Sometimes a mother wants to stop
breast-feeding, but her baby shows signs of wanting to
continue. If possible, continue breast-feeding a while longer. If this is not
possible, the following suggestions may help you:
Offer breast milk pumped from your breast,
formula, or cow's milk (if your baby is more than 12 months old) in a cup
or bottle before you breast-feed or between breast-feedings. Slowly increase the amount
in the cup or bottle. If possible, have someone else feed your baby with a bottle or
If your baby spits out the bottle nipple when first starting
to bottle-feed, keep trying. Experiment with different nipple types. It often
takes time for a breast-fed baby to get used to an artificial nipple. Or it may
be time to use a cup.
If your baby suddenly refuses to nurse when
you are trying to
wean gradually, pump your breasts for comfort. Pump
less milk from your breasts each day.
If your weaned baby wants to
nurse again, try giving your baby extra hugs and attention instead of going
back to the old way of feeding.
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