Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Weaning!



OK, I need your help. I am a little confussed about dropping feedings of milk and when its the right time to do so. Also once feedings have been dropped how long is it till you feed soy/cows milk.
Any sugestions?
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Jessarella said...

Jenny went straight from breastfeeding to whole cows milk just switched him one day and he was fine. He has been on it for about a month now. I just quit breastfeeding last week. It has been to hard with twins, so now they are on soy formula. I think every baby is different.

Lisa said...

Most doctors recommend that you don't start giving cows milk until after one year. If you are going to start giving him something instead of breastmilk it should be formula. Cow's milk doesn't have enough vitamins and minerals in it for him right now.

mwaymo said...
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Teagan said...

your Doctor will tell you at his 1 year check up to start cow's whole milk (no more then 16oz a day). Jack will let you know when he is done with you(nursing). Charlotte tapered herself off at a year...she was done...slowly they just spend less time on you (nursing) because they are eating food now. You are a great mom your doing awesome!!

crystal browning said...

Hi there! As far as when to start weaning, it really depends on YOU and YOUR baby. Do what works best for you and your little family. I nursed Brielle for about 9 months, and then gradually switched her to formula. As others have said, formula has the essential nutrients in it that little ones (less than 12 months) need. Like Michelle said, often times illness will become more common after weaning. You have already made it so far though, awesome job! Good luck with what you decide! :)

Jessarella said...
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Jenny said...

Wow!!!! My turn to chime in! I was breastfeeding Jase until he was about 6 1/2 months. I would have loved to go longer but my body just couldn't produce enough to keep up with him. For selfish reasons of not being able to afford formula every week, I decided to try whole milk. When I was a baby I started on whole milk when I was 3 months old per my moms Dr's recommendations because that is all that I would keep down. It worked out great. I'm very healthy and don't have any allergies. I figured it was worth a try and he loves it and is doing great on it. I have nothing against giving formula or breastfeeding as long as you can-I tried it and like Crystal said, every baby is different AND every situation is different. Giving soy milk is just the same. It is your own personal choice. Your baby will be healthy no matter what you choose and will still be getting plenty of vitamins and minerals from the food he eats. Just do what you feel is right.

Benjamin said...

I just want to say how I think you are all fantastic mothers! Its evident that you are all very concerned about your children. Though I find all of your bickering over the TIT quite interesting, I don't think the "one eyed monster" should generate so much emotion. After all the great comments, Jess and I have decided to transistion Jack over to my breasts. After all, they are the fountain of all goodness. We love you all.

mwaymo said...
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crystal browning said...

All of these comments ARE given by fantastic mothers... and while topics that involve our children's health that don't have clear-cut answers are bound to generate emotion, I certainly hope that I didn't come off as "bickering". I feel bad now :( Mothering is not an easy task! I certainly recommend foregoing the transition to Ben's breasts, though ;)

Lesley-Ann said...

Well Jess, this is a difficult one as you, Aaron and Beth were all on formula till you were 6 months old and then went straight onto cows milk, because in those days (wow sounds like century's ago) that is what we were told to do. You are all relatively fit and well, I can't say that you are all without allergies, asthma and eczema, but then I know plenty of children that didn't have cows milk till a year old and also have these health issues.
But the ‘The Department of Health’ here in the UK recommends that 'you should not give your baby cow's milk or dairy products until your baby is six months old. From the age of six months, you can use small amounts of full-fat cow's milk in cooking, for example in cheese sauces or custards. Avoid giving cow's milk as a drink until your baby is a year old, because it is too low in iron and other nutrients.'
Obviously more research is done these days hence the changes and as a consequence they are more cautious and usually we tend to follow what we are told by our doctors because we want the best for our babies.
There many areas like this that over the years has changed. You now have a whole list of what pregnant women can and can't eat, that didn't really exist when I had you and Aaron. For years we have been lead to believe that Johnson’s baby products are the best, but they are actually far from the best as they contain some not so good ingredients, BUT I won’t get on that soap box because you know my thoughts on that!

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