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Breastfeeding and Weaning

Beth S.
BETH S.
Lactation Consultant
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Ready to wean? Not ready to wean? Stuck somewhere in between? We get it—easing baby off of breastfeeding can be confusing. That's why we're here to support you each step of the way. Led by Tinyhood Lactation Consultant, Beth Sanders.

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LIZ, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

I have a 1 year old son. I can't get him to drink whole milk. I have been strictly breast feeding since he was 7 weeks. That's when I first got him to latch. I was so excited that I never went back to a bottle..for I am a stay at home mom. He only nurses during the day when it's nap time. But at night time he wakes up every hour in a half to 2 hours to nurse. Which it only last a few minutes.I do co sleep which I know plays a big factor. I have been trying to put him in his own crib...but the minute I lay him down he wakes up and screams and cries! He doesn't take a pacifier. He does drink from a sippy cup...but just won't drink milk. I even tried to pump recently and put it in a cup for him...and nope doesn't want anything to do with it. Need advice please!

Beth
BETH

Hi Liz, congratulations on breastfeeding for a year! Sounds like you overcame some rough challenges in the early weeks - good job sticking with it! It sounds to me like he still loves breastfeeding and nurses some for comfort as well as for the nutrition. I wonder if you hold him as if you are going to nurse him and offer him the sippy cup, if that would work. So, at nap time or sleepy time, with low lights and no distractions, cuddle up and offer him the cup. Keep the breast on the ready, and offer it if he refuses the sippy, but then try to offer the sippy again after he's had a little nursing time.

You might also want to check with the sleep experts on Tinyhood - they will be able to give advice to you about co-sleeping, transfer to crib, and nighttime waking.

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns!
Beth