Weaning off breastfeeding

Natalie - posted on 02/05/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I have a 7 mth old girl that I am breast feeding. Well she has four teeth two on top and two on bottom, and she is starting to bite and it don't feel too good. So I would like to try and get her on a bottle so I wouldn't have to nurse her anymore. She won't take a bottle and she won't even take her pacifier anymore it's like she knows what I'm trying to do. I also volunteer for the local ambulance here and would like to run but sometimes you get called out all day and I wouldn't be able to feed her but she just gets mad and cries until she gets it, and when she's mad she definetely won't take bottle. Any suggestions????

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Missy - posted on 02/06/2009

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I have been having the same problem. I am ready to stop breastfeeding my daughter. She has three teeth and likes to bite. Plus my husband and I are going away for a weekend at the end of the month so I need to be done. I hate that she will scream and throw a fit until I give in to her. I have been slowly weaning her off of the breast. For her sake and mine. She is currently taking bottles during the day. She has been for about a week, but I am still breastfeeding her at night and in the early morning. Which she has figured out, so she will only take about 4 oz total during the day. I am going to try this weekend to stop completely. Hopefully it will go well. If anyone has any ideas, to make it go smoother let me know. My doctor did tell me to use cold compresses and cold cabbage leaves to help dry up, so if you want to stop completely that my be the way to go. Then there is no milk there for them. She said make sure you are done though because it only takes a few days to dry up then.

Bethany - posted on 02/06/2009

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My son has been mostly breastfed but has had bottles since day one. Even still he would take spurts where he didn't want the bottle. What I found worked was to make the bottle experience as much like the b'feeding experience...in my case I used football hold so for his bottle I would lay him down on the pillows the same way instead of cradling him like you would usually do with a bottle. I find now that he can hold the bottle on his own he does best on his own- if you try to hold him he fights you.

Just a note on sippy cups...I have tried three kinds (Playtex, Avent and Nuby) and I find Eric will take the Nuby ones the best. He could get the water out of all three but I think the Nuby is the easiest for him. My plan was to have him sippy cup ready by 7 months to wean directly to it- but right now the most formula he's taken out of the cup is 2 oz. But I've heard to just be consistent so I've been giving it to him every day even when he wouldn't drink from it at all. And 2 oz is definitely progress! I can see him being up to a full cup in a few more days! Just don't give up! Best Wishes as I know that is easier said than done! :~)

Betsy - posted on 02/06/2009

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I am having the same problem, only I am still breastfeeding. My son used to take a bottle about two weeks ago, but now has a cold and refuses it. He starts crying and will turn his head away from the bottle. We are trying to tough it out, but it is hard to hear your child cry because they want you. If you find anything that works for you please post on here. Oh, and he doesn't care for sippy cups...seems he doesn't know what to do with them.

Kathleen - posted on 02/06/2009

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forgot to mention, try sippy cups or regular cups since she's already 7 months old...

Kathleen - posted on 02/06/2009

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I'm having flashbacks to when my daughter absolutely refused to take a bottle!!! I had to go back to part-time work when ella was four months old and she absolutely refused the bottle (even though she had taken it before at two months). I tried everything, having someone besides myself offer the bottle, adding breastmilk with formula, formula only, breastmilk only, and my cabinets are filled with like 20 different types of bottles and nipples!!! I finally found a nipple (nuks) that she kind of liked and she would only drink a few ounces while i was away from her...it's very hard but your daughter will eventually take the bottle (especially if she has in the past)...she will not starve herself! With my daughter she basically wouldn't take the bottle until i gave up on breastfeedinng altogether (i'm not suggesting you do that, but this was just my experience)...I still miss breastfeeding and didn't anticipate the emotional loss i felt when i stopped, but i do enjoy the fact that i can leave her for longer periods of time and know she will eat! Good luck! (one thing that worked for us was distraction...i would walk around bouncing her and let her stare at the TV in order to get her to drink some from the bottle...sounds terrible, but we became desparate)

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