Breast-Feeding: When Baby Doesn't Want to Stop
Sometimes a mother wants to stop Reference breast-feeding Opens New Window, but her baby shows signs of wanting to continue. If possible, continue breast-feeding 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 12 months old) in a cup or bottle before you breast-feed or between breast-feedings. 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 breast-fed 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 Reference wean Opens New Window 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.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference November 4, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Reference Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics