what age did your LO stop having bottles/breastfeeds
Hi, my son is only 10 months but I thought this was a better place to put this thread rather than the baby forum as you guys have been through this stage.
Just wondering what age your LO weaned completely of of having milk feeds??
Im just so confused should he have stopped feeds by a year old? I have a couple of freinds who breastfed and both of their little ones completely weaned themselves by 10 months one of them just having a cup of follow on after that and the other wouldnt take any milk at all (though the health visitors wernt happy about that), I have another freind that just decided to stop giving her baby his bedtime feed as she didnt want him to get attatched to it but he is still having morning and afternoon feeds he is just about 1 yr old.
Im just going to go on the signs of what my LO tells me as to when to stop but just wanted a rough idea of when this should be, I think i will change his milks over to cup instead of bottles once he gets to around 11-12 months as he uses the cup quite well at the moment for his water.
My 32 month old is still breastfeeding 2-3 times a day. Milk should be the main source of nutrition until 12 months, at which point it is advised to switch to cups rather than bottles and you can switch to cow's milk instead of formula if you want. Breastfeeding can continue for as long as mother and child want.
Omar was exclusively FF, we weaned him off the bottle at 23 months as he didn't need it for comfort anymore, he was drinking bottles at random times, he didn't need it for settling at bedtime & he wasn't waking up for milk feeds at night anymore. So it was the right time for us & it went well without any fuss.
Bm/formula is recommended until 12months because it is easier on your baby's digestive system & better nutritionally than just cows milk. You can continue to give milk for as long as your lo wants it, other food will become the main source of nutrition but it's still ok to offer milk with meals/at bedtime in a cup.
My son still bf's 1-2 times a day and has 2 small cups of cows milk each day too because he doesn't like juice. x
My 15 month old is having generally 5 BF in a 24 hour period plus any others he asks for (if he's upset, teething, overtired etc he might ask) alongside three meals and two snacks. Babies very very rarely wean themselves before 12 months, and only rarely before 24 months, btw. What often gets mistaken for self-weaning is a nursing strike, or mothers encouraging weaning (without knowing it sometimes) by, for example, offering solids before BF or too many solids.
Bottles are another kettle of fish - switching to a cup by 12 months is a good idea for the sake of their teeth and jaw development.
I have to disagree with some comments, some toddler need milk out of a bottle for comfort. I don't think a mum who didn't FF can understand that. For some toddlers weaning them off a bottle is as difficult as weaning them off the breast. Many toddlers don't understand why they should take a milk out of a cup & they resist the transaction although they drink water or juice from any cup.
Omar refused to drink milk from a cup when he had bottles, milk from a bottle was comfort for him not a drink, he liked to lie down with his hands up & cuddled with his bottles. When he started to go to bed without a bottle at 18 months, then he started to sleep through without a night bottle at 23 months he was ready to get rid of the bottle as he didn't need it for comfort.
He went off milk when he was weaned off the bottle, but it didn't bother me as he was getting enough dairy from other sources, he still doesn't drink much milk which is fine.
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