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    Default Refusing bottle

    We have a 7 month old who is breastfed. She nurses appromiately every 3-4 hrs. and eats aprox. 2-3 jars of baby food a day along with 1/2 cup of cereal a day.
    We would like to begin the weaning process but she will not drink a bottle. We have tried breast milk and three different formulas. We have also tried rubber sippy cup and medicine dropper. Do you have any suggestions?

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    Default Re: Refusing bottle

    Technically, the start of solids marks the beginning of gradual weaning. Many babies go straight from the breast to the cup when they are ready. If you can avoid the bottle altogether and gradually wean from the breast, you won't need to try to wean AGAIN from a bottle. It may take several months to accomplish total weaning, but the American Academy of Pediatrics does recommend breastfeeding for at least a year, so that might be a more realistic goal if you start now gradually.

    Edited to add: LLL's book "How Weaning Happens" discusses a variety of weaning styles, ideas, in alignment with LLL philosophies. You can find it here: http://www.lalecheleague.org/Web_sto...=9423121_26231
    Last edited by LLLErin; April 3rd, 2006 at 10:45 AM.

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