i want to stop breast feeding help?

Heidi - posted on 02/11/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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my son is 5 months and 2 weeks old and i want to stop breast feeding my son, because im not able to keep a healthy diet for him. the problem is that he will not take a bottle. i have tried giving him many different bottles and nipple, also i have tried giving him a sippy cup, and also tryed leaving him with someone else to see if he took it. but nothing is working what so ever. is there any advice for me to make him take the bottle? make him take formula, because i have tried everything that i know of and have tried everything that people all around me have said. help??

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Kelly - posted on 02/11/2010

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my advice is to try and give him bottle when its not his feed time i.e a little drink in the day just so he can get used to the teet that way you and your baby wont get stressed out at feed time. if you just keep poppin the teet onto his lips in time he will start to except the teet as for the formula i used to give my little boy one feed ormul and the next breastmilk and in time just gradually take the breastmilk away. good luck

Theresa - posted on 02/11/2010

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You could try pumping and giving him breast milk out of the bottle. He may accept that more since it's only one new thing rather than two at a time. You also need to try different nipples until you find one he likes with the right flow for him. Good luck.

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Giving them a decent fright (yell ouch!) when they bite down usually stops them from doing it again. Some babies don't wean as smoothly as others. At 4 months it seems a little early to start weaning, but it's always a personal choice. I have 4 children and 2 of them would never take a bottle at all, not even when babysat, they just wanted me.
Having your baby start solids will help him become used to having other foods in his mouth, he may become more open to accepting a bottle then. Having other people try giving him a bottle might help. But he may just want you. If your nipples are sore you might want to try getting some silicone nipple shields, I've used these and they helped tremendously.

Chantel - posted on 02/11/2010

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Any drastic change like this is going to take some time and some tears. There's no getting around that. You need to do what is best for you both. If it's time to stop breastfeeding, I second what Lisa said: have someone else give him a bottle (it doesn't hurt to try different styles to see what he prefers), and get away for a bit so you won't "tease" him with your presence. Don't forget to take care of yourself, too. Engorgement can be a problem if you're quitting cold turkey.

You can wean gradually over several weeks if there is no immediate need to stop breastfeeding. Nap times and bedtimes are the times I'd eliminate last.

Lisamarie81m - posted on 02/11/2010

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if you can let someone else give him a bottle until he is comfortable with it. Also try pumping and mix the formula with the breast milk. I suggest weening slowly otherwise you will get really engorged, it will probably happen anyway but I think slowly taking away one feeding at a time will lessen it.

On a side note, just becasue they have teeth doesnt mean you cant still breast feed, you just firmly tell them no and then stop the feeding session. Any way it is your decision I hope my suggestions will help

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