When does your Dr. want you to take your child off the bottle or breast??

Heather - posted on 04/14/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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My son Cameron has decided on his own to come off the bottle, he just turned 1 one the 10th!!!! I am very sad, i think he is to young, he is still a baby in my eyes!!!! My Dr.'s say between 15 and 18 months!!! I took my other son off the bottle at 20 months!!! And he is fine!!!! I know it's a good thing that he's coming off himself but I'm still sad!!!

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Geralyn - posted on 04/27/2009

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Oh, the nice thing about breastfeeding, too, is once you wean down to fewer nursing sessions, I read that the breastmilk becomes more concentrated with nutrients and such so that the baby continues to get the benefit of the nutirents and vitamins....

Geralyn - posted on 04/27/2009

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Regarding taking the baby off the breast, my son's pediatrician seemed to say at this point, 1 year, cow's milk is preferred over breastmilk because its denser in calories. While I did not respond, I do not agree that calories is the only consideration. I do not necessarily think that a ped should urge a parent to stop breastfeeding.



Re: bottles (and pacis), I do not have experience with either. My son has really taken to the Munchkin flip out straw bottle. It gives him so much independence. If its within his reach, he'll crawl or walk over to it and drink. Love it! I never had to worry about weaning off of sippy cups.



I did read an article by a speech therapist about not letting your child stay on a sippy cup for more than 1 month or so, due to oral motor/teeth/speech concerns. She recommended switching to a straw as soon as possible because it requires different sucking/positioning than the sippy cups. Straws are actually quite successful, because the little ones are natural suckers....

Katy - posted on 04/25/2009

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Agreed Kimberly and I respect and value your opinion :) I hope all our children grow up healthy and happy! Hope your having a great weekend!

Kimberly - posted on 04/25/2009

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I wasn't comparing my children with anyone . Heather's question was when does your Doctor want you to take your child off the bottle/breast. I answered that question and why he said to do that and what my oldest child's dentist said. That is also the reasoning behind the paci thing. I'm sorry if you thought I was pushing my way onto anyone else because I wasn't. My youngest niece had a bottle until she was 2 b/c my sister couldn't get her to give it up. My two children are completely different in the way we have had to do things, so someone else's child would not even be close. I was offering the way we did things. It is very sad to watch our little ones grow up, but they do grow up and we can't stop them.

Katy - posted on 04/25/2009

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Sounds like you have your own regiment and it is working for you but I'm sure you just like everyone it wasn't a perfect transition. People can only do their best to wean their children and shouldn't be pressured or have time lines that other people do. I'm sorry but I don't believe people should compare their children to others. I was just giving words of encouragement with out judgment which I think moms need now a days.

Kimberly - posted on 04/25/2009

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My doctor and pedidontist both say one year is the time to stop the bottle. It is not the fact of them being babies or not...it is a developmental and tooth development issue. My oldest daughter stopped taking bottles all by herself at around 10months. My youngest, we just stopped giving them to her slowly. At 9 months she was on 3 bottles through out the day by the weekend of her first birthday she had 1 bottle. The day she turned one the bottle and day time paci were gone. She still as a paci at nap and bed, but only till she is 18months.

Katy - posted on 04/24/2009

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That's what we are here for Sue! Sometimes it's just nice to be able to vent and know there is someone else listening :)

Katy - posted on 04/24/2009

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Sue be patient and try to have him sit in his chair when you give him a cup to safe the carpet. I do understand the frustration but children do these things to learn. He will eventually take a cup I promise just might be later for him and that's ok!!! Good luck.

Sue - posted on 04/24/2009

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I've had quite a time with trying to wean my son from breastfeeding, bottlefeeding and trying to get him to solely take a sippy cup. First, he won't take his sippy cup from me unless he plans on playing with it. And since our house is 90% carpet, its frustrating to follow him around with carpet spray and a towel when all he does is throw it on the ground causing it to explode open. When I tried weaning him from breastfeeding, he figured it out after a day and started freaking out and wouldn't take a bottle unless it was strongly pressured to take it...or he was just really thirsty. Then I tried weaning him from his bottles and he won't take a sippy cup in the morning until after breakfast. I try all these things for 3 to 4 days but he is just really stubborn. I'm nearly at my wits end. I don't want him to have bottle mouth, but I don't know what else to do.

Katy - posted on 04/23/2009

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My daughter turned 1yr two weeks ago and her pediatrician just asked if we started her on sippy cups and did not mention anything about weening her off the bottle. I still give her three bottles a day and cups through out the rest of the day. I think our children grow up to fast as is and a 1yr old is still a baby. Every child progresses differently.

Amanda - posted on 04/23/2009

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My daughters have been total opposites when its come to switching them from the bottle to sippy cups. My older daughter Jordan was 16 months and did not want to be switched off the bottle. She loves her sippy cups now but when I switched her it was hard because my younger daughter was still on the bottle so it was tough because she'd see her sister's bottles. But I kept the cap on the bottles, and after a few days she didn't ask for the bottle anymore. My younger daughter Alyssa will be 1 on the 28th & she took herself off the bottle! She hasn't acted like she has wanted it so I switched her off:) I think she just wants the same cups as her sister:)

Jessica - posted on 04/16/2009

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My oldest weaned herself from bottle and breast at 10 months and I hated it! I felt like she was way too young, but she refused anything but a sippy cup. My youngest just turned one last Thursday and I think he is close to giving up the bottle, mostly because he doesn't have the patience to lay still and drink a whole bottle. He is on the move! I won't push him to give it up, though. I like knowing how much he's getting and he's my last, so I want him to stay a baby a bit longer!

Christine - posted on 04/16/2009

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That is great your son did it on his own.  It is sad to see them get older.  My son (will be one tomorrow) drinks water out of a sippy.  He doesn't really get bottles very often, only when I'm not around to nurse him.  My bf tried to put milk in his sippy and he won't drink it that way.  Whenever I'm not here to feed him, I'll have his Dad continue to present milk in a sippy to get him used to it and not a bottle.



As far as off the breast, I think it should be left up to the Mama and child.  I am doing child-led weaning.  Neither one of us are ready to stop nursing.  IMO, even though there is alot of evidence that extended breastfeeding is good for the child and mom, most doctors (in the US) will say to wean at 1.  The AAP is atleast a year, and/or until mutually desired.  The WHO is atleast 2 years, and/or until mutally desired.  As long as you continue, so do the benefits.



Happy Birthday Cameron!  :)

Angela - posted on 04/16/2009

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My pediatrician says as close to 1 as possible, my son was done at 1 and my daughter is done, she was 1 on the 8th.

Ashleigh - posted on 04/16/2009

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I never gave my son a bottle, I breastfed and just finished weaning him.  What I found that really helped was to just give him the sippy cup at every meal, even if he doesnt use it.  I usually just put water in it for the meals.  Now hes a pro at the sippy cup and loves to use them!

Jacqueline - posted on 04/15/2009

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My son will be one on Sat. and we are trying to ween him off the bottle and onto sippy cups.  Just remember you usually know whats best and a lot of the times drs are telling you "what most kids should be doing"  if you feel that hes ready great if not wait til it feels right for you.  Good Luck!

Jennifer - posted on 04/15/2009

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Jack was off the bottle a weekend after he turned one.  He will only drink milk out of a specific cup and juice out of another.  If you try to put milk in the juice cup or visa versa watch out, tantrum coming.  Strange, but hey at least he is off the bottle.  I think the sooner you can switch the better.  Same with a pacifier..once they start asking for it, it makes it so much harder.

Becky - posted on 04/15/2009

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My son's doctor told us at his 1 year appointment that we should take him off the bottle and start sippy cups. My son hates his sippy cups...we have tried every style that is on the market. Just doesn't like them. We found one (Nuby brand with the flexible straw type sippy) that he will sometimes take. He much prefers his bottle. We were told that he HAS to come off them now.

Maleasha - posted on 04/14/2009

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I took my daughter off the bottle when she was about 14 months old. Now my son isn't quite 1 yet and he hasn't liked his bottle for a couple of weeks now. I think it's because he watches his older sister and realizes she doesn't have one and just wants what she has.

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