Weaning onto formula... HELP!

Traci - posted on 02/07/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hey all,

My son will be six months old at the end of the week. He is exclusively breast fed and I'm getting really exhausted with it. My husband and I are slowly weaning him onto formula, but there is a problem. He won't take the bottle from me at all. He will sometimes take the bottle from my husband, especially if I am not around. He won't even take a bottle of breast milk from me, let alone formula.

I would really appreciate any advice or helpful tips you can give me.

Thanks.

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Traci - posted on 02/08/2011

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Thanks everyone. I keep trying. I give him solids every day... he loves eating. My husband is good support, as well as my mom. Last night I breastfed him and this morning he took a little bit of formula for me from the bottle. We'll take it slow. Thanks again!

Elfrieda - posted on 02/08/2011

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Some kids just hate the bottle. My nieces were like that, and their mom is still bitter about how she could never leave them anywhere for more than 3 hours! How about going slowly? Nurse him for less time, and then stop and feed him some formula in a bottle to top him up. Or have your husband take over evening duty with only a bottle. Or leave the baby with a relative who has offered to help, and know what they're getting into! Or start getting your son used to formula in a sippy cup, if he'll take it that way. Just a bunch of suggestions. One of them might work. Good luck!

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I weaned at 11 mnths because I had a medical issue but it was no problem weaning him. Maybe if you just hang in there for a month or so more and keep giving bottle anytime you can. Sometimes the baby can sense your desperation and become more attached so if you take your time. One way I did it was I always fed him at night before bed but during the day I substituted till he was completely weaned and I wasn't in a rush. Just take your time and know that one day you'll miss it, trust me I do.

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