Evie will be 11 months on the 29th (Sunday) and she's finally slowing down on breast feeding. Up until this point, we have been every 2-3 hours, even with her getting some table foods. She had Roseola recently (Fever started 11 days ago) and she had a sore throat with it, so she dropped all solids (even purees) and was strictly breast. I didn't worry too much about that cause I knew she was getting enough fluids by nursing every hour for 10 minutes. But since she recovered from the Roseola, her interest in table foods has increased and now she's only nursing every 4-5 hours. I'm both happy and sad for the longer stretches. I've been needing my own space, so this makes it easier to leave her with a sitter (she won't take formula in any bottle, sippy, or medicine dropper), but I worry this means we are starting to wean. I went for months with DS#2 at once at night and once in the morning beginning at about 9 or 10 months old. When he was 11.5 months he was only at bed time and then just a couple weeks after he turned 1, he was done.
Evie is my last and I really wanted to make it longer with her. Plus, I have the added concerns of a dairy allergy and what to substitute to make sure she's getting the proper nutrition. At what age is almond milk ok? I mean, I don't want her to be allergic to nuts, too. I've been very slow to add any allergens to her diet. She tried strawberries for the first time at 9 months (no strawberry allergies in the family) and didn't get gluten until a few weeks after that.... Am I being silly?
I need reassurance that we can make it to 1.5 with nursing and that she will get plenty of nutrition without me......
Janelle and Brad 8-25-01
Illness can throw kids for a loop. Don't get yourself worked up about her weaning just yet. It could just be a phase.
Recent studies indicate that introducing likely allergens earlier (in some studeis MUCH earlier) actually helps to reduce the risk of allergies. If there's no history of food allergies in your family, I wouldn't worry about giving her almond milk. Giving her almond milk won't *give* her a nut allergy. Is she allergic to dairy or are you just worried about her being allergic? Has she been diagnosed with a milk allergy? Have you tried any dairy recently? I'm not a big believer in the need to give cow's milk to human babies and my pediatrician backs me up on that. He says that toddlers need anywhere between none and some cow's milk. More often, kids have problems when given too much cow's milk.