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How should I wean my 6mo breastfed (on demand), teething son?

We've been trying different foods and he loves to eat but he doesnt eat them as a meal. he pretty much nurses as normal and treats the real food as snacks. I'd like to intergrate formula into his routine until he doesnt need my breast anymore but i'm not sure how. He's a needy little one and nurses for comfort as well as nurishment. will i traumatize him if i cut him off the breast and onto the bottle cold turkey???


Asked by Aidensmommy111 at 5:57 PM on Jul. 11, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • At 6 months a baby shouldn't eat baby food as a "meal," it should only act like a snack to prepare him for different textures and tastes. Nursing/formula should be his main way of getting his nutrients. Do not cut him off cold turkey from the breast, it will not only make him feel confused and upset it will be extremely painful for you. Breastfeeding is still very beneficial for the baby and much better than formula. If you must make the switch you will want to wean him by slowly replacing a feeding with a bottle of formula every 6-7 days. As you drop feedings you will become engorged, and if you drop them too quickly you will have the chance of getting mastitis. If you can than continue to breastfeed, it is very easy to comfort a teething baby when you are nursing. Check out the breastfeeding moms group for advice about breastfeeding (there is a sticky on top about biting).

    Answer by jacobsmommy0828 at 10:07 PM on Jul. 11, 2008

  • You've made it this far! Keep going mama:)

    If you absolutely must wean for some reason, do it gradually, not cold turkey. It will upset him, and could also cause problems for you as well(engorgement, pain, mastitis, clogged ducts).

    You have the best thing for him mama, and it's FREE:)

    Answer by MommytoNakoa at 5:12 AM on Jul. 12, 2008