Breastmilk to cows milk at 10 months..

Shawnee - posted on 01/23/2013 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I have done nothing but breastfeed upto a couple of weeks ago. I had tried giving her bottle for months with breastmilk or formula. She hated the bottle and HATED formula. I gave her sippy cup while back with juice she took that just fine. ANYWAYS .. about a week and half ago on my most used breast i developed a rub hole or raw spot on the side, just overnight and it hurts sooo bad to feed her off of it. Especially when she latches on and off, and she is a little distracted baby, so ever since she was born, feeding her she would pull off and latch back on over and over if there were noises or sounds around her cause she wants to check everything out. SO now with this hole on my nipple feeding her is impossible, i feed her on left one but it just doesnt produce enough. I started giving her cows milk few days now and boosted the amount of other foods she is eating. I still feed her at night from left, but not at all during day,and i was doing owie boob at night once, but i just cant stand the pain anymore. My mother the RN has told me to not switch her to cows milk, and she has apt in a 2 days with dr. But i really dont see what other option I have. If cowsmilk is only thing she will drink from her cup, and my tit is out of commission. I havent noticed her being extra fussy just she wants to be held more, and instead of waking up every hour since she was born she actually been sleeping for hours and the other night she only woke up once WOO HOO... So am i doing the right thing, or is this super serious?

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Kzed - posted on 01/31/2013

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I started giving my daughter cow's milk when she was 11 months old, but breastfed her about 3 times a day/night until she was 16 months old. Just see how she does with a little bit. Just have some Benadryl handy in case of an allergy. My stepdaughter is allergic to dairy and had a violent reaction (hives, laboured breathing) when her mom first gave her cow's milk, around age 1.

BTW: it is possible to breastfeed with one side only. I fed my daughter only on the right side after the left side went dry, when she was 5 months old. That's 11 months of feeding only on 1 side!

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Shawnee - posted on 01/31/2013

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Thank you for the advice! I talked to her doctor he said it was fine. And she has been doing great. Thats awsome you did that on one side! I am like you though I still feed her at night a couple of times. But she nearly never wakes up at night now.

Amanda - posted on 01/24/2013

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Perhaps ask the doctor about goat milk. It is a better substitute for baby than cow milk, but I don't know enough to actually promote it for a baby under 12 months.

One sign of intestinal bleeding is black poop.

Shawnee - posted on 01/24/2013

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I dont know what other options i have and frankly since i completely stopped using by sore boob, it would get really full and hard but that only lasted 2 days and now its fine, now im wondering if she was even getting enough breastmilk in the first place.

Shawnee - posted on 01/24/2013

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Yes I have tried formula in sippy she hates it and spits out and starts screaming like i just poisoned her. And if she had intestinal bleeding would there be signs of it?

Rebekah - posted on 01/24/2013

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My daughter's pediatrician gave us permission to give my daughter whole milk at 11 months AS LONG AS she continued to nurse 2-3 times a day. Prior to that, her pediatrician said to supplement with formula if I felt my milk supply was diminishing too much.

MY STORY: My daughter refused the formula and so I went against the doctor and gave her whole milk at 10 months. I DID continue to nurse her (couple times a day), but I knew I wasn't making enough milk for her. By 1 year, she had lost two pounds and was "failing to thrive." They had to do several blood tests, but finally confirmed that the reason she lost weight was just my reduction in milk supply and my refusal to give (and re-give, and re-give) formula. I'm not telling you what to do, just letting you know that whole milk is NOT equal to breastmilk or formula.

Dove - posted on 01/23/2013

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There is a risk with giving cow's milk under a year. I believe intestinal bleeding and life long digestive issues are two of the potential risks of giving a baby cow's milk before their bodies are able to handle it. Not that it WILL happen, but it's a risk.

Did you ever try the formula in the sippy cup... or just the bottle?

Sorry. I don't have any suggestions for you though.

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