Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Nina | 2011/12/05


Feelings of guilt

Hi doc,

I have been breastfeeding exlusively for 6 months now and it has been great since I am a stay at home mom. My target initially was 6 months but now I just cannot get used to the idea of switching to formula especially since I have alot of breastmillk! My daughter also doesn''t drink from any bottle or sippy cup, she thinks it is a toy! How do I get her to get used to a bottle/cup? I do want to continue breastfeeding but I get a lot of pressure to stop since it does interfere with our daily lifes by having to plan everything around feeding time. I feel SO guilty just thinking of stopping though since I know it is the best for my little girl! Any advice would be great!

Expert's Reply



You really do not need to feel guilty. You have really enjoyed breast feeding your baby girl and she has benefited greatly from this. She is not keen on feeding from a bottle and is too young for a cup. Why don't you carry on breast feeding her possibly to 12 months? It will be the best way forward for both of you.

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Posted by: Alice | 2011/12/07

I breastfed exclusively untill 8 months.... then I had to work again and my little girl went to school.
We have tried bottlefeeding from before 3 months - no success. At 8 months I send her to school with a soft spout cup from Game (unfortunately this is off the market, but it resembles tommy tippee) - and FRUIT JUICE, as this was all she drank from the cup. I continued breastfeeding before and after school....
She started adding a second night feed as she needed the nutrition - was not eating solids good either.

Well, at 11 months all was still struggeling, but she had 4 teeth already and I was not enjoying the teeth as much.
I took het off breastfeeding. Explained to her that I have no more milk and she had to drink milk from her cup.
That night for the first time ever she drank a whole cup of anything - fresh full cream milk.
She still refuses all formula.

Since I got her to drink rooibos (only at 15 months) and a different cup.
But when she is sick she still want her soft spout Game cup - and how I wish I could find another one as this one really is starting to fall apart.

O - people advised me to let someone else gave her a bottle, she actually drank better when I hold her in the same position as breastfeeding.

I suggest you give her fruit juice or something sweet in the bottle or soft tip cup to get her used to a new way of sucking first.
Then intruduce formula.



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Posted by: Nellie | 2011/12/05

I do not think you have to feel guilty at all. You can be glad its been 6 months already. With my daughter I could only breastfeed for about 3 months because my milk stopped and with my son only a month he was to lazy to drink and therefore did not gain weight so I had to switch to formula. You are the mother it is your body and think you should decide when to stop or to switch to formula. If you do have the milk available why do you want to stop. Pressure from family or friends I still think it is for you to decide. Maybe in a few months your milk will reduce maybe one feeding breast and then one feeding bottle your baby will eventually get used to formula they all do I promise you. Best of luck :-)

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