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Former House Rules contestant, Maddi Wright, has spoken about her struggle to wean her baby boy from breast to bottle.

Taking to Instagram on Tuesday, the popular reality show star revealed how she did it to her 35,000 followers.

‘Many women have asked me how I weaned bub from boob to bottle,’ Maddi, a mum of two, began her post.

‘Here’s my story… I wanted bub off my boobs so badly that I was ready to hear him scream and not give in.

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‘After reading every blog on google and trying every bottle known to man kind, I decided this was only going to work cold turkey for me.

‘I chose a bottle (a cheaper one from Big W) and a formula… and stuck with my choices.

‘I did 4 days of expressing then straight to formula.

‘I used a big fit ball and turned bub away from me sitting upright in my lap and just persisted.

‘I’d lightly bounce on the ball and offer him bottle. He didn’t eat for about half a day then he gave in.

‘Night feeds were the hardest. Worst thing he’d do is scream until he fell asleep.

‘It all lasted about 5 days until he was taking the bottle with no fuss.

That’s my story,’ Maddi added to her post. ‘Not pretending to be an expert just putting it out there for those who have asked.’

How did you manage to wean your children? Was there a special technique to it?

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  • I am not sure if it was officially child led but most of my kids at about one year of age moved to a sippy cup for fluids. And then they just stopped seeking fluid by other means.

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  • I did child led weaning.

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  • Mine both weaned to bottles easily however kids don’t starve themselves as babies. They’ll take a bottle after a missed feed if they’re really hungry.

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  • I switched to bottles after 2 days so didn’t have any issues. Wouldn’t change a thing.

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  • It is much more successful if your baby doesn’t have a bad (and I mean bad) reaction to the formula you choose. You may need to try more than one. Some babies have tummy issues if the changeover is too abrupt. The same with changing from formula to cow’s milk.

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  • As she got older, I offered more water and/or full cream milk (she was 1+yrs btw), set boundaries by limiting number of bf sessions as well as duration of bf sessions. Also used distraction by getting out of the house, doing some fun activity. It wasn’t quick but no tears and no massive bfing withdrawal from me. I found a lot of my aversion was caused by hormone imbalances and deficiencies, so if they were good, then I didn’t have issues.

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  • I was lucky I guess. I stopped breastfeeding when my daughter was 1 year and 1 week old. The pediatrician told me to go cold turkey. I was quite nervous about it. Luckily by that time she used to breastfeed just to go to sleep in the evening. So for the first two nights I let my husband read her a story and put her to bed. She was ok with that and went to sleep without crying. The third night it was my turn. Would she have done the same with me or not? I read her a story, put her in her bed, told her “good night” and out I went. No crying. She went to sleep like that. :-) It was a relief!!

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