Nursing 1-year and beyond

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Nursing 1-year and beyond
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Thu, 11-05-2009 - 7:22pm

Hi Everyone-


My DD is a little over 10 months old now and has been BF since birth. I have decided to try and let her self-wean over the next year or so--she is currently Bfing approximately 4 times per day and 1 time at night. She eats 3 solid meals a day. I have talked with my pediatrician about my decision to continue BFing after 1 year, however have had some difficulty with getting information about what it looks like.


For those of you who have, what can I expect? How frequently

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Registered: 12-17-2007
Thu, 11-05-2009 - 7:55pm

Hi congrats on the decision to continue BF past the age of 1 year - there are LOTS of benefits. I BF my second DS until 46 months (through a pregnancy and tandem with new baby for a few months).

Kellymom has some great info on BF after the first year why it is good, how etc.: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/bfextended/index.html

Some babies will be only BF a few times a day at one year and some will still be BF every 2-3 hours during the day - there is a WIDE variation. Many babies do go through a period where they become VERY attached to BF sometimes between 15-18 months and may increase the number of times they BF then. This is NORMAL. http://www.kellymom.com/bf/bfextended/toddlernursing.html

There is no need for cow's milk (or nutrition equivalents) if baby is BF at least 3-4 times per day. And even if baby is BF less than that, cow's milk is NOT required as there are many other items that provide the same nutrients. http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/toddler-foods.html#cowmilk

As for solids, it sounds like your baby is getting a lot of solids. We generally recommend not adding a 3rd tasting of solids until 1 year. This is to keep moms supply good as well as keep BM, as recommended by medical associations, the primary nutrient in baby's diet. Most Solids (avocado is an exception) have fewer fats and calories than BM. In general solids are just for fun and tasting at this point.

"Some toddlers are eating very few solids, or even no solids, at 12 months. This is not unusual and really depends on your child - there is quite a big variation. We like to see breastmilk making up the majority (around 75%) of baby's diet at 12 months. Some babies will be taking more solids by 12 months, but others will still be exclusively or almost-exclusively breastfed at this point. It is normal for baby to keep breastmilk as the primary part of his diet up until 18 months or even longer. An example of a nice gradual increase in solids would be 25% solids at 12 months, 50% solids at 18 months, and 80% solids at 24 months." http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/toddler-foods.html#howmuch

Also there are some sample menus here: http://www.mother-2-mother.com/samplemenus.htm

My DS was still BF every 2-3 hours at the one year mark. We added a 3rd solids tasting just after a year. We did baby led solids, so he fed himself, we do not spoon feed. I basically continued to BF on demand, but I would offer if more than 3 hours passed with out BF. Shortly after 2 years I did stop BF in public and instead would offer a snack until we could get to the car or other appropriate place.

I did not WOH, but I did continue pumping as I was donating my pumed milk. Many moms that WOH do HUTH sometime after a year and continue to BF when they are with baby at night and on the weekends for months/years.

I am sure some of our other long time nursing moms will share their stories, but take a look at the info and follow up with questions etc.



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Thu, 11-05-2009 - 10:14pm

For me nursing beyond 1 year was not really different than nursing up to that point.

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Sat, 11-07-2009 - 2:34pm

Hi Stefanie,

Gosh, is Madeline coming up on a year already? I know it sounds trite, but it's so true, it goes by so fast!

I just wanted to jump in and say hi, and also to agree with what the PPs said. Nursing beyond 1yr does vary very widely, and it is a lot less stressful than nursing up to 1yr b/c now they are not as dependent on your milk as they were when they were younger.

Claire still nurses anywhere from 3x to 4x a day, and she gets 3 solid meals and a snack. But her nursing sessions are more for comfort at this point. She'll get 1 or 2 true nursing sessions, and the rest are just comfort/bonding sessions. I have a number of mommy friends with kids around Claire's age, and some have completely weaned, while others are nursing anywhere from 1x to even 6x a day. I stopped pumping around 11 months. I'm ok with stopping nursing whenever she wants to, so I don't feel the need to pump to keep up my supply, if she nurses more, I produce more, and if she nurses less, I produce less. Also, we've been giving Claire cow's milk with her Cheerios every morning. I haven't given her more cow's milk than that b/c my pediatrician follows the WHO recommendation of nursing (and no cow's milk) until 2yrs, so I follow her lead on that. I just give Claire the little bit of cow's milk daily so she's familiar with it "just in case" for the day she decides to wean.

So I guess all I'm trying to say is what nursing beyond 1yr will look like is completely dependent on you and Madeline. If you both want to do it a lot, great, if you both only want to do it once or twice a day, great. Just don't stress over it too much and enjoy it while you can. You're doing a great thing for your daughter. :-)

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Sat, 11-07-2009 - 7:09pm
Carol-
Thanks so much for sharing your experiences and providing the links. They had a lot of great information in them. I really appreciate your help!
Maddie 6month siggie
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Registered: 06-11-2007
Sat, 11-07-2009 - 7:11pm
Thanks so much for sharing!! It is really helpful to hear about what others have experienced with BFing, as I don't know many mom's who have breastfed, let alone done it for a year. Thanks again! :)
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Sat, 11-07-2009 - 7:19pm

Hi Cammy!


Thanks so much for your imput!! Yes, I cannot believe Madeline is almost a year. I have been so surprised at how fast time has gone. I had planned to nurse for about a year, but as it gets closer, I don't really feel the need to stop. I am hoping that she self-weans during the next year, as we have

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Registered: 12-17-2007
Sun, 11-08-2009 - 12:51am

Just FYI my two oldest boys are IVF/ICSI babies. (My youngest was a surprise!)

You very likely do NOT need to be weaned to do an FET. IT really depends on which prep meds you use for the FET. We can always look up meds for you in Hales Medications and Mother's milk.



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Sun, 11-08-2009 - 8:22pm

Hi Caron-


Thanks for letting me know! I had told my RE that I wanted Madeline to self-wean before starting and he didn't correct me so I assumed that I couldn't. I will have to talk with him about that. I also have Hale's book so I can look some up on my own.