10 1/2 month old weaning himself?

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Registered: 09-04-2010
10 1/2 month old weaning himself?
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Mon, 04-04-2011 - 10:45am

My 10 1/2 mo little man has been BF since he was born.

Jenk19
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Registered: 09-04-2010
Mon, 04-04-2011 - 11:34am
OOPs...forgot to mention that he also nurse at around 5pm. Thats his last session.
Jenk19
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Registered: 05-20-2008
Mon, 04-04-2011 - 7:47pm

I notice you seem to be given a lot of solids for a 10 1/2 month old. Between 9-12 months, a breastfed baby's solid intake should be no more then 25% of their total intake. You seem to be given 3 full meals and 2 snack which is a very large amount for breastfeed baby at his age. If I read your feeding schedule correctly, your not nursing before every meal correct? It is recommended that nursing frst at every meal then giving the solids afterwards. I would also cut out the snacks as he doesn't need that much in the way of solids at under a year. Prior to 12 months solids are mostly for practices and adjusting to new flavors and textures and not so much nutritional need provided he gets adequate amounts of breastmilk.As far as giving him juice you should know that Juice is not necessary for baby's nutrition. If you offer juice, limit it to sips from a cup with meals and introduce it gradually just like any other new food. It's best to dilute juice with water and limit total juice intake to no more than 3-4 ounces a day.

More info on solids and breastfed babies: http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/solids-how.html

In terms of weather he is weaning or not, it is considered very rare for a breastfed baby to wean completely prior to 12 months, so I would say most likely no. It's possible to accidentally wean a baby prior to 12 months due to given too many solids too early which I think is occurring in your case. I would try to get him to nurse more and reduce his solid intake.

May I ask if there is particular reason your given him a bottle before bed rather the just nursing directly?

Finely, since you don't say what your plans are as far as when you plan to wean, I want to make sure your informed about the benefits of nursing beyond a year so you can make an informed decision as to when to wean:

http://www.kellymom.com/bf/bfextended/ebf-benefits.html

http://www.kellymom.com/bf/bfextended/index.html

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Registered: 06-10-2008
Mon, 04-04-2011 - 7:50pm
Jen, my first reaction is that he's just getting too much solids, too many bottles and sippies and not enough breastmilk. If I understand correctly, he's nursing directly 4 times a day, getting a bottle or sippy 6 times a day and getting solids 5 times a day. More typically, we'd see a 10 month old eating solids 2-3 times a day and nursing more like 6 times a day if not more.

If your question is do you need to introduce formula, no, I wouldn't see a reason for that. Do you have any concerns with weight gain or diaper output? Can you help us understand why you're offering a bottle at bedtime and in the middle of the night rather than just nursing him? Isn't it a pain to pump for that if you're right there? Would it be an option to ratchet back just a bit on the solids and offer an additional nursing session midday. Going from 9:30 to 3 without nursing but with two solid meals feels like a lot to me.

I don't want to feel like I'm criticizing your choices but I'm just trying to offer a few thoughts. The rule of thumb is that breastmilk or formula should be the primary source of nutrition until at least the 12 month mark and and it doesn't feel like that's the case here. Let me know if this makes sense or if I can help clarify.
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Wed, 04-06-2011 - 2:50pm

Ah ok. This all seems obvious but I guess my main question was geared towards him and the timeframe he seems to nurse.

Jenk19
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Registered: 04-13-2008
Thu, 04-07-2011 - 5:46am

It is quite common for the length of a lot of the nursing sessions to be shorter in an older baby. One thing, they are very efficient at nursing by that age, and can get quite a lot of milk in a short time. Two, they can be more interested in everything around them, and distractable, so do not always nurse for as long.

Normally, the number of wet diapers would indicate if the baby is getting enough, but as your baby seems to be getting a fair few other