Suggestions on weaning my 10 month old?

Saria - posted on 11/11/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My 10 month old daughter is breast fed. But she is very strong willed. I am losing my milk therefore I'm not producing as much anymore. She does eat most regular foods but she refuses to take a bottle at all. We have tried the when she is really thirsty she will take it method and it didn't work. She refused to drink anything ALL day into the next I called my doctor and he told me just to breast feed her. So I did. But we are really wanting to wean her from me to a bottle but I'm not producing enough milk to pump or express. I've tried many times. There was a time when I could and I saved my breast milk and we tried giving that to her in a bottle and she wouldn't take it either. We have also tried sippy cups but she doesn't want that. I am at a loss for what to do if anyone can give me any kind of advice it will be much appreciated.

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Neva - posted on 11/15/2011

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At 10 months of age I would start weaning her to a cup and skip the bottle. Start weaning with one feeding a day. Cut out the first feed of the morning first. Then every week or 2 eliminate another feed. Save the one right before bedtime for last. Try having her take sips out of a regular cup in her high chair with meals. It might take a while, but she will catch on. If she just won't drink anything, you can give her fluids with a syringe to keep her hydrated. Also give her foods that have a lot of liquid in them like fruit, soups, jello, yogurt, which will also help her stay hydrated

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Did your doctor say to start weaning her, because you are drying up? And why do you think you are dry? Because of the pump? I'm not understanding the entire situation. There's no reason whatsoever to wean (unless you just want to). The more you put her to the breast, the more you will produce.

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My suggestion would be to continue breastfeeding her for at least another 2 months, so you can avoid the cost of formula. My suggestion would also be to skip a bottle completely and just keep trying w/ a sippy cup (w/ water for now).

Amy - posted on 11/11/2011

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Well if she's doing well on solid food I would just keep bf'ing till she's at least one otherwise you will have to supplemnt with formula. I used to be able to pump all the time but now because my body isn't used to the pump I virtually get nothing yet my 19 month old is very happy after she's bf'd. How do you know you aren't producing anymore? And why is your doctor telling you to wean but then when you attempt to wean tell you to go ahead and bf'd?
I would could keep offering your daughter a sippy of water, just leave it around during the day and offer it to her. When you're out running errands carry a sippy of water that way she may start using the sippy. You could also try offering her a regular cup with a straw but again I would just do water for now and keep bf'ing. That gives you 2 months to try and get her drinking from something other then you, then you can try and address weaning her at that time and save yourself the expense of formula.

Saria - posted on 11/11/2011

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Sara - Yea, my doctor has told me about supply and demand but I am literally almost dry he said it happens sometimes. He was the one who told me I need to start weaning her.

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If you breastfeed her, you will begin to produce more milk. Pumping is not an indication of how much you produce. Babies are very good at getting you to make it, getting it out of you, and getting it out of you fast!

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