partial weaning- confused.. help!

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Registered: 03-13-2010
partial weaning- confused.. help!
Sat, 03-13-2010 - 10:16pm

LO is 10 1/2 months old, EBF, eats solids well.. but now that we're approaching the 1 year mark and I'm returning to work soon

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Registered: 09-10-2009
Sun, 03-14-2010 - 3:06pm

I'm personally a little uncomfortable with a 10 month old only nursing twice a day and getting no formula. Either breastmilk or formula really needs to be the primary source of nutrition until at least the 12 month mark.

When will you be returning to work? I guess I'd recommend continuing to nurse more during the day for as long as you're actually able to. Won't you be able to nurse more often on weekends, even when you're back at work? Is pumping an option for you at work, even if you just use the milk for mixing with solids? When you're back at work, is nursing 3

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Registered: 03-13-2010
Sun, 03-14-2010 - 7:54pm

Thank you, I suspected that she would need more than what she had been getting.

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Registered: 04-13-2008
Mon, 03-15-2010 - 8:29am

If she is having four good nursing sessions even when you go back to work, then she may not be needing or desiring milk of any kind from a sippy cup. Having worked with little ones, this is quite achievable, if you nurse early in the day, again as you are about to drop them at the carer, again when you pick them up (at the carer or as soon as you arrive home) and again at night.

In fact, this will be a good way for baby to reconnect after a day apart, and she may look for that when she is apart from you.

Will she have water in the sippy cup? Some babies start with water.

Some people never have any milk or dairy in their diet.

DS2 reacted badly to any dairy, and I had to eliminate it entirely from my diet for the first 18 months of BF, and then only have a bit for the rest of the time he BF. He himself could then only have small amounts of very mature cheese as he grew up. Any other dairy, he would react badly to. There are lots of other ways a person can get calcium. There are also lots of dairy foods a child can have, without drinking milk if they do not want to drink milk.

Follow your instinct and the baby's lead here. Forcing a baby of ten months to cut back on nursing to try and make her have milk from a sippy is obviously not achieving the goal. She is showing you she still needs the nursing.