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Weaning 11 mo?
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Posted 16 November 2012 - 11:46 AM
I will be away from my DD (currently breastfed) for a few days when she is 11 mo (next March). I'm uncertain how I should go about feeding her? Should I wean her onto formula using a cup (she hasn't taken a bottle for a long time)? Should I go straight to cows milk (I don't think she'll be old enough for that, and DS never took to cows milk after he finished breastfeeding)? Should I attempt to store up EBM and give this to her using a cup? I'm assuming she'll be on about 3 feeds a day by then (hopefully none overnight, but I don't know...) so that might be quite a lot of EBM to store up. However if I do that and am able to pump while I'm away then perhaps I could just continue on breastfeeding when I get home.
I was also wondering if I should do it gradually (e.g. start introducing formula or whatever I'm going to do after Christmas) or whether I should wait until closer to the date?
All opinions appreciated
Posted 16 November 2012 - 11:54 AM
I wouldn't wean just to go away for a few days, if you didn't want to.
You can pump some breastmilk or give formula for the days you are away and when you return you could go back to breastfeeding. You may find you want to express while you are away - for your comfort more than anything else. It is very possible that your DD may want to feed alot when you get home, so if possible you may want to schedule a few quiet days when you can just sit and feed as she needs it when you return.
She might not want as many feeds if you aren't around. Id also pop the milk into a sippy cup not a bottle for a baby that age.
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