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    Default Need help weaning!

    Bub is 8 months old. I really want to wean him off bf. I've tried a. Couple of times before but give up and just feed him bf. I read to try to wean him off 1 feed at a time, I'm trying to do that but he just won't take anything else. He will cry and starve himself but he only wants bf. He will pull at my clothes on ky chest and not stop or go to sleep until he's been bfeed. I feel so guilty that he's starving and crying that I just bf anyway. Is this normal? What do I do? I really want to stop bfeeding.

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    Any help at all?

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    I feel for you. I have no advice. Been trying to wean since 6 months, dd2 is 18 months now and still breastfed. When you find the answer please let me know.

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    I wonder how other parents do it!

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    HI, I found your post totally by accident but thought I'd give some ideas as I weaned my first daughter at 8 months and had similar issues, and I am just about to go down the same path with my 2nd (and keeping fingers crossed she is more cooperative!).

    Firstly, have you tried to get someone else to feed the baby a bottle of breastmilk each day? I found my daughter wouldn't take the bottle from me at first because she could smell the milk, but once she took it from someone else a few times she accepted it from me. I made sure it was the same feed every day and that was the feed that I substituted first.

    I also had to try a few different teats to find the bottle that she liked!

    Once I had her taking breastmilk in a bottle I started to try & introduce formula - with no luck at first! After lots of experimenting I ended up mixing a toddler formula that had vanilla flavour in it, with infant formula at a half/half ratio. Over a week or so I cut the toddler formula down until it was just the infant formula. She took that fine as she inherited her mumma's sweet tooth! But once I had the vanilla cut out completely she was fine with the formula, and it was onwards & upwards from then on! We then slowly substituted each feed until she was weaned.

    Hope this gives you some ideas to work with.

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    Could you cut down your breast feeds and use formula once a day, then increase amount over a few months? I did this from 10-12 months.

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    I could not get DS to take formula (he had some intolerances issues also which didnt help) and so I simply couldnt wean off BF until he was fully on solids and could drink cows milk from a cup. I had success cutting down to a few feeds a day at scheduled times, but it wasn't easy. Has your bub started solids? I found that replacing BFs with solids was the only way to start cutting back and even then, I had to wait till DS weaned himself which happened at 15 months. Some babies are just really stubborn! For us at least, the trauma of trying to wean was more then the trouble of breastfeeding, so I just stuck with the easier option.

    Sorry thats not much help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dreamscapezd View Post
    Bub is 8 months old. I really want to wean him off bf. I've tried a. Couple of times before but give up and just feed him bf. I read to try to wean him off 1 feed at a time, I'm trying to do that but he just won't take anything else. He will cry and starve himself but he only wants bf. He will pull at my clothes on ky chest and not stop or go to sleep until he's been bfeed. I feel so guilty that he's starving and crying that I just bf anyway. Is this normal? What do I do? I really want to stop bfeeding.

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    ...Hi, could i possibly ask why you would like to wean/stop breastfeeding him?
    You are right with weaning one feed at a time.
    I would start with the mid-morning one. Is he refusing solids too? if not, Offer him some solids first, like a yoghurt or baby rice cereal. Try a few different foods if he is refusing solids, dont force them into him. You dont want to turn it into a stressfull situation for either of you.
    Express you mid morning feed and if you can, leave the room and get someone else to feed him? - he will be able to smell you in the room and it will confuse him.
    Eventually what you express will decrease and you can top up with formula. Untill the bottle is entirely formula or whatever milk you prefer.
    If he's not taking to the bottle - try a few diff ytpes of teats or bottles or if he is anything like my DD - she totally refused the bottle and boob, only drank formula from a sippy cup from 8mths old. Hey, im cool with that!

    I would keep the night feed as last to wean as its possily a comfort for him and will help him get off to sleep easier. But it's up to you.

    Goodluck. you can always go see you mchn for more help on this.

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    Sorry gift late reply. What is mchn? Nothing has worked so far. He'd rather starve himself. So I need help big time.

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    will he drink water from a cup?
    does he drink ebm (expresssed breastmilk) from a cup, bottle or sippycup?


 

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