J.B. asks from Houston, TX on June 26, 2008
Time to Wean :)
Well my baby boy will be one on the 10th of July so and I am planning to start weaning him at that time. I have already replaced one meal a day with a bottle and he takes a sippy cup with water really well. My question is how much cow's milk should he take daily? I know to give him full fat milk but I am just not sure how much he should drink. I have decided to wean at one, so that is not really my issue, I am just a bit unsure if I have to replace each nursing session with milk and if so how much. I currently nurse him in the morning, midday, and before bed. I give him one bottle of formula and he eats three meals a day. Any advice on how to approach the weaning process and how much to give him would be great! Thanks so much!
So What Happened?™
wow, thanks ladies for the help. It seems pretty easy, just offer milk with meals. My son is already not too interested in nursing except when he is tired that I don't think weaning will be too tough! Thanks so much for the input :)
V.G. answers from Austin on June 28, 2008
I weaned all three of mine just after their first birthday. They did great, they were ready. They were eating enough other things, and busy. It was harder for me than them. I would advise not to push the bottle, try the milk in the sippy cup. Its easier to break away from the bottle and pacifiers before 18 months. If he gets attached to a bottle now, you'll need to take that away soon also.
R.C. answers from San Antonio on June 27, 2008
I don't have any tips for weaning. My son just woke up one morning and refused to latch on, so that's how I stopped breastfeeding.
Now about how many servings of milk, my pediatrician says that just like adults, toddlers need 3 servings of dairy a day. That can include milk, cheese, yogart, etc. Until he is 2 years old these dairy products do need to be full fat whole milk products. After 2, you can consider reduced fat dairy products. Hope this helps! GOOD LUCK weaning!!!
K.H. answers from Austin on June 27, 2008
Congratulations J. on nursing your baby boy for a year!
I think what Kathy L said would work fine.
Be aware of possible allergies. If your son shows reactions, or has before thru your milk, to cow's milk there are several alternatives.
My daughter is sensitive to some cow dairy, milk being one of them. She drinks soy, rice and almond milks as a result.
Just wanted to throw that out there.
K., mama to
L.H. answers from Austin on June 27, 2008
There's a formula for figuring how much milk he needs based on his weight....ask your nurse for the formula or for the exact minimum he should have. You want him to have the minimum at least and more if he wants but don't want him filling up on milk only either, though milk IS one of the most important foods for a toddler.
T.W. answers from Augusta on June 27, 2008
When my little girl turned a year I also started to wean her. She was nursing about as many times as your son is. What I did was give her, her cereal in the morning which I added whole milk to and ended the meal with her cup of milk. Then I would offer milk again during snack and lunch time. Lastly should would be offered some milk in the evening. Notice I offered it to her...she didn't always drink it in the beginning. She drinks about 16-20oz a day now. I would still nurse her in the evening before she went to bed. That was the last nursing session to let go. It took us about 2 months to let the last nursing session go because of teething and I am not sure that I was totally ready to give it up yet:) But giving her the milk during the day seemed definately the easiest because she wasn't interested in nursing. I would definately take it slow so you don't get engorged. I was able to drop the nursing during the day and nurse at night with no problem. I hope this was helpful.
S.W. answers from Houston on June 27, 2008
Your baby will tell you how much milk, he will just stop when full. However, 2% milk is best, babies like adults do not need that fat. Also, you do not have to give him milk, use juices also. Humans are the only animal (not saying we are animals) that continue to drink milk after infancy. but milk is still better than soft drinks. I have a friend that nursed for 3 years, not what I would do, but many do do that.
Sounds like you are really great mom and doing every correct.
W.D. answers from Austin on July 07, 2008
Good for you for nursing for a full year! It's sometimes not easy to do these days but your son will be the better for it.
Please do not give your son formula. It is one of the worst things you can put in his body, as is cows milk!!. Cows milk is formulated to grow a cow not a human, even baby cows are as big a most humans in adulthood and it causes digestive problems (especially) when he is used to breast feeding.
The best thing you can give your son is goats milk. It is the closest thing you can give him to breast milk it is very high in vitamins as is formulated to grow a goat which is very close to the size of a human at birth and in adulthood.
You could get on line and find someone in your area who sells goats milk or owns goats.They are usually glad to find people that know the value of their product. Try to get whole milk because pasturizing destroys all the vitamins. You can buy large amounts at a time and freeze it.
If unpasturized is not available you can buy it pasturized in most grocery stores.
Just for the record, after a child gets to an age to be weened only a small amount of milk is needed from then on. Humans and animals are not ment to drink milk throughout their lives, animals stop when the milk dries up and humans should too. If your son likes water in his sippie cup then always give him just water because juices and any other drinks can destroy his teeth.
Another great source of vitamins are avacados, They are very easy to digest have lots of natural oils and kids love them. My son used to say yum yum yum yum while he was eating them.
M.T. answers from Austin on June 27, 2008
I don't it's neccessary to replace every breast feeding with whole milk but just start giving him milk with his meals. I think you'll know if you are giving him too much milk. When my son was that age I think he drank milk 3 to 4 times a day. If you are concerned about it you can always ask your doctor and he/she can tell you about how many ounces of milk you should give your son. If I remember right he wasn't too strict on my son having a good amount of whole milk. When he went in for his 2 yr or 3 yr check up his doctor told me to switch x%.
If your son wants to breast feed stear him towards the sippy cup. If he has trouble with that you give him sippy cups with the milk in it. With him turning 1 you can use the excuse that he is a big boy now and big boys drink milk from a cup. Good Luck.
S.O. answers from San Antonio on June 27, 2008
If I remember right, my doctor said 2 8oz bottles of milk per day was fine. I usually gave one in the morning and one at night.