Best way to wean?

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Registered: 07-09-2007
Best way to wean?
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Thu, 02-17-2011 - 11:30am

I am trying to wean my 10 1/2 year old down to just an evening and morning feed.

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Registered: 06-10-2008
Thu, 02-17-2011 - 12:10pm
In general, yes, the best way to wean is to replace a nursing session with someone else. For a 10 month old, that would be formula. However, I'm a little apprehensive if she's not good at taking a bottle or sippy. Is there a time constraint why you need to wean right now? Is it possible to keep working at the sippy for a while until she's better at that, then worry about weaning? I'd just be concerned that you cut back on nursing and your supply decreases and she's not taking anything additional in terms of fluids. Just keep in mind that either breastmilk or formula needs to be the primary source of nutrition until the 12 month mark.
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Registered: 05-03-2004
Thu, 02-17-2011 - 1:12pm
I agree with Dana. IF she is not taking a bottle or cup then it would be best to wait a bit on weaning. Is there a reason that you are in a hurry to wean?

Are you aware that most medical organizations encourage breastfeeding for AT LEAST 2 years and that there are MANY benefits to continuing to nurse past a year?
# Breastfeeding children benefit NUTRITIONALLY
# Breastfeeding children are SICK LESS OFTEN
# Breastfeeding children have FEWER ALLERGIES
# Breastfeeding children are SMART
# Breastfeeding children are WELL ADJUSTED SOCIALLY
# Breastfeeding your child past infancy is NORMAL
# MOTHERS also benefit from breastfeeding past infancy

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

More on full-term breastfeeding (BF after the first year) here: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/bfextended/index.html


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Registered: 07-09-2007
Thu, 02-17-2011 - 1:25pm

I am going to be out of town in 5 weeks for a few days and she will be staying with my parents. She will take a few ounces of breastmilk in a sippy cup for my mom when she watches her sometimes but she won't for me. I know she can do it because I used to exclusively pump and give her a bottle. (that was at about 3 months though). Maybe I could just cut a few feeding and replace them with a really "watered" down oatmeal and formula mix?

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Registered: 06-10-2008
Thu, 02-17-2011 - 1:48pm
I'm not understanding why that would necessitate dropping down to two feedings per day permanently though. For a few days while you're away, I'd be more comfortable with her getting a little less fluid if she's taking the cup full time. Once you're back, is there still a need to only nurse twice a day? Perhaps I'm missing a piece.
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Registered: 05-03-2004
Thu, 02-17-2011 - 5:12pm
We have many moms that have had to travel for work etc and then leave EBM for the caregiver, pump while they are gone (most bring the milk home but some do not) and resume nursing upon their return. Like Dana, I am confused why you would want to wean just because you are going away for a few days.

It is not unusual for a baby not to take a cup (or bottle) from mom. If she will take a sippy cup of breastmilk then why not leave breast milk with your parents to give her? Why would you want to give formula that she will not take? It is not unusual for a baby (especially an older one) to refuse formula - it tastes (and smells) yucky when compared to BM.

IF you are concerned about being a few ounces short while you are gone, then You could, just for those few days, in addition to the EBM add in some additional nutritious solids (fresh banana, baked sweet potato, small bits of meat, avocado etc) but infant cereals are not a good choice and many Dr. are recommending that infant cereals be skipped altogether. You would be better off nutritionally using regular oatmeal.

You mentioned she does not eat much solids, are you letting her self feed or are you spoon feeding purees? Many babies do better self feeding and with chunkier foods - especially when they start solids after 6 months of age. Also twice a day tastings is about norm for this age - maybe 1/4 - 1/3 cup per time (although some takea bit more /and some take a bit less). This has good guidelines on amounts: http://www.mother-2-mother.com/samplemenus.htm

Finger Food ideas: http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/finger-foods.html

Starting solids: http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/first-foods.html

Nutrition of common baby/toddler foods: http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/vitamins/babyfoodcalories.html



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Registered: 07-09-2007
Fri, 02-18-2011 - 8:41am

Thank you for the links, they will be very helpful! I am just getting to the point were I want my body back . I guess since I have gotten this far I can keep going! I think you are right in that she will be fine for a few days with less fluid.

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Registered: 04-13-2008
Sat, 02-19-2011 - 6:05am

You may find that getting your baby to drop some feeds around the age of one or a little older is enough for you to not feel so touched out with your body. And then baby could continue to have the benefit of breastfeeding with fewer feeds per day.