Almost 11 month old and whole milk or formula?

Momof1 - posted on 10/08/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hi all. I work weekends, so my husband stays with our son. I have been pumping for him (obviously) but now our "stockpile" is low. My husband needs 5 to 6 bottles while I am gone, and as of today (Friday) I only have 3 for my husband. I usually pump in the morning, which gives me 3 ounces, then I pump at night, which gives me an ounce. Hopefully I will be able to pump enough tomorrow and at work for him to have milk on Sunday. Now I know that you are not supposed to give babies whole milk until after they turn one, but if it gets down to the wire, is whole milk better then formula to give. My son eats tons of solids during the day, but he is used to breastfeeding 6 times a day (every 2 hours). He does go longer without a bottle, probably because I'm not home and he can't smell it. LOL Should I just tell my husband to feed him lots of solids and if he gets cranky, to give him water? I don't want to introduce juice yet. I'm just wondering what all your opinions are. Thank you!

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I stopped BF at 11 months, but for different reasons than you. I talked to my doc about it before we started the weaning process. I was (and am) adamantly against formula. So the pediatrician said give whole milk yogurt, and see how she reacts. She was fine, so the doc said to give her 4 ounces of whole milk (10 1/2 months at this point) and see how she reacts. She was fine. The next week I increased the amount to 8 oz. Again, she was fine. So by the time I needed to wean her at 11 months, my daughter was on whole milk. I think it's important to remember that the "rules" are general guidelines. I wouldn't break the rules without consulting a pediatrician or doctor, but there really is no magical change in a child's body just because they turn a year old. I hope you find a solution that works for your little one!

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Momof1 - posted on 10/08/2010

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Thank you. He actually goes down at 7:30, so I pump at 8. I guess I could pump at nine, but normally I'm in bed and sleeping 1.5 to 2 hours after he goes to bed. LOL

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If he goes to bed at 8... what if you pumped a bit later, like 10ish? Or are you doing that already?

I'd definitely go w/ a bit of formula over whole milk at this age, but I'd probably go w/ the extra solids and some water first... and only go w/ the formula if he REALLY wanted a bottle and the breastmilk was up.

Good luck!!

Momof1 - posted on 10/08/2010

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Yes, I'm able to pump at work, but I only pump once a shift. My medela double pump no longer works, so I'm back to the one we originally bought. It takes about a half hour (on one breast) to get those 3 ounces. I think I have a lower supply now, because Bryce sleeps 12 hours a night, so I go from 8 at night until he wakes up, about 7:30 without doing anything. I've just started feeding him his first two feeds on the same breast, that way when he naps, I pump the other breast, but I still only get 3 ounces. :( Thanks for the advice!!

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i'm not a doc but i'm pretty sure formula would be better because it is safe to give to a baby but i wouldn't give your baby milk until after 1, are you not able to pump at work? that sucks you are gonna have to give your baby something else because breastmilk is best. but since you have no choice i would go with formula. better safe than sorry good luck!

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