Weaning from breastfeeding to formula?

Jennifer - posted on 01/27/2009 ( 27 moms have responded )

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I plan to breastfeed until my son is 6 months old and want to transition him to formula. I tried pumping and getting him to drink out of the bottle, he would not drink it, I tried various types of formula, he wont drink it. I have tried two types of bottles, AVENT and a generic brand that allows him to control flow etc...does anyone have recomendations. The obvious thing would be to just breastfeed until one year but he eats every two hours still and wakes up once during the night, sometimes more.

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Katerine - posted on 01/28/2009

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Have you tried having someone else feed your baby? I heard babies won't take the bottle from their mother but will take it from someone else. Also, I give my son the bottle once a day and use the "born free" bottles. It's a great bottle and he doesn't seem confused or frustrated when I give it to him. Hope that helps

Virginia - posted on 01/28/2009

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I breast fed all three of my girls. The first was for a year, the second was around 9 months, and the last was around six months. My last was the hardest to get off the breast. She did not want anything to do with the bottle. At that time in my life I was sick of nursing children...I wanted my boobs back. So I went to Publix and bought the the Air Vent bottles. She hated it at first, but you have to understand that when your child is hungry she will eat. We battled for days and finally she decided that she didn't have a choice and took it.  I know it is frustrating, but don't give up. You have the upper hand and when he is hungry he will take it. When I put my daughter on formula I  felt so guilty, but now a days formula has everything that breastmilk has and you shouldn't feel guilty.  Now I am trying to ween her off the bottle at 19 months.  Good luck!

Amy - posted on 01/28/2009

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 Hi.  I have breast fed 4 babies and weened 2 off at six months and two off at 1 year.  I had the same problem you have with two of them.  With the first one I tried everything including seeing if having him take the bottle from someone besides me would help.  No luck.  I was on a med. that made it unsafe to breastfeed, so I had no choice.  I just had to have him go cold turkey and eventually (after 2 days of not taking a bottle) he took it and never looked back again.  It was more of a battle of the wills.  Boy, was that hard!  The second one I had like that, I did end up breast feeding the whole year and when she was 6 months I just started her on the Avent sippy cups with her meals.  She did learn how to drink out of them quickly and it made things much easier.  If weening doesn't work, and you are really serious about it, my advice would be to do it all at once and it will be over and done with in a matter of days. 

Monica - posted on 01/29/2009

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hi jennifer
i know exactly what you're going thru!!! i fed my son til he was 11months old because he wouldn't take the bottle. i also did the breastmilk in the bottle and all different bottles and teats and formulas... then i discovered the TOMMEE TIPPEE "closer to nature" bottles and teats. its as close to breast shape as you can get, and he took to it straight away.
My sister-in-law was also in the same situation... and we tried it at the same time and it worked just as well for her too.
i swear by it

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Tammy - posted on 11/22/2011

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HOLY!
I planned on breast feeding until they stopped.
One was 16 mths and the other was 18mths. They weaned themselves. I worked and would pump my milk as needed, they got the cup or bottle when I wasn't there, or they waited to be nursed until bed-time. When they required the comfort.
Maybe allowing them to wean, you just might be surprised how fast some do stop.
I'm sure you've heard, when it comes to eating, a baby will be sure to get whats "needed", when it's needed. IE only eating PB&J as a toddler. Same for infants and milk. Introduce the solid foods and soon enough, they'll be eating with you. Even adding formula to the milk will often be heavy enough to keep them asleep for the whole night.
Just a thought, good luck to you and yours

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I had trouble with my daughter at about 4 months. She had taken a bottle at about two months but due to circumstances with my husbands job we did a lot of traveling and there wasn't really a place to store my milk so I just breastfed but it was getting close to me having to go back to work so I tried the bottle again. About 6 bottles later she began taking the bottle but didn't really like it. When the summer was over and I had to go back to teaching she had to take a bottle, there wasn't a choice. One thing my cousin said to try was to try and get the breastmilk to body temperature. It takes a little longer but it worked wonders. She began taking the bottle much easier and it worked with the formula too. We just use warm water to make her bottle. The bottle she finally took was the Adiri bottle. I was only able to find it a BRU but since it's not BPA free they aren't carrying it anymore. That isn't an issue because I only hand wash my bottles. Luckily she is 10 months old and will be soon off the bottle. I have seen them online. Good luck!

Tasha - posted on 01/29/2009

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When I breast feed by son I used the playtex disposable bottles. I found their nipples were the closest to the breast. I first started by pumping and giving that too him in the bottle and had not issues. By the time we started formula he was used to the bottle. I think the other moms have given great suggestions also. My son is also 10 now so I am sure they have all kinds of different bottles that have nipples that look and feel just like the breast.

Janie - posted on 01/29/2009

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First of all, do not mix breastmilk with formula - it destroys the nutritional value that breastmilk naturally supplies. I introduced the bottle at 5 weeks as to avoid this same issue...my daughter loves the playtex "drop in" type bottles. At 9 months I just got her on the medium flow nipples. Getting him on formula will relieve you of alot of stress and most of all - get some much needed rest. While I loved nursing my daughter, it was a lot of work - along with pumping, working full time and a commute! Believe me, you will be free!! :-)

Lisa - posted on 01/29/2009

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I fed my little one till he was 6 months then started to introduce a bottle - replacing a feed at a time.(at that point he was also having 2 small solid meals a day).In the end I managed to feed him for another couple of months. I've used the Tommee Tippee bottles, he's been quite happy with those as he can feed from those in the same way that he fed from me. Hope that helps-good luck!

Annie - posted on 01/29/2009

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I am a postpartum and NICU nurse and I would say pick a bottle and stick with it.  Keep trying.  I will be a struggle but eventually it will happen.  The key is being consisent.  Try pumping and giving him half breastmilk and half formula so he can transition.  Hope that helps.

Jennifer - posted on 01/29/2009

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I will try to get his dad to feed him, hopefully it works a bit. I really dont mind breastfeeding the more i talk about it. It easier than waking up in  the middle of the night to make a bottle....

Lisa - posted on 01/29/2009

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You definitely can't give him the bottle to start if you are breastfeeding. I had my husband do it and I left the room. We used the Breastflow Bottles by The First Years. They make a BPA free one. Once my son got used to getting a bottle he would take it from me.



On the waking up part (I know you weren't asking for advice on this but thought I would share)...I am not sure how old he is but I highly recommend Babywise. You can do Babywise and breastfeed. I breastfed till 13 months but my little guy has been sleeping 8 hours or more since he was 11 weeks old.



Good luck!

Jane - posted on 01/29/2009

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I went to WIC the other day and asked them and that is what she suggested. I am going to try that. She said I would have to "disappear " for that time. If he hears or sees me, he will not take the bottle.

User - posted on 01/28/2009

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what drink from the botmight help get him to drink from the bottle is have someone other than yourself give it to him....once he smells you he will want the good stuff!!!!



as for bottles the ones i used for all three of my boys were the playtex ones with the drop in liners....each child will have a prefernce in formula....good start is a good one...good luck!!!!

Jane - posted on 01/28/2009

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I hope someone gives you some good advice. It sounds exactly like my son who is 7months old...and I would like to get him on formula also, so I can look for a part time job...

Sara - posted on 01/28/2009

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I mixed 1/2 formula 1/2 breast milk in bottles at first so it was a simliar taste to my baby, or wh atever the formual is that you need to get it done. If you don't give in and give him the breast, keep sticking with the bottle, I bet he's hungry enough to put that bottle in his mouth eventually!

Deseree - posted on 01/28/2009

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I nursed my daughter and at 4 months started her on cereal and then at 5 months it wasnt enought so we got her on regular food...never had an allergic reaction. But she perfers a sippy cup, which we started at 4 months, over a bottle so you could think about that or try the NUKS she took those pacifiers and bottles over any other.

Jess - posted on 01/28/2009

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Wait til 6 months for food, way less of a chance for allergies, and their stomachs can't handle it before because they lack certain digestive enzymes. Don't let anyone tell you how long to breast feed for, I think it's terrific you've even been doing it at all, so many people don't try. You have to do what's best for you and baby. :)

Jess - posted on 01/28/2009

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Jenny- there's some bottles shaped like boobys at my friend's store, I'll find out what they're called.
xxx Jess

Lisa - posted on 01/27/2009

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My son is currently one month old and I have been having to supplement with formula because I am not producing enough. I have bought only one of a couple of different types of bottles and I find that he really enjoys the glass "Chicco" bottle. Hope that helps some.

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Try the Adiri Natural Nurser bottle http://www.adiri.com/products_html/natur... My daughter is exclusively breastfed at 6 months, and when we use a babysitter this is the only bottle she'll drink from. Also, as far as the frequency goes, breastfed babies tend to eat more frequently than formula-fed babies because their bodies digest it faster. My daughter eats every three hours during the day and wakes up 1-2 times at night. We just started her on solids a few days ago when she turned 6 months and so far there hasn't been much of a change in her eating/sleeping pattern. Hope this helps!

Shannon - posted on 01/27/2009

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at 4 months when your baby starts cereal, you will see a big difference in his feeding habits. my baby till he was 4 months was eating every half hour/40 min's. and i actually started him on cereal at 3 months like 7-8:00 at night, which had him sleeping through the night immediatly. my son also wanted and still wont take a bottle. i give him a sippy cup with a soft spout and pump my milk for him. you can pump and save your milk so you wouldnt have to spend so much money on formula, and your breast milk is so much better for him! and then when they're 18 months they go on cows milk. but it s really up to you. www.lalecheleague.com  find your rep. in your area, they're really good at this kind of stuff.  good luck!

Orangegloves - posted on 01/27/2009

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Are you going to wean him onto solids at 6 months? If you do, their milk intake cuts quite dramatically then. I couldnt breastfeed exclusively, so I pumped and supplimented with formula using Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature bottles with a variflow teat. She was taking 7 180ml bottles a day, but since we've weaned her onto 4 meals a day of solids, she only has 3 bottles a day, and not all in one go, so 5 smaller amounts usually, between meals. That would be a lot easier on the boobs!

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