When should I transition from nursing to bottle feeding?

8-15 months. Breast feeding is nutrition +nurturing & while baby needs the nutrition they may not want the cuddle time after they begin to explore their world. If baby cuts feeds short& wants to get down & explore, they are starting a natural weaning process. If able to handle a hard nose sippy cup, try to move to the cup rather than a bottle. Either way, baby may want to carry their feed while exploring.
12 months. The american academy of pediatrics recommends breast feeding until one year of age. Although this is the ideal, it is not always possible. Try to breast feed your baby for as long as possible. Your breast milk is rich in nutrients, immunities, and has been shown to help protect children from high cholesterol problems later in life.

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When is a good time to wean my baby off of nursing or bottle-feeding?

Six to twelve months. The maximum benefits for breast feeding are the first six months of life. It is certainly beneficial to breast feed through the first year. I recommend weaning off the breast or bottle starting at one year of age terminating bottle or breast by two transitioning to a cup. Read more...
Depends on the child. Some kids need more nurturing than others and will seek out the cuddle time at the breast well into the 2nd yr. If your infant needs cuddle time, do as long as desired. When kids start to walk, they may loose interest in cuddle time. When you have to chase them down to bf its time to quit. Bottles are easy, when baby will take well from a hard spout sippy cup start the wean. Read more...

What is the difference between bottle feeding breast milk and nursing?

Nurturing. While the nutrition is the same, there is value in natural feeding. Infants who breast feed are listening to mom's heartbeat, swaying with her movements, and sharing the same space. This in some ways mimics the comfort afforded by the womb. As the infant grows older, they may or may not need or appreciate the nurturing. A breast feeder that finishes quickly and wants to get off is ready to wean. Read more...