I could really use some advice. I am currently nursing my 9 month old daughter, but we have run into some trouble. The last few days she has not been nursing as well as she once was and even then not sure she was nursing enough. I am considering weaning her because I am not sure what to do.
I feel that she is under weight (maybe only about 14 1/2 lbs), but not sure how to get her to eat more in order to gain weight. She is eating solids, but even that seems to have slowed the last couple days. I think she could be going through a growth spurt and that is why her eating has changed (my older daughter ate less when she grew) or if she is ready to be weaned or just on a nursing strike (she bite me and I yelled:( ). My problem is what to do if we decide to wean. I have talked to many former nursing mothers and each have a different story. If we wean should I put her on whole milk or formula? I know that milk should be avoided until 12 months, but she has tried other things with milk and has not had an allergic reaction so I think she would be okay. The one time she HAD to have formula (I was in hospital for c-section trouble and she could not be brought in to me) she ended up spitting it all up. She has started biting as well so she tends to bite more when she is not hungry any more. The only problem with that is she only nurses maybe 4 times a day (down from 7). Her diapers are good (8-10 a day), but still not sure if she is getting enough.
What do you suggest I do. Start giving her whole milk or formula? Any other advice would be fine as well. With my oldest I only nursed her for 2 months because she nursed too much for my liking. I was younger then and know now that feeding on demand is the way to go, but I did not know this when she was born.
Thank you in advance for you help.
Mommy of two girls~~Zoey 11/24/98 and Trinity 11/17/05