Jenna - posted on 06/11/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )




Any tips on weening a breast milk dependent 8 months old who has never taken a bottle and never gone to bed without nursing? He takes a sippy cup well and eats solids well, but I just can't seem to get him full enough on that, he still wants mothers' milk and whines til he gets it!


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Caroline - posted on 06/11/2009




Do you have a close relative that you could drop him off with and leave a bottle with for a few days? That's how my mom weened my sister because she was the exact same way at 8 months. He's going to eventually get hungry and take something, just maybe not from you yet :)

Tanya - posted on 06/11/2009




I breast fed my son for almost 2 years! I know I was nuts!! I started leaving him with my mom and close friends and I did this for a week. I knew when he would want to eat and that's when I would drop him off there. Bedtime took a little bit more he cried and whined but I just fought thru, it took about 2 weeks of the bedtime nightmare but he got over it.

Hope that helps!!

Julie - posted on 06/11/2009




Why are you in such a rush to ween if it's going well for you? I had wanted to nurse for at least a year and a half but I had some medical problems with my last 2 children that prevented my from nursing them past a coupple of months old. It may be to late for him to be introduced to a bottle, If you really have no choice and need to ween than keep trying with different bottle nipples until you find one he can tolerate.

Bobbi - posted on 06/11/2009




I didn't have a choice but to ween my son at 6 months old. My right right breast dried up. But what I started to do was to take out one feeding every couple days and substituted that feeding with formula in a bottle. I started with the mid day feedings and ended with the night time feeding which I slowly phased out by just skipping every other night and and gave him a pacifier instead while I rocked him and held him like I was breast feeding him. some children it is just the sucking and being close to mom they don't want to give up. I know the whining can get irritating and you can feel helpless but sometimes letting him whine and not get his way is ok too.

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