Weaning from the bottle
Whether you’re weaning from the bottle or from the breast, it can be a stressful time for you and your baby. A lot of mothers find weaning to be a huge struggle.
I was very fortunate that the weaning experience was a smooth one and the whole transition took very little time for both my babies.
I breastfed my first child as long as I could (5 months) but after visiting my doctor and trying everything I could, I just couldn’t produce enough milk for her. Eventually she was feeding exclusively from the bottle so when it was time to wean her, I only had to wean her from the bottle.
My mother had told me as soon as she was born to never let her hold her own bottle. I remembered that and stuck to her advice. I believe that made a huge difference when it was time to wean her off the bottle.
When she was a year old, I gradually introduced more sippy cups
with milk and less bottles until she was completely weaned. The whole process took a few weeks.
When my son was born, I was determined to make a better go at breastfeeding. I was devastated when I had to have surgery one day after he was born and couldn’t breastfeed him. I tried pumping but with the nurse’s help and a hospital-grade pump, I could barely get an ounce of milk.
By the time the drugs from the surgery had worn off and I was able to breastfeed again, my short supply of milk had almost dwindled to nothing. My son and I both suffered for seven weeks trying to breastfeed until I finally switched to the bottle permanently.
Thus, my son was weaned from the bottle at one year of age as well. The process was virtually the same. I never let him hold the bottle and when it was time to wean, I slowly added more sippy cups as the days went on. He was completely weaned from the bottle within a few weeks.
The biggest obstacle for me with both my children during the weaning phase was that they always wanted the bottle to fall asleep. I expected this long before it was time to wean so I made sure to develop some strong sleep routines.
I would always wrap them in a blanket right before bedtime, then sit and rock with them in a rocking chair while listening to Baby Einstein music and feeding them. This put them to sleep every time. Sometimes their little eyes would roll back and they’d fall asleep as soon as they’d hear the music. They were used to the same routine every single time they went to sleep
When I started to wean them, I took the bottle away but kept the same routine of swaddling them and rocking them while listening to music. They hardly fussed or put up a fight at all.
You can read the article I wrote about weaning here:
I’d love to hear your own thoughts, questions or experiences with weaning your baby.