need advise about weaning off BM

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Registered: 01-06-2009
need advise about weaning off BM
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Mon, 12-14-2009 - 9:10pm

Hi,


I've been feeding my little girl for close to 14 months already and I am going back to work in two weeks time. I'm trying to get her to take formula

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Registered: 09-10-2009
Mon, 12-14-2009 - 9:43pm

Can you help me understand why you're trying to get her to take formula if she's already 14 months old? Also, even if you can't or don't want to pump at work, couldn't you still nurse her morning and night and just feed something else during the day while you're away? Why would going back to work mean you'd need to wean 100% (unless that's just what you want to do)? Sorry if I'm missing a step here, I'm beat and need to go to bed.


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Registered: 05-20-2008
Tue, 12-15-2009 - 9:26am

As Dana said, I don't see any reason why you need to try and introduce formula at this point in time. After a year, you can start your baby on cows milk along with solids foods and continued breastmilk so their is no reason you need to introduce formula. Even if you plan to not pump when you return to work, you can still continue to breastfeed when you are with the baby. If you don't want to continue to nurse at night then you can night wean the baby so you are no longer nursing overnight but you can still continue to breastfeed mornings and evenings. But your are free to continuing night nursing if your OK with that. It won't harm your child to still be night nursing beyond a year.

You may want to read about the benefits of continuing to nurse beyond year, if your unfamiliar with them: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/bfextended/ebf-benefits.html

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Registered: 01-06-2009
Thu, 12-17-2009 - 4:02am

Hi,


yes I did consider (and try) fresh cows milk but to no avail. She flat out refused it. Because my girl is a small drinker (4 oz at a go), we feed her at 3 hourly intervals, which would make it impossible for me to keep up while pumping at work. She, unfortunately, has not progressed to the two feed (once in morning, once at night) stage. My question was actually whether I was confusing her by offering BM with FM/BM mix concurrently. :(

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Registered: 04-13-2008
Thu, 12-17-2009 - 5:41am

If she is having a variety of solids during the day, and this could include some other dairy products if you wished, such as yoghurt, then giving her say even three feeds of breastmilk while you are at home in the morning and evening, and more on the weekends should not confuse her.

At her age there is no need to be using formula, I would not think, unless you really want to.

Chances are, if she refuses cows milk, she probably will like the taste of formula even less.

I have worked and BF, and at this age was just nursing while at home. The children ate and drank other things while I was away. Most women who have worked and pumped will have stopped pumping before or around that age, but continue nursing at home.

If you nurse early in the morning, and another quick session as you drop her off at the daycare centre if you wish, then nurse her at the daycare centre as soon as you pick her up in the evening, and then again at least once more at night, that would be four sessions, rather than two, even though some of them are short, a baby of that age can nurse efficiently and get a reasonable feed in a short time.

It can be an excellent way to reconnect with your little one after being absent all day, and timing weaning with going back to work may actually be more confusing for her not less confusing.

Another good reason to keep some nursing sessions going is because of the antibodies it provides. Your daughter will come in contact with lots more people in care, hence lots more infections could pass her way. Continued nursing will help her immunity, and even if she gets sick, it will help her get over it more quickly. I am sure you do not want to be tied to a child who is catching everything that goes for a while.

Anyway, in the end it is your call, but I can think of lots of positive reasons to continue nursing, and no real reason to stop.

Teresa

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Registered: 09-10-2009
Thu, 12-17-2009 - 8:51am

I'd totally agree with Teresa. If you'd like to continue nursing morning and night while you figure out something else to feed her while you're away, that's a-ok. Many moms do this and it's called combination feeding or partial weaning.


Is there any way you could pump even once at work, even if you wouldn't be able to pump every 3 hours? Could you throw in an extra pump after she goes to bed at night and use that for feeding her while you're away?


Did you try a mix of breast milk and cow's milk?


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