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23/08/2013 at 21:02
H is ebf (no bottles or cups etc) but I'm not sure how long to continue or how to introduce a cup (see my other post!) so thought I'd see what other people did.
23/08/2013 at 21:14
Exclusively breastfed til just before 6m when I introduced food, carried on breastfeeding til 22m.
23/08/2013 at 22:25
Both of mine were ebm (never used formula) but I introduced bottles of expressed milk from 2-3 weeks old to allow us to continue bfing when I returned to work.
A self weaned at 16 months when I was 6 months pregnant with L. He self weaned at 12 months.
24/08/2013 at 06:29
L was exclusively breastfed for a year and then 50:50 with cows milk for a while. Obvioulsy i introduced solids at 6months (although it was more like 7-8months before she actually swallowed anything).
I stopped breastfeeding when she was 19months old (when i got pregnant). I went 50:50 with cows milk at a year old (although it took a couple of months for her to drink more than a sip or two) becuase i wanted a break - and it worked and allowed me to keep breastfeeding some feeds iyswim. The feed before bed was the last to be dropped.
24/08/2013 at 07:41
D was ebf for 6mths. She refused everything from a cup or bottle except formula. I needed her to take a bottle or cup as I returned to work when she was 9mths old and she didn't really get weaning til about 10mths.
24/08/2013 at 08:52
I was advised at 4 weeks to introduce formula because his growth had slowed significantly. I did part breast/part formula for a while but he was never satisfied with what he got from me so I think we were fully on formula by 3 months, which I was really disappointed about. Hoping for better luck this time around.
24/08/2013 at 11:13
I exclusively breast fed until I was 25 weeks when we started to introduce solids. I started expressing at 4-5 weeks & she drank the breast milk from the bottle (with a few hiccups). We stopped the bottles at 1 year & she started drinking milk from a cup, although she wasn't hugely keen on drinking cows milk. I weaned her off breast milk a few weeks ago when she was 18 months & have been giving her soya milk as she still isn't a huge fan of drinking cows milk (although she'll happily drink spoonfuls of cows milk with her breakfast!)
24/08/2013 at 11:41
Lucas - exclusively breast fed till 24 weeks when I introduced solids but used ebm in cereal/omelette etc till10isonths but also used cows milk. At 12 monthsi bf him if I was there and offered a cup of cows milk if I wasn't. At 14.5 monthshe was on cows milk
Isaac - breast fed exclusively till 23/24 weeks then introduced solids didn't put ebm on his foods just used cows milk, by 11 months he'd have ebm in a cup and I stopped bf the day after his 1st bday, usesmy ebm supply for a few weeks then it was cows milk.
Neither boys has had bottles past 1 year and at 18 months Isaac Is still a milk monster! Isaac is very confident with an open cup and guzzles a up of milk morning and night
24/08/2013 at 11:43
Although the WHOsay that excl bf is just breast milk, so no medicine or dummies or formula top ups so in that case L was 4 days before I introduced a dummy and Isaac qas15 weeks as the little monkey wouldn't take a dummy
25/08/2013 at 09:24
I didn't really do cups until a yr w J and got told off by my hv for not doing it. He had bits and pieces from cups, etc but not alot as ebf. This time i've introduced bits and peces but not alot. I know he can drink from cups and sippy cups and this time my hv can go jump instead of making me feel like a terrible mum
25/08/2013 at 09:29
I fed A for 10 months, we introduced a bottle of EBM from 2 weeks, weaned at 26 weeks (BLW) and started to introduce formula at 9 months. We tried with a cup when he refused the bottle but he refused that too (turned out the bottle just needed to be really hot). At that age I'd try a bottle, there is nothing more disheartening than seeing a cup of EBM go crashing to the floor...
25/08/2013 at 21:55
A was exclusively bf till 6 months (no dummy, bottles, forumla) then we introduced solids - bf him till he self weaned at 2 years.
R was exc bf till 6 months (again no dummy, bottle etc) when we started weaning, still bfing at 8 months
25/08/2013 at 22:27
All 3 only had breastmilk until solids at 6 months, 1 was bottle fed expressed milk for the 1st 12 weeks, then took it direct from source. 2 never had a bottle ever, 3 has had maybe about 3 or 4 bottles when I've been out for the day.
We started with a tommee tippee cup with water a little while after introducing solids then cows milk in a cup from around 11/12 months.
1 self weaned all together at 13 months. 2 self weaned at 14 months, 3 is 17 months and still feeding at bedtime so no idea when he will stop.
25/08/2013 at 23:15
so thought I'd see what other people did.
so thought I'd see what other people did.
Although it's great to see what others do/did, I think you need to do what works best for you. I don't think there is any right or wrong age to switch from bf to formula/cows milk, or whether a cup should be introduced. It's all about doing what you feel comfortable with. A lot of people think that weaning at 6 months includes weaning off breast milk, but just because solids have been introduced doesn't mean your breastfeeding journey has to end.
For me, A has been breastfed from birth. Due to the early feeding issues we had, she did have some formula top ups in the first week and also had to use a syringe and then a bottle. Since 2 weeks old she has been exclusively breastfed up until around 5.5 months when we started BLW. She started swallowing straight away and now eats most of what is put in front of her (2-3 meals a day) but has not noticeably started to drop breastfeeds as yet. It's my intention to continue to breastfeed her for as long as she wants it.
26/08/2013 at 06:20
Exclusively fed breast milk 6 months to the day. However that was in the form of a bottle (of ebm) now and again but i still class that as ebf.
26/08/2013 at 12:29
26/08/2013 at 21:43
Thanks everyone, its interesting to see how each person did. I think I will try and introduce a cup for ebm so I can do some of the work days I had thought but it also seems he might be the type of baby who is happy to wait till the evening for milk provided he's had enough solid food. He seems to be taking well to solids and doesn't demand milk as much in the day, although he's never been that bothered over milk anyway!
TSC - it is a personal decision I know and I have no intention to stop feeding but I do need to return to work at some point and so want to be able to do that as easily as possible for both of us. I wanted to see what made other peoples decisions to see if having to leave them was a deciding factor but that seems to not be the case which is encouraging. After fighting so hard to avoid H being in scbu so we could persevere with bf I want it to last as long as we all are still happy!
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