Question:What’s the best way to change from breast feeding to baby formula feeding?
We have a newborn son, 11 months old. Now, we plan to have a second child. My friend suggests that I must stop breast feeding. What I am worried about is that my son doesn’t want to drink any kind of baby formula. We have tried many times, but it don’t work even we change the milk bottles. What is the reason? Because of the nipple, bottle or the taste of the formula?
Please give me some suggestions. Thanks.
Answer:You needn’t stop breast feeding for getting pregnant if your period has returned! If not, you need to stop breast feeding to ovulate again. And you can consult with your family doctor for professional suggestion. At the same time, if you really determine to wean, you’d better turn to a cup, not a bottle. At 11 months, a cup should be introduced and then you needn’t bother to break your baby’s bottle habit.
Just do one feeding at a time and you have to be consistent and keep it as a rule. Don’t give in and give her the breast when he rejects the cup, even cries. Because she’ll connect refusal and cry with getting what he wants.
It’s best to get some others to do the first few attempts rather than his mom. Don’t expect immediate success, you need patient. It takes a few days …may be you don’t believe, but it is true that babies are stubborn and they know how to manipulate with you. Be strong willed. Just keep offering the cup when he is hungry. He will gradually accept your cup, but not the first time. Usually, it takes 3 weeks to 6 weeks s to wean your baby from breast feeding. There are some tactics and tips to tackle with your baby. Be patient and don’t give up.