Post # 1
Hi, I have a 9 month old son who has been breast fed since day 1. I tried to give him at least one formula bottle a day, usually when we went out, because I knew that I would be going back to work soon and my FI would have to bottle feed him when I worked. Until recently my son has taken the bottle fine.
I would breast feed 3 times during the day, with the exception of one bottle, then go to work, my FI would give him another bottle, and then once I got home he would breast feed at every 2 hours (or so). He has been hesitant with bottles for the past 2 months, its just be gradually harder and harder to get him to take them. He has his top 2 teeth coming in, and got his immunizations the other day which has made him extremely fussy to the point where I couldnt put him down, feed him( no bottle but had a little breast here and there) or get him to sleep, hes gotten better but after all that he is just down right refusing bottles.
My FI is at his wits end because my work is wanting me to work more (theyre wanting closer to full time hours where as I have just been working part time) but if my little one is refusing to drink anything but breast milk I cant work more than a a 4 hour shift and we cant afford me to cut back my hours right now.
Im at a loss, His teeth have pushed through his gums so they arnt bothering him anymore, his feeling much better from the shots, he wont take formula, real milk, in a sippy cup or a bottle, doesnt take a soother and wont fall asleep without me holding him.
Any suggestions of what to help get him to take regular milk, is it just too early? He is eating solid foods and starting to walk so I didnt think it would be bad to give him regular milk. He also eats cheese and yougurt with no problem.
My Fi and I are at our wits end and its starting to affect our relationship.. has anyone ever experienced this?? any help is appreciated. Thanks
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Post # 4
@myluverbuny: It is most definitely too early to wean to cows milk as the majority of a baby/childs nutritional need comes from either breastmilk or formula for AT LEAST the frist year. What I do know though is that many moms/babies will do reverse cycling when mom works out of the house…. pretty much, your baby will get the necessary calories it needs in a 24 hours period and it doesn’t necessarily be during the day.
I can understand not being keen to reverse cycling though. Have you considered pumping and leaving a bottle or two of breastmilk for day feedings while your away? I know lots of WOHM that have successful pumped/breastfed for over a year.
Personally, I would pump for 1-2 bottles a day but also stop pushing the bottles and just nurse more in the evening & night to help alleviate some of your FI stress.
If you do choose to wean though I would check out kellymom.com for accurate information concerning breast care & weaning.
Post # 5
I had trouble with my son, my daughters just decided they wanted to wean themselves.
I was tough with him because he was becoming more and more demanding and I was getting very tired. I left him with his dad and formula. With me absent my son accepted the bottle. That worked for us, not saying it will work for everyone.
Post # 6
I know you want/need to wean your little one but………….I have been there and I can tell you this time is so little in your child’s life. You will NEVER be sorry f or the time you spent with him and you can NEVER get that time back. I nursed 4 babies. They are all grown. I am so happy for the time I spent with them. Please take the time to spend with your little one. You can always work later.
Post # 7
Perhaps it is the combination of bottle and formula/cow milk that he is having trouble with. You can try putting breast milk in the bottle and see if he likes that. Then start adding in little bits of formula gradually until it’s all formula.