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What are different ways to wean ?

hi, My 22 months old daughter wont stop breastfeeding even after trying so many ways.She doesnt sleep without my feed and keeps crying.She is eating solid foods and everything but doesnt like the taste of formula as the doctor advised.She has an h.b of 6 and has calciam deficiancy.She drinks very little amount of fresh milk daily.I dont know how to wean her effectively and if there is any way she starts to drink formula.She has never fed from bottle,she only likes to drink with a straw-cup.
Asked On : Fri, 3 Jun 2011
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hi,   Your problem seems to be genuin. First thing it's a bit late to start weaning ,so it has to be difficult. your baby also is anaemic & weak due to undernurishment. never mind ,you will have to be a bit tactful in your approach &youwill get can try following things--Your baby eats solid things & liquids with a straw , Please introduce rice ,wheat &pulses in form of milk puddings with different flavours,fruit juices&clear fresh vegetable soups with straw,dry  fruits insted of chocolates.-encourage the baby to eat independently by offering a separate plate with all the family members.-babies also start eating when accompanied by kids of same age.
All the best ! 
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Pediatrician Dr. Jasbir S Chugh's  Response

Do not try to stop breast feeding suddenly. For a 22 month old infant, the quantity of mother's milk is hardly about 100 ml in 24 hours. It is mainly for mental satisfaction that the child wants to feed on breast. No harm is done to either of you. In fact, it is now an established fact that prolonged breast feeding reduces the risk of breast cancer in the mother.

Regarding refusal of your child to take formula milk, you may substitute it with curd, custard, pudding, buttermilk etc. Although,as pediatrician,it is ethically not correct to advise you but I have faced this problem in my day to day practice and with my own kids too, and have been able to solve it by following method: You may add some Bournvita or complan to alter the flavor and color of the milk. You can also try mango-shake or banana-shake.
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