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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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There are two important factors in the pacing of the weaning process. The first is the mother's health. A mother's body has to be told slowly enough that milk no longer needs to be made. Otherwise she is at an increased risk of engorgement, mastitis, and other unpleasant side-effects. If immediate weaning is required for some reason, a prescription for ...


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In American culture, it is unusual to wean a child from sucking at this early an age, but apparently in other cultures is is not uncommon to move to a spoon as early as 8 months as a transition to cup. Scientistst in Japan looked at three different spoon shapes which they evaluated for confusion with regard to lip position, spillage and choking. While none ...


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I know this doesn't really address the question as asked. However, due to a conversation in chat with the poster as well as other simultaneously asked questions, here is the best answer I can offer at this time. There is a bit of a debate over when to wean baby entirely - in the US at least, but the standard is about one year to one and a half years here. ...


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I'm not sure where you have gotten this information but it doesn't sound right. There's no reason you can't give milk before 1 year, in fact as you wean your child you should introduce milk unless they show signs of intolerance as they need the vitamin D, Calcium, and fat. As for salt children need some salt in their diet, but they should get what they need ...


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Actually, it looks like there are multiple options for organic formula. You just might not see them in the stores you normally shop in. http://www.earthsbest.com/node/12 http://similac.com/baby-formula/similac-advance-organic http://www.vermontorganicsformula.com/ http://www.naturesone.com/ I personally wouldn't wean a baby who was born so early ...



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