Trying to wean my baby from breastfeeding, no luck, help?

Rikki - posted on 01/08/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My little one is 7 months old and has been breastfed since he was born. From time to time Ive given him formula every once in a while up until a few months ago. He has teeth and I am ready to be done breastfeeding. I have tried everything! Ive tried pumping and he wont take it, Ive tried 4 different formulas, Ive tried a bottle, a sippy cup, a regular cup, Ive seriously tried spoon feeding it to him and no luck. Ive tried mixing it with rice cereal as well as baby food. Ive tried letting him cry it out but of course I couldnt let him go on for long like that. I'm thinking Ill just try to offer it to him at every feeding til he finally takes it...but does anyone else have any other advice, ideas or things that have worked for them? Thanks so much!

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Lol I breastfed mine for 2 years and one month. He didn't want ANYTHING out of a bottle. Nothing I tried worked. He was to clever and outsmarted me. So we went cold turkey.

I left him with my mom for a weekend from the Friday till the Sunday. The fact that his niece and nephew where there helped to take his mind off.

My mom had no problems whatsoever with him. I struggled for about 3 evenings. Naptime during the day is a bit more difficult now, but since he's been weened he sleeps through. Before he would wake up about 6-7 times during the night.

Good luck!

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Gina - posted on 01/15/2013

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I have so much respect for both of you moms! I wasn't able,or rather willing to nurse my oldest child past the 6mo mark when that first tooth came thru. It just wasn't happening.LOL The first time she bit me I was done.
As for the actual question: Every child is different, but in my personal case, it was a matter of who was the stronger personality. Once I decided to switch to the bottle there was no going back,but I didn't take away the milk, I pumped. She had no choice but to take it. The feeding schedule did change a little at first tho because she had to be very hungry to take to the bottle.and when i started to dry up I would slowly mix the new formula in with the breast milk little by little each day until she was completely off of my milk. And i started her on cereal around that same time to fill in the hunger gaps.

I wish you the best, and hope my story helps in some way-if only to tell you to be patient while this big change in your relationship is taking place.♥

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