Weaning From Breast to Bottle, HELP

Danielle - posted on 12/30/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 6 months old, and my Iron is terribly low, supplements aren't helping. Her Pediatrician told me to put her on Formula, but we're having a REALLY hard time. I was using Platex bottles, and changed to now using Tommee Tippee bottles, which are a little better, but she still refuses, pushes it away, yells, screams and cries. its horrible, and I absolutely hate to hear it. it breaks my heart! Help please, any advice is good!!! Thank you!

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Jennifer - posted on 01/03/2011

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frequent nursing is not a sign that your milk is low, its probably just the way she likes to eat. her diaper counts is what you want to pay attention to.

i would definitely talk to a lactation consultant before you stop nursing...i think a lac consultant would be better suited to help you continue breastfeeding, while making sure you both are healthy. doctors are great at trying to keep people healthy, its the breastfeeding end that they tend to not be so up to speed with and its easy for them to tell you that you need to stop.

personally, i would try to continue on...from here on in, her nursing requirements will lessen and it will get easier on you.

good luck, i hope it all works out the way you want it to :)

Sarah - posted on 12/31/2010

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Were you told to wean her just because you don't have enough milk? If so, would using all the supply boosting remedies and pills work?
Hmm with the bottles maybe dream feeding her the bottles would help?
I guess if she absolutely won't take a bottle then you don't have much choice than to breast feed. If shes not gaining enough weight could you up the solids and give her more high calorie foods?
I don't know much about this, when i had low iron levels and my supply dropped they didn't link the two or suggest i formula feed. I just keep getting told shes too skinny and needs to eat more.. when she eats heaps and is perfectly healthy!

Anyway i hope that helps!

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Chelsea - posted on 01/04/2011

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sorry to hear that hun i was the same way and weaned at 8 months because my daughter nursed all day and still cried for more, i couldnt pump from the begining so i never had the option to giver her pumped milk, hopfully she will find something she will take, good luck but i do suggest going to a lactation consultant dr, dont care to much wether a baby is on the breast or formula the consultants will help you try eveyr thing possible, i was so sad when i stopped and wished i would have tried more

Lise - posted on 01/03/2011

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Danielle, when are you pumping? What kind of pump are you using? How long do you pump? Maybe we can trouble-shoot that, and then when you can pump enough, you can transition her that way. You're going to want to pump a little while weaning anyway, as you want to avoid mastitis or plugged ducts. Not everyone responds to the pump, but you can work on it if you want. I think that would be the easiest transition for your daughter, if you really want to wean her.

Danielle - posted on 01/03/2011

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@ chelsea, she Doesn't like the bottle OR the Formula, and i dont make enough milk to pump at all. our ped. doesn't want her drinking juice, she'll take a lil water from a cup, but not milk.

Chelsea - posted on 01/03/2011

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Is the problem that she doesnt want the formula or she doesnt want the bottle, have you tried to switch her to the bottle with breast milk in it, that way you can find which bottles she likes then try the formula in it , also have you tried soft tip sippy cups, i started my daughter on them around 4-5 months old its safe as long as they can sit assisted and can hold there own bottle

Sarah - posted on 01/01/2011

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i'm surprised your doc recommended you stop bf if you love it so much!
i guess just go and ask for some prescriptions for whatever they have to boost your milk supply, get a pump and express some milk after every feed, and put brewers yeast in cookies or yogurt :) it has to be brewers yeast though. good luck :)

Codie - posted on 01/01/2011

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my baby wouldnt have anything to do with a pacifier or bottle, unless it was a breastmilk bottle, until 6mo. try making the trasition a little easier by pumping into a bottle and slowly add formula. make sure you the formula separately so you get the right calories for the proportion. i would continue pumping so you keep your supply up and when baby is used to taking the bottle, you can give the breast again.

also try mixing iron rich cereal with iron rich formula and spoon feeding while you continue to bf.

Danielle - posted on 01/01/2011

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I'm on supplements and eat iron rich foods. Hers has not been tested, but because my milk is getting so low, I'm literally feeding her ALL of the time, and have her on Trivisol(her pediatrician recommended it.) She eats all foods, her DR. started her on solids at 4 months because of this issue, but because she eats so much (she a little chubber) shes still always wanting more. I do not want to stop breastfeeding at all, I love it, and I love the connection with my lil monkey, but I do need to supplement, and its been a difficult transition. Shes a big girl, and likes her belly to be extra full!

Lise - posted on 12/31/2010

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You've tried supplements - how about those plus foods with iron? Did you know iron is absorbed better in combination with vit c?

I was severely anemic after birthing my daughter (to the point of blood transfusions being considered, but I said no) and it's never hurt our breastfeeding relationship - she's now 14 months old.

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Dise...

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I wouldn't wean. Has HER iron been tested... or just yours? Has she started solids? I would have her iron tested and if it is low try starting her on a bit of iron rich cereal or something. Good luck!

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