How to switch from breastmilk to formula?

Kelsey - posted on 04/02/2016 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son is going to be 10 months in 2 weeks. He's been breastfeeding since he was born and started eating when he was just over 6 months. His father and I dont like giving him foods with lots of sugar in them. He's eating everything just fine now. And drinking lots of water. But i'm thinking it's time to stop breastfeeding. As a young mother I want to go back to school for the career I want.
I've already purchased a small box of enfamil+. The single packages to see how he is with it.
He doesn't hate it but he doesn't want it. I've tried the 50/50 method. Half formula and half breast milk but he didn't want to keep drinking it. He just played with the bottle.that's how he is with breastmilk in the bottle too. He just sips on it then plays with the bottle while it's leaking all over him. He drinks it if his father or my mother are giving him the bottle but not when I'm around.
He is a confront nursery. Always breastfeeding before his naps and before bed. I am now trying to stop during the night. Which seems to be working some nights. I just rock him back to sleep.

Any advice? I'd like to be completely stopped before summer

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Dove - posted on 04/03/2016

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Yes, at a year he can have whole milk. Yes, it's too early under a year. For some babies even 12 months is too early, but the two that I weaned at a year had no trouble w/ the transition. I started dropping about a feed/week at 13 months and by 14 months I was only nursing them at bedtime. I kept that nursing for another month and then we were done.

Like I said though... my comfort fed kid... whole different ballgame. lol

Lori - posted on 04/02/2016

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Hi im a CLC and mom of three....first go with your gut dont let anyone tell you how to raise your little one I went into the field cause I was almost terrorized by some extreme lactation people..my hope its just to give knowelege when asked and give options and allow all mom's to pick what's right for them and there individual needs with a bit more knowlege under there belt...like Im spell check depandant and rushed so bear with me..lol...so At this point a few factors may be comming in first the powerders can be really hard to get the consistency the baby is used to...cheaper..just as nutritious but a pain..the liquid might go over better...also what is may help is if you snuggle the baby as close to your skin as you used to and try to keep the bonding going while trying the bottle...he knows his mommy has yummy milk available so why go for the slightly funny plastic thing when your right there all perfect..lol ;however he will adjustj...also keep in mind the formula holds him longer so he may not be actually hungry at his usual breast milk itnervals it's a new process..you both will get it maybe a diary for a while to get his new schedual down..he may still be digesting n just nibbling..like suckling for comfort..he will eat when hungry..but everything you can do to keep the skin to skin or close snug quiet contact will signal a more normal feeding with you even with those pesky bottles..lol I say that as a joke. your doing great...keep up the good work..dont ever feel guilty Im off the clock so I can say formula isn't poison...lol. Just also mylocon drops ( anti gas ) may be helpful when adjusting to a new drinking and latch method to avoid after gulping gas...any pharmacy has em...life savers..good luck if you can keep me posted..all advice given as a mom of three with lots of years of school Im not a dr yet!

Kelsey - posted on 04/02/2016

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That's what I was thinking about too. When he turns 1 I can just give him whole milk? It's too early for him to drink it now?

Dove - posted on 04/02/2016

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Will he drink it in a cup? There is really no reason to introduce a bottle at this point.

If it were ME... I would continue nursing until at least his first birthday and then start offering him a cup of whole cow's milk at meals to start weaning him.

Of course... the two I weaned at a year (done at 15 months) were nursed on a schedule and not really for comfort. My comfort nurser didn't wean til he was 3.25 years old. So... good luck!

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