Well, it’s not what I’d recommend, but it turns out it IS possible to wean a 6 month old baby in a week.
A whirlwind week, yes, but a necessary week.
We started to wean last Thursday, just after my cancer diagnosis. Then Friday we had the bone scan and the CT scan. We were told (too late) that the isotope that I was given was REALLY BAD for nursing babies. And we couldn’t nurse again til Monday. On Tuesday I’d have the breast MRI and echocardiogram. Yes, the MRI with contrast. Also REALLY BAD for nursing babies.
So we jumped into weaning last Friday with both feet! Grandma, WhyDaddy, and I have tried everything — and here’s what works for us. We mix up a little formula, toss in some defrosted pumped milk, and add a very little bit of rice cereal (less than a tablespoon to 4 oz of milk). Then, we just spooon it in! The rice cereal thickens it so it doesn’t fall off the spoon between the bowl and his mouth. The nutrigimen stretches the pumped milk so we’ll be able to keep it up for the next month or two. It takes a little longer to feed Little Bear this way, but he won’t starve.
Oh, and he’s starting to take to the cup too! We have these bright colored two piece sippy cups with animal tops that a good friend gave us to try, and they are working out GREAT! I’ve convinced the baby to “wash it down” with a few sips of milk here and there — and it is working for us!