Re: Desperate...need support/ideas in weaning almost 16 mont
I know you came for advice on weaning, but I have to start by being critical of the advice from the GI and pediatrician! I mean, maybe these docs really can see into the future, and therefore know with absolute certainty that weaning will cause your child to eat more. But unless they really are clairvoyant, they cannot know what effect weaning will have on your child's diet. The way I see it, weaning means taking away the one source of calories that you know for sure your child will always accept. Not to mention that your child's allergies mean that you don't have a good substitute for the human milk component of her diet- it's not like you can give her a glass of cow's milk.
The fact that the docs think that it is a good idea for you to wean cold turkey suggests that they don't know much about breastfeeding. Cold turkey weaning is not advisable for baby- too traumatic!- or for mom. If you go from nursing many times a day to not nursing at all, you're likely to end up uncomfortable, engorged, and you're at risk for nasty things like plugged ducts or mastitis. If you choose to wean, you do want to drop one session at a time, wait a few days, and then drop another, repeating that process until all the feedings have been eliminated.
Can you tell us a bit more about your baby's issues? Is she underweight?
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