Partial Weaning

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Registered: 06-25-2009
Partial Weaning
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Thu, 06-25-2009 - 4:14pm
My DD is 11 1/2 months old. I just returned to work part-time (3 days a week) this week (yesterday was my first day). For the last two weeks she has been nursing first thing in the morning, mid-afternoon before her nap and at bedtime. She has been sleeping through the night for the last few weeks too (before that she was nursing once during the night). On the days I work I am nursing her in the morning and before bedtime and then during the day she has been drinking water/juice from her sippy cup and having her meals and snacks as normal. My concern is whether two nursing sessions a day enough for her at this point? I had planned on continuing to nurse more on my days off, but now I am thinking about partial weaning and nursing only in the morning and evening. Any advice would be great. Thanks! Anne
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Registered: 03-27-2003
In reply to: annie_kat
Fri, 06-26-2009 - 2:21pm
Generally we like to see breastmilk as primary source of nutrition for entire first year.

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Registered: 07-25-2006
In reply to: annie_kat
Fri, 06-26-2009 - 2:24pm

Hello! After a year, if baby is nursing 3-4x a day you don't have to introduce whole milk as a source of calcium, vit D, etc. We'd really still want to see baby get a minimum of 4 sessions in 24 hours at 11.5 months. I'd recommend keeping the 3-4 sessions at least until she is 12 months.


If you do decide to partialy wean and she's not consistently getting the 3-4 sessions after a year, be sure you get those missing nutrients in other ways. This article has some good alternatives: http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/toddler-foods.html#cowmilk


Not trying to be pushy and tell you partial weaning is not an option. We always want to make sure mom (and lurkers) realizes that there