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How to I wean a 6 month old off boob and into bottle, particularly at night? She has only recently begun to take a bottle and I am currently giving her one a day but the most she's ever drunk from a bottle is 110mls. At night she is breastfed, she falls asleep on the boob I put her in the cot but she only sleeps for 10/15mins then wakes and wants fed again (this happens three times... always three times). My concern is that if I switch to bottle A. She won't drink enough and will be hungry B. She won't drop off to sleep as she currently does (once fed she nods off quite quickly) and if I'm not breastfeeding I won't have the means to soothe her but conversely I don't want to end up giving her loads of formula just to settle her (assuming she gets on the bottle bandwagon soon). Any thoughts, ideas gratefully received.

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Celine Bell 
Hi there not advice, more of a hand hold. My son was the same but as weaning also started at 6 mo he got used to putting something "different" in his mouth. That soon included the bottle. You could try a bottle at 1.5 hrs prior to bed time and then try and get more in at your normal bedtime feed. But either way, I'm sure you'll get there soon!
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Celine Bell 
Hi there not advice, more of a hand hold. My son was the same but as weaning also started at 6 mo he got used to putting something "different" in his mouth. That soon included the bottle. You could try a bottle at 1.5 hrs prior to bed time and then try and get more in at your normal bedtime feed. But either way, I'm sure you'll get there soon!
Anonymous 
Does he use a dummy? We found as soon as he used a bottle that was the same tear make as a dummy it would help him take it. Also, 6 months is good weaning time do he'll slowly be dropping feeds and introducing a bottle might not feel so alien. Good idea to get someone to do it who doesn't have Milly boobs though!
Celine Bell 
Non milky (or milly) boobs always good - run a bath, put some music on and get someone else involved!
Anonymous 
If they are waking after a feed. Do you swop so both boobs are taken from when feeding? My LO fell asleep on the boob. Don't be afraid of waking them to offer some more. I would switch boob or gently stroke his cheek to encourage more suckling. Moving from boob to bottle is tricky at 6 mo unless already established. weaning itself will reduce reliance on milk but that is not a quick fix.
Anonymous 
Thanks all, I tried giving her a bottle at bedtime last night, which she drank some of but she doesn't nod off on the bottle. Although I tried putting her in her cot anyway she wasn't happy and the only way to settle her to sleep was boob. Guessing that persistence may be the key...

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