If your baby is younger than six months sister lillian says it s advisable to take a slow gradual approach to weaning as the value of breastmilk is still nutritionally significant for however long you manage to continue. This is a great choice as you can still give your baby the benefits of breast milk.
But you can slow the flow of formula and make sucking from a bottle more like sucking from the breast by using a bottle nipple made for a preemie or newborn and sticking with paced bottle feeding.
Weaning a baby from breast to bottle. The weaning process when your baby eats foods other than breast milk begins at 6 months with solid foods. Since your baby will get calories elsewhere she ll naturally nurse less often. Continue to replace more breast milk feedings with infant formula or fortified cow s milk over time.
She adds that this is often a good time to introduce a sippy cup as part of weaning off the bottle. How to wean at 4 6 months. Babies younger than 12 months shouldn t drink whole cow s milk hardin says.
Also if you take your time to wean your baby there s less chance you ll need to take medication to dry up your milk. Sometimes the child will get. Pumped breast milk for some mothers weaning from breastfeeding to giving pumped milk in a bottle might the option of choice.
And babies who are breastfed exclusively and weaning breastfeeding can often go right from the breast to a cup she says. Start weaning by replacing one breast milk feeding a day with a bottle of infant formula for your child younger than 12 months old or with a cup of fortified cow s milk for your child 12 months or older. When weaning older children from breastfeeding toddlers up to 2 or even 3 years old hodge says moms should expect some acting out and anger from their children.
Milk or formula tends to flow more easily from a bottle so your baby doesn t have to suck as hard.