I am looking for a little support from hopefully a little more respectful audience!! I posted on another forum and got some flack which upset me so bear with me.
My DS is 10 months old. He'll be starting day care next month part time and slowly increasing his time there until he is full time when I go back to work. He is very healthy and well established on solids. He normally nurses 4 times per day, two of which are during the mid day.
My doctor says it's fine to introduce him to whole milk. He's in the 75% for growth. I'm ok with this as eventually I won't be able to nurse during those two day nursings and I am not really keen on pumping as I found it difficult in the past and DS doesn't like the bottle and is not bottle trained (I am not sure I'd want to introduce it anyway at this point since he uses a cup and sippy cup). I talked with a few other moms that have weaned and the advice was to replace the day nursing sessions with the whole milk. Problem is DS doesn't like milk and is not taking very much. I also offer him water at meals and snack.
For the last three days I have found that he will make it to about 1:30 (just in time for PM nap) then start to have a melt down if I put him down without nursing..... so I end up nursing him (normally I would nurse him after nap at around 3 or 3:30). Now I am not sure if it's cause he is thirsty or cause he just wants to nurse. Surely he can't be hungry cause he eats a fair amount for a 10 mth old... three meals a day and two snacks..... so I am a little stressed about what to do and am just looking for ideas....
- Should I just send him to daycare without weaning those feedings? I am thinking this is bad because it's kind of like cold turkey for him and I will probably suffer some serious engorgement.
- Should I just keep trying with milk?
- Should I try rice or soy milk?
- Should I try flavouring it? (not really keen on that but I read that in someone else's post).
Any ideas would be appreciated and please no criticism for me introducing milk this early.