Have to Stop Breastfeeding, but baby won't drink milk or formula...any ideas??

Meg - posted on 01/28/2012 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I have mastitis again, and had to go to the hospital for iv antibiotics today and again tomorrow, and cannot continue to breastfeed safely for us both. I would have weaned him slowly, but now have no choice but a cold turkey no more breatfeeding approach. My little guy is almost one and can start whole milk, but refuses it entirely. He won't take goats milk or formula either. The doctor said to make sure he gets 16 oz of milk a day, and I can barely get more than a few sips into him. Anyone have any suggestions?

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Kathleen(Kathy) - posted on 01/31/2012

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My daughter was the same. She only want breast milk and she as 1 1/2 before I was told to put white vinegar on my breasts just before she asked for milk and have a cup of milk or juice ready in the fridge. You sit as normal ready to feed the she put her mouth on my breast and said "yuck" mommy your milk is bad . At that point I told her there is good milk in the fridge and that took 3 times to completely wean her. Easier than I thought. Give it a try.

Kelina - posted on 01/29/2012

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try other things and keep offering him the formula or milk. cheese, yogurt, things like that. they really don't need too much of it at this age to get enough calcium. My son wouldn't drink milk either and was weaned at 14 months so yogurt was and still is his friend. He'll occasionally drink milk, but I'm ot too fussed to be honest.

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Veronica - posted on 01/31/2012

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In my experience if you shake it up afterwards there are no hot spots. Which is the way that I have done it for my son for months now.

Sarah - posted on 01/31/2012

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BTW - it's not recommended to heat any fluid for a baby in the microwave. Microwaves create hot spots within the milk that can burn little mouths. Much safer to so slowly on the stove, or sit the bottle in a bath of hot water for 5 minutes.

Veronica - posted on 01/31/2012

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I put a TINNNYY bit of herseys syrup in my sons sippy cup of milk. Gives it just enough chocolate flavor for him not to notice that its not mamas milk. Also try heating it up for 15-20 seconds in the microwave, just to mimic the natural heat your breastmilk has

Shannon - posted on 01/29/2012

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Not the best choice, but we offered chocolate milk, and mine switched right over.

Brianna - posted on 01/28/2012

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if hes not drinking the milk try to get him to eat mini go yogart at least. one yogart = one glass of milk hope this helps

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