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|Wed, 05-19-2010 - 1:49pm|
Since the last time I've posted things have been going very well here. I still only pump once during my work day and get anywhere from 7-10 oz. Right now we are having to use about 1 frozen 5oz bag a week to supplement for daycare. But other than that we're running smoothly.
However - My little one will be 1 on June 9th and I'm looking forward to Hanging Up The Horns (stopping pumping at work) and weaning! Well - let's be honest. I'm not ACTUALLY looking forward to weaning - but my husband and I have talked and I think we're ready to wean at one. My husband really feels it's best for us and he's wanting to be able to take on a more equal role I think. He knows it will be a slow process and is understanding that it's going to take sometime. I want to make it as comfortable for my little guy as possible because he loves his nursing - but I think he would want to nurse into his 20's the way he acts and I just think we're more comfortable stopping now. (PLUS - we want to really start TTC in late July/August and still no return of AF).
Has anyone actually weaned a one year old rather than just doing child led weaning?
We are still working on sleep training - and MOST nights these days he goes to bed at 8pm after nursing - sleeps till about 4am, then when he wakes we go to the living room floor (not ready to take him back to our bed right now - I think that might mess up our work) and I nurse him for a long time and eventually he goes back to sleep oh the living room floor with me. He then usually stirs again and wants to nurse on the other side - eventually getting up around 7:00. Then while he's at my mom's while I'm at work - he takes 2 - 5 oz bottles. Then after work I usually nurse him on demand - which usually equates to about 2-3 times including that bedtime one.
So I guess our schedule is looking like this.
4:15 - nurse one side laying down
5:15(ish) - nurse other side laying down
9:00 - 5oz bottle at grandma's
1:00 - 5oz bottle at grandma's
4:00 - nurse one side
6:00 - nurse one side
8:00 - nurse one side
There is sometimes another nursing thrown in there in the evening and sometimes one less. We really nurse whenever he asks.
How do I go about weaning? I really don't know anyone who's done this - and maybe all of you did child led weaning?
Any guesses where the best place to start is? I was thinking that maybe the afternoon ones would be good to start removing and offering a sippy cup of milk?
What I had planned on doing was HUTH next Thursday (WOW) the 27th. I have a 1/2 day on the 28th and was thinking I'd hang them up at the end of May. So with being off Monday too - I think next Thursday I'll stop pumping. Since I only pump once a day now - for about 18 minutes - that next week on Mon-Thurs I'd just pump less each day. So 15 on Monday, 12 on Tuesday, 8 on Wednesday and 4 on Thursday. I usually have less on Monday's anyway from the weekend of no pumping - so it shouldn't be too drastic for me. Right now I could probably go all day and not even have a problem. So I think that will be fine but I can test it and see.
Anyway - I was thinking that I'd HUTH then and then start actively 'weaning' him on the 10th (his birthday is the 9th - and I don't want to start on his birthday! LOL).
I still have about 500oz frozen - so I should have plenty of milk to continue to give him BM. Is it best to use up all the BM first for all the cups - or do some cows milk and some BM each day so he has BM for a longer duration?
I was thinking that for the week of June 1-5 & Mon the 8th I'll use the frozen BM to keep his bottles at daycare normal and BF him on demand in evenings and weekend. Then I'll be with him on the 9th - his big day.
Then starting on Wednesday the 10th - how should I start? Any ideas at all? Maybe I should keep his daytime bottles the same - but the the afternoon/evening should offer him a sippy cup with cows milk and nurse bedtime and morning? Then try to cut out morning? Should I go to all bottles or 1/2 bottles and 1/2 sippy cups? It's just all confusing to me.
I'm sorry this is so long - I just don't have any idea how to do this.
I'm going to cross post this on the Working & Pumping board as well.