Ashelyn had her 1 year appt today and the new Pedi (we just moved from CT to MD) is concerned about her lack of growth over the past 6 months. Frankly, I am too.
We have been trying to give her milk for the past few weeks but she's not too happy about it. I think it's more the device than the actual milk. She only wants to chew on bottle nipples, sippy cups, straws...(teething)...and she is having terrible trouble with a regular kid sized cup (we obviously hold it for her while we try to get her to drink).
I still nurse her up to 6 times a day - but only 3 or 4 sessions are productive. The rest of the time, when I offer her the breast, she bites (teething) or is just not interested. Problem is, she is not having many wet diapers as she should.
She eats all types of food - and a lot of it too. Three regular meals a day (no more pureed foods).
The Pedi told me today that Ashelyn should be getting more calories from milk (or milk mixed with formula) than from food. Food should be secondary - and we should offer her milk before her meals.
UGH!!! I was so happy to have made it this far with nursing her...and I have no desire to stop now. I had thought she was weaning a week or so ago (prior post) but now I think it was more that she was teething - she had 2 teeth pop through last week.
So, I am okay with nursing a few times a day and giving milk the rest of the time...but I can't get her to use anything to take the milk. I held her earlier and tried a sippy cup but she just chewed on it and drank a tiny amount, letting the rest dribble down her chin.
I just don't know how to get it into her! And the Pedi told me she should have the equivalent of 3 ~ 8oz bottles a day! I just don't see how we are gong to do this!
Can anyone give me suggestions as to what I can do to get her to drink from a sippy cup, straw or cup? I want to avoid bottles at this age (not that she'd take those either).
Also - does anyone have any experience with other calorie rich liquids that I can use if Ashelyn doesn't want milk? My Pedi say to try soy milk or chocolate milk...but again, I'm not sure that taste is the issue...
TY SO MUCH!!!