weaning

Anne - posted on 01/24/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )

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hi.. my son is now 1year old and is breastfed. i chose to breastfeed him because i planned to be a housewife for a while. But now that i have plans of getting back to work, im having a hard time weaning him from breastfeeding to bottle feeding. he tries to drink from a bottle once in a while but most of the time he refuses it. please give me an advice. i dont want to traumatize my child by doing it abruptly. thanks a lot!

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Michelle - posted on 01/25/2013

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Are you trying to give it to him or someone else? He may not want to take it from you as he usually has the breast. If you go out and let someone else feed him his milk he may take it because you aren't around.

Michelle - posted on 01/24/2013

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I would wean him straight to a sippy cup at his age. There's no need for a bottle.

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Anne - posted on 01/24/2013

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thank you both for your advice..

i've tried the sippy cup but he doesnt want to drink in it unless it's a juice;but with milk, he doesnt want it in a bottle or in a cup, he only wants it from me. this is my fault, i know, because i am exclusively breastfeeding him; i wish i have tried mixed feeding him.that's why i cannot leave the house without him because i know that soon he'll be looking for me.

yes, i still plan to nurse him when we're together, but whenever we're not in the house or not together, i wish that he would drink from a bottle, its more convenient and for me and i know it will give him the sucking satisfaction as well.

i feel so frustrated because one of these days, i might be called up for an interview, and im worried on what's going to happen without me near him to breastfeed him. anyways just pouring my heart out. thanks again and God bless...

Dove - posted on 01/24/2013

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At a year he can be just on a sippy cup instead of a bottle. Personally, I wouldn't fully wean him yet. There's no reason why he can't have food and milk/water from a sippy cup while you are at work, but still nurse when you are together... if you think that would be easier on him.

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