Trying to ween to formula at age 8 months and failing miserably

Melanie - posted on 12/12/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Need a miracle. I have to go back to work therefore child care staring in the new year and thought I'd give myself plenty of time to ween bub from bf to formula, it's been 2 months already and it's just not happening for me. Health centre nurses tell me I'm doing all the right things to keep persevering. He took the bottle with expressed milk from both myself and husband last night feed (6.30pm), then took mix of bmilk and formula and for about 4 nights in a row took the formula. Then, pretty sure teething struck again, thought has two teeth already, no more have come through yet but all the signs were there, so all he wanted was me. Now a month on, still no more teeth, and feel like we've gone backwards, he sees the bottle and starts screaming and won't have a barr of it, even with bmilk only. Have tried copious amounts of sippy cups too, to no avail. He was a reflux baby, but has just grown out of it, thank god. Now the new thing is not to drink at all, so I'm feeling completely defeated, and mega worried about fluid intake. He drinks water from a cup, no lid, so messy business but I keep plugging away even little sips to ensure he's getting something. He used to bf every 4 hrs from 5.30am, at least 4-5 feeds, plus hes been on solids since 4 months due to reflux, so loves solids and has three small meals a day, which I've been hiding milk in. He's slept from 7pm till about 5 am since 3 months. Last 4 days bf at 5.30am one side, 7am the other, then I struggle to get any milk into him till about 3 or 4 pm, then 6.30pm bfeed feels like a pacifying one rather than decent drink. Sorry to ramble, never been on forums before, looking for some amazing advice from anyone that's experienced similar behaviours. Cheers,

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Jessica - posted on 12/13/2013

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When do you offer a bottle? Before or after a meal of solids? How long after? How long before/after sleep? That's important to know in order to help.
Also, make sure you are not in the room when he is being bottle fed. You will still be lactating and believe it or not, babies can smell it on you - and boob is preferable to bottle. Also, have you considered switching teats? You said you tried different sippy cups - but not teats. Some teats are more like a real breast/nipple and he may prefer a different one.

Melanie - posted on 12/12/2013

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Many thanks for this advice Bea, yeah I give him very sloppy cereal and hiding milk and water in other foods, will keep persevering with the sippy cup as well, appreciate you advice and kind words.
Cheers, Mel

Beatrice - posted on 12/12/2013

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Its okay sweetie, you havent rambled on and i can see how stressed you are about this. We all have our own worries on our child, like is he drinking enough? Has he been eating enough? And i can see that you're worried. Now if you can, try making watery poridge, and get him to eat that. Or try to get him moving, this might make him thirsty. If this doesn't work you could try the doctors, i have a friend who had a baby like this, and she had to be forced water and food to keep her going. Last thing is that you could try and force him to have a sip of water a day, and build up, so he knows hes got to have it and your going to get it in him no matter what! You can do this, have faith, the lord is with you, and will help through difficult times! Bea xoxo

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