Sometimes a mother wants to stop breastfeeding, but her baby shows signs of wanting to continue. If possible, continue breastfeeding 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 9 to 12 months of age and eating a variety of iron-rich foods) in a cup or bottle before you breastfeed or between breastfeedings. Slowly increase the amount in the cup or bottle. If possible, have someone else feed your baby with a bottle or cup.
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 breastfed 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.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerThomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics