I would like to stop breastfeeding at switch to formula, what is the best way to do this ie I don;t want to end up with mastitis?
You just replace one BF a day with formula, at a time. So for example, if your baby currently has five BFs a day, change this to four BFs and a formula feed. Then a few days later you can change this to three BFs and two formula feeds.
Once your baby is 8 months, he/she probably isn't taking that much milk at each feed anyway, so if you're only dropping one feed per day, it really shouldn't make you uncomfortable and it's probably very unlikely that you'd get mastitis or anything.
You may find that once you switch to formula, the baby needs fewer feeds. Apparently it's thicker and more satisfying, and the baby will no longer want to feed just for comfort.
I started to wean my DD off BFing when she was 10 months, as I returned to work. She was having five BFs a day so I replaced the two daytime ones with formula, but still did morning, evening and night. I did 100ml at each feed. She wasn't too keen on it at first - which is to be expected! - but I wasn't too worried because she was still having the three BFs. If your baby doesn't like formula, make sure to increase the calcium and iron in their diets in other ways.
Was just going to suggest have someone else try give her the bottle. she might be more likely to take it if she can't smell BM smile
you can also try with a different brand of bottle, tommee tippee closer to nature works for us
Yes that's right...try having someone else feed her the bottle. And I originally used Avent bottles but I decided to try Tommee Tippee (because they are 'supposed' to be more like a nipple) and my DS took to the Tommee Tippee bottle better.
Also, my health nurse suggested to me to use the formula in the morning cereal so that he would get used to the taste. So I did, not sure if it helped though. I also didn't warm the water too much as it was summer when I was trying to wean him to the bottle and I figured adults don't usually drink hot drinks in summer so I thought I'd apply the same principal. But its not so hot now (well where I live) so not sure if having the milk a bit cooler will work for you.
However, I think persistence is they key.