So, baby is only 10 months now but I am already gearing up for a "battle" if you will with my mom and possibly the pediatrician. I'm not as concerned with the pediatrician because he is very laid back and pretty much do-what-works-for-you kind of person. But, with my first, she was dropping on the charts at a year and told me he would like to see her given cows milk for meals only. If she drinks it, great, if not, no biggie. I was already going to start weaning her slowly, so it wasn't a huge deal to me. However, with this baby, I would really like to see her get the benefit of my milk and delay doing cows milk, though still not 100% sure what I will do yet.
So, here is the deal with my mom. She has started saying things like, "well I think she just looks thirsty sometimes." or asks things like, "When does food become more important nutritionally than breastmilk?" Even though I try to educate her on some of these things, she doesn't seem to listen. I would really like some good solid information about breastfeeding past one so that if these comments get confrontational, I can send her a link. Basically these are my questions:
How much water should she drink after a year?
How do I know if she is getting enough breastmilk after a year?
Should I continue to offer nursing before solids if I want to maintain my supply or is it okay to relax on that?
If you have any good links or books that I can check out of the library that address these things that would be great! When I look these up on kellymom there is a lot of "benefits" to nursing past 1 but not a lot of direction as to how to go about it. I totally get that it's a process and that just because she turns a year, does not mean something magically changed in her overnight, but that's how I feel my mom views it and so I want to have something to "prove" to her that I'm still doing the right thing.