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#1 chookpea

Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:13 PM

DS2 is on 3-4 a day at age 1 and hasn't shown any signs of losing interest just yet.  DS1 self weaned at the same age, so I'm not sure how to go about things now.  I think my supply is a bit shoddy now as well...don't hear him take the deep gulps he used to.

Just wondering how much cows milk I should be offering at this age?  I do offer the occasional yoghurt/cheese, probably not as much as I should be though.  I was thinking maybe 120mls a day in addition to the 3 (small) BFs?  


#2 WinterIsComing

Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:20 PM

My 1 year old doesn't show any signs of slowing down either! He looooooves it. I come home from work, and he curls up next to me, and basically gets lost in all that milky happiness! Sometimes he is talking to the boob, I swear. They have their own relationship, totally separate to us!

When I am at work, it's just morning, when I come home and bed time (and once or twice overnight). On the days that I am home, I still feed him to sleep.

I cannot see taking it away from him. He is still a baby, not much changed once he turned 12 months. I never imagined myself a long term breastfeeder, but now I think it might happen - it just seems so natural and nutritious and satisfying for him.

He still loves dairy though, and will take cheese/yoghurt any time.

#3 Miriam+1

Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:22 PM

Like you I didn't hear the gulps and assumed it was more emotional feeding (which I'm fine with) and work on the assumption it doesn't really count much towards the dairy.  I tend to give dairy foods and milk in cereal rather than big cups of cows milk though - not sure why. Maybe because he always wants to drink from my water glass anyway.

#4 Another one

Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:32 PM

DS would ONLY drink breast milk until just after 15 months.  (DD, my eldest, just dropped her feeds herself by 13 months).

He accepted milk in cereal, loves cheese and yoghurt but he refused all attempts to get him to drink either breast or cow's milk from anything but me!!  He would drink water all the time.

He never gulped and I still had abundant supply till then.

The only reason he weaned is that I had to shower one morning while he was finishing breakfast with DH and by the time I came out he was playing and had forgotten about his after breakfast feed.  So I disappeared just before he finished for the next week until and after that I could be there and he didn't want it (he would cry and pull my top down to let me know he wanted it).

Then I did the same with the lunch feed (DH works at home so he came in for lunch and I could disappear).

This was another week and then he only had two days of his after dinner feed and he didn't want it.

He never started drinking cow's milk in this time (or any other milk substitute).

He still only drinks a little bit (lucky to be 100ml a day) so gets calcium from other sources and only drinks water.

#5 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:44 PM

My 16 month old was a boobaholic but it started getting painful when I fell pregnant so when he was 14 months old I reduced his day feeds to his one nap and then for any resettling during nap time. He was fine to go without boob as he managed without boob during the day on the two days I worked.

Then at 15 months old at night he suddenly stopped feeding so much over night. It literally happened overnight. Now I have him down to one or two feeds per day/night.

I seriously never thought he'd ever wean or reduce his feeds.

#6 libbylu

Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:46 PM

You may not feel gulps, but you are probably still making plenty of milk. How do your boobs feel if you go out for the day/night and don't feed?
I went to a conference when DS was 13 months.  I left at 7am on the Friday morning after a feed and didn't get home until 3pm on Saturday afternoon and I was exploding!!! So painful.  
I think he was only feeding 4 times a day at that stage.
In any case, I found feeding in the second year really handy.  It would make him drowsy and relaxed prior to sleeping, which made it easier to settle him.  It was great on planes (take off and landing) as we did a bit of traveling that year, to comfort after immunisaitons, and on occasion to comfort him after a big accident (they have a few nasty crashes when they are learning to walk).
We stopped as he turned two, which was the right time for us.

From one he had milk on weetbix in the morning and some cheese and yoghurt.
If I missed his 'before nap' breastfeed or his 'before bed' breast feed he would have toddler formula in a bottle, although this isn't really necessary probably.

#7 icekool

Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:51 PM

DS2 was feeding 4 times a day until 16 months. Then I cut back as my hair started falling out. I went cold turkey as I felt it drain me.

He did have milk though out the day but he is just an eater n still is!

DD is feeding once a day and I think it is more a comfort feed. She has milk throughout the day with her meals and between meals/snack time

#8 greenthumbs

Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:52 PM

QUOTE (WinterIsComing @ 12/02/2013, 09:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My 1 year old doesn't show any signs of slowing down either! He looooooves it. I come home from work, and he curls up next to me, and basically gets lost in all that milky happiness! Sometimes he is talking to the boob, I swear. They have their own relationship, totally separate to us!

That is gorgeous! wub.gif

QUOTE (Miriam+1 @ 12/02/2013, 09:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Like you I didn't hear the gulps and assumed it was more emotional feeding (which I'm fine with) and work on the assumption it doesn't really count much towards the dairy.  I tend to give dairy foods and milk in cereal rather than big cups of cows milk though - not sure why. Maybe because he always wants to drink from my water glass anyway.

Same here, he eats yogurt and cheese and has milk in his cereal. I offer milk in a cup once a day if I remember, although he does ask sometimes if the fridge is open and he sees the bottles. I put maybe half inch in the bottom of a cup and he has never drank the lot yet. But, he does drink more at nannys house when I'm not there. He normally just drinks water though.

You can only offer, if he doesn't drink it all, or any, don't stress. And look into what foods are higher calcium and try to offer some of those.

#9 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:55 PM

Ds is 15 mths, almost 16 and showing no signs of weaning.  He drinks cows milk from a bottle - probably 1 full bottle a day, eats cheese, yoghurt etc he also has water from a bottle but still wants BM.

He still feeds maybe 3 times during the day and probably 3 at night.  He is fed to sleep usually, he's fed if he hurts himself, if he's upset.  It's comfort feeding but I'm fine with it.

I thought my supply has dropped off too but then I missed a few feeds one day and ended up with mastitis.

#10 Justaduck

Posted 13 February 2013 - 09:35 AM

DD is nearly 1. She has a bf around 6:30am, then goes back to sleep for +/-2hrs, then has another feed. Throughout the day when she buries herself into my boobs I have been offering her cows milk in a cup which she takes happily. Some days has 1x80mL bottle, other days she has 3x80mLs (I keep topping up).
I will sometimes feed her to get her drowsy for a nap - she only has a nap half the week & it is the easiest way to try and wind her down at the moment...I know probably not a good habit, but the days are very long with an active baby who won't nap at all

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