Help with partial weaning of 1yr old.

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Help with partial weaning of 1yr old.
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Wed, 04-16-2003 - 11:41am
I would like to wean my dd (1yr old) down to just a few feedings per day maybe morning, nap and night. I am not necessarily weaning to ttc, but would like to have her down to nursing less than the 6xday she is now. I have tried some different formulas and cups to no avail, she always is just wanting me. Any suggestions from real experience out there? Any help appreciated. Thx.


Anita, w/dd Kylie

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Wed, 04-16-2003 - 1:03pm
We just night weaned our 14 month old and really started an intese sippy cup campaign!!! She hated milk for quite awhile we started introducing it about 12 months but just recently she has taken to it she still will throw the cup if I offer sippy and she really wants me. Right now she nurses 3-4 times a day don't know if AF will ever return at this point oh but anyway we all bought sippys same color etc Ihave a bunch of different designs for her to decide which she liked best and my husband and I all drank out of one for about 4 days with big ummmmm.... after. She finally started drinking out of hers and saying ummmmm and now I offer it all day long untill she really gets the idea. She hated formula cerial so I doubt she would have taken formula and I didn't have enough to pump but my ped said to pump then start mixing 1/2 milk etc in the sippy let your husband give it to her it works better my mom had good luck. now she drinks pretty well probably not as well as some but she still wants it from the source. I usually try to distract her if it isn't a time we usually nurse and see if sippy won't do but sometimes she just persists and I feed her I won't let her get upset or such. She never took a bottle so she has alway just bf. I would like to wean her soon as I am just getting over my first case of mastitis but it will be hard she is very persistant and I just don't know. well hope this helps at least you know your not alone how does yours eat?? mine is pretty pick most days I am constantly trying to push the calories and this is another reason I may not wean yet she is 10-25% but very healthy we are tall but thin and she walked at 10 months and never stops so we will see she is just a peanut who likes her breast milk. hugs Jenn and Peyton Emily
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Wed, 04-16-2003 - 1:20pm
Hi Anita. I know exactly how you feel. My DS NEVER took a bottle simply because he refused. He's a stubborn one. We started offering him a sippy cup at about 10 months. He did O.K. but not as well as I would have liked. When he was 13 months old I started him in day care because he was just too active for me to take him to work with me any more. He still demands to nurse when we get home and at bedtime and the ocassion night feeding and then again in the morning. Everytime I try taking a feeding away he screams and fusses. We try distracting him or I'll have my DH take him for a ride or I'll try to sneak out for awhile. He's O.K. if he doesn't see me and I'm not there, however I take care of him the majority of time so it has been extremely difficult to wean him.

We so desperatly want another child and it looks like it won't happen until I wean DS. I too am looking for strategies to make this a smooth process.

Good Luck!

Kim

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Wed, 04-16-2003 - 5:41pm
Kim, I just wanted to say that your DS is still pretty young to say that you won't be able to conceive until he's weaned! my first PPAF wasn't until Erik was 14 months, and he was still nursing 6-8 times a day then. Now, I'm not pg yet, but we have only tried one month since then. Erik is still nursing 5x a day, at least...and we'll be trying next month, so I'll let you know ;)

I have no strategies for you about weaning, though...we weaned Erik at night at 13 months, but only because he was waking up, nursing, then playing for an hour or two. We did that by having DH take over the "comforting" in the middle of the night...it took two nights. In the day, Erik has just gradually wanted mama milk less often...now it's first thing in the am, before his nap (only one, in the afternoon), after his nap (he wakes up REALLY slowly) and before bed. Then he might throw in one or two more if he's tired, or sick, or falling down a lot.

HTH! Lots of good luck to you!

Heather and nursling Erik 17 months

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Mon, 04-21-2003 - 10:28am
Thanks Heather. I'm 2 DPO so we'll see what happens this month. Tristan nurses about the same amount as yours. I just want this so bad. I feel as if I'm getting too old (LOL). Good luck to you.

Kim and nursing DS 19 months

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Tue, 04-22-2003 - 3:07am
I just wanted to say that I am having the same problem as you. My son will be a year in two weeks, and last week I started the long weaning process. I am taking my time, but I am anxious to get my first PPAF back so that we can TTC. He takes a sippy cup without any problem, but right now he will only drink water. I have tried cow's milk several times, and he takes a few sips, and then points to the water. Today he even grabbed the sippy cup, walked to the refrigerator, and put the cup up to the water spout. I got the hint :)I have been offering yogurt and cheese every day, in case he won't ever drink the milk (my dd never drank milk). I still nurse 6x a day. I am hoping to get him down to 3x a day (morning, nap, and bedtime) in about a month. That was how I weaned my dd, and then I continued to nurse her 1-2x a day until 15 months. I am hoping that with the nice weather coming, we will spend a lot of time outside, and he will be too busy to want to nurse. He tends to nurse more at home, and I have no problem keeping my kids outside during the day. Good luck!

Dana, nursing Andrew (11 months), TTC #3

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Tue, 04-22-2003 - 10:30pm
It's nice to hear that there are others out there in my situation also. Thanks to everyone for all the input, hopefully my partial weaning will not take too long.


Anita

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Mon, 04-28-2003 - 11:36am
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Mon, 04-28-2003 - 1:17pm
I just weaned my 10-month old DD from ~8 feedings per day to 2 in a relatively short period of time. Here are a few things that helped:

1. Instead of putting milk or formula in the sippy at first, use diluted juice...something to make the sippy fun and exciting. Then gradually start using formula/milk sometimes.

2. Have your DH or someone else give her the sippy if possible. If she knows she can have you over the sippy, or course she'll choose you! But, if that's not an option, try to involve her in something like playing outside during the time you'll be substituting the feeding with a sippy. Maybe then it won't be so bad. Her mind will be occupied on something else, rather than wanting to nurse. It may take a week or two of "diversions" during the sippy-substituted feedings, but she'll soon adapt.

3. If all else fails, give her a bath. LOL!! At least that worked for my DD...she LOVES baths, though. When I'd reach one of those, "oh heck, I'll just nurse her instead of fighting through this" moments, instead of offering the breast, I let her play in the tub. It made her happy for the time being, and usually I was able to give her a sippy cup to drink from while still in the tub. By the time she was out, I had had enough time to regain my focus on weaning, and she had gotten a little milk in her tummy to not be whiny. It worked well here.

HTH, Tish