weening and milk

Jennifer - posted on 11/28/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 14 months. She has mostly weened herself. She dropped feedings up until now. I am interested in weening and though she can take or leave an early morning nurse, she refuses to give up the one before bed. She does not nurse long, maybe just a comfort thing, but if I try not to she gets upset. To make matters worse, she will not drink milk. We tried whole milk and 2 %, straws, sippy cups, and leading by example (my husband loves milk), she just does not seem to like it. She will take a sip or two but then wants water. We have been mixing it in to her cereal for breakfast, and that is fine, but that's about the only way she will have it. She does fine with cheese and loves yogurt...

Any help or suggestions on either the weening or milk would be appreciated!

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Tanith - posted on 12/08/2010

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I'm busy weaning my 14 1/2 month old too. I spoke to my Dr about this and he said my son doesn't need milk anymore because he eats healthy and plenty cheese and yoghurt.

My doctor would say your daughter is fine without milk because she eats well as you've mentioned above.

It's taken me almost 5 months to get to where I am. I didn't want to rush it and prefered to let my instincts guide me. I feel confident that my son is fine without milk but because I'm a first time Mom, I'm a bit paranoid, so I tried whole milk with him but he too didn't want it. With some perseverance and patience...I finally got him to drink a bottle of milk in the mornings. I found the morning to be the easiest because he wakes up from a 12 hour sleep starving and thirsty, at that stage he'd take anything :-) At first he put up a fight but I left him in the room with his bottle and he eventually drank it. He never drank much but every day that goes by he drinks more and more and this morning he actually finished a 200ml bottle.

I put a teaspoon of sugar in to give it the sweet taste that breastmilk has.

If you not prepared to put up a bit of a fight, then you can be rest assured that your daughter doesn't need milk anymore if she's eating a well balanced diet. Let me pass advice onto you, the longer you leave it the harder it will get to wean. My son started getting very 'clingy'...and actually pulling down my top and trying to GRAB my boob haahaha!!

Good luck. It wasn't at all easy for me to wean because I felt guilty that I was depriving my son of those special nutrients, but a little peace of mind from my doctor and I felt better.

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Noreen - posted on 12/09/2010

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I don't plan on weaning my 14.5 month old.... ever. She will wean herself when she is ready. DEFINITELY not ready now!!! Especially since she eats NO diary products at all! She is SEVERELY allergic to them. And she doesn't eat solids too good either, and hardly ever drinks out of a sippy cup.

Kelli - posted on 11/30/2010

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We had some of the same problems with getting our daughter to drink regular milk. Honestly, we just had to keep trying. We only offered her milk at meal times and then she could have the water throughout the rest of the day, but just keep offering it to her. We even tried putting a little chocolate mix into the milk to try and that didn't even work for us because it turns out she doesn't like chocolate. But just repeated exposure helped.

Kellie - posted on 11/28/2010

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Try mixing in some ovaltine...my son didn't want plain milk either but he loves chocolate milk. I'm adding less and less.

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