Is it possible to start a 19 month old on a bottle? - Mothering Forums
Breastfeeding > Is it possible to start a 19 month old on a bottle?
ariane77's Avatar ariane77 02:49 PM 02-07-2014
Strange request, I realize. But my daughter has never had a bottle and she's always been a boob fiend. I'm now pregnant and pretty sure I'm not going to be up for tandem nursing for several reasons. However, my daughter has never fallen asleep, or fallen back to sleep, without a breast in her mouth. She's also super high energy and I just cannot imagine how she will wind down enough to sleep without sucking... As it is she is not a big fan of sleep. So I'm considering starting her on a bottle and slowly swapping breast out for bottle (with cuddles and skin to skin) over the pregnancy. It's not going well so far!

This is further complicated by the fact that we've used an SNS to supplement since she was born due to low supply (one of the reasons I'm hesitant to tandem nurse this time around). So I don't have much hope that lowered supply or change in taste of the milk in pregnancy will encourage her to wean naturally.

I've tried a few gentle attempts at night weaning recently bc I'm so sore and she gets hysterical and violent in a way that I've never seen in her, and it's heartbreaking. I don't know what to try next.

Any suggestions? Have you ever heard of starting a toddler on a bottle successfully?

tracyamber's Avatar tracyamber 10:22 PM 02-07-2014
Maybe she could take a sippy right before bed? She is 19 months right? Have you explained to her that you are cutting out the night time feeding? I talked about it for several days with my then 20 month and we got special books just for the time we would normally breastfeed and we talked about how big he was getting...... Rambling I guess I just was wondering if you are communicating with her.
Best mama!
JudiAU's Avatar JudiAU 10:37 PM 02-07-2014
I think you would have better luck creating new bedtime associations than try to pawn off a new, likely inferior experience. Bottles really are not very much like nursing at all. Maybe bounce on a ball, rock, yogurt or other night night snack?