How/when do i ween my child from the breast? She has TEETH.

@Sissygrl (10915)
Canada
April 26, 2007 10:30pm CST
So i have a few problems as to why this is going to be difficult. 1. She will not drink from a bottle at all. She has maybe twice, and she's 9 months old. She has drank from a sippy cup before many times, but refuses to drink milk from the cup, only water. 2. The only way she will fall asleep is if she is nursing. or Sometimes if we are out for a walk she will fall asleep five minutes before we get home and i have to lift her out of the stroller to ger her inside and that wakes her up. lol light sleeper she is. Now i had planned on just breast feeding untill she didn't want to anymore, but now that she has teeth and i have felt her wrath... I'm thinking the sooner the better! If you have any suggestions, helpfull or not, don't hesitate to share. please. I would really love sOME helpfull responses too though :)
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@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
27 Apr 07
Firstly, every time she bites you, unlatch, tell her no very sternly, and then relatch her. COntinue doing this, eventually she will get irritated that dinner is being interrupted, and quit biting you. Secondly, you will most likely need to wean her from falling asleep nursing, before you do anything else. She's old enough to fall asleep on her own, and needs to learn how. Otherwise you will have a lot of sleeping problems later on. My suggestion, nurse her an hour before you plan on putting her to sleep. After she's done nursing, put her in a nice warm bath, then cuddle up with her in her pj's and a nice book. THen rock her till she's drowsy. Then place her in her crib, with lights off, however you normally have her room at night time. THen pat her on the back for a few minutes until she's calm (not until she's alseep, b/c then you are just replacing one habit with another), then leave her room. SHe will most likely cry. that's normal and expected. Go into the other room, set a timer for 5 minutes, go back to her room, pat her on the back, until she calms down, don't pick her up, don't talk to her, just wait until she calms down a bit, and then repeat. Do this until she falls alseep. Because she is so old, she will most likely be quite stubborn about this, it may take a lot longer than you expected, but it will get better, I promise. THe next night repeat the same activity, and stretch out the interval from 5 minutes to 10. By the third night, you should be to 15 minutes (if you can bear it, otherwise stay at 10). Eventually she will learn that she has to put herself to sleep, and she'll do it. As far as weaning her, I personally don't have any expierence in this area. BOth of my boys weaned themselves. My oldest weaned at 9 months, my youngest weaned at 6 months. I am having the most difficult time with my youngest, as he refuses to take a bottle at times. I can't get him to take a cup, so many times I resort to spoon feeding him milk, but even then I can only get 1-2 ounces in him at those times. He is just very stubborn, and knows what he wants. I usually can get him to take 2 bottles and sometimes, if I fight him, I can get him to take another 1/2 of one. *sigh* so I really don't have any suggestions for what to do if they don't want cup or bottle. I suppose many will say just give it time, and she'll adjust, which I hope is true, as Mine is almost 8 months now, and I still have to fight him to get milk in him! (:
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@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
27 Apr 07
ALso, I forgot to add, if you find that she is waking in the middle of the night, it is most likely not due to hunger issues, but sleep problems. Most people, babies included, wake in the middle of the night, but can easily put themselves back to sleep, if she is not in the habit of putting herself to sleep, when she wakes, she will want to nurse, seeing how it's the only way she knows how to put herself to sleep. YOu will also want to do the 5 min. intervals on her wake periods during the night, to eliminate those as well. As she begins to wean, you will notice she will stop waking up as much.
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@MsTickle (24993)
• Australia
27 Apr 07
I don't know how she did it but my sister fed her 6 kids till they were around 2 years old. (OUCH!) Do you have a community nurse or childcare centre where you could go for advice or instruction. This would probably be your best avenue...good luck to you and the small one.
@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
27 Apr 07
yea i have an appointment tues, for her 9 month check up, so i will definitely ask the nurse about it while i'm there. she's a really lovely nurse, and has had three kids of her own so she should be able to p oint me in the right direction at least. I just like getting advice from all walks of life. soemtiems when you ask a lot of people you get some intereseting answers ;)
@smartmom (827)
• United States
27 Apr 07
Oh have I been ther. My son is almost fourteen months, and I finally weaned him two months ago. He had a very bad habit of biting me, and he never wanted a bottle either. I just tried to slowly step up the food, and decrease the nursing. I really think the key is to go slowly. It took me about a month, where I ended up just nursing in the morning and in the evening before bedtime. Then it seemed like he was actually getting less interested in nursing and more interested in eating. My son still gets his milk in a sippy cup, but he will drink out of a cup though. Good luck with it, those bites can be insanely painful.
@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
27 Apr 07
Thank you. i am sorry that you get bitten too, but i am also glad i'm not the only one dealing with it!!
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• United States
27 Apr 07
try getting a nursing nipple and put on a bottle even though she is broke it might help for a little while
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