Katie - posted on 03/15/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )
My son is nearly 10 months old and is exclusively breastfed on demand. He takes EBM from a sippy cup maybe twice a day throughout the weekdays from his caretaker, which usually accounts for no more than 3-6 ounces. He is also on three solid meals a day and drinks water. This might not sound like much, but he makes up for it at night (before bed time, 1-3 times throughout the night, and in the morning). He's 22 pounds and in the 80th percentile - very healthy and happy baby boy. Basically I've accepted the fact that he will probably continue to nurse in the middle of the night when we co-sleep, sometimes for hunger, and sometimes just for comfort (but it allows us to sleep so I'm OK with it!). I have no set time limit on nursing, but obviously I want to at least hit the year mark and slowly wean after that if that's what feels right for us. So my question is, what is the best and safest way to include cow's milk in his diet when he turns a year if the breastfeeding starts to slow down? He's used to some dairy because I give him yogurt, cheese, and some milk-based products like when I cook cream of wheat. I don't want to just shock his system with a big old cup of whole milk, though, so what do you moms recommend? If I introduce cow's milk throughout the day, will he naturally want to stop nursing more because he's getting fuller throughout the day, or will he still seek out my special benefits of breastmilk and quit when he's ready?
Somewhat brief responses by parents who have experience with this are most appreciated! Thanks everyone.