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  1. #1
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    Default Ready to wean

    Hello!

    So... I can't believe I made it this far!!! I had a lot of issues at the beginning and I am so glad I discovered this forum and that we had a Dr. over here who happened to be a LLLI leader and BFing specialist!!! Otherwise, I would have quit with all the bad advise I had from friends and family.

    My DD will turn one in a week and I am ready to wean. So I started reading but I would like some tips from other experienced moms out there!

    First, is it ok if I start offering cow's milk now?

    She eats solids pretty good, she likes to try everything we eat!

    I still pump at work 3 times a day, how do I start pump weaning? And that will mean that she'll have to eat more solids to compensate that missing bottle right? Or is it cow's milk+solids?

    Also, she still wakes up 2-3 times a night to nurse... I've been told by our ped that she doesn't need those night feedings (nutritionally) and (wait for it...) let her CYO (never did of course. Bad, bad advise). Is that true? (The nutrition advise)

    I know night feeding should be the last thing to go, but we depend on nursing for bed time and nap time... And that worries me. Nap time for now since night time will be ok for a while... Any tricks or advise to put a baby to sleep without nursing?

    Thanks!!

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    Default Re: Ready to wean

    Hi leemami, congrats on getting to a year! That's a wonderful accomplishment!

    So, pump-weaning: as with any weaning, doing it gradually is best. The way I've done it each time is to start with my last pumping session of the day, cut back on the amount I pump for that session, then eliminate. After a few days or a week or however long it takes until you're not feeling too full, move on to the next session, cut back/eliminate, etc.

    Cow's milk: yes, it's fine to offer cow's milk at a year. If you're nursing your LO 3-5 times/24 hours (which it sounds like you probably are right now), you don't have to give additional dairy; in that case you could give baby water in a sippy cup with meals/snacks. Or some combo of water and cow's milk. Sounds like baby is on track with solids so that's good.

    Nighttime nursing: there are many reasons an older baby or toddler wakes up to nurse at night. I guess the point is that if you want to nightwean, you can go ahead and do so (or at least try to do so!) at a year without baby lacking for nutrition. But it certainly doesn't mean you HAVE to nightwean at this point. A lot of one-year-olds have molars coming in so that's not a great time to wean. Also, I don't think nightweaning at the same time as pump-weaning is necessarily ideal, just because of the whole gradually weaning idea. I mean you basically want to shoot for eliminating one nursing/pumping session at a time, and if you're pump-weaning and night-weaning simultaneously, then you're getting rid of multiple sessions at a time and that can be a setup for plugged ducts, engorgement and mastitis.

    So, I guess one question I have is, do you really want to completely wean right now? Because you can go ahead and pump wean and keep the bedtime and nap time nursing sessions. And a lot of mothers, once they are liberated from the pump, feel like breastfeeding becomes that much more enjoyable. Something to consider. Anyway, if you do want to wean completely, yes, I'd probably let go of the naptime/bedtime sessions last. And it may help to have DH put your LO down at those times because baby likely will want to nurse if that is your routine with her.

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    Default Re: Ready to wean

    I would work on Dropping the day time sessions 1st. Over the course of about 3 weeks. One session a week to avoid engorgement. And lets talk about the rest of it after that? Because honestly even though it may be rough, you may want to consider NOT dropping the nighttime sessions RIGHT this second because her 1st year molars are probably about to breaK? So if that process begins while you are pump weaning, then you will probably want to ride it out. And then we can drop the last sessions.
    Congratulations on making it this far!

    Way too lazy for formula

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    Default Re: Ready to wean

    Thanks ladies!
    Yes, I kinda knew I wasn't going to wean the night time nursing right now.
    I definitely want to pump wean. I'm am really tired of pumping at work every.single.day.

    So, do I need to substitute those dropped BM bottles with cows milk or just solids?

    One session a week sounds reasonable. One of my sessions I usually less than the others anyway, so I can probably cut that one. The first one in the morning. So I can start pumping twice a day and I probably won't feel uncomfortable.

    Thanks again!

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    Default Re: Ready to wean

    Whether you want to do cows milk or just solids depends on how much your LO is nursing the rest of the day. So, once you're completely pump weaned, if LO is still nursing 3-5 times/24 hours, you can skip the cows milk. If you don't think she'll be nursing that much once you're pump weaned, you could start introducing the cow's milk instead of the EBM. Also, if you're not doing cow's milk, give water in a sippy cup so LO has something to drink instead.

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