Re: I need help weaning my 6-month-old. How do you refuse when they're fighting you? I am trying to stop the day feedings and just nurse at night, but she won't take a bottle from me.
For both you and baby, a gradual wean (and lots of patience!) is key.Though it may sound tough right now, you're saving yourself a major future headache -- studies show babies are easiest to wean before age one. Start by substituting your baby's favorite nursing time with a bottle. If she gets fussy, let your partner take over the feeding. In the coming weeks, alternate between breast and bottle feedings, gradually decreasing the frequency of nursings. Also try decreasing the length of breastfeeding sessions, and pushing back the time of nursing by distracting baby with playtime or an outing.
Remember, breastfeeding isn't all or nothing. You can continue to nurse at night even after baby takes a bottle during the day. Baby will feel very vulnerable throughout the weaning process, so try to give her lots of affection and attention. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies receive breast milk for at least the first year, so if you can't pump, make sure your baby gets adequate nutrients from formula.