Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Dee | 2011-11-28


Going off breastmilk

Dear Doc

I have been exclusively breast feeding my daughter of now 9 months from when she was born as she never took formula she didn''t like it at all. I also tried different brans thinking she might like one, but still she refused.

I now want to stop breasfeeding when she turn one and anm not sure what to give her to replace the milk as she doesn''t like formula. I feel so guilty because I know brestmilk is the best. How do I make the transition and most importantly what do I replace the breastmilk with?

Thank you

Expert's Reply



Your daughter is very happy on breastmilk now and you do intend to continue breastfeeding her until she is 12 months. At that stage you can try her on one of the growth formulas such as Nido or Parmalat First Growth milk or even regular fullcream cow's milk.

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Posted by: Alice | 2011-11-29

Hi Dee,
I breastfed my girl up to 11 months - by then her upper teeth was too much for me to handle.
I told her for about 2 days that mommys milk is getting lesser and she will have to start drinking her cup now...
She never drank a bottle anf also no formula - even tried with nesquick, at that stage only about 50-100ml of fruit juice the whole day  I breastfed mornings &  evenings. She refused everything else.
I was really stressed out - I waited for a weekend so that at least if she cries the whole night I woun''t have to go to work the next morning.
I took her in my arms and told her mommy is so sorry but mommys milk is finished, she will now have to drink the milk I bought at the shop. I prepared normal full cream cows milk - just heated it a bit as mothers milk would have been and for the first time ever she drank her milk from her cup and went to bed as usual - I had to repeat this story for about two weeks a few times a day and she drank the milk when I gave it to her, sitting on my lap and not at school or from daddy....
Today she drinks milk by night and rooibos by day and she is a happy healthy little girl (16 months old)

However, I was crying a few times because I missed the breastfeeding!

Good luck.

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