How to wean 8 month old

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How to wean 8 month old
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Sat, 02-06-2010 - 1:42pm

I really need some help. My 3rd daughter is 8 months old and refuses to take a bottle or a cup. I've tried several different kinds and my husband has tried feeding her with a cup and bottle as well. She just won't even try. For my own sanity I really need her to take one or the other occasionally. I guess I don't really need to wean her. I just need someone else to be able to feed her every now and then. I can continue to pump without any problems.

Any suggestions or and I just out of luck???

Proud Army wife and Mom to 3 beautiful girls!!
Proud Army wife and Mom to 3 beautiful girls!!
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Sat, 02-06-2010 - 2:16pm

Kathy Kuhn IBCLC ivillage lactation consultant Grammy to Brennan, Elias, Elianna, Tahlia, Makenna, Maura, Silas, and Charlotte

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Sat, 02-06-2010 - 5:07pm

Thanks for the tips. I've tried just leaving her with my husband but she still refuses anything. The last time I was gone for about 2 1/2 hours and she cried for an hour until I got home. He tried a cup and several different bottles but had no luck.

Maybe we just need to keep trying. I just feel really bad making her cry until I'm able to get home. I'm not working but sometimes its nice to just get out of the house or do something with my older daughters.

Thanks again for the advice!!

Proud Army wife and Mom to 3 beautiful girls!!
Proud Army wife and Mom to 3 beautiful girls!!
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Sat, 02-06-2010 - 8:07pm

Have you tried a momsicle?

 


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Sat, 02-06-2010 - 9:48pm

Oops almost forgot. Tell dad to try offering the bottle while he stands adn rocks her.


also, I do lots to distract her. Even in the clod weather we bundle up and take a walk in the stroller if it's time to sleep it workis like a charm to put her to sleep. Good luck, Sometimes dads need to develop their own strategies to that are different than mom's too...............:-)


Kathy Kuhn IBCLC ivillage lactation consultant Grammy to Brennan, Elias, Elianna, Tahlia, Makenna, Maura, Silas, and Charlotte

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Wed, 02-10-2010 - 9:10pm

My DD refused bottles until 7 mo of age and my DS refused bottles until 9.5 mo but afterward took then like a champ when I was out. I understand the need to have the possibility of being away from the baby for longer than 2 hours.

Originally I couldn't be in the house when they had a bottle but now it is not a problem. For my DD, her grandmother (DH's mother) and DH worked together (mutual support) to keep at it and what finally worked was wrapping her in a blanket and rocking her. My husband said what finally worked for my son was actually putting the bottle on the floor - he figured DS puts everything else in his mouth, maybe if I put it with the toys he will the bottle in his mouth too - and it worked! I was actually a little horrified at first that he had done that but I was also relieved that he was finally taking a bottle. Changing temperatures also worked well for us too - both my kids preferred ebm cold out of a bottle instead of warmed up for whatever reason.

For us we started trying with both kids around 6 mo and then just kept trying every few weeks until they finally got it. I did find that if you are going the bottle versus sippy cup route, the nipple does matter. Both my kids preferred a larger, wider nipple more like the breast.

HTH
Nic