Weaning a Breast Fed Baby Who Refuses Formula

What is the best way to wean a 10 month old baby from breastfeeding, when she refuses to take to formula?

Dayle S. from Central Coast, NSW

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February 3, 20080 found this helpful

Couldn't you pump your own milk and try that in the bottle instead?

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February 3, 20080 found this helpful

I would try to gradually taper off the breast milk, slowly mixing it with formula. For example, start out with a bottle of mostly breast milk, but then day by day slowly add more formula and less breast milk. That way it isn't a rapid change, and she can adjust to the taste of formula gradually. It may take a little time, but hopefully she'll be more likely to make the change this way. I hope this helps--good luck!

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February 3, 20080 found this helpful

May I ask if there is a specific reason why you need to wean the baby? If there is nothing pressing...like you starting back to work or a medical problem...I would say to just continue breastfeeding for a couple more months, or until the baby is ready.

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February 3, 20080 found this helpful

Doctors recommend breastfeeding for 12 months, so it's good that you want to begin the process of weaning now. Note: weaning is the process of moving from breast to cup/food not from breast to bottle. :]

Express your milk and let her drink it out of a sippy cup for one feeding. Then add on another feeding (probably the easiest would be when everyone else is also eating, one of the three square meals) And another. Many mothers save the night time nursing and/or naptime nursing as the last part of the weaning prcess. It's all up to you.

Talk to your pediatrician also and ask them for advice as to what you should be giving her when she is a year old.

Take care!

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February 3, 20080 found this helpful

Of course the baby hates cow milk! Breast milk is SO much sweeter, better for them & better tasting! (Breast milk is 3 times sweeter than cow milk!) You'll have to switch from the breast to breast milk in a bottle, then breast milk in a sippy-cup. Then slowly add a bit of ORGANIC milk to it. Organic milk taste SO much better than "regular" milk, Plus she (or he) won't grow breasts by the age of 6 from all the hormone additives in "regular" milk!

Unless you have a job, Why not wait to wean her for 2 or 3 more months (when the flu season is over)? My granddaughter never got sick one day in her life UNTIL she was weaned. But after weaning from breast milk, she caught every kind of bug that came her way! My daughter rented an electric breast-pump & pumped every morning & evening while she was watching TV.(the freezer was full!) She'd then give the baby breast milk, first in a bottle, then later when she was a bit older, a sippy-cyup. Then later on, switched to ORGANIC milk. Yes, Organic milk cost more, but if it's only the little one that's drinking it, I won't hurt the budget much.

* Don't make the same mistake I made with my first child. Don't be in a hurry to wean them, & don't be in a hurry to wean them from the bottle. The sucking is important & good for facial development.I wanted my son to grow up to quickly & they are only babies once. So take your time weaning them. And make sure to keep several bottles around (even after they use a cup full time) because when they get sick, A bottle is the easiest way to keep them hydrated! Because it not only comforts them, but they can drink laying down.

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February 3, 20080 found this helpful

I don't want to discredit any of the other advice given, but as for keeping bottles around and letting the child have them while lying down--having a bottle while in bed, etc. can contribute to tooth decay. The milk sugars, etc. can pool in the mouth and cause tooth decay over time. This happened to a child I know who had the bottle with her in the crib every night, and her baby teeth actually had black spots in them over time! So a bottle while lying down may not be a good habit to get into.

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February 4, 20080 found this helpful

A couple of my children were in the same position as your daughter--wouldn't take a bottle with breastmilk or with formula. I went directly to a cup when they were about 10 months old. I put water in it (just a little) and gave it to them to "play" with at meals when I had them in a high chair. I still nursed at the other times. Gradually they got the hang of using a cup and once they were past a year, I introduced whole cow's milk to them. I never did use bottles with those particular children.

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February 4, 20080 found this helpful

I agree with the post above about weening from breast milk to cows milk when age appropriate. Try getting the baby used of breast milk in a cup/sippy cup and then switching to cows milk either gradually or all at once depending on how receptive the baby is. This way you will not only have the baby weened but you will skip the bottle weening stage to. Good luck and remember that consistency is the key no matter which way you want to do it.

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February 5, 20080 found this helpful

If you've ever smelled or accidently tasted formula, you'd understand why your child refuses it. I think anyone - given the chance - would refuse that. If you're absolutely opposed to offering her your breast anymore, give her a cup, first with breastmilk, gradually transitioning to whole milk. It'll be a bit time intensive, but lots of breastfed kids don't like the feel of a hard bottle nipple. My son wouldn't take a sippy cup - didn't want the spout in his mouth. He went to a small, lidless cup - just have to watch how quickly you allow the her to get the liquid until she gets used to it.

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February 6, 20080 found this helpful

Please don't allow any child to lie down to sleep drinking a bottle. Besides tooth decay, it's the perfect recipe for ear infections--a child's eustacion tubes aren't matured, and lying on a side while drinking doesn't allow the tubes to drain and will allow bacteria to enter and travel to the inner ear. Unless you like a screaming child in pain and have extra money to throw to medical bills, it's not the best idea.

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April 21, 20080 found this helpful

I am having sooo much trouble weaning my 10-month old son from the breast to the sippy cup. I am desperately trying to get him on the sippy cup so I can finish up school on campus. Is there anything anyone could say to help me in this situation PLEASE!

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August 19, 20080 found this helpful

Why do you women push breastfeeding longer on women that are asking for weaning advice? I keep running into the same problem myself when I have been asking for advice on how to wean my 11month old son and a lot of women are pushing doing it until the baby is ready. And this is where we get our 4 year olds that are still dependent on the boob b/c mommy is waiting until he is ready to stop?

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August 25, 20080 found this helpful

I also am seeking advice. My 10-month-old daughter already has been drinking water from a sippy cup since she started solids at seven months. However, I am hoping to have her fully weaned in two months and am trying to get her used to drinking other milk from a cup. She refuses both goat and cow milk from the cup. I understand the concept of gradually adding whole milk to breast milk, but the whole idea is to decrease my milk supply, not increase it with pumping. I never had much luck with pumping anyway. I am lucky if I can get an ounce or two a day! Any suggestions?

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June 9, 20100 found this helpful

I'm having the same issue. My son does not like formula but seems to be weaning himself off of breast milk from the bottle. I work full-time, so I have been pumping. I am pumping less and less. I still breast feed him at home. I feel like he's not getting enough. He's almost 10 months old. I know he can't go on cow's milk until 12 months. Any advice. He will drink from a sippy sometimes. Help!!!

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