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  • New to site and need help with weaning from bottle

    Hi! I'm new on here and most of my friends do Babywise (eek!) so I was hoping to find some similar minded attachment mama's for some advice...
    Hers's our issue:
    My daughter is 15 months old and breastfed until about 2 months ago when she rejected the new taste/my milk dried up from my 2nd pregnancy(now 19 weeks). She's never taken a pacifier and i always nursed her to sleep so we needed to come up with a new way to get her down. She just wasn't ready to quit nursing(it was pretty traumatic for both of us) or to have only a cup so we began giving her a bottle of goats milk for naps and bedtime only. She is now SO attached! I'm worried about her teeth since she falls asleep with it so we'd really like to get rid of the bottle altogether, but she screams and screams and I'm just not ok with CIO. We started diluting the milk in hopes that over time it would just be a bottle of water but we're down to 2 oz milk, 5 oz water and she's still holding strong. Anyone have any advice? Thanks

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    For my daughter we used the pinky finger. I would lay her on my chest and giver her a pinky and snuggle her and she would always fall asleep. I really hope this helps!

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      For now maybe you can transitions her to a story and rocking instead. Give the bottle to her while Daddy or yourself reads a story in dim light and rocks her gently. Over time introduce stopping the story, rocking and feeding just before she is too tired and clean her teeth with a finger brush, then rocking her without the bottle and continue the story.
      Do that for awhile then every week, change out a few minutes earlier until she eventually is okay with being rocked to sleep with a story after having her teeth cleaned.

      It takes time but it is a pleasant way to do it and less traumatic on yourself and the child.

      Peace,

      Jo

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