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Going cold turkey (giving up BF)

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MayimBialik Tue 23-Apr-13 09:17:29

Has anyone ever given up BFing their child by going cold turkey? DS is currently 5 months, EBF and refuses the bottle despite several attempts. However, I would like to give up BFing at 6 months and see no way of going about it other than cold turkey. Has anyone successfully done this with a baby that has been EBF and previously refused bottles?

ausgal Tue 23-Apr-13 09:25:16

I gave up feeding my 11mth old, cold turkey, I expressed over a week and that was that... DS, however, still refused any milk (formula, cows or expressed), bottle or cup for a number of months. However, as he was a little older than your DC, the milk intake, or lack of, wasn't an issue, as he was eating cheese and yoghurt and I was giving him a supplement with Calcium in it.
DS loves milk now.
Perhaps try expressed milk in a cup?

SirBoobAlot Wed 24-Apr-13 13:21:05

I think you need to focus on finding a way for to take milk first, rather than just stopping. Going cold turkey is a bad idea for you health wise, and stopping when he has no other income of food is frankly dangerous.

This myth of 'a baby with take a bottle if they're really hungry' is just a myth.

WouldBeHarrietVane Wed 24-Apr-13 14:57:37

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

rubyslippers Wed 24-Apr-13 15:01:34

i did cold turkey but my child was much older

i wouldn't bother with bottles at six months and go straight to a sippy cup

either way cold turkey could lead to you getting mastitis and upset for your baby especially as at 6 months to a year they need a fair amount of milk

what about mixing expressed milk with formula and gradually reducing the amount of BM until they are taking formula?

i wouldn't personally advise cold turkey with a baby this young until they can get milk from a bottle or sippy cup successfully first

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