When it comes to weaning a toddler, toddlers can wean themselves off formula in two ways: either by completely stopping the bottle feedings or by drastically reducing the amount of breast milk they are given. Both methods are successful, though the amount of milk introduced into the body does not reduce. Depending on the child’s preferences, the weaning may be done in two ways: either the infant is bottle-fed every day, or the mother uses a high-frequency breast pump to express breast milk in small amounts. Regardless of which method is used, the goal remains the same: to help the toddler get used to an alternate feeding method.
Toddlers who are weaned using the bottle-feeding method find it much easier because they are used to receiving a few ounces of milk each day. For most babies, this is enough to keep them satisfied, but as they begin to understand that they do not have to depend solely on their mothers to provide them with food, this becomes less important over time. Because the baby relies on the mother for nourishment, the mother must provide a sufficient amount of breast milk throughout the weaning process.