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DS is 11 months old and lately my supply has been super low (many reasons), in addition to him losing interest. I'm wondering if this is the end of him breastfeeding, but really can't tell.<br><br>
That issue aside (and no flames please), I wanted to know what to do if he stops nursing soon. Do I have to give him formula until a certain age, or would offering milk (I think Dr Sears mentions milk w/rice bran syrup is an ok substitute)..what is the age where lo's don't need supplementation and can thrive on other foods alone? I'm guessing its around 2, but really have no idea, and I really don't want him to be drinking tons of formula. Thanks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Formula is recommended for the first year. I wouldn't put my 11 month old on formula if he/she weaned. I would move on to other milks (my preference is goat milk) until around 2-3 and then decide if milk still needs to be in my child's diet. They do continue to need the extra fat and protein as their brain is forming.<br><br>
As an aside I have seen many many babies slow down around a year as they are conquering all the new milestones and then come back to the breast full force around 14 months. If you can keep your milk supply up and keep offering you may find your baby reinterested in a bit of time.<br><br>
I hope this helps to answer your question.<br><br>
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DS1 weaned himself at 11mo because i had low supply due to being pg. I tried offering goats milk w/ blackstrap molasses as well as raw cow's milk as a substitute, but in the end he didn't like either and ended up just switching to solid foods and water. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> That's just my experience.<br><br>
I wish he would have nursed longer, and offered to nurse him again after DS2 was born and I had milk again, but he wanted nothing to do with it. I guess that CLW sometimes means something totally different than "extended bfing", lol.
 

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that is a really distractable age. a lot of people do use that as an opportunity to wean, but it doesn't necessarily mean the child is trying to wean him/herself, kwim? i agree with the pp - i'd skip the formula and go straight to milk, preferably raw milk if you have access to it.
 

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Kellymom has a good article about this:<br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/milk/milk-supplements.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/mi...pplements.html</a>
 

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My kids didn't like milk at that age, but they enjoyed whole milk yogurt a lot. It is easier to digest as well.
 

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thanks for the info! I'll keep reading more about the cow vs. goat, but for now I'll plan on goat because I've always liked it better myself.
 

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Hi ~<br><br>
Sorry to hijack, but I have a similar question. My DD is 10.5 mo old and I am still nursing her exclusively (in addition to her eating plenty of solids, including yogurt). She drinks EBM twice during the day while I am gone (I pump at work). Problem is, I'm not pumping enough anymore to cover what she drinks while I'm gone, and by the time she's 11 mo. I'll probably finish my freezer stash. While I plan to continue nursing her (morning, evening, weekends, etc.) I'm not sure what to do when I can only supply one bottle a day. I guess my choices are to go straight to cows/goats milk a little early (e.g. b/f 12 mo) or give her formula once a day for a month or two. If I did give formula, it would be Baby's Only Organic Formula (does not contain Martek's DHA & ARA - no hexane). So here is my genuine question to you mamas: is formula <b>bad</b> for her? would it be better/healthier to give her a cup of organic milk than a cup of organic formula?<br><br>
Thanks for your thoughts.
 

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I don't think formula is <b>bad</b> when its organic/better quality ingredients. The regular comercial formulas have alot of ingredients that I personally wouldn't consume, so ds only drinks the Earths Best (I'm looking into getting Baby's Only). Ds gets a bottle of formula at night b/c I work nights and don't produce well for a pump.<br><br>
I recently heard from a mama of triplets who had to supplement and she said that babies recieve all the benefits of breastmilk in 6oz. per day...anyone else hear of this?? If that's the case, then I'd probably start to switch over to goat milk soon and skip the formula, while trying to maintain bf in the am and pm. Either way, ds is nearly a year so at this stage I think he'll be ok nutritionally either way it goes.
 

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Babies around this age often have what is called a 'BF strike'. For support for this and also some advice on how to 'up' your supply (and just basic advice period! lol) - the Breastfeeding forum is a great place to start! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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