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Weaning from breast to bottle shell2890 1 child; Huddersfield, United Kingdom 42 posts
21st Mar '13

Heyy i'm needing to wean my 5 1/2 month old onto formula as i'm going back to work in 6 weeks.



How should i go about it? He's had formula before so it's not so much a case of trying a new thing but i don't know how to approach it, any tips would be great :)



Really sad to be giving up breastfeeding i love it but needs must :/

Jennybananna 2 kids; Gilbert, AZ, United States 25079 posts
21st Mar '13

Why do you have to give up breastfeeding? Cant you just pump at work.

*~AngelEyes~* 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Memphis, Tennessee 10380 posts
21st Mar '13
Quoting Jennybananna:" Why do you have to give up breastfeeding? Cant you just pump at work."

:!::?:

SavageDarling 3 kids; Webster, Massachusetts 10381 posts
21st Mar '13

Why can't you pump?



If I were you weaning would be my last resort, I would really try to pump while working.

Jillian Lindsey 2 kids; Mosheim, Tennessee 2354 posts
21st Mar '13
Quoting shell2890:" Heyy i'm needing to wean my 5 1/2 month old onto formula as i'm going back to work in 6 weeks. How should ... [snip!] ... don't know how to approach it, any tips would be great :) Really sad to be giving up breastfeeding i love it but needs must :/"

have you tried pumping? if you can pump then do it! introduce it in the bottl by having someone else feed LO try it when LO is hungry but not starving so he wont get frustrated be consistent and have lots of patience maybe even need to try a few other nipples whether you pump, mix, or use just formula this method should help wean him!

shell2890 1 child; Huddersfield, United Kingdom 42 posts
21st Mar '13

ideally i would pump but where i work it wouldn't be possible to pump as there is nowhere for me to do it and i work in a place where i can't just take a break whenever really plus my step-mum and dad refuse to let expressed breastmilk in thier house, they wouldn't even let me bring my pump in, they're the ones looking after LO half the time i'm at work :/

Jennybananna 2 kids; Gilbert, AZ, United States 25079 posts
21st Mar '13
Quoting shell2890:" ideally i would pump but where i work it wouldn't be possible to pump as there is nowhere for me to do ... [snip!] ... in thier house, they wouldn't even let me bring my pump in, they're the ones looking after LO half the time i'm at work :/"

In the US they must give you time off to pump (unpaid) but they have to give you the break and a place. What exactly is your parents issue with breast milk? Thats a bit extreme.

SavageDarling 3 kids; Webster, Massachusetts 10381 posts
21st Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting shell2890:</b>" ideally i would pump but where i work it wouldn't be possible to pump as there is nowhere for me to do ... [snip!] ... in thier house, they wouldn't even let me bring my pump in, they're the ones looking after LO half the time i'm at work :/"</blockquote>



They won't allow breastmilk in their house?!? Wtf?!? Why not?

Roe23 2 kids; Ottawa, Ontario 4199 posts
21st Mar '13

If you don't want to give up breastfeeding, don't!



Pumping while at work, at least as often as your baby would eat, is the best plan. But you can also try mixed feedings (giving formula while you are away). This does come with the risk of losing your supply though. When I went back to work (at 12 months) I thought I had to wean or pump but neither of us wanted to stop the breastfeeding relationship so I weaned her to a bottle during the day (which was still very difficult, if I had it to do over, I wouldn't have done that, just offered a cup or let the day care provider feed her whatever she would have eaten and drank during the time we were apart, but it's a little different for a 6 month old).



Best of luck!

Jillian Lindsey 2 kids; Mosheim, Tennessee 2354 posts
21st Mar '13
Quoting shell2890:" ideally i would pump but where i work it wouldn't be possible to pump as there is nowhere for me to do ... [snip!] ... in thier house, they wouldn't even let me bring my pump in, they're the ones looking after LO half the time i'm at work :/"


um id be looking for a dif sitter! i could understand if you werent able to produce enough with pumping but to flat out say no BM thats crazy

Roe23 2 kids; Ottawa, Ontario 4199 posts
21st Mar '13
Quoting shell2890:" ideally i would pump but where i work it wouldn't be possible to pump as there is nowhere for me to do ... [snip!] ... in thier house, they wouldn't even let me bring my pump in, they're the ones looking after LO half the time i'm at work :/"


That is really disappointing. Do they allow cow's milk in their home?



Can you tell them how important it is to you?



Are different childcare options available to you?

Roe23 2 kids; Ottawa, Ontario 4199 posts
21st Mar '13

How long are you away from your child? Are you able to go home at lunch to nurse?



Some babies don't take a lot of liquids when away from their mothers but then nurse frequently (and more throughout the night) when together. Co-sleeping works for many families with this arrangement.

shell2890 1 child; Huddersfield, United Kingdom 42 posts
21st Mar '13
Quoting Jennybananna:" In the US they must give you time off to pump (unpaid) but they have to give you the break and a place. What exactly is your parents issue with breast milk? Thats a bit extreme. "


I don't think we have a law regarding pumping in the UK :( and I don't know my dad just feels uncomfortable but I can breastfeed in his house aslong as I'm in a different room

shell2890 1 child; Huddersfield, United Kingdom 42 posts
21st Mar '13
Quoting Roe23:" If you don't want to give up breastfeeding, don't! Pumping while at work, at least as often as your ... [snip!] ... she would have eaten and drank during the time we were apart, but it's a little different for a 6 month old). Best of luck!"


I did consider mixed feeding as LO enjoys the breast too so I might do this.

shell2890 1 child; Huddersfield, United Kingdom 42 posts
21st Mar '13
Quoting Roe23:" How long are you away from your child? Are you able to go home at lunch to nurse? Some babies don't ... [snip!] ... then nurse frequently (and more throughout the night) when together. Co-sleeping works for many families with this arrangement."


Yehh they have cows milk I just think it's the fact it's come from me and for some reason that makes my dad uncomfortable. It'll vary from 6-9 hours depending on my shift and I chose them to look after LO as I trust them and don't feel comfortable putting him in a nursery this young and most of my family live in a different area. I only get a half hour break and don't drive so not an option :( I do sometimes co -sleep but have to be careful as OH is a smoker