My dd is 17 monthd old, and I have begun to wean her. I would continue to breast feed her, except that she was an all night nurser---and I am feeling a strong
pull from my DH to initiate this process.
I will be honest and say that I think that this is trying to fix something that doesn't need to be fixed. If that makes sense....I am on the fence about how I feel about this. If there was an alternative that I was comfortable with then I wouldn't feel this struggle. *sigh*
Nevertheless, she is now nursing one time at night. During the daytime, if she wants to nurse (which she doesn't really ask for very much anymore) I will offer her up something else to eat or to drink, and she is usually quite happy. Most of the time she just needs some kind of comfort, which I am more than happy to give! *smiles*
Actually, I have found a dramatic improvement in her appetite and palate for different types of food and for larger amounts of food now that she is not nursing so often (It was about 5-6 times a day and 5-6 times a night about a month ago).
So DD nurses once a night right now and the rest of the time I give her a mixture of organic **** milk and enriched soy milk to drink. I don't like giving her so much cow's milk to drink, since we are vegetarians and don't drink much of it ourselves. We have it in our fridge, but we only use it to cook with or for cereal or coffee. Anyway, I know that a high fat content is important for growing toddlers and this is why the community health nurse keeps pushing **** milk on me, and so I have contemplated expressing my breast milk (while it's still here) and giving that to DD in a sippy cup so that we all feel better. My boobs are so engorged right now that I am in pain!
Anyway, I know most of you out there are long time nursers and I applaude and respect your choices. I am not sure why I am writing here, since I don't really have any questions that I don't have the answers to somewhere in my head---or something that I can look up.
I try to give my daughter lots of cheese and yogurt (organic if I can find it), and definatly soy milk since she enjoys this. I want to avoid giving her cows milk for all the reasons that everyone has suggested and is aware of. I do have a breast pump and I am contemplating expressing my own breast milk to give to her---since they're engorged and I would have some relief and then no one can really say that I'm breast feeding her...ha ha ha. Plus, we would nick the all night breast feeding marathons in the bud---but she would still be getting all the breast milk she needs!
I have tried to give her a soy powder formula, but she turns her nose up at it immedately--and I don't blame her since I think it's gross! Right now she really likes the enriched soy milk, but I'm worried it's not enough fat for her diet (Since **** milk has twice the fat content) and I am wondering how best to supplement her diet to make sure she's getting enough. Anyway----I am going ot keep lookign up this info, but if anyoen has a good resource to giev to me, it would be greately appreciated!
Anyway---I guess I just wanted to talk about this to poeple who understand---or can aleast see things from my perspective....thanks for listening...