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It is curious how some babies are exclusively breastfed, when it is time for the mother to go to work, they refuse to be fed formula milk. Although this does not happen in 100% of cases, there is a large group of babies that follow this pattern, causing alarm in their environment, especially in parents or caregivers. What can we do when the baby only wants breast?
There may be several different situations that could be dealt with in various ways:
- If the baby refuses formula milkDepending on the hours the mother has, it may be possible, if desired, to continue breastfeeding only during the hours that the mother and baby are together. Let us remember that breastfeeding adapts to the baby's demand, so, little by little, production will be regulated and it will be possible to continue without major inconvenience. In this case, the baby's caregivers could offer other foods in the absence of the breast, fruits or vegetables based on what they have already tried and introduce new foods during this time. It is not necessary at any time to switch from breast milk to formula, but you can continue breastfeeding for as long as you want, and from approximately 18-24 months, cow's milk can be offered.
- Nevertheless, in cases where the breast is absent for long periodsAnd if you are also unable or uncomfortable to express milk at work, this may not be possible and you wish to wean the baby. In these cases, and if the baby rejects the bottle, it may be convenient to use a learning cup, since the way to drink from these has nothing to do with the act of sucking or sucking on a nipple, so that can give better results. There are even small glasses, "shot" size, that are easy to handle by their little hands and they learn to drink from them as we adults drink. It must be borne in mind, however, that if the baby does not consume enough formula milk, it will be necessary to take extra care to offer him foods that ensure a good supply of calcium, essential for his growth.
- On the other hand, if what happens is that the baby refuses complementary feeding, a tremendously unusual case in the case of breastfed infants, there is no need to be alarmed, since breast milk covers their needs completely and should be their main food for at least the first 12 months of life. Thus, it would be sufficient for the baby to be offered different foods regularly and to play with or manipulate them. With a little patience and time, the baby will put them in his mouth, and we will have achieved our goal.
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