I am Abigail. I am a trained breastfeeding peer supporter. Firstly if biting is a problem you can train them not to do it by taking them off the breast and saying no when they bite - they will quickly learn that if they bite they get no milk. If you could over come this you might like to continue to breastfeed when you are around.
If you are planning to wean fully from the breast it must be done one feed at a time other wise you risk things such as engorgement and mastitis as well as an upset child. You need to give him and your body time to adjust.
Do you give him water or juice from a sippy cup already? If you do the transition should be easier. If he is reluctant ot take milk in this way sometimes it is best if you go out and leave them with someone else as they are less likely to want to do it when they consider breast as an alternative option.
If he doesn't already take anything from a cup or a bottle then I would advise going straight to a sippy cup and missing out the bottle altogether at this age. The cup is better for teeth and speech developement. You can get the cups with the non-spill vent thing in them so they have to suck - it helps them to learn to use the cup without choking cause its pouring into their mouths.
Also it might help to use expressed milk to begin with as breast milk is what he is used to, then if you want to you can change to formula when he has got the hang of using the cup.
It is advised that before weaning babies off the breast onto formula you discuss it with a Health Visitor or a Doctor. They will be able to give you advice and support, as well as it then being on your babies medical records (which is important in the case of an emergency).

Try having a look at these too

http://www.llli.org/FAQ/weanhowto.html

http://www.llli.org/NB/NBweaning.html

http://www.breastfeedingmums.com/Stoppin...

http://www.llli.org/NB/NBbiting.html

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*Lisa* - posted on 06/15/2010

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Thanks Abigail! You answered my questions too! Good luck Jade. We're in the same position as you :)

Hannah - posted on 06/14/2010

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wow, well done to you for doing it this long! i was goin to advise you, but abigails advise is good so listen to her lol

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