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My wife stopped breastfeeding when our daughter was 3. She did it by repeating often the whole month before she turned 3 that when she will be 3, she will be older, and that she will stop breastfeeding. Bigger childs don't drink breast milk, that's part of the growing-up process, at by the time our daughter was 3, she perfectly understood that. Actually, for ...


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For those of us not in USA, "peep" is marshmallow candy: Wikipedia article. I had to look it up. As one user comments, infants can't chew food so they either spit it out, swallow it whole -- or choke on it! For this reason, infants should not be given food they can't swallow. If the parent feels that the infant really needs to eat a peep, then cut it up ...


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The American Academy of Pediatrics no longer recommends avoiding citrus fruit explicitly; see this resource for more detail as to what they do recommend. (Largely, any food.) The primary concerns now are honey (botulism) and nitrates in food (spinach, beets, green beans, squash, and carrots are specifically called out as potentially containing higher ...


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Short Answer: No, but the mother's needs are highly important, and it's safe to wean if she feels it's time. At a certain point, somewhere between 6 and 12 months, breastfeeding is no longer providing everything nutritional the baby needs. From around 12 months, it's no longer nutritionally necessary to breastfeed, as the baby will be getting everything ...


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It is probably not good practice to let your 4-month-old eat a marshmallow for more than simply the fact that it's a choking hazard. A Peep is a marshmallow which means it's mostly sugar, but also gelatin, various dyes (depending on which color of Peep she gave her child), dairy products, and preservatives. My best friend's mother buys Peeps every year, ...


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I recall having dinner with some friends either shortly before or shortly after our first child was born. We must have appeared shocked at something they let their toddler get away with, although I don't recall what it was, because they jokingly commented about how much more protective parents are of their first child compared to their youngest. At the ...


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You can start by eliminating the feedings that are of least interest to your child (you can figure this out by how long the child nurses). Drop one feeding at a time and then wait a few days for your body to catch up with the signal to not produce milk at that time. Eliminating night feedings first may give you and your child better sleep. At the ...


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My wife mixed breast milk in with the formula for awhile, eventually increasing the formula until it was all the baby was used to. At some points she had issues and also had a small bottle of all breast milk, so when the baby refused the formula she would start one bottle then switch. Our kids mostly refused formula, and my oldest wouldn't take the bottle ...


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A wise woman once told me that weaning is a two-way process. Whenever it is not right for either one of the people involved (the woman or the baby/toddler), it is over. Some signs that it is not right for your infant or toddler any more: Your infant or toddler refuses to nurse when clearly hungry. Your infant or toddler prefers another (age-appropriate) ...


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Try a warm compress on the knot for a few days, several times a day. She can also try to GENTLY massage the knot towards the nipple; if it's a blocked duct, the warm compress should loosen it up, and then she can massage it out of the nipple. If she presents with a fever or pain, or anything that seems like it could be an infection, make sure she heads to ...


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By 6 months, they've gotten a lot of vaccinations (if you are doing vaccinations) so their immunity is a lot stronger by then. Every baby weans at different times too so yes, like philosodad said, you can just bottle feed them breast milk if you wanted them to continue to consume breast milk. There have been studies though comparing the overall health of ...


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Ideally babies shouldn't be eating anything other than milk much before they're six months old. This is because they don't have the motor skills yet to move food around in their mouths, and their gut hasn't matured enough to be able to digest other foods properly. There is some evidence that early introduction of solid food increases the chance of food ...


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My wife's interests aside, is there any real need to wean a child from breast milk or infant formula on purpose? No, there is no real "need" to wean a child from breastmilk on purpose if Mom is okay with prolonging breastfeeding and the child is developing fine. (Aside: after they are 12 months old you may offer an alternative milk - goat's milk or ...


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It may be natural for children to lose interest in breastfeeding once they start on solids, but if they don't lose interest you do not need to be worried. I think our first child was about 18 months old before we completely weaned her. By then, of course, she was eating meals with the family and could eat most foods on her own. But she still had her daily ...


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My wife just started the process. We had some problem to put my son to sleep: he would fall asleep only sucking, and wake up couple of times during night for milk. One day my wife was away and I had to put him to sleep alone... Took me 1 hour, so I decided we had to stop. It's been quite easy actually: the first night it took again a good hour and he cried ...


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You can introduce citrus fruit to your baby after 6 months of age. But make sure that citrus fruits are prepared carefully - remove the peel, seeds and the membrane as they are difficult to chew and may cause a baby to gag or choke. Always cut the fruit into bite-size pieces so that baby can chew food well. After introducing any new food, wait at least for ...


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What we did for a few days: I (the father) slept with the baby on a separate bed, with a water bottle ready. When he woke up, I cuddled him and gave him a bit to drink and he would sleep on. The idea is that when the baby smells the (still lactating!) mother, he/she gets hungry. As said, a few days broke the habit and weaning was relativly smooth. Of ...


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I strongly suggest that you reverse the feeding order: What motivation is there to struggle with something new (many babies are hesitant to try new tastes or textures), if she's already (semi-)full? In general, following Ellyn Sattler's "Division of Responsibility" is a viable approach, meaning at your stage you offer the food you deem appropriate, she ...


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With two children now 3 and 21 months we had two different personalities to contend with but got it done. What worked for our children was transition to a different routine at the time we wanted the nursing to subside. The first step was to transition to bedtime only feedings. This pacified both children and was the single biggest step we took. When it ...


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My wife is a clinical dietician with a specialization in pediatric nutrition. What she has told me is that the literature suggests that most of the benefits of breast milk for infants--such as building up immunities--are seen in the first six months. Of course, this is not an either/or situation. If your research suggests that breast milk is still important ...


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You could consider changing your routine a bit. If your baby is 6 months old, it's a good time to start introducing solids (if you haven't already). Instead of giving her a bottle in the morning, you could give her rice cereal with formula mixed in.


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Interesting that she was happy with it for about 2 weeks. Are you sure or have you checked if it has caused any irritation to the stomach? If everything is OK, what if you try to slowly introduce the formula with expressed milk, for example half expressed milk and half formula and decrease the expressed milk while increasing the formula until she ...


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He's going to eat enough, barring substantial physiological problems that it doesn't sound like apply here. This was true at one month old, is true now, and will be true at 3 or 4. Kids don't starve themselves, whatever their difficulties with appearing to eat a normal meal are. As long as you're not replacing those calories with candy or potato chips, so ...


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Weaning is a personal choice for you and him. There is no magical date, but if you feel like he's ready and you're ready, then congratulations: you've done a great job. If you're concerned about how much he's getting, you could give him known quantities of expressed milk in a cup or bottle-- but since you've been feeding him for so long, you can probably ...


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We gave labneh, home made yoghourt, egg yolk, mashed apple, banana and pear when he was 6 months old.


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I suggest a specific baby spoon. These are usually plastic or with a rubber coating. An adult metal spoon might hurt them if they flail, protest or bite down hard. That said, what is wrong with the bottle? Current advice is to leave weaning (onto solid foods) until after 6 months and if breast milk is not an option, the bottle seems like the best way to ...


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The clinginess and lower appetite has absolutely nothing to do with night weaning, most likely. It is 100% normal at this age. Separation and stranger anxiety are very common in 11 month olds. This behavior may last, with some ebb and flow, until 18 months or even later. Also clinginess is associated with developmental leaps, and there is one around 11 ...


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Breastfeeding is very good for children. According to the World Health Organisation, the average age, worldwide, at which children stop breastfeeding is 4.7 years. So it is not unhealthy for children to still be breastfeeding at 3 years: she's not even near the average. Having said that, if you want to move her away from breastfeeding, try to introduce ...


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Maybe they are frustrated at how little liquid they get on the spoon. In my experience, children usually go from the bottle to a cup with a sip lid, or to a straw. In both cases you get liquid far quicker than a spoon would be.


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Stephie is right, reverse the feeding order. Hunger is powerful. Keep the pouch and other favored items out of sight and start with the more solid stuff first. To be honest I wouldn't worry about it too much, but if you want to play hardball, make it seem like there's nothing else. Make feeding time over, and come back to it in 10mins. (10min is an ...



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