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Returning to work, how to stop breastfeeding?

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Weezie85 Sat 06-Apr-13 09:25:54

Hello,
I am returning to work when my DD will be a week off 1, she is just 10 months at the moment. Currently she is ebf and refuses bottles of expressed milk so we gave up trying. She feeds 4 times during the day, one of which is when she wakes up in the morning. She also feeds at bedtime, still dreamfeeds at 10ish and wakes once in the night.
When I return to work she will be able to have the morning one and the night time ones, but what do I do about the rest? I will be returning full time. I wanted to give her cows milk when she was 1 but would it be smart to start a few weeks before? How did you wean them off the daytime feeds.
Please help, I am totally panicking about this.
She drinks out of a sippy cup really well when it has water in.

BrienneOfTarth Sat 06-Apr-13 09:44:10

Presumably she has some solids by now doesn't she? At the age of 1 there isn't going to be any real harm done if she has solid food but no milk during the working day.

She may be too old to be fooled by this, but I know of several people who had success getting a baby to take from a bottle when they had previously only accepted a breast by putting the bottle inside your clothes in your armpit with the teat as close to your actual nipple as possible, hold baby in the normal position for breast feeding but guide their mouth to the rubber teat instead of your own breast. I've only heard of this working at between 4 months and 8 months though, 10 months might be old enough to spot the difference.

You could also try a doidy cup - by this age you don't actually need to use a rubber teat at all.

louloutheshamed Sat 06-Apr-13 09:57:04

I went back full time at about the same time as you, and it was fine, ds just dropped the daytime feeds as obviously I wasn't around, and kept up morning and bedtime feeds (and more through the night!). I would start to try her on cows milk from a cup as
The time draws nearer, but don't stress about it, it will all work out. Good luck!

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