Trying to ween baby off the breast??

Jennifer - posted on 01/23/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Hi I have a 6mth old baby girl who I am currently breastfeeding. I dont really want to start her on formula but would give her breast milk in a cup or bottle, how many ounces of milk should she be getting. She is eating slid foods quit well, breakfast, lunch and dinner, and is breastfed every 2 hours... I would like to try and just keep the breast feeding to maybe morning and night. This is my third baby but I did not feed for this long on the other 2. Any advice!!!

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Natasha - posted on 01/25/2012

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Breastmilk should be your babies main source of calories for the first year. Food before 1 is just for fun and exploring different textures, etc. Cutting down on the amount of times you feed will likely make your supply drop. Keep in mind that a pump is not as effective as a baby when it comes to getting milk out. Why go from actually nursing to having to pump every 2-3 hours anyway? Breastmilk is very important for baby and good for mom too.

Sarah - posted on 01/24/2012

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Does your 6 month old take a bottle or cup now? If she does a bottle now I would pump and feed by bottle. Start by just taking out one time you nurse for that day. You will want to gradually wean for both you and your daughters sake. For you it could go two ways....you don't want to be in pain, but you also don't want your milk supply to get too low. For your daughter this allows her to transition well. I would say start with about 4 ounces and then go from there. You will know when she is done or if she is still hungry. I would have a supply built up before you start to wean that way you have extra if/when you need it.



If your 6 month old has not drank from the bottle first try and see if she will take it. You can also try a sippy cup. At 6 months you can start introducing the sippy....but it may take some time for her to learn how to drink from it. My daughter is 8 months old and will not take a bottle. She is learning how to do the sippy (we started at 6 months) but she bits on it more than she sucks....so still a work in progress.

Yevette - posted on 01/23/2012

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six months??? mine is 19 months and breast feeds, but i think it is more for sleeping than for intake. I recommend getting a breast pump. its cheaper in the long run, and healthy for the baby too. i'm thinking a cup is too early for a six mo.... about four to six ounces to start w/. can you get to a library or ask your doctor for some book suggestions ...

"what to expect the first year" would be good for the library, that way its not collecting in your home. read what you need and take it back. her stomach is about the size of her fist for starters.... are you working? there are special breast "pads" that collect the breast milk... i wouldn't give up nursing though. but that is me.

back to mine: she only has four molars(two on top, two on bottom), so "chewing" is minimum.

Keep up the good work! don't give up... unless it is for work.

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