9:43 AM

I need some tips...

Posted by Courtney |


So, my dearest Judah boy needs to be weened from breast milk LIKE NOW. However, he refuses to drink formula. I have tried switching formula's, tried getting a bottle that simulate the breast...and still no luck. He literally screams the entire time. I am so frustrated. I probably wouldn't ween him yet but I am leaving for Belgium in 19 days and he's not going with me. 


Have I mentioned that I am so frustrated right now. I  have tried putting half formula and half breast milk in a bottle, I have tried letting him get GOOD and hungry before I offer it to him. I just don't know what else to do. 

I would appreciate any advice anyone has to give. This has to happen soon or whoever keeps Judah while I'm gone is going to hate me by the time I get back. SERIOUSLY!!!!!

Any tips???

14 comments:

Des said...

I have always found shaking babies really hard when they won't do what they are supposed to do really does the trick. They get so docile afterwards :)
KIDDING!

I feel your pain sister. Maybe I'll be lactating by then and I can just nurse him! Ok, that's kind of gross.

Lolly said...

I'm sure you've tried soy formula.

This sounds strange but the idea just popped into my head, have you tried a sippy cup? I'm sure he would need a little help getting it just right but I wonder if drinking his milk from a sippy cup would be different enough to get the formula in him. I will be praying about this. There has to be a solution! :-)

Lolly said...

Also-that picture is so adorable!!

Kristina said...

Remember Truth the endurance feeder NEVER took a bottle- she went straight tot he sippy cup AND our doctor told us to put chilled water in it to get her interested It worked- then we went to rice milk, which loved- it's sweeter than soy, thinner (more like 2% milk), and is fortified with all the vitamins and stuff. It worked for us.

Anonymous said...

The only advice I have is to leave him with someone else and let them give the bottle. I had to do that w/ Alathia. She ended up preferring soy and goat milk formula (I know, sounds gross, but it is the closest to human breast milk). Good luck! Praying it goes well! (Marci P)

joanna moore said...

do you have enough pumped frozen breastmilk? i know that may be a long shot considering you'll be gone almost 3 weeks, but-- if he has breastmilk while you're gone, and if you only pump when you get really full and uncomfortable, maybe by the time you get back you'll have just a little bit left and then he'll transition easier to formula? i don't know, but that might work.

yourcandidmemories photography said...

try having someone else give him the bottle, he can probably smell your milk... that's what I had to do!

p.s I found you through Destiny in case you are like who is this person! :)

Linda said...

I agree. Have someone else give him a bottle. And I was also wondering if you have enough breastmilk frozen to last until you get home? But that is a long shot.

Carrie said...

I think that at times like these, the difficult times at being a mommy, is when we really need the most encouragement. So I am going to do just that, weening is tough, but you are a rockin' mommy. You will do what is best for Judah, precious little boy!! I think that someone else giving him the bottle is a good idea, I think he will surprise you. I encourage you to be at peace, being a mommy isn't the easiest, but the most rewarding. I hope your little ones are feeling better. Just know you are in my prayers and I think about you on a daily basis. Much love!!

Anonymous said...

I had a really hard time weaning too, and I did a combination of two things. First, I pumped to get my breasts almost empty. My son didn't want to try to nurse because he wasn't getting much and it was coming really slowly. Then, I would give him a bottle that was mixed with breast milk and formula. At first I could only put about 1 oz. of formula for 5 oz. of breastmilk. And he started just taking the bottle without trying to nurse after about a week. Then I just really gradually increased the formula. The only problem is the pumping at first can cause some major discomfort after your milk production picks up but then you're pumping less--so be prepared if you try it!

Mel said...

ok... my comment will probably be the strangest, but I have just been studying and applying "Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type" and it's maybe possible that Judah's blood type shouldn't drink cow's milk products. Maybe he's not liking it b/c it upsets his tummy... I'm type O and I'm not supposed to have dairy of any kind except Mozerella cheese and I LOVE cheeses and sour cream and milk, etc... but since I've changed my diet to my type, my stomach, which pretty much stayed swollen has improved immensely... I know this sounds strange for consideration for a baby, but it's a thought... type O can have soymilk & rice milk... ok... I said it might sound strange :)

Mel said...

found this info on ingredients:
TABLE 5
Ingredients in infant formula sold in the USA

Nestle Carnation Good Start (Easy to Digest Comfort proteins) Water, enzymatically hydrolyzed reduced minerals, whey protein concentrate (from cows' milk), vegetable oils (palm olein, soy, coconut, high-oleic safflower), lactose, corn maltodextrin....

Enfamil Nutramigen Hypoallergenic Formula Water, corn syrup solids....casein hydrolysate, modified corn starch...carrageenan, L-cysteine....

Ross Isomil Soy Formula with Iron Water, corn syrup, sugar, soy protein isolate...modified cornstarch...carrageenan....

MeadJohnson Enfamil with Iron Reduced minerals, whey, nonfat milk...carrageenan...

Anonymous said...

Okay, neither of my boys would take formula, EVER. But I did find that a particular bottle nipple didn't make them as mad...and wound up working great, I used them for juice and water, but the shape of that bottle nipple somehow sufficed. It was a Gerber NUK nipple, they're not expensive and the bottles are really cheap, too!! I had bought the nicest bottles out there only to find out that THEY decide which one they want ;) I'd do my best if I were you to just pump like a crazy woman (you'll start making more, but who minds temporarily bigger boobs??) and try giving him to someone else to feed him, and see how that goes. Otherwise, whoever watches him is going to be one not happy camper!! Good luck!

~Britten

Anonymous said...

can you possibly take him with you? if he's too little for you to ideally want to wean him, would it just be easier for him to accompany you?

i was a babysitter for a little one when her momma decided to do final weaning. 3 days of hell and screaming. with mommy gone though, it was a bit easier.

however still sticking with my first thoughts...take the cutie with you! :-)