Weaning limbo

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Registered: 07-25-2009
Weaning limbo
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Sat, 07-25-2009 - 1:31am
I started weaning my one year old several weeks ago, just before she turned 1 the end of June. Things were going fine- I cut out two feedings, which she really wasn't nursing for long anyways- lunch and mid-afternoon. I replaced the afternoon feeding with a snack. I have been trying to get her to drink from a sippy cup for months. She just recently started to and will drink water sometimes. I have tried to give her milk but she will not drink it. She vetoed the bottle months ago all of a sudden (with breast milk). In the meantime she went in for her 1 year checkup. The doctor is concerned about her slow down in weight gain and the fact that she isn't nursing for long periods. She is still within the "Cone" that they chart her progression on just in a lower percentage than she has been in. I have been bringing this up for some time now (the length of time that she nurses) and have been reassured that everything is fine so I am a LITTLE frustrated. She may nurse for 5 or more minutes each side or maybe 5 minutes total. So she is very active now so she is not gaining as much weight- which is normal. But the doctor said that she really needs milk b/c she needs the fat calories. The lactation consultant agreed w/ my thought on holding off on any further weaning while she wasn't drinking from the cup. I think she is eating solids pretty well and has always been a pretty good eater. My question (finally) is what do I do? I think that she is ready to be weaned except for the fact I am concerned about her liquid intake in general but less so now that she is drinking a little out of the cup. I don't know if I should continue to wean now or wait until she will drink milk and if so, how do I get her to drink it? The Dr is very nice but I don't feel like I am getting direct and specific answers to my questions. This is my first baby so I need more info and guidance. Plus, how often am I supposed to try to give her milk? I assume I only give it to her at snack times so she doesn't fill up on it and eats enough food.
Sorry for the long message. Any advice or suggestions?

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Registered: 01-12-2006
Tue, 07-28-2009 - 1:19am

I'd be careful going on vacation w/o the pump.

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