The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for at least the baby's first six months of life. For some of you, this is the time you may decide to slowly wean him from the breast since you can start him on solid food. But not all babies want to let go of the comfort of breastfeeding.
For WHO, the next best option is is cup feeding expressed breast milk. Cup feeding helps eliminate nipple confusion and is more affordable. When done correctly, it helps baby regulate milk intake, and you wouldn't have to teach your child to drink from a cup later on.
If cup feeding is not an option for you, then it's the bottle, but don't automatically assume he's going to take the bottle.
Don't put hot sauce on your nipples to wean your baby from your breast.
What you can do instead is to put a small amount of breast milk in the bottle nipple as you offer it to your baby.
Start offering the bottle once every day.
And fill it with just a small amount of breast milk. Try offering the bottle at different times during the day or night. Slowly increase the number of times and the amount of milk your baby bottle-feeds.
You may offer him a meal instead of your breast.
Call it a distraction method or a bribe, but babies beyond six months may be more fascinated with different tastes or the new surroundings.
Nursing isn't only for your baby's nourishment.
Make sure to supplement that emotional support with extra cuddling and snuggles if you're weaning baby from the bottle. If your little one wants to nurse for comfort, say after a tiring day or a drastic change, don't refuse to nurse, if other comforting tricks fail.