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I hope I can get some advice here. I'm three months pregnant and I have a 7 month old who is a very wonderful and enthusiastic breastfeeder. I nurse him to sleep for all three of his naps and before bedtime, plus in the middle of the night whenever he wakes up. He does not go to sleep or return to sleep without being nursed (except on very rare occasions when he accepts just the pacifier in the middle of the night, or when he's in the Ergo or stroller for a walk and it's naptime). Also, he has never taken a bottle. We're now (because he's eating foods) trying to get him to drink water out of a sippy cup, which seems to be progressing slowly but....well, not quite surely....it seems to be progressing. I don't want to nurse both babies, because I think that would be way too overwhelming, especially in the middle of the night when they'd probably be waking up at different times, etc. So I decided I'll have to wean him a bit earlier than I had planned. I thought it would be best to have him fully weaned well in advance of the new baby's arrival, which will happen when my son is around 13 months old. I thought I would do this VERY gradually, ie, start now to replace one feeding per day with a bottle feeding, and then gradually increase, leaving nighttime for the final challenge. Has anyone had any experience with this?? Everything I find online, even here, talks about weaning toddlers during a mother's pregnancy, but I have found nothing about this Irish twin situation! It's hard because the little guy loves nursing so much and I have never 'let him cry' about anything! How can I get him to take a bottle of formula?? Is gradual best?? If anyone could share their experience, that would be wonderful. Thanks!