Jordan, sorry about the biting. Mason does it occasionally but so far he hasn't drawn blood. Oh, and if Fi needs a little formula than more power to her. I gave my DS#1 formula supplements from about 7 months on, not a lot, just enough so that he was getting what he needed. I think it's great that you are choosing to do what you think is right for both of you.
We are still nursing but I can tell that Mason is winding down. He only wants to nurse lik 4 to 5 times a day max. He wants his purees and puffs more than anything.
Mason also gives me that funny, huge, silly grin when he's done nursing in the morning. Otherwise he mostly nurses when it's time to sleep (like nap time during the weekends and at bed time).
I've introduced a sippy (the soft kind) but he just doesn't seem to get it. All in good time.
I had a really rough time with a milk blister/clogged duct. It took me a month to get rid of it completely and my supply on that side took a nose dive. Then with Mason not wanting to nurse as often I know my supply has suffered. But still, he's not complaining and I still really enjoy the times we nurse so on we go.
I am looking forward to dropping my pumping sessions at work from 2 a day down to 1 a day. I'll do that when we hit 10 months (in 3 weeks). I have a really large freezer supply so I intended to use that to supplement the bf-ing as my supply will further drop when my pumping sessions drop.
If I've calculated correctly we'll use up the last of the freezer stores right around a year old at which point I'll take another few weeks to drop off the bf-ing altogether.
Sorry, long one. I'm glad this thread has a little life left. Many of us will be weening over the next several months so I'm sure there will be more to talk about.
I hope those babies all keep their teeth to themselves!!!
Melissa, I was going to suggest trying a sippy also, if he doesn't want anything to do with the bottle. We haven't had any luck with the soft-nipple ones, but I just got Eve a hard-top sippy, and she goes crazy with it. She loves drinking out of her cup when she sees the rest of us drinking out of our glasses.
Eve knows that I have to unlatch my bra to give her the good stuff, so she paws at my bra latches when she wants to nurse (she also buries her head into my chest :lol:). She does the nipple-cuddle too, except she does it when she's awake and she's finished her morning nursing session. She always smiles at me when she plays with it, like she's saying thank you for her milk.
Originally Posted by Marite13
Love all the cute things our nurslings do! Fiona's not so cute when she nurses. She likes to pinch my neck, pull my hair or hit my face. lol. Thankfully the bite has healed and she hasn't bit since. Phew! My older DD was a big time biter. Til the day she weaned I was nervous every time she latched on. So far, I'm lucky with Fi.
Thanks for all the support with the formula. I know I shouldn't feel guilty, and I don't, but it's amazing how much I was wondering what others would think. She loves her 'milkshake' a day. That's what we call it.
Melissa, Fiona has never taken a bottle, so when we started her on her one-a-day milkshake I bought a few Nuby soft spout sippies. She takes water in a normal takentoss sippy, but she loves the soft spout.
Here's another question for some of you...at what age would you nightwean? I'm no where near ready to cut out our one nursing session in the night for Fiona, due to her weight. But I'm looking ahead to it. She's only up once, and I can handle that, no prob. I did nightwean DD1 around a year though and it went really well. Hoping it goes that well for Fiona when she's ready. Hopefully I wont even have to do it, if she starts officially STTN soon. Crossing fingers!
Jordan, I think that it is hard to say, because it is so going to depend on how you feel about her weight when it comes to proactively night weaning. I've never done it, but if you had a good experience with Violet at 12 months I would think about trying it then?
Good 9 month appt today. Fat boi is 23 lbs 11 oz and 30.5 inches. He has soooo slowed down on his weight gain, I think that at 4 months he was at 20 lbs and now almost 24 5 months later. Mobility does wonders!
His hemoglobin was good at 11, which made me happy because we don't do vitamins/supplements here.
The Dr totally echoed what you guys all said ~ thank you for your advice! ~ he said don't bother reintroducing a bottle, just use a sippy. I was also dreading pumping for another trip (I've been through this 4 times now and find pumping at this late in the baby game so annoying) so I'm going to use the stash I have and some cows milk while I am away, pump while I am gone (and dump) and just pick up where we left off when I get home. I've got to get some more sippy cups suitable to him, most of ours are for the older kids at this point.
Dr was all : you can start giving him chunky foods now, so I explained that he has been done with purees for a while now and is just eating table foods. Dr was all, okay, just no eggs till 1 and no PB till 2.....I nodded sagely and tried not to blush, he is already eating both, with no ill effects. Poor third babies...... I was such a good rule follower with my first :)
This is what Jake does too, we think it's hilarious. It's like "hey lady, open up, I'm hungry!"
Originally Posted by reeveslady
Jordan, of course no judgment here about the formula! You're looking out for your baby's best interest, that's what good moms do. That's cute you call it her milkshake lol. I have to say though I'm surprised she took it? I remember once when Luke was about 9-10 months old, I put a little formula in a sippy cup (we had one of those free containers that came in the mail) just to see what he would do. He took a sip and then looked at the cup really strangely and handed it back to me lol. That's wonderful that Fiona did have any issues!
I was thinking the same thoughts about night-weaning recently. Jake still nurses 2-4 times a night as well (short feedings though), and with him still being on the small side I'm not ready to cut them out yet either. I think when he's really doing better with solids I might start to consider it, but now I'm hesitant to potentially reduce any calories. And since we co-sleep it's just not a big deal to whip a boob out at night so I dunno. I think it will be a while yet for us.
ETA: Melissa, glad you had a good 9 month appointment with Jake! LOL about the eggs and PB. We tried eggs yesterday. ;-)
I think night-weening is a good thing when it seems you are both ready. Mason hasn't had a night time nursing session since 4 1/2 months or so. But that worked for us because I was willing to pump one last time right before I went to bed and then pump after his morning feeding to get any extra and keep my supply up. He also would nurse right at his bedtime and immediately when he got up. That doesn't mean that's the right thing for anyone else, just what works for us.
I think it also depends what your general household situation is. With so many other kids in the house my 6 hours of sleep is crucial to my survival. That's not the case for a lot of other moms.
So I think if you take into consideration your whole picture you'll do just fine making that decision when it's right for you.