Weaning from Breastfeeding

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im having a really hard time weaning my child from breast milk to either formula or milk. She wont drink it from a cup or from a bottle she doesnt seem to like the taste. Any ideas?

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Carrie - posted on 09/06/2011

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Once she is 12 months old, you don't need to. Although dairy is an easy way to met a lot of nutritional needs, it is not the only way to get thosee nutrients. If your daughter doesn't want it, she might have a good reason - like an intolerance. Will she take yoghurt or cheese? Even if you do chose to use dairy, it doesn't have to be a drink of milk - and many people who have trouble digesting milk can cope with cheese and/or yoghurt.

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Thanks you guys so much! Shes getting close to her 1 yr birthday and i want to graduaally start weaning her - but she just wont take anyhting.,



im going to try to mix breastmilk- but it might be super hard cuz i havent pumped since she was a month old.  Im also going to try adding a tiny bit of sugar



Hope this will help becuase i dont want to breastfeed forever!!!

Cynthia - posted on 02/01/2009

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mix your breastmilk with either formula or milk that will help taste more like what she is used to. so pump and mix. start with more bresatmilk than the other liquid and then slowly over a few days to a week change the mix to half and half and then lastly to a 25% mix of breastmilk to formula (milk may cause a lot of constipation so try formula for better digestion). she will probably take the mix from anything when it tastes more like breastmilk.

Kathleen - posted on 02/01/2009

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How old is she? What I started doing with my triplets last week was pumping  and giving them breast milk through a bottle. Next week, I think I will start giving them 1/2 formula and 1/2 breastmilk.. Then wean all the way to formula! It's getting tiring pumping though!



Good Luck :)

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My daughter will not drink cows milk no matter how I offer it so I give her Hipp Organic formula and to get her from breast to bottle I used TT bottles and teats and put 1/4 teaspoon of sugar in it to start and cut it out slowly, I also had to stop offering the breast at all, she either had the bottle or got thirsty it took a couple of hours of offering but she took the bottle.



She is now 17 months old and has formula at night as she still wants it and she will not touch cows milk unless it is in tea.

Meagan - posted on 02/01/2009

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Have you tried Nuby sippy cups? (They're BPA-free). They're an easy transition from a bottle. If your baby is 1 year, just go straight to milk and skip the formula. Whenever I made the switch from nursing to milk, I stopped giving him water and would only offer him milk for the first little bit and he would take it because he was thirsty. Pretty soon, it was no big deal. You could mix breastmilk and milk for a little while...

Suzanne - posted on 02/01/2009

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Could you express into a bottle and use half breast milk and 1/2 cows milk or formula and wean her slowly onto the taste or is she like my daughter and would not drink from a bottle? If she is past 1yr old and drinks water from a cup or bottle replace her milk feeds with a bottle of water that is what I had to do with my daughter and she soon got the message she never liked milk so the health centre said that after 1yr old milk was not that important as long as she is having other dairy foods such as cheese and yoghurt in her diet...Hope this has helped

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