need to stop breastfeeding, have a baby boy on the way

Zarina J - posted on 02/06/2016 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I'm having trouble putting a stop to breastfeeding my 19 month old baby girl and I got to quit soon because I'm having a baby boy on June 4th. Should I start giving her a sippie cup with warm milk? I haven't really attempted that yet... but Idk what to do? Answers anyone??

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Raye - posted on 02/08/2016

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It's a good idea to introduce your child to the cup about one month before you start the weaning process so she has time to get comfortable holding and drinking from it. Finding the right cup for your child may require some trial and error. At first, you should just offer water in the sippy cup during meals of solid foods. Then as your child gets more comfortable, put a little breast milk in the cup, or cow's milk, or diluted juice, so she gets used to the idea that all beverages can come from a cup. The first few times your baby drinks from the cup, it can be a bit messy (expect lots of drooling and dripping). Hold the cup to her mouth and let a few drops trickle out. Don't force her to take more than she wants, since you don't want to turn this into a power struggle. If she tries to grab the cup to drink on her own, by all means, let her. After your baby's comfortable with the sippy cup (about a month or so), you can start the weaning process.

Start by eliminating one midday breastfeeding session first. The early-morning and bedtime feedings are usually the most soothing for your child (and you too), so leave those until the very end. Phase a sippy cup into your child's schedule one feeding at a time. Wait about a week (or two if your baby is resistant) before replacing another feeding with the cup. When weaning your baby from the breast, it's also important to give her plenty of affection and attention so she doesn't start missing the physical closeness that comes with nursing. Continue substituting the cup for nursing sessions every week until your child is completely off the breast.

If your child is having trouble sucking through the sippy cub nozzle, many of them contain a valve that can be removed (temporarily), so the liquid can flow freely through it, and the child can get used to drinking the liquid from the cup. If you remove the valve, just be sure to use small amounts of liquid and watch the child closely to try to avoid big messes. Once she gets the idea of drinking from the cup, you can put the valve back in. You could also try a soft straw cup, if she doesn't get the hang of tipping the cup up to get to the liquid. Then transition to a more traditional sippy cup later on.

Just don't make the cup available 24/7 or your child may graze from it all day long and disrupt her normal eating schedule.

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Raye - posted on 02/10/2016

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The child should never have access to cups or bottles 24/7. She needs to be on a feeding schedule, with cups of water at snack time and as she gets thirsty from active play. Generally the teeth rotting thing is due to babies being put to bed with bottles/cups... they fall asleep while drinking and the liquid pools in their mouth and absorbs into the gums and teeth. NEVER give the child food/liquids and leave them in bed or unattended. Not only is it bad for the teeth, but also could be a choking hazard. You should be getting her into the habit of having her teeth brushed with a soft bristle baby toothbrush. You can also "brush" the gums/teeth with a clean finger and some water to rinse off any lingering foodstuffs after feeding.

Zarina J - posted on 02/09/2016

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Thank you for the advice. I have to start quickly with the weaning because her dentist told me that is the reason why her teeth are rotting. She goes back in 3months to see if it's worsened or gotten better. So hopefully, everything will work out. Ruby uses a rubber straw sipping cup,but that's like her 24/7 cup. Should I try using a different kind of cup for when it's time for her nap and night time?? Thanks again raye

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