I want to stop breast feeding but Violette hasn't liked enfimil or parents choice formula she is 7 m

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Ellen - posted on 04/24/2009

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Hi Becky, My DD's name is Violet and she was born last Sept. also!
It's a tough decision to stop breast feeding, but we are so lucky to have many other options! I'm in a very similar position. I struggled so hard to breast-feed (I have a permanent scar on one breast from my efforts!), and am proud I did BF exclusively until now. That said, yesterday DD drank her first 2 ounces of formula!! Mixed with the guilt was a sense of relief. Our children will be FINE on formula, and give yourself credit for all the breast milk you gave her! At some point we have to make sure our needs are being met in order to be the best moms we can be, and if using formula will help you then you are still being a good mom!

Here are a few things that worked for us - although it was not easy to convince her formula was an acceptable from a bottle. Babies this age actually know that "milk" comes from the bottle or the breast, and get upset if it isn't what they expect in there.

1) mix cereal/other solids with the formula, or spoon feed her just the formula so she gets used to the taste.

2) Use a sippy cup (with the valve removed) or help her use a small plastic regular cup to drink the formula out of.

3) It might seem to make sense to wait until she's really hungry, but that didn't work with our Violet - she was more open to the formula after she'd BF to take the edge off. Then she drank some formula from the bottle. Try giving her the solids first, then offering formula, or 1/2 bottle breast milk, them switching to a bottle with formula.

4) Try mixing breast milk and formula in the same bottle. Start with 75% BM, 25% formula and then if that goes over OK, over a few days increase the formula and decrease the BM until she's drinking all formula.

5) Be Patient, Positive, and Persistent! She's only had you for 7 months, so it may take some time to adjust. Don't force the issue, just keep trying and keep each time you offer something new positive - try not to get too frustrated or she'll sense it and the whole thing will become a battle.

Good luck with your little flower!

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Rebekah - posted on 05/02/2009

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Try Nestle Good Start - it's the closest to breastmilk, has a sweeter taste to it.

Best way to stop breastfeeding, is to mix half and half, then just keep reducing the amount of breastmilk. Your baby is used to you and that's what she wants. Just keep trying.

Elizabeth - posted on 04/30/2009

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I'm having the same problem, I've tried enfamil, nestle, and 3 different types of similac, which tastes the best. Try using different bottles/nipples. they have one at babies r us called adiri which is shaped and feels more like a breast. you might try mixing the breast milk with the formula. put more breat milk in at first and then slowly start adding in more formula so the baby can get used to the flavor.

Natasha - posted on 04/26/2009

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I suggest Similac Sensitive. My daughter is borderline lactose intolerant and had reflux as well and the only formula that we found worked for her was the Similac. I have suggested it to a few of my friends that had to switch over to formula and it seems to have been a success for them as well!!!

Teresa - posted on 04/25/2009

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I'm having the same trouble, but I'm stopping for medical reasons. I really, really don't want to but I have no other option. :( So far, he HATES formula. He has never liked a bottle but now that he has tasted the icky stuff, he will actually drink breastmilk from a bottle. Ellen, thank you for the suggestion to "spoon feed her just the formula so she gets used to the taste." I'm going to try that! It might work. ...I hope.

Emma - posted on 04/24/2009

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my daughter is 7 and half months old i still breastfeed in morning after her breakfast then gove her dinner then in afternoon breastfeed then tea last feed has a bottle of goodnight milk can make the best of both worlds!

Cynthia - posted on 04/24/2009

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when we weaned my fist one we did it over a few weeks from breast milk to formula. that way I could just keep pumping and allow my breastmilk to still supplement my son and in turn take time to let the feeds taper off. We first established him on the bottle with breast milk. He was comfortable with drinking soley from a bottle then we would alter the milk inside the bottle. We started with 100% breastmilk, then cut it to 75% BM with 25% formula, then 50/50 then, 25% BM to 75% formula and then finally 100% formula. then when we changed from formula to regular milk we did the same thing except with his sippy cups. We would change the ratio mix every 4 to 5 days so it took a while but he never complained or fussed. this worked great for us. Hope this helps.

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I agree with the last post....slowly and surely!! Weaning doesn't just happen unfortanaly. She is so used to breastmilk and now your trying to give her some nasty formula!! :)
Try out what Ellen suggested and hopefully, in a cpl days or weeks, she will be eating and drinking what you give her!
Best of luck

Ellen - posted on 04/23/2009

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Are you suprised she doesn'''t like formula, have you tasted it (I taste everything I give my children, you wouldn't drink it either)? She has had human milk for 7 months, maybe you can start her on food.You could pump, then she can still have the milk that is made for her. I really wouldn't expect a baby that has been breastfed that long to change to formula...you could try goat milk, at least it is real milk, and easier on the system than cow milk.

Chelsea - posted on 04/23/2009

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Why do you want to stop breastfeeding. I would love to support you if you choose to keep breast feeding. Are you having problems with it?

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