self weaning??

Caitlen - posted on 11/17/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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hi, my name is caitlen, i am 19 with a 13 m/o daughter. When my daughter was about 6 months old i tried her on formula but she just projectile vomited every last drop up so i kept b/f. She also REFUSES lol, to drink from a bottle, not that i mind this as she can drink perfectly fine from a cup/ straw/ pump bottle/ kiddy cup(sippy cup), but my question is, she has now almost weaned herself off the breast we are down to one feed now (at night before bed) and i dnt know if she will be getting enough calcium, she eats yoghurt, cheese and sometimes as a treat a little bit of ice cream but other than that it is water or juice??? is this ok??? her father gets gut cramps if he has too much dairy... especially milk anyone else have fussy children??? or have they self weaned?? i just want to know if what she drinks during the day is enough?? or does she still need to drink milk?

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Sally - posted on 11/26/2010

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While the dairy industry pays the medical community a great deal to say otherwise; human beings were not designed to drink cow milk. The way it is processed for public consumption in most western cultures makes it even more unhealthy.
If drinking milk makes her throw up, she couldn't get any nutrition from it anyway.
Good sources of calcium are--leafy greens, bok choy, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, okra, watercress, chickpeas, red beans, soybeans, almonds, sesame seeds, seaweed
Vitamins A & D are not natural to milk (chemical versions of them are added to it), but milk is often a good source of them in many peoples diets.
The only natural source of vitamin D is letting the sun interact with the natural oils on your skin. 20 minutes outside before you shower will give you your daily allotment. The brighter the sun and the more exposed skin; the more your body will make. It's fat soluble so you can store extras for days that you can't go out.
Vitamin A is in yellow and orange fruits and veggies, cherries, spinach, seaweed, broccoli.
Good luck

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Joanna - posted on 12/12/2010

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My son wouldn't drink milk by itself. I add fruit to the milk and make a smoothie. He will drink 8-10 oz in one sitting that way. Your daughter should only be drinking 3-4oz of juice daily. She needs the milk for the fat, so her body can absorb the fat-soluble vitamins. Otherwise you might need to give her a daily vitamin supplement if she isn't getting her dairy.

Caitlen - posted on 12/03/2010

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she doesnt like cows milk, i have tried to give it too her many times in many different forms. she will éat it'(mixed in with cereal like cheerios or weetbix) but other than that she won't have a bar of it :( although that said she eats her vegies, rice, pasta everything i put infront of her she will eat just not cows milk. i live in a small town in australia so goats milk is hard to get here but i might try the soy milk :) thankyou for your suggestions :)

Tiffany - posted on 12/03/2010

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At 13 months you can start on milk now...I would talk to your pediatrician about it because it's important for them to get their milk at this age. I give my daughter 1 cup of juice a day (1/2 juice 1/2 water) and she gets 20 to 24 ozs of organic whole milk a day and eats breakfast and dinner...we're still working on getting a full lunch in there lol. For breakfast every morning she has yogurt and a baby food oatmeal jar or whole grain pancake. (I make them once a week and freeze them so I can pull one out at a time) Does your daughter get fussy with milk? If so your pediatrician may want you to try soy milk or even rice milk. I would definitely just check in with your pediatrician.

Trish - posted on 12/01/2010

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Try formula again. To see if she'll take it. Like my lil man he didn't like formula...but my milk was drying up so tried it again...now he's exclusively on the bottle. I've also tried him on Rice Milk for kids and there's Goat's milk you could try.

Leslie - posted on 12/01/2010

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i have been giving my son oat milk and hemp milk for the last month, he is EXTREMELY healthy, never been sick, and he loves the taste. there is lots of calcium, vitamin D, and the hemp milk has essential fats.

Paige - posted on 11/30/2010

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from what i know about this from my young parents group is that babies need jfat for theirs brains as much as they need calcium and doctors say that from 1yr to 2yrs they should be taking 16oz of whole milk a day to keep up theis baby weight and brain development is your daughter is fussy with dairy try goats milk and if that dosent work that you can give her soy rice or almond milk (most has calcium in it if not you can get liquid calcium and add it to the drink) but they she wont be getting the fat :( i hope this is helpfull

Erin - posted on 11/27/2010

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My son two is 13 months... I myself couldn't breast feed... I didn't have enough milk...Try you baby on cows milk My son Ethan had no problems.. if your worried about calcium... youghurt and cheese is fine and if she is eating normal cheese and youhurt that has dairy in it she might be ok with cows milk... but water is a great source of refreshment ... Its a matter of trial and area... Some children are fussy and others are not... So far so good my son is not fussy yet...I give my son milk when he goes down for a nap.. He had two naps a day... because he still needs two naps and then I give him milk again at bed time at night....Milk is important for there growing bones but just give her a little bit at a bit and then increse it... if she has a reaction to it then you will know...

Cassandra - posted on 11/26/2010

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I had a similar issue with my son, who is now 5. I would try giving her soy or almond milk like someone else here suggested, and if you are still worried about calcium intake, there are some apple and orange juices that have calcium added to them, so you can get a lil extra into your daughter that way.

Liv - posted on 11/26/2010

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Hi,

I wouldn't be stressing! Babies are very clever little things, and if she wasn't sourcing nutrition from other sources she would asking for more boob.

At 13mths old they are old enough to eat whole foods and they don't nutritionally require breastmilk/formula. Have you tried her on whole cows milk? just give her a bit in her usual cup and make it part of her routine for breakfast maybe? Even better, you could pump and give her a pumped cup in the morning, even though at 13 mths breast milk is not a necessity it's nutritional benefits are still brilliant and can only be of a benefit to your baby, and you know it won't cause any stomach upsets.

Makes sure she has a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and some dairy but eating a varied diet rich in dark leafy greens and fruit will give her plenty of calcium.

Jennifer - posted on 11/25/2010

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My 13mo daughter refuses to drink milk. She is still bfing 3 times a day, and she eats a ton of yogurt and cheese. Our doctor told us she will be fine as long as we pay attention to how much she's getting out of the other foods she is eating, and we should make sure we're feeding her vitamin rich foods. She also told us 1 cup of yogurt is equal to drinking 1 cup of milk, so if she loves eating yogurt to let her have all she wants.

User - posted on 11/24/2010

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my daughter has a problem drinking just regular formula or milk also it may be because she is lactose intolerant. I would suggest trying to switch to a soy milk or soy based formula the drs say it is not healthy for them because it has to much crap in it but my daughter has drank it since she was two weeks old ( I was un able to b/f) and she has only had two colds in a year. that would be my suggestion if all else fails talk to your dr about what may be the best option

Jenn - posted on 11/22/2010

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she should drink some milk..... but the yogurt and cheese will definitely help her calcium needs..... I know my ped recommends about 2 cups (16oz total) per day so I give my son his sippy with milk in at meal times and let him have juice and water the rest of the day

Katlyn - posted on 11/18/2010

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HI I have a 1year old and he's on full meals a day, (real food) when i started working full time when he was about 7 months he weened him self off the boob, yes your child can have real food after a year. juices are great i usually make sure its sugar free like the juicy juice drinks my sons just learnd the straw so i get him the 100% straw box drinks, he hasnt started real milk yet, he only gets 2 bottels of formula one for nap time and one for bed time, the rest of the day is food. breakfast he gets fresh fruit and cheerios with grape juice "i add water to the juice cuz its a little strong" Lunch I make him grilled cheese with truky, and dinner i make him chicken and veggies. hope this helps

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