is baby self weening?

Cassondra - posted on 08/11/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Okay so my youngest is 11 months old. I've never had a baby self ween on me so this is a bit different, but then again, i've never had a baby BITE my nipples so much so part of me hopes she's self weening. Anyway, she only nurses like 3x a day and at nite she nurses about 2x. She does eat solids and finger foods, and she does drink water. I've given her tiny bits of cows milk so her stomach doesn't get upset and this is all after she started biting and nursing less and less. so i was wondering if she is self weening. Also i wanted to know your take on alternative milks to cows milk. I am a vegan and i understand that cows milk is benifical to babies becasue of the fat that helps them grow but personally i've read ALOT on what happens to cows, what they are fed, injected with and what goes into the milk too so I dont feel completly comfortable giving that too her. I know goats milk is close to human breastmilk but that is an aquired taste and I dont feel as if she'd drink that. Also I know there is rice, almond and soy milk but soy milk has too much estrogen in it and I dont know if she's alergic to any tree nuts so i dont think almond milk would be good either.
the reason i ask about all of these milks is because pumps dont seem to work for me. Back with my second child I could p ump like no other. I'd pump 6 oz in 3 minutes when my third was born i was pumping well but then for some reason the pump just didn't work anymore. My supply was not low I know that lol.
Anyway, any advice is appreciated and considered :] She does have a ped appoinment comming up when she turns a year but i thought id get some non dr views first :]

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Janine - posted on 08/11/2012

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Cassondra, if you want to wean your LO please don't beat yourself up about it! You know you've done a fab job raising all your kids and you've done way more than most mums in terms of BF your LOs for the first year.

I'm from the UK and weaning at 6, 12 or 24mo is the norm (depending on your position). Apparently it's easier at 12mo before they get habit-forming. So perhaps this current teething / nursing strike is an opportunity for you to wean, if that's what you want.

Otherwise, hang on in there! It will get better.

Regarding pumping, I'd heard that your breast becomes resistant to letting go of the milk, even though you are producing plenty for your LO, which must be really annoying if you want to pump so your husband can help out. I hear your concerns over other milk sources....Does organic cows milk suffer in the same way as regular cows milk? It's not something I've had to worry about yet, although we do get organic yoghurt and cheese.

Good luck with whatever you decide and remember how great a mum you are!

Cassondra - posted on 08/11/2012

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yeah i do. i understand that its recommended for babies to bf until 2yrs or until they self ween but i dont feel thats what i should do. With my second child i weened her at 1 year and she is extremly healthy so i know that there is no issue with that. also i do have three children under the age of 4 and I cannot rely on my husband to do everything while i'm taking 30 mins to bf her to sleep for each nap and bed time you know?

Celeste - posted on 08/11/2012

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Ditto Janice.

You can teach baby not to bite. Here's a great article about biting and how to stop it:
http://kellymom.com/ages/older-infant/bi...

Secondly, most babies don't self wean this age. They could be getting too much solids as breastmilk is to be the main source of nutrition at this age. They could be teething, be distracted, etc. Here's another good article about self weaning,
http://kellymom.com/bf/normal/babyselfwe...

How to get through a nursing strike (and if you scroll down, there's more links about nursing strikes)
http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/child/ba...

It's also OK to continue to nurse her (once she's over this nursing strike) after a year, your milk is better than any other milks!

Janine - posted on 08/11/2012

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Take a look at kellymom.com, theres LOADS of well researched advice about the benefits of human milk to infant development. I'd heard the opposite about cow's milk and thought human milk was better for brain development, but check out the info on kellymom.

11 months would seem a bit early to self-wean, if left to nature this should happen between 2-4y. There's plenty of folk who'll tell you their baby 'self-weaned' younger but usually this happens with some encouragement (intentional or not) from the mother / society.

My DS had a real rough patch of nursing around 10-11mo when I asked myself the same question: is he weaning, but with a bit of persistence and keeping it a pleasant experience for us both he now at 15mo he enjoys 'boob' alongside other foods.

The real question is: do you want her to wean?

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