Baby won't give up breastfeeding.

Christina - posted on 12/10/2008 ( 4 moms have responded )




I have a little boy that is almost 15 months and will not stop breastfeeding! Does anyone know of some kind of trick to get him to stop? He refuses to take a bottle, and spits at me when I try to give him regular milk. It's got to the point that I don't want and can't handle breastfeeding anymore. Would love to hear someone elses take on the matter.


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Stefanie - posted on 12/11/2008




Try a cup with a straw, I have heard that is an easier transition for breastfed kids than a sippy.

Debbi - posted on 12/11/2008




Sounds crazy, but I heard goat's milk is supposed to be similiar to breastmilk, maybe he'd like that if you can get your hands on it.

Anyways, I get what you are going through, you're done but he isn't and he is still to young to really negogiate with. Try a sippy instead of a bottle or even hold a little cup to his mouth. The novelty may be enough to intrigue him.

In my breastfeeding peer support training we learned that you shouldn't cut out anymore then one feeding every three days, and that is more when you have to because of surgery or something like that. Just pick an easy feed to cut out and distract, snack, go out, or try the sippy. Eventually it'll happen, but it will take time.

Good luck to you.

Candace - posted on 12/10/2008




It's a terrible job us mother's have to do. Kudos to you for continuing to nurse! Our daughter is 14 months and I am starting to feel the same way. I can really only offer support because everything that I know tells me your son must have great intuition and he knows what he needs. Cows milk really isn't safe for kids until their digestive systems mature (which is around 4-5yrs old despite what the MDs and Pediatricians mite say) so it makes sense he's spitting it out. If you really can't take it anymore feed him more 'real' food and see what happens. We are far from tribal women, but the average wean time in tribes is 3.5 years old. (I'll keep my fingers crossed that's not the case for you!) Check out there is some great info there and maybe another link that would help.

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