Weaning at 1 year old

Gloria - posted on 05/21/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I work full time while my husband stays home with our daughter who will be turning 1 year old soon. I am still breastfeeding, but recently she has been refusing to nurse when I get home from work. I cut down to just 1 pumping session at work a couple months ago. Now my supply seems to be dropping some and I'm worried that she's not getting enough milk during the day. She still nurses before bed, usually twice over night, right before I head to work in the morning and takes the bottle I pumped the day before at noon. I'd also really like to cut back on the middle of the night feedings, I'm so tired!



So my question is, how do I make sure she's getting enough milk? She loves solid foods, but I'm not sure if she's ready for whole milk yet and the couple times I've tried formula with her haven't gone over well.

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Christina - posted on 05/22/2010

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Most one year olds don't need to eat in the middle of the night. Since she doesn't like formula, have your husband give her a bottle of formula in the middle of the night when she "asks" for milk. It has to be someone else because she will want breast milk if she sees you and you're likely to give in (that's what moms do!). Eventually she will learn that she's not going to get mommy's milk and will probably stop asking for midnight feedings. Since my son took breastmilk and formula, we did this with water and it worked in less than a week. Like all of us, babies learn to be hungry based off what they're used to. If she's used to eating in the middle of the night, she will be hungry then. You can retrain this behavior, just like you can train yourself not to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

Even if she doesn't like milk or formula, there's no need to force either on her. There are plenty of other good sources of calcium...yogurt and cheese, like the other moms said, but also spinach and other green leafy vegetables are great for that! Good luck!

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Sara - posted on 05/21/2010

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She can get her calcium from other things yogurt, cheese, ect.. My daughter would not drink whole milk so she drinks orange juice with calcium and vitamin d supplaments. Her Dr. and I have had several convos. about this and you just have to make due with what you have. She was 15 months before I weaned her b/c of this. Good Luck

Nikki - posted on 05/21/2010

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I'm not sure if you said you nursed her before you leave or if she takes the bottle of pumped milk in the morning. If it's possible, have her nurse before you leave work instead of her taking the bottle using the milk you pumped the day before. Save that for during the day and nurse her yourself before you leave that way she'll have that supply for day. My last child wouldn't take formula so I continued to breastfeed him in the mornings, pump once a day, a nurse him in the evenings. I began taking calcium supplements because like you I was unsure and he was fine. I'd feed him cheese and yogurt and things like that but as moms we worry about things even though we're already doing the right things.

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