Our baby just turned 1 and I want to start making some changes but am not sure what to start with. She doesn't drink a lot from a sippy cup (likes kefir over whole milk) and prefers nursing (she wakes up between 3 and 5 times each night ), although I am VERY ready to stop but have no idea how. I'm afraid if I wait until she's ready to wean, it might be a very long time. I'm 38 and would like to have another baby and so far haven't even resumed menstruating. So, I guess my question is really about nursing/sleep...etc. I nurse her before naps and bed but she always gets put down drowsy but awake. I've tried cutting out a nursing session and had some success but a few days later she was back to screaming her head off with no sign of going back to sleep, so I gave in. Sometimes I wonder if I'm not feeding her enough during the day but I offer food and snacks and she's just not a big eater, not to mention she has only one tooth.Answer Question
Asked by Anonymous at 9:34 AM on Jul. 28, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)
Answer by malina30 at 9:38 AM on Jul. 28, 2010
Answer by malina30 at 9:39 AM on Jul. 28, 2010
Answer by mom_to_kenzie at 9:44 AM on Jul. 28, 2010
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Answer by Krysta622 at 1:41 PM on Jul. 28, 2010
It's wonderful you are nursing. The World Health Org recommends waiting 3 years before ttc for your health an the health of the new baby. Since you are an older mom that is even more important. I think waiting the 2 more years is more important than being 2 years older. It is also better for mothering and for the kids. It's hard to take care of a baby and a child under 3.
The World Health Org also recommends breastfeeding for at least 2 years. There are always times when moms feel like quitting. It sounds like your child is not. It is best for your child. I liked nursing a toddler better than nursing a baby once I gave up and gave in. Children will wean themselves. If they don't, its easier to wean a 2 year old then a 12 mo old.
Answer by Gailll at 2:35 PM on Jul. 28, 2010
Humans don't need to drink cows milk. Cows milk is for baby cows. Breastfed kids don't need to have any milk products because they get human milk. They usually like food with milk in it like cheese. A 12 mo may be a little young for kefir since it has so many probiotics and is sweetend. I drink kefir so I am familiar with it.
All kids need to drink is water. The AAP says up to 4 oz a day of juice in an open cup.
Answer by Gailll at 2:50 PM on Jul. 28, 2010
There are some problems with some sippy cups. Breastfed kids usually do well with straws. You can take a Tupperwear kids bell tumbler with the lid and punch a hole in the lid with a regular paper hole punch. Take the cup and go to ACE and buy tubing that fits snugly in the hole like a straw. It's cheap and safe because it's used for freezer ice makers. Buy a couple feet but you can wash and reuse. Even disabled kids can drink from these cups. You may find you like it so much you make one for you with a bit Tupperware tumbler.
Answer by Gailll at 2:54 PM on Jul. 28, 2010
You might get your period back if you just wean her from the nighttime nursings. There is some info on "encouraging" fertility while breastfeeding at Breastfeeding and Fertility
Good info on nightweaning a toddler at Changing The Sleep Pattern In The Family Bed
Answer by maggiemom2000 at 6:57 PM on Jul. 28, 2010
Answer by noel1978 at 7:36 PM on Jul. 28, 2010
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